Monday, 16 July 2018

Dettol- the result...

Having soaked in Dettol since Friday l got the figures out of the jar-

The Dettol has worked wonders on them. I cleaned them next with washing up liquid, neat as per instructions. I am delighted and would certainly do this again. Have a look back at a few posts ago and see the GIs prior to the soaking. The figures that had not worked with paint stripper previously are clean thanks to Dettol too.I am free to appear in commercials for a suitable remuneration.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Upon my return 

I am just back from a family wedding. The postman had left these for me-

They are a very mixed bag and not in great condition. As ever can you help identify these figures. There are some fellows amongst them l have never seen before . Thanks for your help.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Testing times 

I found the jar of figures l had unsuccessfully stripped with brush cleaner-

I then added the new figures prior to adding the Dettol. I will leave them overnight and see what happens.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Currently reading and need your help...

I got this mixed bag online this week for a very reasonable sum-

Can anyone identify the figures? Thanks in advance.

These are the books that I am currently reading. I would recommend them unreservedly to you. The novel is beautifully written and engrossing whilst the non fiction one is a mine of fascinating facts and shines new light on the subject.
Finally good luck England for the game tonight, l haven’t been as caught as l am for ages.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Hollow men 3 imagineering etc

I have been looking around for options for the game and in doing so recall toy soldiers of my childhood. I always had two sides Britains v Timpo and the rest when using 54mm figures. The Britains were the good guys and the Timpo ones the baddies. I thought the Timpo ones were fine and was happy to have a variety of them but to me Britains were much superior. I think I have retained that view ever since.
I have been thinking of a background to my interwar gaming partly based on what l have available and partly on Pathe News footage l have viewed for inspiration. So we have Army Red v Army Orange,White and Green. Army Red are the King’s Army and  ArmyOWG are their celtic speaking neighbours. Relations between the two countries are cordially, since the OWG fellows gained their independence peacefully but occasional disputes occur. This was established by the fact that I had some AIP figures about who would pass as 1930s Irish. I am still doubtful about mixing the plastic and lead but considering the price of Dinky tanks l need to save money somewhere.

As this is the World of toy soldiers there is absolutely no political element to my choice of sides,after all it is fantasy and merely a conceit for some fun modelling and gaming . I wish to offend no one. So here it is . A game built from plastic,lead ,celluloid and paper nothing more.
Finally all the best to England for this afternoon’s game from everyone here in Tradgardland!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hollow men 2: the look of things 

I am going to use my 7.5 cm square cloth. I wanted to see how the Britains figures looked in that sized square-

Four figures looks a little crowded for my liking so l will probably settle for three. Assuming l can get one at a reasonable price l will use Dinky medium and light tanks. They are a different scale but I think they will give a pleasing effect with the figures. As l am meeting a friend for coffee this morning and the World Cup is on later l don’t think l will get much done today but that’s ok l think.

We are the hollow men...

These arrived today ,an online purchase-

They are certainly walking wounded but , in my opinion, are full of charm. A few new heads,arms (Dorset miniatures perhaps) and they will serve admirably. I thinking of Portable Wargame/ Square Brigadier game with toy soldiers of the time set in the interwar period. Possibly using armies in plastic too although I am uncertain of the old and new figures mixing, we shall see.  A little wars look for the jazz age?

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


I have enjoyed Man of Tins recent posts on repairing old toy soldiers. He uses a combination of skill and technique to great results. I found these laddies waiting aid on my desk top -

I will see how l get on. The feet replacement is okish but I am not so sure about the missing head. Perhaps a wee sculpting challenge to build it up in milliput?

Monday, 2 July 2018

We’re going on a boar hunt,we’re not scared. Late Scandinavian Bronze Age Tradgardland 

I got these rules recently and they are well laid out and interesting. I am going to try them out with a small boar hunting expedition.

Incidentally I was thinking about magazines l used to read and recalled A W N U T S made up of splendidly whimsical model railway. Sadly when l downsized 21 years ago the magazines couldn’t be kept. I’d love to read them again . The odd copy appears on eBay but with £15 postage charges. Just too much for me. Any thoughts on where to get copies?

Friday, 29 June 2018

School’s out for summer 

Last day at school prior to my retirement. I was presented with a leavers hoodie with words others had chosen relating to me-

I was delighted with this thoughtful gift. Retirement starts now...

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

A post about today’s Post 

These were awaiting me on my return from work today:

Forty years ago I had a Minifigs TYW army which has long since gone. I read wedgewood eagerly and Eduard Wagner (?) too. For reasons of nostalgia I ordered this book which,on first glance, looks really interesting indeed. I had also bought into the kickstarter for Noggin the Nog figures and am delighted with the figures which may get used for Dragon Rampant. Can’t wait to see more from Little Soldier Company in the way of Noggin figures.

