Thursday, 16 May 2019

Scouts for Wide Games

Currently Mark at Man of Tin is working on turning scout wide games into a tabletop or al fresco game for model scouts. Here is a link
I have been involved by reading independently the text that M of T is reading and make a few suggestions. Mark kindly cast some 60mm Scouts for me. Here they are out on patrol ...

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Born in the KFC

“One of the most influential figures in Karl Frederick County during the American Revolution was Joachim Hornig. Born of Tradgardland immigrant parents in the Mohawk Valley Hornig rose to fame as Colonel of the District Militia of the KFC. History alone will tell...”
Quoted from “ Annals of Karl Frederick County ,some jottings of note” by Georg Hornig lll 1863.
An important visitor comes to the County to ask if Col Hornig is ready as the redcoats are on the march. To be continued.
I’ve been interested in the awi since l fought across the living room floor as a boy with my Airfix Grenadiers. I’ve collected a few books over the years-


Once a month l go to Church in Edinburgh. On the way l pop into the Oxfam bookshop up the Bridges. It is well stocked and fairly priced. Today l got this for £9:99. I am well pleased-

Incidentally there a few other titles on model soldiers, one being by Jack Cassin Scott. I left them for others.

Storage advice sought.

I am hoping to put a lot of my figures out into an unheated garage for storage . Most are held in card box files. I was proposing putting these box files into large plastic boxes. Do you think that is sufficient to avoid deterioration over winter? I wondered if putting blankets over the boxes would help? All your advice is gratefully received as ever.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Marker pens?

What marker pens to you use to add detail,lining on figures? Thanks.

Monday, 6 May 2019

French Indian Wars

Today we came to the end of a sequence of nine games to try out Muskets and Tomahawks. Different combinations of troop types were used and much fun had. Still can’t quite get the rules into my head. This is a crucial point in today’s game-
British Regulars about to meet their fate at the hands of the enemy...

Monday, 29 April 2019

Ripe for conversion 2

Although shorter and less elongated my favourites are the Lone Star ones-
They have a lot of character about them compared to the Crescent ones such as the expressions on their faces and an intent in their marching, elite indeed.
I will probably leave them be and use as Guardsmen. The Crescent fellows will get replacement heads and be used as line infantrymen. The bandsmen are charming but not quite sure what to do with them. Any suggestions?

Ripe for conversion...

These chaps arrived this morning. I got them to covert for A Gentleman’s War. Here they are -

 Now unpacked and on parade. They are mainly Lone Star and Crescent.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

A really interesting post

The Man of Tin ( whose blogs can be relied upon to provide entertainment and inspiration) has a most interesting post today-
It is really well worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet.

Friday, 26 April 2019


l am sorting out my syw figures and rebasing/ reorganising them. I popped them out on the kitchen table to get a flavour of where I am going with them. One force is Austro Hungarian and the other Reichsarmee.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Mr soft and friends...

I really like the look of these Sumerian chaps but they are so soft . Perhaps rubbery would be more accurate. I have dealt with soft plastic figures before but these are a different matter. I have undercoated in white glue. We will see how they hold paint...

Tuesday, 16 April 2019


Set up a wee game-

It is on a former planting bench from Aldi ( 38 x 19 inches) residing indoors. Here are the respective forces - Royalists defend the village with cavalry,dragoons and hastily raised villagers.

Thursday, 11 April 2019


I am enjoying sitting out in the garden today. Yesterday the grass got the first cut of the season. Today l am sitting out listening to the wireless and enjoying these two new arrivals-

I have worked for some time on my 28mm Medieval Germans and have laid them aside for the present. I need a wee change. My 40mm fellows will get an outing to try the new rules out.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Downsizing 3

This week l am downsizing the following:

Warlord games starter  TYW Swedish Army complete   - one box of cavalry assembled otherwise all the rest on sprues or in boxes

28mm Sea People assorted manufacturers.

