Having been wargaming for over 50 years, I thought I would set this website up as a record of my activities.
The “About” page contains a history of my wargaming over the years, and since I grew up in Southampton, which many might regard as the spiritual home of wargaming in UK, you will notice some well known pioneers of the hobby mentioned there.
The other Top Menu pages are devoted to the different historical periods of my wargaming, in the main sections of Ancients and Horse & Musket. The Ancient section has drop down sub-menus of Roman Era and Medieval. The Horse & Musket section has drop down sub-menus of 18th Century, Napoleonic and Zulu War. There is also a section on General matters, which includes sub-pages on Terrain, Planning, Modelling Tips and Wargame Accessories.
Finally there is a section on Military Historical Research, containing a number of items of straight (ie not wargaming) matters which I have researched over the years. This section comprises two drop down sub-sections, one on Organisation and one on Tactics. The former includes a paper on the Authorised Establishments of the British Army (1802-1815), which has details of the organisational structure of infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers and supporting units. It also includes a paper on British Converged Light Battalions, the latter formed by converging all of the light infantry and rifle companies in each brigade, plus several further papers.
The right end of the Top Menu has a Contact page and a Search button.
The postings on the Blog record my current model soldier production or wargaming activities. I also use this to announce any new pages published on the website. The blog postings below are in reverse chronological order, but can also be accessed by subject through the side menu.
Having made my British siege guns and mortars, I wanted to make some emplacements for them. I had already made some as part of my siege works, as described in this earlier post on Siege Artillery, but felt that I needed something less elaborate for use in a less formal siege. I had two sets of Italeri Battlefield Accessories, each of which contained a pair of gun emplacements, of slightly different designs, so I thought I would use these.
I had already made four 18 pounder siege artillery guns and four heavy 13″ mortars, to use in my siege works. You can read here about how these were made. However I had not made any means to transport these, nor had I made dedicated artillery crews for these, so now I have done so.
On 20th August 1745, at the beginning of the Jacobite Rebellion, Lieutenant General Cope marched north towards the Highlands.
He used pack horses for his supply train since the poor roads would be unsuitable for wagons. I therefore decided to model these.
There has been a long gap in my postings, originally due to being away for most of the summer, then the need to complete three Military History talks which I had promised to give to various groups during the autumn.
I have now finished that and have added a new Military Historical Research article. This is on “The Evolution of Tactics in the 18th Century” and may be viewed here. It will be followed by other articles on tactics during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
WordPress have changed their formatting, so I had to insert the endnotes manually and they do not automatically link, as on previous pages.
I have been a bit busy on other things recently, but have now completed my 18th Century British Baggage Train. I had made one wagon earlier, for my Prestonpans set-up, but have now made several more vehicles.
The Battle of Inverurie took place on 23rd December 1745. Some accounts would call it a Combat, rather than a Battle, but the effect was the same. It was the second battle on that site, since there was an earlier one in 1308. My model of the battlefield is shown below.
Minor raids were a feature of the Highland way of life, so I decided to model three of these which took place during the Jacobite Rebellion.
The first of these was against Culloden House in October 1745. Today Culloden House is a hotel and here is an old postcard of it.
Having captured both Fort George at Inverness and Fort Augustus, at the southern end of Loch Ness, the Jacobites moved on to the third Fort in the chain down the “Great Glen” formed by Loch Ness, Loch Lochy and Loch Linnhe. This was Fort William, which although constructed in a Vauban style was of a very irregular shape due to its position on the junction of Loch Linnhe and the River Nevis, as shown below.
In my last post I described how the Jacobites captured Fort George at Inverness in February 1746. They then moved south to besiege Fort Augustus, which was at the southern end of Loch Ness. This was a “modern” Vauban style fortress, with four bastions, but it suffered from a couple of fundamental flaws in its design. Here is an old print of it.
The “modern” Fort George is a Vauban style fortification to the north of Inverness, but this was built after the Jacobite Rebellion. In 1746, Fort George was the name given to the old medieval castle guarding the bridge to the south of Inverness. I decided I needed a Medieval castle to represent this, and explained how I created it in my last post.
The castle reverted to its original name of Inverness Castle after the Jacobite Rebellion and was considerably expanded in the 19th Century. However I found an old print of it in 1746 and realised that at that time it was mainly a keep plus curtain walls extending out along the banks of the River Ness towards the town.
All of the 19th Century extensions were built on the ground in front of the castle from this view.