Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Ludwig of the North

In 1868 the Duchy of Tradgardland joined the North German Confederation-
It's ruler Karl Frederick IV was famous,perhaps infamous, known around the beer halls as "The Ludwig of the North" in reference to his incessant castle building which had almost bankrupted the Duchy.
In August 1870 the Tradgardlanders march towards battle against the French...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Ten Years Later

I popped over to Der Alte's blog today and found him reflecting upon the 10th anniversary of his blog.This prompted me to see how long I had been blogging about the Duchy of Tradgardland and diverse matters. Much to my surprise it was June 2007 that it all began! It was long ago and far away, so much...
Blogging has added much to my hobby and life and I am glad to have other's blogs to read too.

Saturday, 16 September 2017


Around the early 80s I got these-
I looked with enthusiasm at the Warrior Miniatures Charles II period 25mm figures in the window of their shop in Glasgow. Alas I never bought any. What I did do was decapitate loads of Minifigs 25mm GNW Russians and stick on wide brimmed heads ( possibly Thessalian ancient?) to get the look. It was fun at the time.
The other day this arrived-
I have not had time or energy to do it justice but I am very impressed  indeed. A visual delight and well written. Once more it has fanned the flames of enthusiasm for the "might have been" battles of 1688 on English soil. Combined with "The Pikeman's Lament" I am tempted to give them a go but which scale- 15mm,20mm or 28mm?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Army Black in 40/45mm semi flats

Trying to eat into the Lead Mountain  by basing/painting as a distraction tonight. These are some homecast  semi flat figures which belong to the army of Army Black.
Apart from a couple of figures cooking supper al fresco with a large cauldron over an open fire with billowing steam these are all I have. If anyone would like to swop/sell me a few more cavalry and  infantry please be in touch as I would like to finish this little army.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Update 2

I am glad to see August gone. Often it seems like we are all ,on and off,  just waiting for Jan's anniversary. The 30th passed as well as could be expected,I can hardly believe it is two years now!
On the hobby front I have done little but thought more. I bought some N gauge chalets etc to use as wargames scenery. This included a church identical to one which I had as a boy.Here it is with firstly some 1/72 scale stuff and then with 25/28mm-
I'm happy with the 1/72 but not so sure about the 25/28mm.What do you think?
Today,whilst out on an errand I popped into a charity shop and got these-
Sheer nostalgia in book form and a good family game if online reviews are to be believed- not bad for seven pounds the pair. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Currently coming to the end (hopefully) of four days fighting a flu-like coldy thingie. The first two were awful as I was in work. Yesterday the I self prescribed a little light painting with T.M.S in the garden and today I will do little . Earlier in the week I based some Elastolin 40mm figures from my childhood and made a wee start on some 40mm Doug Miller peasant wars figures-
I thought explore how the Peasants Wars might impact on Tradgardland...
Whilst the West Indies made an amazing comeback yesterday I tried to paint some 16th century houses using breakfast biscuit boxes and a crisp tube-
On a totally different matter I got this really interesting book-

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Defend Dunfermline

Went to see the Defend Dunfermline event in Dunfermline today-
Vehicles on display
Wargames including one based upon a ww2 map showing projected defence positions of Home Guard and locally stationed Polish troops. The game imagined German paratroops had landed and the aforementioned positions were manned in defence.
Reenactors also. On again tomorrow if you fancy popping by...

A little light playtesting

Did a little light playtesting on the two fantasy portable wargame rules/amendments around currently-
Goblins and a swarm of bats go head to head with Beorn and his kin.
Ents versus a pesky giant.

Friday, 4 August 2017


A visit from the Forbodian ambassador yesterday resulted in my first game of Command and Colours.
A most enjoyable game ensued and I would really like to try C&C again.
I have been re-reading this article again and hope to give it a go with some Lone Star  knights -

Charles Grant suggested 54mm Greenwood and Ball but for me the knights of my youth were either Lone Star or Britains. I have recently bought these toy knights I recall from the 1960s as my own ones have sadly gone. More are ordered including some that once were given away in Kellog's cereal .

Monday, 31 July 2017

Not out!

