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MacDuff22 Aug 2016 5:31 p.m. PST

Over the last month I've been picking away at refurbishing some old toy soldiers (as in 80/90 year old antiques as well as some 50-55 year old ones from my own past) and getting some use from molds bought near 20 years ago all with the aim of getting some 54mm games back on the table.

The following pictures are from my blog =

for more pictures, the premise and early games see






The premise, without being in any way literal or anal is to imagine a possible minor war which didn't actually happen and then imagine someone 60 years ago playing wargames with armies cobbled together from boxes of shiny Britain's, Authenticast etc rather than purpose built models. Since the antiques on hand included Britain's Indians as well as Grenadiers, Highlanders etc and since the molds on hand included ACW troops, my setting involved inventing a border clash mixed in with Indian warfare circa 1872/73 about the time of the historical Cyprus Hills Massacre near what is now the Saskatchewan/North Dakota border.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2016 5:58 p.m. PST

Where Imagination is king. Great stuff (at one time I also owned one of those General Store decorative pieces).

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2016 8:01 p.m. PST


If you will not think me pushy, may I encourage you to look at Padre Paul Wright's excellent rules for 54mm war games of the Old School, "Funny Little Wars?"

You can read all about them, and the splash they made in the news, as well as the supporting campaign rules, "Little Campaigns," via this link

TVAG also has all manner of supporting products for 54mm war games, some of which may be just the ticket for you wonderful project

In any event, "Charge!"


nevinsrip23 Aug 2016 12:41 a.m. PST

Hi Ross, Great to see you back in the swing of things, again.
It seems like so long ago that you and fellow Canuck, Ken Cliffe of ATKM, were converting plastic figures for the War of 1812 on "With Mac Duff on the Web."
Those were fun days back then.

Looking forward to see what you're doing now. Hopefully your health issues have subsided and you are good to go.

Do you still have any of the pictures from way back then?
I would love to see some of the conversions that you guys had posted on the original site.

With Mac Duff on TMP…….Bill

MacDuff23 Aug 2016 4:46 a.m. PST

TVAG, thanks but no thanks. I have actually played the rules. Paul's enthusiasm is great and he has inspired a lot of gamers but its not my style.

MacDuff23 Aug 2016 4:52 a.m. PST

Bill, I have very few photos from back then, just a few poor quality glossy prints of smaller home games and one from the Littlewars Bring Your Own Chippewa game in 2000. I wish I had shots of my 1776 Quebec & Bennington games at CW 2001 and of the Emir's Lair game in 2002. Inc some Zouaves loaned by John there were around 500 figures on the table for that last one and I don't have a single picture.

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