Having been wargaming for over 60 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.
There is also 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.
Finally, I have recently set up a new website to give details of my portfolio of Military History Talks (currently 19). This can be viewed here.
In a my recent post on Jacobite Boats (Part 1), I described how I made a dismounted ADC for the Duke of Perth. I have now decided to make one more dismounted ADC, this time the ADC for Lord George Murray.
He is shown here as a mounted figure on a Command Sabot with Lord George.
In Part 1, I described the background to my modelling of some Jacobite Boats, as used in their successful amphibious assault at Dornoch Firth on 20th March 1746. The first Jacobite boat I completed was shown in Part 1 and is shown again below.
I had previously modelled a pair of Royal Navy boats, which were used by 27th Foot (Inniskillings) and a Naval Landing Party, as part of a joint operation with a pair of small Royal Navy Brigs, in their unsuccessful attempt to prevent the Jacobites ferrying their siege guns across the Forth to help besiege Stirling Castle. These can be seem here and a photo of these boats is below.
However the largest amphibious operation of the ’45 was not British but Jacobite and, unlike the British one, it was entirely successful. I wanted the model the boats for this.
Tented camps featured in a couple of battles during the Jacobite Rebellion. The first was at Falkirk, where the British Army was still in its tented camp as the Jacobites began to deploy, so hastily marched out, as shown in the map of the battle below:
The second was the night before the Battle of Culloden, when the Jacobites made an abortive night march on the British Army tented camp at Nairn.
I decided to make some model tents, which I could use in such scenarios.
Peat walls were used in Scotland, wherever peat was a more easily obtainable material than rocks to build dry stone walls. One, the Leanach Enclosure, notably featured in the Battle of Culloden, forcing the Atholl Brigade to double their 3 rank line into a 6 rank column to avoid being disrupted by it. This enclosure is shown on the map below.
I found this map online, but modified the shape of the enclosure, extending it slightly northwards, to look more like the illustration in Stuart Reid’s “Like Hungry Wolves”.
Hedges may well have featured in several actions during the Jacobite Rebellion, but the main one in which they are mentioned is the Battle of Clifton on 18th December 1745. I covered this battle in a previous post (here) and my model of the battlefield is below, with the field surrounded by hedges in the centre.
A feature of most Scottish towns, and larger villages, was a Mercat Cross, an indication that the town or village had been granted the right to hold a market. The history of these is here, and there are 126 surviving ones in Scotland, although many have had substantial renovations.
One of the better known is that at Culross in Fife, which featured in the Outlander TV series and also in the 1971 version of the Robert Louis Stevenson Classic “Kidnapped”. The Culross Mercat Cross is below.
My Jacobite Infantry Brigade Commanders are on foot, but all of my senior Jacobite Commanders and staff are mounted, as shown below, with from the left, an Army command sabot containing Prince Charles, Col O’Sullivan and a Standard Bearer, a Divisional command sabot containing Lord George Murray and his ADC, and another Divisional command sabot containing the Duke of Perth and his ADC.
However, at Prestonpans all of the Jacobite commanders were on foot, so I decided to model some alternative dismounted figures for these.