Sunday 14 April 2024

Heads will roll

 Been at the old school converting today-

Looking for suitable heads in the spares box…
Heads found and a few spare Detail Guardsmen ready .
The figures have had their necks drilled out and new heads fitted. Painting later…
In other news l have just finished “The Expanse” on Amazon Prime and would thoroughly recommend it. Quite a Space Opera that keeps you guessing what will happen next. Just started “ Fall out” also on Prime, well worth a watch too.

Saturday 13 April 2024

Wargaming archaeological conservation

 Came across this fascinating video recently-

If you like Spencer Smith figures and The Wargame you’ll love this! Enjoy!

Norwegian uniforms- experimental and otherwise

 I am greatly indebted to Roger ( from  for the following photos and for popping into the museum to take some of them. Thank you !

Now to think about how to replicate in 54mm by means of conversions…

Friday 12 April 2024

The game

 A most enjoyable game was had today, with me umpiring-

Basque infantry advance through the woods.
Basque cavalry and knights advancing across the low hills.
Confused melee involving Basque and Frankish mounted troops.
Frankish spearmen advance to meet the enemy.
Basque knights ready to charge…
A dark age bird’s eye view of the battle.
Basque infantry still in that wood!
Not very good photo above and below this sentence.
The Franks conceded as a number of their units were destroyed or demoralised. We will re fight this next week with a few tweaks of the rules and the players changing which side they command.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Hosting Roncesvaux 778 AD

 Today l have been rebasing my 25mm Franks and Basques ( painted Minifigs, by Jim Duncan) for a game I am hosting tomorrow. A lighter armoured force of Basques will take on a heavier armoured Frankish force in a game very loosely inspired by the Battle of Roncesvaux . Here are some work in progress pictures-

We will be using DBV but l want to try these figures with Neil Thomas later. I will post pictures of the game after tomorrow.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Something different

 Saw these reviewed in Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures magazine April / May edition-

Different, interesting and full of nostalgia….

Just back

 Been away in Morayshire near Elgin since Friday. Some photos including snowy weather travelling, Inverness Elgin, Pluscarden and Birnie Kirk which is 900 years old. Finally a good coffee shop in Granton on Spey.

Sunday 7 April 2024

Experimental Uniforms

 Getting the Swedes out of their Winter Quarters, sorry boxes, reminded mr ( for some reason) of the pre WW1 French experimental uniforms -

Some say if they had been adopted then the French would have lost far less men in the Great War. However that’s not what I want to discuss. I am interested if anyone knows of similar experiments conducted by other countries? If so do you have any pictures or further information?

Saturday 6 April 2024

HE figures

 Man of tin and recently had an interesting post on HE and SAE-

Brian C, not that one, the other one, tagged me on this picture-

Both these reminded me of my wee box of 54HE Swedes-

Might be fun to give them a paint and get them on to the Wargames table…

Friday 5 April 2024

Spring Manoeuvres

 It is Spring in the Duchy of Tradgardland. The Ducal Guard and Swedish allies  ( in their experimental uniforms, complete with tricornes) are engaged in a series of manoeuvres to mark the changing season. 

Figures are 54mm . The Swedes , in their unique uniforms, were designed and cast for me by Irregular Miniatures. Houses are Belvita biscuit boxes converted.