EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Half Time Show

Its been a busy few days with neither time nor energy to spare for my room. Tonight I found an hour for myself. I could have spent it tidying and organizing but......
The Cree warriors have galloped across the plain and are now creeping through the woods towards their exit point.
Only having an hour and minimal energy, I decided to get the 54's on table and hauled Thomas's One Hour Wargames off the shelf. I had a book mark on "Infiltration" which I had been planning to try a few weeks ago but hadn't. Looking at the open terrain with one patch of woods and a single hill, it looked like a scenario for the Prairies.

Black had a 4 unit raiding party moving on at the start with the aim of getting 2 units off the road exit on the other side. Road? OK obviously there must be a ravine or ford just off table.

Red ended up with 4 units of infantry,1 gun and 1 cavalry. A company of rifles manned an outpost on the sole hill. B battery and the Governor General's Bodyguard would enter from the road exit on turn 3 while the rest of the infantry would arrive by road from the opposite side a few turns later.

Turn 6: Every one is now on board. Its hard to see but there is a two contour hill behind the riflemen . 
The version of the Square Brigadier I had been using for the Northwest Campaign was slightly different in detail from the WWI version but I couldn't find a paper copy of either, or my dice and markers for that matter. Eventually I found a pair of dice and set too, fudging the rules as I went. (The regulars were fine but I had trouble  remembering what unit characteristics I had settled on for the Indians who were all mounted infantry but adverse to close combat.)

The Indians rode quickly across the table with the Victoria Rifles refusing to move without orders, turn after turn. Luckily the artillery and cavalry arrived in time to form a road block. A bit of a firefight broke out but that pair of dice seemed to be heavily waited towards scores of 3 or less.  Eventually the Indians charged the gun and dismounted cavalry, being repulsed by canister but breaking the cavalry who took 5 turns to rally. A second charge led by their War Chief took  the gun, opening the road. One turn earlier, the raiding party could have ridden off but with a flip in Initiative, the reinforcements were at hand and the dice had warmed up. Rifle fire broke two bands and the rest were cleared off with the bayonets and the swords of the finally rallied GGBG.

Turn 15, having rallied, the GGBG has charged and scattered the remaining Cree warriors.

With so few troops on such open terrain and such narrow victory conditions, it was a very quick game (about 30 minutes playing time) but it "hit the spot". It also confirmed  my decision to go with the 5" grid and make the table just a titch wider (14 x 11 5" squares). The old table had a more grid squares but the bigger figures and terrain fit better on the larger squares and the extra two 5" squares of depth that I was able to add after the move are just enough to make the difference.

OK, back to work!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Recovery Efforts Contine

By now you'd think I'd remember to allow extra, extra time when moving bookshelves to allow for perusing books I haven't opened in years and for wallowing in nostalgia when I come across things like Barker's Purple Primer on Ancients or a folder of clippings and photos. 

The big problem though was a mix of indecision,  adhoc "try and see" plans due to access issues during planning and the Chinese puzzle aspects of having to move things multiple times. This is the 3rd location for that bookcase by the window and I think I'm going to move it back to the 2nd position underneath the long shelves. But not today.

Even a little added depth is welcome.(An extra 2 squares of depth

At least the jury rigged, reconfigured, 70"x55" (14x11 5" grid squares) table top is in place and ready to use. That was supposed to be part of the next phase and I wasted considerable time looking for the optimum solution and only narrowly avoided buying wood to build a new table. Always best to play a couple of games on a jury rigged test table before issuing a final seal of approval.

Almost unrelated: a new prototype 5" grid woods template, paint on canvas, just add trees. 
No time to work on my room this Sunday and Monday looks iffy but by Tuesday night I should be on the picture hanging phase.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hurricane Ross has blown through again

I finally got tired of trying to find an easy solution to the habitual mess and congestion in my games room. As a side incentive, I want to have sufficient space around  the table to once again be able to invite  a couple of friends over for a game once in a while. It was time for serious measures.

  So, apart from a large bag of garbage now out by the curb, I also took a large box to the local Thrift store. Aside from some fantasy novels left by my brother in law, some CD's etc., it included a few bagged painted plastic toy soldier sets (Modern infantry & armour sets in HO, Romans vs Barbarians in 54mm, etc). The rest of the cupboard emptying and reorganizing can wait.

Next, my 40 year old, no longer rollable, roll top desk moved down to my proto-workshop in the sun porch, sans a few of the drawers which will catch up as soon as I find somewhere for the contents.

Hopefully, tomorrow and Friday I will be able to empty, move, and refill all the book shelves in the room and outside on the landing (sighhh) and move the long drawer cabinet that used to, and will again, live under my table and by Friday night have everything back together and tidied, ready for a game. The table itself is going back to its 2014/15 location with one end against the East wall but only 4x6 this time.

The last game (click) on the old 5x7 against the East wall.
August 2015.

Not only will there be more room and order around the table, and more room for storage underneath again, but there will be room for a daybed or similar under the windows at some future time.

I don't think the old 6'x8' is ever coming back.