As before all you need to do is say you want them, give me your address, l will post them to you and then when they arrive make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

A different kind of show

Yesterday l attended my first Toy Soldier Show. It was held in a school in Chalk Farm ,London. I had a great time and really enjoyed catching up with Anthony,Brian and Mike. The show was an incredible collection of figures of all shapes and sizes except 28mm. Very expensive painted figures rubbed shoulders with plastic figures, the big company sellers with the small unnamed stall. I loved it. I was amazed by the variety on display including some boxed figures l had not seen since my childhood,there as if time had stood still since 1965. There was the enjoy of having a great rummage and seeing what  came up , fantastic fun. An important difference between this and the wargames shows l have attended is the need for cash. Few vendors take cards. Now what you are waiting for,my  purchases-
Not a good photo l know but they are Starlux French mountain troops in winter warfare kit.l just couldn’t resist.

Friday, 29 March 2019

London bound

Off to London today. I hope to be at the London Toy Soldier Show tomorrow. Is anyone going?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Muskets and Tomahawks

Well yesterday we played our seventh or so game of M & T which we have played fortnightly for the last twelve weeks or so. I found it took some time for me to get into them but they have grown on me.
Initially l found them unclear and confusing but the three of us have persevered and have got to a stage of faster play resulting in an exciting game. The upper hand flows between the sides and back again. Great fun .

Wonderful Woking Wargames Weekend

l had a splendid time at the 54mm wargaming event,go here for pictures if you haven’t already seen them.



Sunday, 24 March 2019

Mythical Earth and the IPL

Not really feeling like doing anything particularly big hobby wise today. Rain and wind assault the Duchy. So the plan is to move the Mythical Earth ongoing project forward by basing.
The bad guys wait patiently in their box file watched by a Nazgul. In the picture below the men of Gondor await their grass and foliage. Sadly l dropped Shelob who needs all her legs secured by superglue. I never get fed up with my ME chaps, nostalgia drenched they lift my spirits with their symplicty and charm. What better than the cricket on radio five live to accompany such work...

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Google + going what do l do?

l have read the warnings but still remain technologically challenged. I have my blogger account and my google one. As far as I know l only use the google one to comment on other people’s blogs and forums such as the Peter Laing one and Little was revisited . I am worried what I might lose and how l should proceed. Any advice gratefully received!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

A late 17th century gridded Wargame - how it looks 1

l would like to try and fight some gridded games for the later part of the 17th century using my 54mm  figures and Steven Page’s ECW gridded rules. My first thought is the look of the game . Here are two units ,one with pike one without-
 I would be interested in your options about how it looks.

Monday, 11 March 2019

The Royal Society of London

Deep in the countryside of Albion members of the Royal Society of London have gathered for a rather special sight-
They have come to see the last pair of Dodos in Albion. Such a rarity demands attention.
The  ancestors of these birds were brought by explorers and  kept in secrecy in this estate. Often visited by natural philosophers and the alike they have become something of a legend in these parts. Others have sought them for gain to sell to the highest bidders, the Dutch ambassador has shown an exquisite interest and wished to present them to the Stadtholder for display in his gardens. The Society and her members guard the exact whereabouts of the dodos as one of their most precious secrets.

Friday, 8 March 2019

The skirmish at Elijah Woods

In Albion

An overawed and shy farmer is brought before the King to say what he has seen near his farm..
He tells the King that he has seen treasonous Albion men and soldiers from over the water near the woods. The King thanks the man who is given payment for his troubles. Meanwhile the Guards set out for the woods...
King James by Britains other figures by Alexander’s Toy Soldiers.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

59 not out...

