Thursday, 6 December 2018

Duchy of Marginalia on Instagram

Just a wee mention of a fantasy medieval world l am currently creating with an instagram account. If you want to follow the fun search for The Duchy of Marginalia. Looking forward to seeing you over there at the edge of the edge...

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Shiny happy lead people 

I got rather fed up with their drab uniforms so l repainted them-

I used a bright blue and then gloss varnished them, finishing off with flocked bases. A colour was  presented to one of the officers and lo and behold some Hungarian troops of the early part of the twentieth century. I am very pleased with how they have turned out.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Winter comes to Albion

Winter has come to Albion. The rains of autumn have given way to the snows of winter.

A cold general leads his troops back to barracks past decorated houses through snow covered streets. The palace guard has been changed.Soon all will be safely home enjoying mulled ale and pies. The trudging through the snow will soon be forgotten as hands and feet regain their warmth and voices once more are raised in song or laughter.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

What l am working on: the Fenian Raids 1866

I am currently working on some figures to depict the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866. The Fenian troops ( not to mention some splendid rail fencing) were sent to me by the Mad Padre some time ago. I have added some Minifigs and am currently working on four units each of twelve figures. There are many more rail fences to be flocked which will provide some great scenery. I am indebted to Mike for sending me these figures etc which have awaited TL C for nearly two years.

To oppose the above l intend to buy some Perry figures depicting the Canadian forces of the period. Some time later l want to expand things to look at what ifs and other Fenian Raids scenarios. This project will work towards the release of Mersey & Leck’s forthcoming “Rebels and Patriots “ rules due to be published in January 2019.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Minature Wargames 410 411 418

Tried to buy the back issues of these last night but only available in digital format, which I am afraid to say is not what I want at all to read. Would anyone lend me the above issues for a read and then I will return them to you paying postage both ways? I want to catch up on the 1st age elves articles I missed. The one on mounted elves in the current issue is inspirational. Thanks in anticipation.

Monday, 5 November 2018

What l am working on...

I am working on my 25mm ecw collection , partly shown in the photo above.They are Minifigs of various vintages but work together. The figures remind me of a stalled tyw project based on the army of Tilly l had on the go circa 1976. Using Gush’s renaissance book I drew the flags and painted the figures only to hit problems with the varnish which went white on flags and figures alike. Unperturbed l repainted but eventually gave them to a friend’s boyfriend who collected ecw Minifigs with his brother.

The current project contains figures l bought from eBay ( l like to retain their original paint job on normally ) as well as those l painted too. I have 28mm ecw Scots too but l still prefer these old school warriors. I have known this style of castings for over forty years and they seem the part for me. In looking back l move my collection forward so to speak.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018


Many thanks for your really helpful comments and emails. I have tried to take your suggestions onboard. I finished a project using a forthcoming game to work towards. This was my VBCW Army. They took the field on Monday and lost in what was a most enjoyable game. I painted some 54mm old toy soldiers and moved them along. I am trying to enjoy this great hobby of ours and not the opposite. A question,l bought these years ago painted. I rarely used them. Does anyone recognise the manufacturer and who they are painted as?