Friday, 22 June 2018

On the workbench 

Last Saturday l based my syw figures or should l say rebased them. I cannot recall the different ways l have based them over the years- individually,in multiple bases,on coins and movement trays. I have gone with 40mm square for infantry and 50mm for cavalry.

They deserve to march across the tabletop rather than remain in barracks awaiting some new drill formations. I will finish these fellows ( two opponents Reichsarmee v Austrians) then see how things lie with the ottomans. The time has come to game and model more,procrastinate less.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Wandering off the path 2

The figures arrived today:

They are 1/32 Chintoys. I hope to begin them at the weekend. Off now to find some visuals for painting references.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Wandering off the path...

I hadn’t planned this not particularly wanted a new project in a different scale. Here are some clues:

A photo and  Werner Herzog film title as clues. Can you guess the scale and manufacturer?

Friday, 8 June 2018

Hold the ford!

An advance guard of light cavalry and infantry has been spotted by some local woodsmen-

The woodsmen sought out the cavalry billeted in a village nearby and reported what they had seen. Orders were given and received, the Horse Grenadiers mount up and ride out of camp. Their orders are to hold the ford at any cost,the invaders must be stopped.

A wee game set up for the weekend. I will play it through later today. Figures are 40mm and come from the collection which has lain in boxes underneath the beds for ages. It is high time they were on the tabletop...

Monday, 4 June 2018


Some dragoons finished today for my English Civil War project. It has been positively chilly today and I have done very little outdoors apart from mending some wooden items that have awaited wood glue for ages. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

His Majesty’s Landship Amazement or Mazey to her friends 

Captain George Aubrey R.N is showing off the Mazey’s powerful gun to a  fascinated watching crowd. Soon a demonstration firing will take place. The crew are warning the crowd to keep to the side and not stray behind the wagon lest they are crushed beneath the iron wheels when the recoil occurs. Like his father before him George values regular gunnery practice. 


I am gradually running out of paint. Over the years I have bought one pot at a time as needed. Now I find that l am coming to the end of many pots as some dry out and others finish. I fear the time has come for a more radical restock!
I am looking for ideas of how to do so economically online. All ideas gratefully received.

Saturday, 2 June 2018


Having seen my middle daughter off on her recce of south coast and far west universities l quickly got some shopping and hurried home to listen to Test Match Special. Rain had stopped play but the conversation was as interesting as ever.

Pottered pleasantly in the garden as well as working on the above landship. Off on Monday as it is a holiday weekend in Fife.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Fearful Engine

I ordered this recently from Alternative Armies and it was waiting for me when I returned yesterday. A quick paint job and it is ready for action in renaissance games. Having decided that the 28mm tanks were too big l am pleased with this 15mm one. I feel it works well with the Minifigs inspite of it being a smaller scale .I wonder if smaller scale artillery might work too...

Sunday, 20 May 2018

16th century Tradgardland 

I have realised that I have enough S range Minifigs to start gaming some renaissance battles
I have a few more figures but if anyone has any unwanted S range renaissance figures for sale please let me know.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Royal wedding day in the Duchy of Tradgardland 

Sunny here in the Duchy and some figures are being based on the painting bureau. After that some time pottering in the garden and/or reading then back indoors to watch the wedding.Congratulations to the happy couple from everyone here in The Duchy of Tradgardland!

Saturday, 12 May 2018


Just back from the Falkirk show. I saw some splendid games especially ACW and ECW ones. We had a good chat with the chap running the Vbcw game with lots of aircraft and Nissen huts. I particularly enjoyed talking to the friendly fellows at the Westerhope Wargamers game and watching their El CID game with loads of figures and lovely boats. They’re always a tonic to talk to. Here are my purchases-

My longtime opponent bought the starter set for Gangs of Rome and l will buy in at the stage when the urban cohorts and night watch are released. I felt numbers attending the show were up from last year and it was great to see families,women and children in greater numbers. A positive note for the hobby.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Whilst waiting for the bbq to take...

A quick look at the painting bureau. A 28mm gardener figure carries a heavy sack of tulip bulbs ready to plant, some statues with plinths made of cotton reels and an ornamental pond made of modelling clay. Above out of shot are some S range cavaliers and to the left (also out of shot) are medieval Scots l have had for years awaiting becoming ready for Lion Rampant. Some reference material to be used to create a foam board building. That’s about it ,off to catch what is left of the sun.

Sunday, 6 May 2018


The Duke of Tradgardland is walking in his topiary garden when he encounters Father Lacey-Cotta who is staying nearby.The gentlemen exchange pleasantries and converse briefly upon the bosco nearby. Strange music has been heard in the trees at dusk.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

S Club 5 again

Finally succumbed to buying the app and here is my first post with it.
The first photo is of some of the 16th century figures and the second is the one l failed to put in the previous post. Can you tell me if they are indeed S range Minifigs? Thanks.