I had an enjoyable birthday yesterday. I was in Edinburgh for my weekly art history course, l then had lunch with two of my daughters at the Portrait Gallery before looking round the BP portrait completion exhibition. Home for presents
Hardly visible is a  game Letter Tycoon which has some beautiful graphics and look forward to trying it. The girls made a birthday meal afterwards. A good day .
Today Jan would have been 57  and she is much in our thoughts. When we first met it was a fun thing that we had  birthdays a day apart.  A  recently widowed friend told me this week of the idea of  “sappy “ occasions which are both happy and exhausting. I was rather taken with the idea and thought it was a great way of thinking about the time leading up to anniversaries or memorable events.  We will get through this sappy day today.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Blog of the Month 1- Projects and Procrastinations

I'm starting a new feature here where I highlight a blog I have been enjoying to give it a little more publicity. Not that I think loads of folk drop by here but rather ,as I have been glad of recommendations in the past, so I would like to recommend one that enhanced the hobby for me.-

Maudlin Jack Tar has  an interesting take on wargaming and loads of fun and inventive ideas. Do pop by you won't regret it!

Saturday, 2 March 2019

At Firely Church

Returning from the camp on Hounslow Heath  , King James ll of Albion stops at Firely church to rest and pray. He still wears the armour he wore when he rode at the head of his army. Londoners had come to the heath to view the spectacle and had cheered elevating the day for all concerned.
The camp had lasted eight weeks and the King knew that troubled times lay ahead. The London Gazette reported deserters and an award of 40s for anyone who gives notice of them to my Lord Grandisons in Petty- France was offered. Hopefully things would change soon...

Friday, 1 March 2019

Downsizing 2 TAG dwarves

Here is the current giveaway- 28mm dwarves. Same condition as before they are yours for the asking. All you need to do is once the figures arrive make a donation to a charity of your choice. I will happily post them to you. Leave a comment here showing your interest first come first served.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

28/25mm sedan chairs?

Anyone know of sedan chairs ( 18th century ones carried by two men) in this scale? I know Alternative armies do dog headed figures carrying a sedan chair with a dog headed occupant but I am not sure looking at the pictures if they would work well with replacement heads. Any suggestions both for sedan chairs and carriers?

Friday, 15 February 2019

What we play now..

Hopefully have cracked the photo problem,fingers crossed
I am playing the  French Indian War every fortnight regularly. We have tried valiantly to get into M &T but to no avail. The rules are confusing and define say, terrain in different ways for different purposes in the rules. The indians  fight in tiny units with no impact.Perhaps it's us, the rules, the translation or a bit of both but next game we are going to try Rebels and Patriots. I am currently working on Fenian war 24pt companies and some Confederate cavalry.
I have fallen for these old school ancients ( Minifigs S Range?) and their painting style/ detail/brown wash. I would like to add some more compatible S Range Romans and Palmyrans. Rules used are the ancient ones in Developing the Portable Wargame.
The interwar in 54mm project moves forward nicely and am awaiting some replacement heads with tin hat to complete things. I really enjoy restoring the old toy soldiers and getting them ready for battle again.
The forces of Albion and her Great Queen are moving forward well too. Their opponents from the frontiers of Albion take shape too-
 Rules will be  Ross McF's on a gridded cloth.
I have been making some scenery ( in true H G Wells style) out of Belvita boxes-
 pictured here with 54mm figures for scale. I think they capture the Little Wars feeling well.

Finally I have become interested lately in "The Woods" by Oakbound Studio which are dark age folklore fantasy. They are an interesting diceless system and the company makes some splendid models. The second edition of the  rules is to be unveiled at Salute and is currently available to pre order at a reduced price. They are most intriguing and have a sort of Brian Froud vibe as well as traditional celtic/british folkloric elements.  

Monday, 11 February 2019

Downsizing: how it works.

l have decided there is little point retaining rules or figures l will never use. So periodically l shall be try to hand them on to a better home via the Duchy of Tradgardland. The rules are simple l offer something, you express a desire for it, l post it to you and then you make a donation to a charity of your choice and  amount of your  choosing. Simple eh?
This week it is the 2016 edition of Sharpe practice complete with mdf and acrylic markers plus a pack of cards. Who’s interested?

Friday, 8 February 2019

Imaginations etc

Here is a really interesting blog post about imaginations-

Well worth a view.
p.s problems posting pictures here hence lack of posts,hope to rectify it soon.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Trying out The Portable Napoleonic Wargame...

Set up a game which I will play over the next couple of days...