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...

Monday, 2 April 2018

Trouble in the Umstrittental or The Disputed Valley...

Tradgardland forces march into the Disputed Valley again. They are marching against an alliance of towns intent on threatening the Duchy itself.
Alliance forces leave their camp in a ruined castle.
Meanwhile other alliance forces fortify a local village.
Let battle commence using Charge Rules...

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Happy Easter !

A Happy Easter to you and yours!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Yesterday evening

This was the scene in the Kitchen last night. My 10 year old built in oven has been a tad fragile of late and last night the door suddenly fell to the floor shattering into 1000 pieces. Luckily no one was hurt.Careful clearing up took ages. I have ordered a new oven today which will be fitted on Easter Eve. Needless to say the Ducal war chest has taken a battering !

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Defend Fife

I went this morning to see a plaque unveiled locally commemorating the role of the Polish Army and the Home Guard .
 The plaque is located by the side of a surviving ww2 concrete obstacle
The information plaque-
Defend Fife will be a big event this September with loads of vehicles,reenactments and even wargames. 


What would be the smallest sized force needed to give an interesting game using Bolt Action 2nd edition rules?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Defense of Fangorn- a portable wargame

Ents, Elves and others defend Fangorn Forest against Orcs,wolves and troll invaders;
Casualties have been already inflicted by Elven archers and rocks thrown by Ents.
Rules used "The Portable Wargame" and Maudlin Jack's Fantasy Variant. Great gridded fun with the final assault still to play...

Friday, 2 March 2018

Worth a view-

Firstly a most enjoyable blog-
For some inspiring modelling,wargaming and figure conversions not to mention ski troops.
Secondly I watched a really good film " Hacksaw Ridge" currently on Netflicks. Most moving ,if you haven't seen it give it a watch .

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Winter in medieval Tradgardland

A ski borne scout has a nasty surprise...

Meanwhile, near the border, another scout patrols through the snow ravaged landscape on his faithful elk.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Duchy of Tradgardland Public Information Service

"People of Tradgardland stay warm, stay safe and stay in!"

"You know it makes sense!"

Saturday, 24 February 2018

18th century Spanish

Are the old London war room 25mm Spanish leather coated colonial troops still in production? If so who makes them now?

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Society for Convivial Anachronism again...

I thought about my hobbit kickstarter figures in this post from  last October-
Now here are the hobbits armoured-

I also painted up some other hobbits for reduced unit size Dragon rampant ,not to mention their warg opponents-

I hope to play the game over the coming days...

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Pre owned bargains

Some pre owned buildings (Airfix) recently bought and awaiting renovation work.
A 1941 book filled with interesting photos bought in a charity shop today for £1.99!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

It was 50 years ago this May or when Plan(et)s collide

Yesterday after school I went to a C.P.D  (continuing professional development or teaching for teachers) event locally. Often CPD  is not the most inspirational thing in life but yesterday's was different. It was about WW2 in Dunfermline, the role of the Home Guard and Polish troops here in the War. The talk centred round detailed maps of the defence plans for here if an invasion had come and the actual remains left such as concrete road blocks and trenches.

I had heard some it before but  there were fascinating new details such as the Home Guard officer who built an armoured car (sadly no pictures) out of a Buick car. I left inspired and greatly enthused.
This morning I was looking through old photocopies and found my copy of all Charles Grant's Meccano magazine articles  on WW2 wargaming.- " Introduction to Battle" ,the first of which was dated May 1968. The two things combined in my mind and an idea of an idea began to form for a new project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the rules and combine  it with a Grantian ( if I can conjure such a word up)take on modelling local buildings. An old school homage to a battle that never happened.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

A "Portable Wargame" Napoleonic game.

I set up this game today to play using "Developing The Portable Wargame" ancient  rules as per the post on ( )
I used layers of the Hexon to add hills.
Figures used are Jim Duncan's Swedes split into two forces. I was pleased with the look of the thing and it will be able to be kept up over the next few days.
This afternoon I prepared some Copplestone Hobbits for painting.

Monday, 15 January 2018

New to me...

Spotted in a local antique shop and bought as a writing/painting desk- can't wait!

Charity Shop  find (£2.99) consisting of a terracotta house (one can pop in a candle and illuminate it) here displayed with 28mm and 40mm figures.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Small number of fantasy figures per side rules suggestions sought

Any recommendations welcome. I have tried Songs of Blades... in the past and can’t quite get into it.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

First game of 2018 - Carolingians v Vikings using DBM rules

My view from behind the Carolingian's line.My plan was to take the hill with cavalry and the wood with staff slingers whilst the spearmen advance.
The cavalry take heavy casulties from viking bowman and their general is killed in combat leading to demoralization. Meanwhile the vikings pour through and round the wood leading to the surviving Carolingian general's command becoming demoralised and a viking victory ensued.
Only Carolingian success were the above  staff slingers who won every combat in the game holding berserkers at bay and eventually killing them and some viking bowmen before leaving the battlefield unscathed. In honour of their bravery I have repainted their shields so they will always stand out on the battlefield.Well done chaps!
A most enjoyable game and a worthy victory for Phil. I look forward to a rematch soon I hope!