Travels with a Rogue

A small piece of the web dedicated to Gen. Mikhail Skobolev (the White General), toy soldiers (any period), history, politics and books circa. 1850-1900.

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There was an earlier day in my life when I had plenty of time and no money for my hobby, now I have money for my hobby and not so much time. I never stopped playing with toy soldiers "much to my mothers chagrin" exchanging the sandbox, green armymen and rocks for Donald Featherstone's book Wargames, AWI soldiers from the back of a comic book, dice and rulers. Those early games were great fun and very exciting. Eventually I graduated to more complicated systems, better miniatures, headaches, rule arguments and basically not a lot of fun. I thought about ditching the hobby altogether. I realized recently that I like a good game of toy soldiers. I like the look of toy soldiers and I like the way a simple game plays. I like the trusty d6.

Monday, December 11, 2006

A Pair of Characters!

I think adding historical and created characters to a game and especially a campaign adds a lot to the fun. I enjoyed, in both Charge and the Wargame, references to characters scattered throughout those books. I have some ideas for a few historical, fictional (based upon Boris Akunin's novels) and truly invented fictional characters to include in my own armies as they are mustered.

So here are the first two figures. Left to right they are General Mikhail Skobolev, featured in an earlier post and his Serene Highness Prince Hassan of Egypt, both of these figures are historical characters. Gen. Skobolev was nominally in charge of a Cossack formation at the start of the war and through his aggression, luck; good press (the General knew how to court favor with the foreign journalists) and tactics had advanced to higher command by the conflict end. Prince Hassan was the leader of the Egyptian division during the war and the uniform is taken from a description provided by Wentworth Huyshe from the Liberation of Bulgaria, War Notes in 1877. The Egyptians didn't perform very well during the campaign and Prince Hassan went home under a less then favorable eye of the Sublime Porte.


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