Wargame Rules


I am very keen to keep my wargame rules as simple as possible yet capture the character of the 1790s. Accordingly, most of the French troops are 'levee' battalions, which I have chosen to base in column as their ability to change formation on a battlefield must have been limited, nor do I believe their volley fire had any great value. Of better quality, able to change formation, will be white-coated regular and blue-coated volunteer battalions aided by a fair number of skirmishers. The British, Austrian, Dutch and German armies are often outnumbered, but they maintain the discipline and order of typical 18th century armed forces. Interestingly, French revolutionary cavalry have little in common with their later Napoleonic counterparts, the former are few in number, often poorly mounted, and no match for those in the service of the Allies.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018


A return to my AWI collection this time. Although drawn mainly from the Steve Hezzlewood castings found in the Hinchcliffe X-Range, most of these figures on show are actually Fife & Drum castings, and they mix extremely well with the former. Once more, they arrived flash free, and were a real pleasure to paint. The artillery pieces, carts, etc are also Hinchcliffe models.

Also included is a new terrain piece providing a river junction.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More chasseurs and terrain features 28mm

A small break has seen several new items completed for the table. While the Allies recently gained some hussars, the Republicans have gained a third regiment of chasseurs a cheval, the 16th Regiment in their distinctive pale blue facings, more of my own castings.

Two terrain items are finished. The first is a small lake or, if you prefer, a large pond. Pleased to clear some bits and pieces from my spares box for this. The second is just a bit of fun. Its actually a Christmas decoration with flashing lights, costing only £1 in a charity shop, could not resist it. Constructing a base for the cylinder that holds the batteries was not difficult, modelling clay and wine bottle corks for the most part, with access through the mdf base. Rumour has it, it will mainly appear on my other blog, with the Renaissance Muscovites, should boost their morale!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dutch Hussars arrive to stem the French Invasion c1793

Finally, the Dutch are now able to furnish some cavalry to support the three understrength British mounted units. But its still nowhere near the number the Revolutionaries can field. This regiment numbered less than 250 men and were often referred to as the Red Hussars.

Well don't ask me why, bought this in a charity shop for £3. I blame Allan at the Wittenberg Blog for the purchase. But I do have a feeling there are some fun projects lurking in this model, and I still have a fair number of fine cast wheels etc in my spares box. Happy Christmas!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Dismounted Augereau Hussar-Guides take the Field

Just completed a dismounted troop of Augereau Hussar-Guides for my French Revolutionary army. The figures are actually designed for the mid-18th century, and produced by Crann Tara Miniatures. Because of their earlier portrayal, I used a knife to alter the bow-cockade for something like a round-cockade, appropriate for the 1790s. I must say, the figures arrived totally free of flash, and they are exquisite miniatures, what I call anatomically correct, no caricatures here. Hope my painting does them justice.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Legion du Midi c.1792 takes the field

Having raised a small battalion of chasseurs some time ago, I've finally completed two squadrons of light horse for the Legion du Midi.  These are my own castings, and their lighter blue uniforms add a lot of colour to the French Revolutionary Army.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

18th Century Gentry's Gig, and Commercial carts

While having a break from painting figures I was keen to utilise some of my own home-cast carts, and some wheels kindly supplied by a friend. I wanted to see how far my castings could be converted into other forms of 18th century transport. Here is my attempt to represent a Gig, a light weight form of carriage that appeared in about 1780. Have also made a better man-handled street cart. Finally, the French Revolutionaries have also gained another provisions cart.

Friday, 3 November 2017


Although I have not painted any figures for a while I was able to set aside some time to clear the flash and undercoat about 150 castings. I really do hate doing this, but it has to be done, and it clears the deck for when I do pick up the brush, in addition to the freedom to choose the unit I would like to complete. Recent arrivals, and largely flash free were some superb Crann Tara dismounted hussars. Must now decide which units will they represent.