Rod’s Wargaming Website

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, PlanningModelling 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 19).  This can be viewed here.

11 thoughts on “Rod’s Wargaming Website

  1. PDL October 25, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Most interesting and informative. I intend to reflect these units in my rules and British Brigades. I can also see some potential skirmish wargames with these units. The mix of uniforms with in such a unit makes it all the more interesting.


  2. Jim Duncan August 5, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Interesting site Rod, I hope to keep a regular eye on it.

    Your photographs are not very sharp. Do you have a camera with a macro setting?



    • rodwargaming August 5, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Hi Jim,

      No they are taken with an i-pad, and the lighting in my study is not all that brilliant.



    • rodwargaming August 31, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Hi Mark,
      Glad you liked it. Just finishing off some fairly major conversions of Strelets Swedish Infantry of Charles XII into six battalions of the Irish Brigade in French Service during the War of Austrian Succession. I will be posting a blog on this in a few days time.
      Best wishes


      • 26soldiersoftin September 1, 2017 / 3:26 pm

        Rod, I look forward to seeing these. Hard to believe that you can almost buy anything near what you want now in plastic, for this current (brief?) golden age of plastic, which somehow brings out the reverse of encouraging the vintage converter in me again! Mark, Man of TIN


      • rodwargaming September 1, 2017 / 6:11 pm

        Hi Mark,
        Napoleonics and Ancients are well covered in 1:72 plastics, but 18th Century less so. RedBox 1745 British Infantry are excellent. Strelets Jacobites are OK. Hat SYW Prussians are too big. Revell SYW Austrians are discontinued, although I managed to pick up all the ones which I wanted.There is no cavalry other than Swedish or Russian GNW by either Strelets or Zvezda (and the latter are too big). For French Infantry I had to use Strelets GNW Swedish. I have used Imex AWI infantry and artillery for some WAS figures. So that means that there is still quite a lot of conversion for me to do.


  3. Maudlin Jack Tar September 4, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection of figures – I really like the Guards Colour Party turned Colonial Infantry.


    • rodwargaming September 4, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Glad you liked them. They are over 50 years old.



  4. Geoff November 27, 2017 / 12:56 am

    Hi Rod,

    Thank you for your article on Obstacle Avoidance Drills. It is well researched and very helpful. I really enjoy your posts.

    Best wishes,


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