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.
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 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.
There was a recent discussion on the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board of TMP (The Miniatures Page) about Passage of Lines. I thought I would post an article about it on this website, and it can be viewed here (or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > Passage of Lines).
I decided to model the Battle of Clifton (or as some would call it the Skirmish of Clifton). To set the scene, I will start with some slides from my PowerPoint talk on “The 45” which should be finished later this year, and I will give to raise funds for the British Military Charity “Combat Stress”.
In November 1745 the Jacobites marched into England, down the West coast through Carlisle and moving too fast to be caught by Wade’s Northern Army on the East coast. Their intention was to head for London and they expected English Jacobites to join them. A few did in Manchester, but in insignificant numbers. Cumberland’s Midlands Army was positioned to block them just North of Coventry, but Lord George Murray took some of his force on a diversionary move towards Wales, where there was some Jacobite support. Cumberland marched towards Wales, but Murray swung back to rejoin the main Jacobite Army.
As a Cavalry force from Cumberland’s Midlands Army marched north to try to catch the retreating Jacobite Army, he was joined by a Cavalry Brigade from Wade’s Northern Army.
This was commanded by Major General James Oglethorpe. He was the Governor of Georgia, in North America and had been in UK recruiting men to serve there when the Jacobite Rising started, so he was given command of a Cavalry Brigade.
All of his portraits show him in classical half armour, striking heroic poses, however he did not live up to that image.
He did hold a Jacobite peerage and was rumoured to have travelled to Europe incognito to meet the Jacobite Marshal Keith, so this might have accounted for his lacklustre performance in the field.
I have added one extra figure to my posting about Cumberland’s Clifton Cavalry, a dismounted figure of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Philip Honeywood, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Dragoons, who commanded the combined force of three dismounted Dragoon Regiments at Clifton. The amended post is below.