Wednesday, 13 December 2017

In the bleak mid (well nearly) winter ... part one

Its that time again and Dugald the druid is preparing to cut the mistletoe once again. This is how Dugald sees himself and his mates in his mind's eye-

However reality is somewhat different- a rather kindly white haired gentleman with a rusty sickle at his belt as well as two mouldy heads that he gathered along the way sometime ago.
However before he can begin he needs a bodyguard as there are some nasty folks around the place...
To be continued

Sunday, 10 December 2017


My new recruits are being based. Jim did 99% of that plus all the painting. Here are some pics-

My regular opponent Phil is reorganising his vikings (Essex,Greenwood and Ball etc) to be opponents for these splendid fellows- can't wait!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Old school again

My book from Norway has finally arrived. It was addressed correctly yet ended up being delivered to Amazon by mistake.
In 1995 I saw a small advert at the back of Miniature Wargames for a chap who was casting 25mm Napoleonic Norwegian ski troops.I contacted him (think he is/was called Kevin Gilfedder, of Doncaster) and the figures duly arrived. I have tinkered with them on and off since but never finished the unit.Here they are on top of a wee booklet from the Norwegian army Museum showing ski troop uniforms-
Sorry I just can't seem to turn the photo :(
anyway the figures are delightfully old school and I really ought to get them done to fight my new Swedes.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gloriously Old School

Yesterday Jim D popped over to Fife to deliver a couple of  painted armies transferring to the service of Duke of Tradgardland's army- my lead mountain that is to say.More about the Carolingians later- wonderful Minifigs with those fantastic helmets and staff slingers that mean business. The other army comprised Swedes circa 1808-
I love the painting style of these splendid figures,something I could probably never replicate as I am not as skilled a painter. I am, however, tempted to give it a go in order to provide a worthy opponent for these super Swedes...


Saturday, 2 December 2017


I decided to paint up these 40mm knights as reinforcements for my medieval Scandinavians yesterday. I had got them very cheaply some time ago. They painted up well and I look forward to using them in a game-
One of my reference books suggestions Scandinavian armour styles were a tad behind the times compared to the latest knightly fashions. I am using this as an excuse to mix different styles and times in my units. After all they are cheap ,cheerful and fun. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Anyone who had a heart...

Anyone who had a heart ( upon seeing my new Normans on their splendid Impetus bases) would not consider rebasing them at all-
I think I will use them for the basis of  a wee Basic Impetus army,something I have fancied doing for some time. Any of you chaps out there playing Basic Impetus these days?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Compatibility with Lammings Normans?

I acquired some Lamming Miniatures Norman cavalry ( full of old school charm) recently to use in a wee side project for Lion Rampant. I wonder if anyone can suggest any figures which would be compatible with Lamming  ( I doubt I have the patience/opportunity to wait for sourcing more Lammings) in order that I could finish two sides for the game. I will have around 30 cavalry but no infantry. I have a fancy to depict rival Norman forces in Italy or Sicily (I love the Byzantine style mosaics) so might need some Arab/Berber figures too. Any ideas?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

"They deserve to get out."

I commented on Ross's blog recently and the post title is his reply. Here is a link to his post-

So I have begun to get my 40mm semi flats table ready-

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Targe 2

On a bright and cold morning we set out for Kirriemuir and the Targe Show.It is always an enjoyable journey as the leaves change colour and autumn kicks in.The Angus countryside looked idyllic with enigmatic Ancient Monuments signs to Pictish stones and Glamis Castle passed by. The show used to be held in the town hall but now takes place in the local high school.

A general view of the show and some splendid Command and Colours games in 15mm.
My favourite game was this Carlist Wars battle by Jack Glanville and others using Sharpe Practice.Beautiful terrain and figures.

Now for the purchases.My Warbases movement trays for the VBCW and some nostalgia filled reading materials. I recall reading the magazines when 11 and 12 years old.
Finally some pre painted Brits I purchased to oppose my Danes. An enjoyable day with an excellent bacon roll,catching up with fellow gamers ,interesting games to view and tempting trade stands.What more could one ask of a Saturday?

Friday, 10 November 2017

Targe anyone?

Off to Kirriemuir in the morning,anyone else going?

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Quo Vadis?.

I have dug out the 28mm napoleonic chaps from the shed, the tyw army (unpacked,still on spruces as it left Warlord ) stares accusingly across the bedroom and loads need sorted. I know destinations l wish to visit on my hobby journey in terms of games albeit too many and too diverse. They include Norwegians for Sharpe Practice Danes for an old school game based around the siege of Copenhagen to name but two. I am hopeful that eight months time will see me with more energy,enthusiasm and time for the hobby but I can say no more upon this currently. Perhaps until then l will resolve to game more,set the bar lower and tinker ,the time of the bigger projects will come. What do you think?

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Snow effect for bases sought...

I am looking for ideas on how to replicate snow on bases for wargames figures,both single figures and element-type basing.
p.s thanks also for the supportive and helpful comments to my previous post

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

BP etc

At half term I spent a few days in Yorkshire with friends which was so relaxing.Last week I was in Copenhagen for two nights, it was fantastic,lovely hotel,food and Norwegian airlines excellent.I got back on Thursday, On Friday I went to the nurse just to check my BP- it was 210/110. Had to see the  GP who put me on tablets there and then! I got a shock! Went back yesterday and it was 160/110. Had a good chat with the nurse practitioner and feel a tad calmer. Trying to do my bit in terms of diet,caffeine and exercise. Got ecg today and get bloods next week.
Any other fellow bloggers dealing with HPB? Ideas sought. 
Finally on the the subject of BP ( British Petroleum this time) are any of you watching "The Last Post" about the conflict in Aden? We certainly feel it is well worth a view, as is the Netflick's new Star Trek.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Distant War

I was moved by the exhibition in the Tojhusmuseet about the Danes in Afghanistan.Here is what the museum says about it-
"The 600m2 exhibition recreates a Danish military camp and its surroundings as realistically as possible. Crate upon crate of uniforms, weapons and first-aid equipment have been brought back to Denmark from ISAF Team 10, who were in Afghanistan in autumn 2010. Everything in the exhibition has been used, worn and covered with personal graffiti. The goal of the exhibition is to make the life of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan more tangible, and almost all the exhibits can be picked up and held, bringing museum visitors into direct contact with everyday life in the camp. The exhibition also uses special effects to recreate the atmosphere on the ground - and shake the senses."
The Tojhusmuseet has separated the exhibition in order to give an immersive experience. the moment you enter you walk over sand  and rocks,over uneven surfaces. The soldier's quarters are lain out almost as if they have just left. I found it very powerful. It was half term in Denmark and people of all ages were going round the exhibition. If in Copenhagen don't miss it.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Just back

Yesterday saw me return from a brief visit to Copenhagen. It was my fourth visit to Denmark although my first since 1994. It was lovely to be back. As ever the Tojhus museum was fascinating-
Excellent maritime dioramas as above and fascinating full sized exhibits as below-
 I was  very moved by an exhibition entitled "The distant War" about the Danish army's experiences in Afghanistan. I will post pictures next time of it.

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.