Thursday, 23 December 2021
Saturday, 18 December 2021
Have mentioned before how Paul Watson sponsored my move into 54mm metal figures. In clearing more of his spares, he has just donated another very large box of castings. His only request being, as before, they deserved to be restored. Paul was actually visiting my home town, to see an old friend who is not doing very well, and was keen to see him one more time. So it also provided an opportunity to deliver the above mentioned box.
As discussed with Paul, I feel its only right that I should send a donation to a worthy cause. He has approved of this action, refusing to take anything for himself. In fact, I've decided to give to both a Cancer charity, and also a company that supports Free Speech.
For the record, here are photos of the new arrivals. Lots of projects here, looking forward to starting on the restoration work.
PHOTO ONE, WW2, new castings, hard metal, don't know much about these but they are marked HONG KONG and vary in scale from 48 to 55mm. Some nice clean castings.
PHOTO TWO, mainly WW1 and colonials, lead.
Friday, 17 December 2021
Decided to utilise a number of broken lead toy soldiers in my spares box. I didn't really need another British line regiment but the idea of augmenting my naval forces was appealing. The Peking marine's uniform c.1900 has appeared in a number of plates, and there are some photographs too. As I already have a red coated marine battalion having one in blue was a nice addition. With many castings lacking heads, I was able to use some home-cast Scots glengarries, while old lead railings, drilled into the broken gunstocks, solved the other issue. (My thanks to Paul Watson for kindly sending some of those drafted into this unit.)
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
With the Spanish occupation of key townships in Florida, the state government had moved to Georgia. In December, the Americans had mustered a very large force for an expedition against St. Augustine. The Spanish intelligence agency was fully aware (D5) and requested help from Cuba, and the French West Indies. The former was unable to help (D2), but the French promised some assistance as their fleet was in the area (D5).
I allowed the Spanish to field all the infantry/artillery in my collection. The Americans were granted three dice to provide the number of units participating on the expedition. Fifteen units.
Monday, 13 December 2021
After the capture of Louisiana, the French found themselves bottled up in the city, with several American armies encamped to the north, opposing all further movements. In December the French received reinforcements and decided this was an opportunity to secure further territory. It appears both sides were keen to engage in something more than a skirmish.
Overview of the battlefield
Sunday, 12 December 2021
After the successful defence of Toronto the Dominion War had largely gone quite, both sides fairly secure in their positions. But in December prominent gentlemen in Minneapolis devised a plan for a surprise Winter expedition to capture Winnipeg, a risky business but a generous bounty brought in the recruits.
The Americans were allowed to throw a dice for the number of units participating on this expedition. The Canadians were allowed to throw two dice, for the number of firing sections (three figures) that could be mustered as defenders. An additional dice confirmed that the Canadian commander was fully abreast of this expedition and all movements towards Winnipeg. The settlement was placed on a war footing, and requests for assistance were sent to other Empire garrisons. Unfortunately for the garrison, (Dice) no forces were available.
RETURN OF FORCES AND DISTRIBUTION