Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
Just to remind the visitor to scroll down the various pages and click on 'older posts' to see more.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Austrian Grenzers French Revolution cir 1794

'One small step' as Neil Armstrong said, well maybe not quite in the same bracket as man kinds first moon landing but hey its one more job done down the road of getting my French Rev troops into some semblance of order,
28mm Eureka Grenzers are done, 16 figures on two man skirmish bases primarily for General D'Armee but also for Sharp Practice. I painted them up in their regulation white uniforms and gray cloaks (with one or two red ones added for variation) as they were issued with these when they got to their units. I will include here a link to the Eureka site for a better description.
Behind the skirmishers I painted up is the unit formed up, not the best of figures as you can see. I bought them at one of the Claymore shows years ago and couldn't even tell you which figure manufacturer they were so they ain't the best painted unit I have but they will do the job as the formed light unit probably won't be used that much.

A French Chasseur cavalry regiment next I think.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Re-furbished Austrian artillery battery cir 1794

I'm posting this today sitting straight and very carefully in front of the computer with a well iffy back. The rest of the lads at the club are having a fun time playing out an AWI 28mm game while I am stuck here, not that I'm envious or anything but what a bunch of bastards!
Never mind let's make the best of a bad situation and post photographs of a battery of French Revolutionary period Austrian 4pdr guns that I have re-furbish lately. I needed to do this as basically I had bollocked the original modelling/painting job up a couple of years ago.

As you can see top picture the guns themselves are wrong, I didn't have the correct ones at the time so used whatever was lying around in my spares box, and though nicely painted (if I may say so myself) the limber riders should always have a much greyer uniform whatever part of the Napoleonic/Revolutionary period they are being portrayed as being from but also in the Rev part they had round brimmed hats and not the turned up type shown.
So, after receiving new artillery pieces from Eureka (along with a lot of other stuff, but more of that later), out with the modelling knife, the 'green stuff' and a watered down black wash and hey presto:

A fairly easy fix to be honest but enjoyable non the less. I am now mid way through painting up 16 Grenzers on skirmish stands so that the battalion in line can be 'broken down into that formation. May get them done next week, back permitting that is!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Old figures, new photos.

As previously mentioned I'm flogging two of my Elite French Revolutionary cavalry units off as I think they are a little large in size compared with the other cavalry units in the collection. Elite are great figures, though a bit Marmite for some folks (you either love em or hate em) but I decided to pay the extra and go for Eureka. These having arrived and having found the Elite a good loving home (one of the lads who follows this blog actually) I realised I never did put up pictures of one of the units I'm selling, the early French Chasseurs.
I consider this blog a visual record of the collections I have had in the past, those painted for others, those I own now and games I have participated in. It's really for me to look back at and though it's great that anyone else takes a small amount of pleasure in dropping by, truthfully the whole thing is done for selfish old me so I didn't want to miss out on getting these guys on here before they go off to a far better general than I'll ever be!
Painted about three years ago, French Chasseurs cir 1792-4:

Hopefully I will post pictures of the re-done Austrian artillery battery this weekend.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

A naval gazing interlude.

We've all been there, looking in one of the random boxes of unpainted figures for one thing that we were sure we put in there 20 yrs ago. "I remember putting it there in 1982 for f***s sake, why isn't it still there" even though you've moved house three times since then. Oh well.
But sometimes it works out, with dementia rapidly kicking in I searched and searched, never found the thing I was looking for but did come across two Langton Napoleonic kits 1/1200 scale. Haven't done anything like this for years says I, (Whilst doing the rigging I remembered why!) but the end result whilst not anywhere near some of the fantastic models I see on other sites wasn't too bad.
These can be classed as good standard wargame model ships, I know the flags are blowing the wrong way when compared to the sails but aesthetically this looks better and I also know that the union flag on the original British frigate is in the wrong place but to be honest I couldn't be arsed to take it off and replace it! Oh yes and cotton thread doesn't look great after it's been spray varnished but you live and learn.
I may take this further I don't know, but here are the pictures:

I have had a couple of these ships for a while but decided to tart them up, might end up getting about ten per side, we'll see.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

The battle of Dunsburgh 460 AD

It's Fathers Day so I get to play with my toy soldiers, that's the rule!
So first outing with my newly re-based Sub Romans and Saxons using as always To the Strongest rules. Each army was about 170 points strong, the Saxons were, well infantry mostly with one skirmish unit in there but strong hefty lads with the shieldwall trait (+1 save against missile fire). The Sub Romans consisted of a decent first line of infantry with auxiliaries behind and flanks of cavalry and skirmishers.

 Sub Roman Britons on the left, Saxons on the right.

 Britons top two photographs, Saxons bottom two.

Turn one, the Saxon centre command immediately pushed forward with their flanks holding back, it wasn't meant to happen but two aces in a row buggered up any plan they had right from the start!

Taking advantage of a stupendous run of card turning the Britons eliminate the Saxon skirmishers, damage a Saxon warband and slip two of their own skirmish units past the Saxon right flank.

The right hand Saxon commander reacts to this by pressing forward, swinging his rear rank warband to the right and taking out one of the two enemy cavalry units, he now unfortunately sits there with his own flank exposed.

On the opposite flank the Saxon infantry push back the skirmish unit to their front and simply ignore the two in the woods to their left (the Britons couldn't pull the cards to turn and shoot). The rear Saxon unit has now turned to it's right to attack the centre of the Britons line but this took some time and events elsewhere were to prove decisive.

The centre of the lines slug it out, this proved to be a typical grinding match with red disruption die accumulating at an alarming rate and units coming forward to fill in gaps as they appeared.


The Saxon right flank finally collapsed and the Briton's skirmishers headed off towards the enemy camp (if captured this would provide the Britons with three victory points).

The Saxon line is completely flanked and the Britons skirmishers are about to capture the Saxon camp. The final token was lost when a Saxon warband in the centre was destroyed but the battle was won by the Britons with a fantastic run of cards destroying the Saxon right flank!

A pretty one sided casualty display, Saxon destroyed units on the left.
As always a great game from a great set of rules.