Friday, 20 April 2018

Wargaming with Screws

Back in August 1969 I bought my first Wargame Magazine - Miniature Warfare - for the princely sum of 3/6. 

At the time 20mm was the smallest figures you could get. I dont think Peter Laing 15mm when then available.

This did not stop intrepid Wargamers experimenting with smaller scales.

In the magazine was an article on using screws to game with.  What is even more surprising is that they were used individually and not even based multiplly on  stands.

1/4 screws fot infantry is very close to 6mm.

I wonder if anyone actually tried this at the time. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

From the Archives and a small competition

I have been delving through my old Miniature Warfare magazines and found a few more interesting classic photos.

Firstly a nicely posed scene with Napoleon watching Marshal Ney leading his troops on the way Waterloo. No doubt his is still muttering under his breath someting about the reserves he had been promised at Quartre Bras. I rather like this.

Some Prussian Artillery manning what looms like a Hinchcliffe French 12lb artillery piece. 

Two pictures of a large game between French and Swedes. The French are Hintons. The Swedes are harder to make out.

I used to have one if these cardboard Elizabethan houses in the 70s. I know you can still get them but they were a challenge to build then and I am sure they will be just as difficult if I tried building one today.

The figures look to be Hinton Young Guard. Although the standard bearer is a converted Airfix ACW figure.

And finally the competition.

I have a spare recast Alberken Murat figure as a free prize.


I was recently in London and I visited a location of one of my favourite hobby shops in the late 60s/early 70s. This is what the shop looks like today.

So all you have to do is guess the name of the shop and send me an email. Which can be found in my blogger details 

The competition closes at 18:00 on Sunday 15th. If there is more than one successful entry I will draw a winner.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The 'Monster' himself

I have dipped and cleaned up the  next batch of figures ready for the painting table.

First up a vintage Napoleon.  When I was a callow youth I had a Minifig S Range Napoleon and I am looking forward to painting him.

Next to him is a rather flamboyant Alberken recast of Murat. He will need a suitably exotic uniform to bring him to life.

I have also got some Old Guard gunners ready to go.  Three are Alberken figures with the remaining ones are Hintons which I bought from Camden Passage.

I had to do a bit if repair to the gunner with the hand spike.  It was miscast when I got the figure from Hinton Hunt. I used the plastic brush from an old broom and super glue and pva to effect the repair.  This drys rock solid and far stronger then super glue on its own.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Lutzow Uhlans

I have almost finished the next batch of figures. They need a second coat of varnish and basing to finish them off.

The Officer and Standard bearer are conversions using a Prussian Dragoon and a bit of Milliput.

Thanks to WM for the image of the flag which I have made from an old coke can.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Airfix Thatched Cottage Completed

It has taken some time to paint because of all the wood beams. However today I finished painting my first Airfix cottage since the early 70s.

I have tried to match the colours from the box lid.

I have another 2 of these kits and country church still to do. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Opening Presents and Parcels

Its my birthday today. So this morning I was happy to receive a couple of books as presents which had been bought on ebay.

Both books are in good condition and the Waterloo Companion looks as new.

I am pleased with both books and Prussian army book will come in handy as I have a number of units that are jostling to get on the painting table.

Earlier in the week I had been  chatting with John C and mentioned that I was short of Hinton Hunt French and British Cavalry. John said he would get something sorted and in the post for the weekend.

Last night I got home to find a rather large parcel awaiting for me. Inside there were masses of cavalry, Command figures including much needed French standard bearers and drummers as well as British RHA and Prussian artillery.  

Here are a couple if photos. The first is of French Heavies (Carabinier, Dragoons and then 2 different Cuirassier types)

The second are all French Guard. (Empress Dragoons, Grenadiers a Cheval and Guard Lancers with separate arm).

My Lead pile is now officially a mountain.

Not a bad start to my Birthday Weekend.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Classic Napoleonic - Spring Manoeuvres

It was a year ago this month that I started collecting classic Napoleonic wargame figures. During the course of the year I have been renovating, stripping and painting.  The numbers have grown, with the help of the Oxfam haul, to two balanced forces.

As spring is in the air it seems appropriate a hold my first annual review not only to record progress made but also ti act as a record for next years Spring manoeuvres.

Most of the figures are original HIntons with some Alberken/Minifigs. The French gunners are 25mm Minifigs.

The French have 96 foot and 7 mounted figures.

The Anglo,Austrian, Prussian and Portuguese have 108 foot and 8 Mounted figures.

In all I have collected 204 foot and 15 mounted figures plus numerous artillery pieces.  The next few months will see more Cavalry and French Guard Artillery and perhaps some more mounted commanders to swell the ranks.