Rod’s Wargaming Website

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 and Medieval.  The Horse & Musket section has drop down sub-menus of 18th Century, Napoleonic and Zulu War.  The first two of these have a further level of drop-down into pages on Command, Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery, Engineers & Logistic.  There is also a section on General matters, which includes sub-pages on Terrain, PlanningModelling 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 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.  There is also a paper on British Converged Light Battalions, the latter formed by converging all of the light infantry and rifle companies in each brigade, as well as a papers on Battalion Field Strengths during the Napoleonic Wars and Cavalry Squadron Field Strengths during the Napoleonic Wars.  Further papers will follow.

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 will 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.

More Jacobite Infantry

 

I have been painting up some more Jacobite infantry, starting with Roy Stuart’s Brigade.

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Here is Colonel John Roy Stuart himself. He was an ardent Jacobite who had served in the Royal Scots Greys before becoming a Captain of Grenadiers in the French Royal Eccossais.

He was appointed as Colonel of his own Roy Stuart’s Edinburgh Regiment.  I doubt if he would have worn Royal Ecossais uniform, since his French rank was junior to several other officers with that Regiment, but his Jacobite rank was senior to them.  I have therefore shown him in a tartan jacket and plaid.  He is a RedBox Militia figure with an added sword.

 

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Additional Jacobite Prince’s Lifeguards

When I originally modelled my Prince’s Lifeguards, I did so just as three figures.  This was my depiction of them as they were at Culloden, two figures of Lord Elcho’s Troop forming a composite Squadron with two figures of Fitzjames’ Cavalerie and one figure of Lord Balmerino’s Troop forming a composite Prince Charles’ escort troop with one figure of Fitzjames Cavalerie.

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Jacobite Lowland Infantry

 

So far I have modelled most of the Jacobite Highland Infantry, but only one unit of Jacobite Lowland Infantry, the 1st Battalion Duke of Perth’s Regiment, who were at Prestonpans (with some attached MacGregors).

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You can see them here as they were later in the campaign.  They are mainly RedBox Loyalist and Militia, but there is one Revell AWI American Militia figure, two Airfix AWI British Grenadiers and one Redbox British Infantry (as the deserter in the rear rank).  All have Scots bonnets, achieved by headswaps with other similar figures who have been modelled as Loyalist Volunteers wearing tricornes. Continue reading

Fitzjames Cavalerie

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The French-Irish Fitzjames Cavalerie were sent to Scotland in February 1745, but three squadrons were captured at sea by the Royal Navy and only one squadron landed.  This is shown here.

I have shown them on matched black horses, but actually all of their horses were captured and they were remounted by dismounting Pitsligo’s Horse and Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers, who then formed a Jacobite foot regiment, Kilmarnock’s Footguards.w

I decided to model the entire Fitzjames Cavalerie, partly because I would need them for my planned future expansion into the War of Austrian Succession, but also so that I could use them for a “what if” scenario of the entire Regiment arriving to reinforce the Jacobite Army.

I had no problems finding Infantry figures with a combination of the three sets of RedBox 1745 British Army and two sets of Strelets Jacobites.  Cavalry figures were more of a problem, but fortunately uniforms did not vary much between nations, nor change much during the 18th Century.  I therefore used Strelets Swedish Trabants (Dragoons) of Charles XII as my British Cavalry and decided to use Strelets Russian Dragoons as French Cavalry, so as to provide a bit of variation.

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The figure which I picked for Fitzjames Cavalerie was this one.  Not particularly suitable, but I like using all of the figures in the box and this was just how it worked out when I assigned figures to units.

I replaced his head with one from a set of Hät Prussian infantry, which I had bought speculatively.

 

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Plastic Soldier Review said that these Prussians were very large, and I wanted to check how large, but they really were giants compared to my RedBox figures.   However I was able to use their heads for my Fitzjames Cavalerie. The Hät Prussian heads and hats come separately so I fixed them together, better than this picture, before adding them to the Fitzjames Cavalerie figures.

 

I bent and welded the figure’s left arm, so that it looked more as though he was controlling his horse, removed his pistol and replaced it with a sword.

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I used a tip which I read recently on TMP (The Miniatures Page) of using strips cut from plastic milk bottles to make swords.

 

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It worked really well and the “milk bottle” swords weld easily to the hands of the figures.

I used my clamp and magnifying tool (originally designed fly fishing tying) to hold the figure, whilst welding the sword in place.

 

 

 

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I also added carbines to the figures.  These were ones which I had removed from British Dragoon figures which I had used as Officers or Kettledrummers.  I pinned the carbines in place as I welded them.

