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.
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.
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 16). This can be viewed here.
I have completed paper model soldiers of the two Regiments of Highlanders serving in the British Army during the Jacobite Rebellion, the 43rd Foot (Black Watch) and the 64th Foot (Loudoun’s Highlanders). The 43rd Foot was renumbered as 42nd in 1748 and became a Royal Regiment in 1758, changing its original buff facings to blue. Here is the complete battalion.
My 1:72 Plastic Jacobite Rebellion figures are modelled on a figure ratio of 1:30. I made all my British Infantry battalions on the average size for the Jacobite Rebellion, which was 420 real men, so I modelled this as 14 figures, which accurately represents their tactical organisation for a reduced strength battalion of 14 firing platoons (12 from the centre companies and two of grenadiers). These plastic figures are based at 15mm frontage per figure, normally 2 figures per stand (therefore 30mm frontage per stand), but some singly (for figure removal, which I like).
I wanted my Paperboys figures to occupy the same frontage. They were originally 28mm high figures at 4 figures frontage per 40mm wide stand. I reduced that by 70% so that the stand now had a 30mm frontage and the figures are about 20mm high. They were originally in 3 ranks, but I modified that to a single rank, the same as my plastic figures. That means that my Paperboys figures are on a figure ratio of 1:15, so 28 figures for an average British battalion.
I have now made three more battalions, and all four can be seen below:
And now for something else completely different.
We have a second home in Spain, so whenever we are there I can do nothing with my 1:72 plastic figures. I use some of my “hobby time” in Spain to plan work on my plastic figures and also to produce new Military History talks, which I do to raise money for British Military Charities.
I am in Spain at present and have decided to create a duplicate of some of my wargame figures, for use out here, using Paperboys figures, starting with my new favourite period of the Jacobite Rebellion. I therefore purchased the excellent “Jacobite ’45” plus the similar books on the War of Spanish Succession and American War of Independence, the latter two to give me figures suitable for expansion into The War of Austrian Succession and Seven Years War in North America (French & Indian War).
And now for something completely different!!!
I have modelled my first ever ship, or to be accurate a two masted brig. I did this because I wanted to model several of the amphibious or coastal operations which took place during the Jacobite Rebellion. One of these was the Battle of the Forth on 11th January 1746 which was an unsuccessful attempt by the Royal Navy and a composite infantry/naval force to block a Jacobite Merchant Brig ferrying heavy guns across the Forth to besiege Stirling Castle. A map of the action is shown below:
I have wanted to model some Royal Navy boats for some time, which I planned to use both for 18th Century and Napoleonic amphibious operations. However I have never previously found suitable 1:72 models, and scratch building seemed a lot of effort. I recently saw a post on TMP Age of Sail forum about Zvezda Medieval Life Boats and thought these might be ideal.
My modular terrain boards are home made, since they were first produced over 50 years ago and predate any commercial boards. They are based on 8mm polystyrene sheets stuck onto 3mm hardboard backing. Most are 12 inches square and they all have the polystyrene side cut into river or stream sections and the hardboard side blank. I create a layout of river and stream sections, then flip the rest of the boards over to fill in with blank terrain. The whole system can be seen here.
There were a couple of lesser known amphibious operations during the Jacobite Rebellion, one of which involved a Royal Navy landing party of some 100 men, so I thought I would model these. My only suitable models were Hät Royal Navy sailors and I chose two figures from that set.
I have not posted anything recently, mainly due to being away for a couple of months.
I have also been busy creating a new website, which may be of interest to some readers. As mentioned on my About page, I give Military History talks to raise money for Military Charities. I have set up a new website which gives details of those talks for anyone who is interested. It will be fairly static, since I only produce one new talk per year, but I will also record when I give talks.
The website is called Rod’s Military History Talks and can be found here.
I have published a new Military Historical Research article on this website. It is on The Influence of Guibert on Tactics, and is an updated version of one I first drafted over 20 years ago as a chapter in a book which I never finished.
It can be seen here, or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > The Influence of Guibert on Tactics.
I have slightly amended my recent article on Passage of Lines, to include a practical example of it being used at Jena in 1806. The amended article can be viewed here, or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > Passage of Lines.