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, 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 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.
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).
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
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
There was a recent posting on the Napoleonic Discussion Forum on TMP (The Miniatures Page) about how wargamers distinguished between French Infantry Regiments . I thought that I would post a blog explaining how I do this.
I have based this on the French 92nd de la Ligne. Their 1st Battalion is shown here in a Column of Divisions. Continue reading
I have published a new article in the Military Historical Research Section. This is on Napoleonic Infantry Battalion Structures and looks at how these evolved from the 17th to 18th Centuries and on into the Napoleonic era. It also looks at the different structures used by various Nations, examines some of the reasons for these variations, and the effect of them on tactics.
Like several of my articles in this section, this article was originally written many years ago as part of a book on Napoleonic tactics, which I never finished. I have updated it and thought I would share it with readers of this website.
I have nearly finished my modular siege works, although I have fallen slightly behind my original schedule due to other distractions (setting up a website for a Veterans’ Association). My siege works should now be finished by late November.
Once it is completed, I plan to show a whole siege. My only 18th Century figures are British and Jacobite, and there were no sieges involving major trench works during that campaign.
I have therefore decided to base my siege demonstration on the Napoleonic era. However I had no suitable siege engineers, so I have now made some British Napoleonic ones. This is Lieutenant Colonel Sir Richard Fletcher, who commanded Wellington’s Engineers at most of the Peninsular War sieges. He has a map, as do all of my engineer officers, and is pointing out work to be done.
My current project of creating modular Siege Works will be finished in about two weeks, and I will set up the whole system to show a siege after that. There is not much more to say about it until then. Meanwhile, to fill the gap in blog posts, I have been updating some of the Pages in the Military History Section of the website.
One of the papers outlined the way in which Wellington used all of the light infantry companies in each brigade to create small converged Light Battalions, which then operated as a Brigade asset, rather than remain under their parent battalion’s control (British Converged Light Battalions).
I have now updated this paper and readers of this blog might be interested in my conclusions. Continue reading