Fortress Glacis


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

Napoleonic French Infantry – Regimental Identification


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

New Military Historical Research Article

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.

Napoleonic British Siege Engineers

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.  re-officer-2

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.

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Siege Artillery


As readers of my blogs will be aware, my current project is a scratch built modular system of Siege Works.  I covered the principles behind this in my earlier blog Siege Works.  I have now completed the first of my siege gun and mortar batteries, so thought I would describe how I did this.



My British Siege guns are made from the longer gun barrels from the Hät Sailors and Marines set, mounted on carriages from the Italeri French Guard Artillery set.  They represent 18 or 24 pounders, and I will use them both for the 18th Century and Napoleonic eras.

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Fortress Artillery


A couple of years ago, I made up a PaperTerrain model of a Vauban fortress.  This is suitable for both the 18th Century and Napoleonic era.  You can see more details of this on my Fortifications page.


I needed some artillery for this, and the only suitable garrison carriages were those of the Hät British Sailors and Marines set.  However I thought that the gun barrels themselves were too large for fortress artillery, so I used Airfix French Napoleonic Artillery barrels instead, and assumed that they were short 12 pounders.   I painted the gun barrels black to represent iron guns. Continue reading

Spanish Army – 1811


I was looking at my top menu pages to correct spelling mistakes (I noticed a few) and realised that I only had one picture of Napoleonic Spanish Infantry, despite having 22 battalions of them, representing all of the Spanish units at Albuera.


I decided to correct this, both on the main Napoleonic Infantry page and also via this blog post.  Here is the 4th Battalion Reales Gardes.  They have been converted from Esci 1806 Prussians.  The grenadiers are headswaps with Airix French Imperial Guard Grenadiers, enabling the French Imperial Guard 3rd and 4th battalions to have some men in bicornes. Continue reading

Siege Works


My current project is modelling a modular set of siege works, based on illustrations in Christopher Duffy’s book “Fire & Stone – the Science of Fortress Warfare 1660-1860”.  These siege works are entirely scratch built, and I thought I would describe the technique in this blog.  Here you can see a sap, running away from a parallel, through a couple of zig-zags, and a pair of 18th Century British Infantry sappers working on the sap head, with a British Engineer Officer looking on. Continue reading