Website Upgrade

I have been running this website for over six years. I have now decided to upgrade it to an ad-free version, so that readers do nor get annoying unrelated adverts inserted in my posts. It helped that WordPress were offering a 30% reduction in the first year’s subscription.

Military Historical Research articles

I have amended the structure of pages of Military Historical Research articles.  These were all originally in a single section, but the number of articles was getting long, and I have plans to add more in the near future.  I have therefore divided this section into two drop down sub-sections from the main Top Menu.  The new sub-sections are Organisation and Tactics.

Blog Post Categories further amended

Having created some additional Blog Post Categories, I have decided to organise them into a logical hierarchy, with main categories of Historical Eras, Troop Types, Military Historical Research, Terrain and General.  These then have various subcategories as can be seen in the Post Categories side bar.  As my website grows, I think this will make it easier for readers to find blogs which interest them.

Blog Post Categories

I have decided to create some new Blog Post Categories of Command, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineers and Logistic.  I have then gone back over all of my posts to date and added these categories to posts as appropriate.  The intention is to make it easier for anyone reading the posts to find a particular subject.

Blog Post Categories

I have created a new Sidebar Widget for Categories.  Every blog which I have posted so far is in Website General, but as time goes by there will be other categories such as 18th Century, Napoleonic, Terrain etc.  These categories of course refer to current and future blog posts and are entirely separate to the Top Menu pages, which give a lot of detail of my wargaming, modelling and Military Historical Research over more than 50 years.

Rod’s Wargaming Home Page

When I set this Blog up, I created a static Home page, giving information about the structure of the website.  I have since decided that it would be better if it showed my latest Blog posts on the Home page, however that could potentially lose the information about the structure of the website.

I have solved this by posting that general information as a Blog, but making it a sticky, so that it will always appear at the top of the page.  I have then customised my Home page to make it show my Blogs – problem solved (and I have learned a bit more about WordPress, which I have found to be really excellent).

As a result of this, I have also removed the Top Menu item of “Blog”, since it is now on the Home page, and this has moved all of my Top Menu items onto a single line – much neater.

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, a few years ago I set up a new website to give details of my portfolio of Military History Talks (currently 20).  This can be viewed here.

Rod’s Wargaming website update

Well, I have now finished creating all of the pages giving details of my wargaming and model soldiers.  They can be accessed through the top level menu of Ancients, Horse & Musket and General, all of which have sub-pages.  I will add to these or amend them from time to time, but I think the basic structure is fine.

There is also a Military Historical Research section, containing straight (ie not wargaming) articles.  There are four articles at present, but more will follow.

I will use future blogs to record my latest modelling or wargaming activities, as well as announcing any new articles in the Mitary Historical Research section.

Rod’s Wargaming

I have been chatting on various Military History and Wargaming forums for many years.  A few weeks ago I was involved in a discussion on TMP (The Miniatures Page), in which I mentioned my 1:72 plastic wargame figures, which I have been collecting for over 50 years.  One of the other participants asked if I had a website where these could be seen.  I did not, but prompted by this have now set one up.  There is still a bit of work to do on it, but feel free to look around.  The “About” page tells you a little about me, and the other areas can be accessed from the Top Menu Bar or the Home page.

I have done some straight (ie not model soldier based) research, and a number of articles can be found in the Military Historical Research Section.