 

 

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My 18th Century Cavalry Regiments are all in 3 figure squadrons, one of which is a command stand of an Officer, Standard Bearer and either a Kettle Drummer or Trumpeter.  The figure I used as the Fitzjames Officer was this one.  He comes with a separate sword, which I welded in place then twisted and welded his wrist to a more upright carrying position.  I removed his pistol and bent his left hand to a better position to control his horse, and finally removed his carbine.

 

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I used this figure as a Standard Bearer, removing the carbine and welding a section of cut-off hairgrip in place as a flagpole.

For both the Officer and Standard Bearer figures I removed carbine belts and ammunition boxes.

 

 

 

I had previously assembled a set of all of the French flags which I would want.  The original images were on various internet sites, and I modified these (using Paint) to create an Obverse and Reverse, if it was not already there, plus an extra section in the middle to wrap around the flagpole.  Fitzjames Cavalerie is the second image on the second row.

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I cut this out, smeared Prittstick on the back, wrapped it around the pole, then bent it to look as though it was waving in the wind.  This is just a section of my flags pages, which include French Maison de Roi flags and French Infantry flags.

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I used this figure as a trumpeter.  I removed his sword and carbine as well as twisting and welding his head around almost 180 degrees, so that he ended up facing more towards the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I added a trumpet (a spare one from when I converted Strelets Swedish trumpeters into British Dragoon Kettledrummers) and also welded on a trumpet banner from a small piece of cut up plastic shopping bag.  I welded extra pieces of plastic onto the back of the figure to represent the false sleeves worn by trumpeters and kettle drummers of several nations.

 

 

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There are only two of each pose in the Strelets boxes, so I used those from six sets to give me 12 identical horses.  The horses requires less conversion, just welding down of the left rear hoof to the base.  I pushed a pin (section of cut-off staple) into the centre of the saddle to help fix the mounted figures in place.

 

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After painting, I fixed the figures onto the horses and then mounted them onto card bases.  If I am building a complete Regiment, with three figure squadrons as here, my squadrons will each have one two figure base and one single base, since I prefer casualty removal rules.  The bases are 20mm per figure frontage and 40mm depth.  I stick strips of magnetic tape onto the bases to give them more weight.

 

 

 

Finally here is the complete Fitzjames Cavalerie Regiment.  They were issued with breastplates to wear under their coats, but I decided not to paint them with their coats open to show these, since several sources state that most French Cavalry hardly ever wore them, and it is highly unlikely that Fitzjames Cavalerie would have done so when the were mounted on rather poor borrowed Scottish horses.

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Jacobite Cavalry

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I painted one small unit of Jacobite Cavalry when I made the Jacobite Army for Prestonpans.  This was Strathallan’s Horse, shown here.  They are converted from Strelets British Light Dragoons in Egypt.

 

 

 

I have now created the remainder of the Jacobite Cavalry.  The units were all quite small, but I have modelled them at the greatest size they reached during the Jacobite Rebellion, which was the strength that they were at the invasion of England and Falkirk.

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28mm Black Watch

 

Amost all of my wargame figures are plastic 1:72, and that includes Zulu War, 100 Years War, Napoleonic, 18th Century and the unpainted plastic mountain of Roman era figures.  The only exception is some home-cast metal Zulus, but they are 1:72 as well.

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I do have half a dozen 28mm metal figures, since these were given away free with various supplements to Black Powder and Hail Caesar, which I purchased from Warlord Games.   Continue reading

Jacobite Highland Infantry

I got a bit behind my planned schedule over Christmas and the New Year.  I have finished my Siege Works and will post a blog showing a complete siege soon.

Meanwhile I have been painting another Brigade of Jacobite Highland Infantry, which completes the Jacobite First Line units at Culloden.  This is the Mixed Clans Brigade.

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I had already painted one unit of the Brigade, the small (six figure) combined MacLachlan & MacLean Regiment, since they were at Prestonpans, whilst the rest of the Brigade were not.  I have now completed the Brigade and this blog serves as a good example of my modelling and painting technique. Continue reading

Fortress Glacis

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I have two versions of a 15mm PaperTerrain Vauban Fortress, one the original and also the smaller one seen above, which has the original bastions (the diamond shaped corners), but half length walls and a modified gatehouse.  I wanted glacis (the outer banks) for both of these, but felt that the PaperTerrain card ones were too steep an angle for my figures to stand on them, so I made my own.  This blog describes how they were made. Continue reading