Saturday, 13 August 2016


It has been a while since a French Battalion marched into view so here are the latest bunch of scruffs. I had a set of Fanion bearers sitting around waiting for the usual Eagle Bearers to hog the limelight so I thought I'd give one of them a chance. Apparently red was the preferred colour of the 3rd Battalion but I have to admit it looks a little strange to me. I've left it unglued so the option of an Eagle remains

They are available if anyone is interested - 24 figures all Perry, 16 plastic, 8 metal £112 plus postage at £10. There is a proper blue and white Battalion coming along in about 2-3 weeks with not a greatcoat in sight. Let me know if you want early photos.

Saturday, 25 June 2016


Something other than a red coat or a tartan one. This hopefully represents one of the 10 three pounder guns manned by the Royal Artillery at Culloden. The crew is actually a set of Hanoverian gunners from Minden Miniatures but with a few minor alterations. I think they look the part.

Friday, 17 June 2016


I originally bought these to try and bring some variety to the infantry Battalions. I had'nt realised they were all dismounted cavalry and to see them waddling around the battlefield in very large boots would have been rather demeaning. So I went for the vignette option given that they were taken from an illustration in the now iconic Haythornthwaite 'ECW' book.

They are supposed to be Parliamentary officers and come from the unbeatable Bicorne ECW range.

Monday, 13 June 2016


Finished! I'm working my way across the Jacobite front line at Culloden on the basis of one figure equals 20 real combatants. The Camerons apparently fielded about 600 men on the day and were the largest Clan contingent so here they are represented by 32 models. Each base has 8 figures so the Govt Battalions will all be 24 strong. It rather puts them on the large side but they look the part. Stewarts of Appin next on the list - thankfully there were only about 150 of them.

Monday, 30 May 2016


I’m a little bit out of touch. It has been a busy start to the year and hobby stuff has had to take a bit of a back seat. What painting I have done has been undertaken in dribs and drabs – my ECW and 1746 projects move glacier like towards an as yet undefined end state. I quite enjoy doing the occasional Napoleonic or WW2 piece for variety so with this in mind I present a Flames of War Stug 3. I don’t pretend to see the attraction of wargaming with FoW (but then I’ve never taken the time to read the rules) but I never fail to be impressed with the quality and extent of their model range.

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Haven't done Flames of War kit in ages so as I had these lurking at the bottom of a forgotten box inside a bigger forgotten box I thought I'd better get them done. They had been there since 2008 by the way - 2 years longer than the real second world war by my reckoning.

I have to say I was quite pleased with how they turned out. Pea dot in 15mm is always a challenge and for the first time the finished article had the feel of the design.. Base coat was pale brown with a brown GW wash. a few splodges of cam black brown and then small dots of orange brown over splodges. Simple and the 2 crew teams look the part. A full rifle pl is on its way to help

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


 I've had these sitting around at the bottom of a box for around two decades. I bought them in a shop in Reading whose name escapes me but it was one of those treasure troves where you could buy anything from remote control tanks to, well, Foundry knights. I had some vague notion of doing something medieval which came to nothing so off to the unwanted pile they went.

There ought be 6 of them but goodness only knows where number six went to. I checked on the Foundry site to see if they still make them and of course they do.Undoubtedly overtaken in quality by the plastic and metal offerings from the contemporary Perry collection (but with less flash I'm prepared to bet) they retain a certain charm but a horrific price tag. The livery is a made up combination but hopefully not too garish that they cannot hold their in some 14-15th century confrontation.

As usual ebay beckons. They can be found at