Firstly many thanks for your kind words and support,it really makes a difference. I am moving forward. I have taken much of your advice- a day visit to St Andrews was great, listening to Test Match Special whilst doing some gardening or painting and enjoying some books and tv. Friday saw me take my Romans across the Firth of Forth by train to try and put down a revolt by Civilis. The game was great but ended in my Romans succumbing to the combined might of Germanic tribesmen allied with revolting roman auxiliaries and cavalry.  A re match is planned. Today I cut the hedge with secateurs ( whilst telling passing neighbours that Jan had sensibly always banned me from an electric hedgetrimmer in case I cut myself) ending with me cutting a finger and going to minor injuries at the local hospital to have the cut glued and a tetanus booster given. This will put my Kingdom of Commagene figure painting on  hold for a few days. We are getting there.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Black Dog

The Black Dog has been sniffing around of late but has decided to launch himself upon me now. I know a number of you are visited by him too. Any suggestions for how to deal with him?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ambush in the forest,Norway 1200 AD- a game played with the ancient rules from "Developing the Portable Wargame"

A forest in Norway,a patrol of knights are making their way home through the forest-
They encounter some ambushers-
The resulting battle was played using these rules-
They give a most enjoyable ancient game and like the Ronseal advert says they do exactly what it says on the tin,sorry book. Bob develops the portable wargaming rules of his last book  taking them to the ancient period and to the skies with aerial combat not to mention adding depth and interest to his already accessible system. Well worth getting hold of ,they are packed with inspiration and will add much to your gaming.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Breakfast biscuits Little Wars house challenge

A sunny day in Tradgardland today and I set a challenge for my three daughters- paint a house made out of a breakfast biscuit box to be used as wargaming scenery.

 Here are the results-
Please vote for your favourite by leaving a comment below. Watch out for the houses being included in a game very soon.

Saturday, 15 July 2017


With both the kitchen table and dining table commandeered for  ongoing art work or studying I am unable to set up big games. I have therefore set up a game (see yesterday's  post) using the converted garden potting bench I adapted for inside use-
The game can be left up ,out of everyone's way, ready to be played on and off over a couple of  days. The railway background paper helps shut out the real world and adds atmosphere to the look of the thing.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Interwar imaginations revisited- gaming with the Portable Wargame Rules in mind

It is time to revisit my two deadly rivals- The Duchy of Volare-Cantare and The Imperium.
Now the newly painted forces of The Duchy of Volare-Cantare.
Tanks and Alpini go into action...
Next those of The Imperium-
Infantry,Cavalry and Light Armour go into action.
Finally got figures from Eamon and tanks from Tim Gow on the table.More pictures as the game develops tomorrow...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Better weather today here so took the chance to paint outdoors-

Sunday, 9 July 2017


On holiday now. Yesterday ( with the sunne present for once) I spent much of the day cutting the grass and weeding,redeeming the wilderness but not too much. I was accompanied in this by a radio on an extension cable with Test Match Special.

I am pleased with the result. I also watched an interesting film- "Free state of Jones" which is well worth a watch. Today the weather has returned to a cold wet norm and I have been painting figures, accompanied once more by T.M.S. Nearly two years ago I got these rules-
and have yet to use them. I feel they would be just right for some skirmishes set in the late 17th century in Tradgardland.I will give them a go with the figures currently on the painting table. Anyone used them and what do you think?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Maneuvers in Tradgardland

The Duke of Tradgardland watches as his gardeners train with muskets.
Amidst smoke and noise, the Duke's Grenadiers assault a statue of   Mercury. The Duke hopes that the damage will only be slight but realises that grenades need to be thrown at times for practise.

Friday, 7 July 2017

T D K part 3 In the Duke of Tradgardland's gardens...

Early morning and the Duke's gardeners make their weary way to the first  job of the day.
Elsewhere in the lee of some topiary Father Lacey-Cotta awaits a confidant...
In another corner of the garden old mother Shippam converses earnestly  to no avail.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Model Topiary

Daughter number one has been making some model topiary out of clay with/for me  today-
It is air drying so I will need to be patient for some days. In the picture is a late 17th century Front Rank figure for scale and inspiration. When dry I will paint and varnish the topiary  not to mention the pond. After that some pictures with figures...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A plunge taken for better or worse.

I have finally taken the plunge (with some persuasion) and have dived into Facebook. Supported by the technical knowledge of my daughters and others I am live. I hope it will prove a useful tool...

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Defenestrated Kolbold 2

Mr Noyes is escorted to the backroom of coffee house where he is set upon by footpads masquerading as itinerant  castrato singers and their servants. A swift melee ensues. Mr Noyes sees them off and looks for his leather case but to no avail. Questions to a servant reveals that a cloaked figure was seen leaving with the case...