S Club 5?

I have recently bought some old Minifigs which I am led to believe were painted in the 1970s . Their slender shape and simple painting style greatly appeal to me. Whenever l buy painted figures l tend to leave the paint job alone especially if it is pleasing like these ones. Sentiment influences me as I like the fact that the artistry of another individual (unknown to to me) lives on in my armies. I have another contingent coming which will give me two ecw sides of reasonable size. I imagine these figures to be S range and will continue to look out for others to add to this project and my 16th century one too. As a postscript after much frustration with myself I finally managed to add the photo. Hopefully this means my posting can continue via the iPad until I buy a new pc.

Friday, 4 May 2018


This afternoon I took a photo with this iPad l am posting with currently. I thought I would be able to upload  the photo into this post but it just won’t work,why? Can anyone help?

Thursday, 3 May 2018


Computer and email problems here in the Duchy of Tradgardland. Can't upload photos etc. Not even the Guild of St Hermes can help. Normal service resumed sooner rather than later I hope!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

New books and Royalist recruits...

Some new books arrived recently in the Duchy-
Incidentally I bought a copy of the Wisden magazine uptown today and can thoroughly recommend it.
 Now for the Royalist recruits- at the rear of the photo a unit recruited from farmers and agricultural workers- those scythes look nasty, two units of pike and shot ( I have packed in more pikes on the bases as the look appeals to me and it is possible with the older figures giving a pleasing dense feel to the base) units. At the front of the photo are the estate gardeners with their pruning hooks and hedge knives.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Naming the army

After some long needed tidying of the shed I decided to give an identity to some of my ECW units. Firstly I am a great believer that troops fight better on the tabletop with a name (and back story?) and secondly it is a fun thing to do. Out came the old school pencils.paper and pins and flags were produced.
Firstly some Horse for Parliament- To the right of the picture Sir Thomas Filofax's regiment of horse, followed by Hazeltwig's Lobsters.
In the foreground are Col John Hampton's regiment of foot and at the back are Colonel Leonard Rossiter's Dragoons of  the Eastern Association.

Friday, 13 April 2018


When I first saw these for sale online I was impressed by their animation, it was almost as if they were running before my eyes. They arrived today. I had thought they would work well for a portable wargame set up. They are so thin and detailed that I am at a loss as how to paint them, or at least attempt to. All suggestions welcome! P.S Enjoy Salute if you are going,I might have a go at getting there next year.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Quick Play Pike and Shot

Unseasonably cold and wet weather yesterday led to me stopping gardening and outdoor tidying.Instead I was inspired by this post from Ross-
and his one page set of rules-
I got some old school  ECW Minifigs and had a go-
Great fun and I will certainly give them a go again!
p.s still cold and wet here again but off for a game of Late Romans v Germans  which brighten the day considerably!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The little remembered Danish invasion of 1898...

The invaders have been sighted!
Defence is organised  at Hook's Farm.
Here come the Danish Lifeguard...
Plucky resistance sees the Danes defeated!
An enjoyable skirmish using both lead and plastic 54mm figures.

Monday, 9 April 2018

85 minutes later...

I reduced this-
to this
fiddly indeed but progress made.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Albionoria in trouble- a game

The forces of the Great Queen across the Water are patrolling led by Scouts and Mounted Police.The Militia follow behind. They are to investigate a gathering of Originals supposedly gathered to make war on a local fort.
 The Originals lay in wait to ambush the Column...  

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Canada etc

My Grandma's sister emigrated to Canada in the 1920s and settled in Prince George. They then moved to Victoria. Their surname was Wieland. My grandma visited them in the 1960s and came back with souvenirs such as a Mountie figure for me. I guess my interest in Canada grew from there. We were sent a subscription for the British Columbia magazine and that continued til my mother died.
Jan and I nearly went to British Columbia with my mother in the early days of marriage but the trip fell through. We never made another  trip together to Canada what with growing kids etc.
Through Ross's blog I discovered the Rebellion of 1885 and am moving towards gaming it in toy soldier style. As the sleat lashes the garden here are some figures from my painting desk-
Hopefully have enough for a wee skirmish in the coming days...

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

semi flats

I picked these up recently to add some reference to my 40mm semi flat toy soldier project.They will help me paint some of the cavalry in the lead pile.
I also got some sailors which I will use as a sort of naval brigade/ landing party.Judging by the uniforms depicted I will use them as German,Austro-Hungarian or Danish sailors.
As I type snow is lying on the grass and sleat falling...