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.

Monday, 12 November 2018

'They shall not grow old' a BBC programme

A quick note here, please anyone who can, watch this programme: They shall not grow old

A BBC story of the men who fought in the first world war, produced by Peter Jackson who also made Lord of the Rings. The pictures have been cleaned up, coloured and brought to life, it is simply brilliant and so moving, couldn't recommend it more. This will stand as a landmark in the history of media I can assure you.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Revolutionary formations 1791-1807.

Robbie Rodiss popped up on here with a little bit of advice regarding flags on units of figures. Robbie like I'm sure many other wargamers cut a small bit of copper tube section and secured it into the hand of the standard bearer and was thereby able to swap various flags between units by sliding the flag staff into the tube to give a greater representation of battalions etc without having to paint up a full command base. Great idea and as my French revolutionary infantry could at a stretch represent units from 1791 to 1800 I thought I'd give it a go. Now I do realise that the coat tail of the infantry was a bit longer in the early part of the period and that they would have been less likely to have stripes on their trousers towards the 1800's but there is no way I was repainting whole units just for that kind of detail.
So with the flags painted up I thought it might be useful to post some pictures of the unit formations starting from 1791 through to 1800 with the correct flags slotted into the holders.

Below, the 2nd battalion Languedoc Rgt 1791 under the constitutional monarchy, I only have one battalion like this but will eventually purchase another as at this time two battalions made up a regiment. The tricorne hat still in use, this hat could still be seen for a couple of years after it was officially phased out but this can be said for most items of uniform, one of the joys of this period!

Below, the volunteer battalions raised during the 1791-93 period, the initial volunteers were pretty decent and performed well (if a little erratically) but when conscription was introduced many men either didn't turn up of deserted soon afterwards and therefore the quality was very poor. The figures below are ok for these troops but should really have more civilian clothing.

At the same time (1791-93) as the call for volunteers went out the regular infantry in their white uniforms and distinctive 'Tarleton' type head ware represented the backbone of the French army, still with two battalions to the regiment. It is a bit difficult to see the leading battalions flag as the figure has it over his shoulder.

Below the 1794 amalgame demi (half) brigades formed by combining one regular white uniformed battalion with two of the 'volunteer' battalions, again this did not always take place and many 'volunteer battalions often did not get combined with others at all. Note that the regular (white) battalions flag had changed again.

Below is a photograph of a 1796 demi brigade from the Italian theatre during Bonaparte's campaign both there and in Egypt in 1798.

Finally a battalion formed in column during 1804 with the newly introduced voltigures deployed in front. These figures will do to represent the units from 1804-07 though as I said earlier turn a blind eye to the prominence of stripes on trousers. Note I did not paint this flag, way to complicated!

So, a lot of flags painted but this does now allow a basic number of figures to reasonably accurately represent all of the combinations of troop organisations and uniforms from 1791 through to 1807.
I'm well on the way to finishing the light infantry in a similar vein, two bicorned blue trousered battalions done with one early green uniformed battalion still to paint up.
All of the above just dips it's toe into what is an extremely complex subject so for further reading I would not hesitate to recommend French Infantry Flags from 1786 to the end of the First Empire by Ludovic Letrun. Published by Histore & Collections. Here

Hope this was helpful,

Never forget 1918 - 2018.

We will remember them:

Friday, 26 October 2018

Back to the little guys, French WSS, Maison Du Roi 10mm

It's been ages since I have done anything with these two armies but as I fancied a change of scale I thought 10mm will do for me.
Followers will know that I have a fairly substantial collection of allied and French based on the attack on Blenheim OOB but there is still quite a few units to go to complete the units present on this side of the battlefield so I got em out, cleaned them up an as you will see they turned out ok.

The figures are Old Glory 10mm and are actually dragoons, hence the flags are the wrong shape. I should have squared them off with a bit of green stuff when I prepped the figures but I only thought of that after! Also as usual I used a blue one shade lighter than I would have normally as they are 10mm and I feel that from god height they stand out better but that's a personal choice.
There are more French cavalry and infantry to do, and some French dragoons to re-base as I cocked up the size of the bases years ago, so a little to be getting on with.
As to which rules, Neal and I used these figures with Black Powder a long time back but I'm afraid I'm not a fan so I thought I'd try adapting To the Strongest, we have used these rules (which we really like) for Thirty Years War and they worked well. Now I do think that WSS is the farthest you could stretch this rule system to but it's worth a try. I might contact Simon Miller who wrote the rules and see what he thinks.
So out with the magnifying glass and on we go!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

There and back again. 28mm Austrian Hussars 1794.

Well, no hobbits but I have been here before. I have just completed the replacement 28mm Austrian Hussars for the French Revolutionary army, as you guys will know these twenty four Eureka figures will replace the 30mm Elite cavalry that I sold, hence the there and back again crack.
Twenty four 28mm cavalry take a bit of painting and yes I did them in one batch, if I'd split them up to paint I would have given up half way through and made do with twelve of the buggers! I am pleased with them though, very colourful.

7th Regiment 'Liechtenstine':

I know they didn't carry their flag at this point in time but hey I like flags!
Off for a well earned rest.