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.


Tuesday, 1 January 2019


On Christmas Day I was inspired to start a suitably appropriate project, to build a Russian Orthodox Church. It was a year ago that I picked up a wooden container in a charity shop for £1, and it was obvious the lid would be quite suitable for something eastern, and perfect for something Russian. The following photos are pretty well self-explanatory. The completed model is not really dateable as it has features from several periods in Russian history, but as it was my intention to not only capture my interest in the State of Muscovy, but also my love of Christmas, I don't think it matters. The green roof is inspired by a 17th century Russian palace, the dome is very 16th century, the yellow walls are 18th century, while the woodwork ornamentation is medieval. Together, they make a very colourful ornament on the war-games table. Additional costs were £3 for the yellow paint, and £2 for the glass taken from a broken lantern in a charity shop. With additional paint and glue it came to £7 total. Being pleased with the results, I took time to cast up some Orthodox Christian crosses. For the record, working on and off, I completed this project at 11.45am today, New Years Day. Hope you all had a great Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!

Monday, 19 November 2018


It was time to clear away the half-completed projects, and see how the table looks with my American Revolutionary collection. The figures are mostly X-Range Hezzlewoods, with a few Fife & Drum and Crann Tara Miniatures. I'm now ready for a brigade level action.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Finally, the Farmers have ploughed those Fields

Just a quick follow-on to the recent upload on my system for creating roads. Have now used the moleskin to provide several ploughed fields and, again, the material really does sit well on the static grass tabletop. Also included in the photos below, a miniature Christmas tree picked up in a charity shop yesterday for £1. It came with some rather nice scaled-down decorations, and only required a quick paint job to its original white plastic base.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Light Troops for the Loyal Emigrants c.1795

With my Loyal Emigrants now forming up into two battalions, I wanted this famous regiment to have their own flank companies. Have just completed the light infantry, in their distinctive wide brimmed hats with green plume, band, and lace, recorded by contemporary sources. Next, the grenadiers.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Finally, A Road System I'm happy with!

My lack of roads on my main table has long been an issue. Commercial products are costly and often fail to provide a suitable flat surface for figures to cross over. Decided to use a piece of moleskin-cotton fabric I had in my store of cloth, which was uncannily the same colour as my brown bases. Chris (family/wargamer) felt it provided the answer but hardly looked anything special. So I decided to texture and seal the edges with wood glue and green static grass. But then I tested out some acrylic paint to create tracks on the roads, using brown, sand, and white combinations. To my pleasure, it not only soaked in perfectly but is totally permanent. What I also like about this material is that it stays snug and lays flat on the static grass covered board, no movement whatsoever. Did I mention the border edge is only 1mm high, and has little impact on multi-based figures. I'm very pleased with the results and have more than enough for any possible projects. The cloth was actually given to me by a lady friend in the trade.
(ps. recently put together this home-cast cart and some odd wheels which fortunately were the same diameter, decided to make a small vignette............... I blame the roads lol.)

Friday, 3 August 2018

FIELD DAY 1793, British and Emigre Troops are inspected by His Majesty

In preparation for the coming campaign, British and French Emigre battalions are inspected by the King. They will then march to the Docks, where carriers will transport them to Holland, to join the Dutch troops hoping to repel the invading French Revolutionaries. His Majesty was pleased to see that a second battalion of the Regiment Loyal Emigrant has now been raised.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Regiment Castries is inspected by King George the Third c.1794

With the large number of French royalist refugees enlisting in emigre battalions, the Regiment Castries is now ready for service. Here we see this regiment, in their distinctive apple-green facings, being inspected by His Majesty, prior to joining the Allied army mustering to oppose the Revolutionary French. The figures are mainly home-castings with a few head-swaps.