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ferg98103 May 2022 3:30 a.m. PST

Hey guys,

If you were ever wondering what a wargamer does when they find £1.00 GBP of matchsticks in their kids craft box, then wonder no further


Yes, that's right, they use them to refight Austerlitz. Enjoy.

As always, comments are welcome

Kind Regards


rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 4:08 a.m. PST

Great idea!

paul liddle03 May 2022 5:26 a.m. PST

Impressive, I love it when folk make stuff out of nowt.

Darrell B D Day03 May 2022 5:30 a.m. PST



Stryderg03 May 2022 6:08 a.m. PST

Insanity! But in a good way. Great job on those, and the paint works great at tabletop distances.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 6:45 a.m. PST

"Strength & Honour"!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 6:48 a.m. PST

Nicely done. Personally, I'd be inclined to spend the extra money and buy 2mm--faster and easier to paint, and better shaped. But I have enough money for 2mm.

Looking forward to seeing the terrain.

SBminisguy03 May 2022 6:49 a.m. PST

Love it!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

Gives a whole new meaning to "Light" Infantry….groan…….

Very effective result.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 7:08 a.m. PST


RittervonBek03 May 2022 7:12 a.m. PST

Each army can strike and meet its match?

MajorB03 May 2022 10:19 a.m. PST

I made matchstick armies about 30 years ago!!

setsuko03 May 2022 10:29 a.m. PST

Excellent! Honestly, I prefer the bases where you painted grass as well.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP03 May 2022 10:40 a.m. PST

I'm Old School enough to first have thought of using them in spring loaded cannon for use with "Little Wars/Funny Little Wars."


14Bore03 May 2022 11:36 a.m. PST

Quite brilliant

colkitto03 May 2022 2:47 p.m. PST

Outstanding! And admirable commitment – I started making some "6mm" bases out of "granny grating" recently, but I wasn't sure I had the necessary perseverance. Might have to give it another go; I think the mass effect is worth it.

I do remember an inspiring article in a magazine ("Sword and Lance"?) a very long time ago. Again it was "6mm" – the infantry were one match on top of another for each rank, and the cavalry had two matches for the riders and two each for the front and back legs, with a strip of card at an angle for the heads …

Robert le Diable03 May 2022 3:53 p.m. PST

I've used matches, some of them cut in half, to demonstrate the broad outlines of Austerlitz and Eylau to students; using an epidiascope or overhead projector, I could slide the various divisions across the glass screen whilst enlarged shadows moved across the wall. As far as I remember, villages &c. I represented by coins or steel washers.
One of the few times they were actually interested…

CeruLucifus08 May 2022 11:59 a.m. PST

Quite impressive. I didn't see where you were going until I saw them painted then it all made sense.

ferg98126 May 2022 12:39 p.m. PST


Agreed, I did wonder myself what I was doing when I had a load of unpainted matchsticks stuck to cardboard

Kind Regards


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