Monday, 31 May 2021


 My latest update I have finished three more battalions of French which gives me 24 battalions. 

As you know, it is not just the painting of the figures but also the painting and flocking of the bases, the varnishing of the figure and 24 flags/fanions to be done before you can say they are finished.

I have also finished 5 battalions of Brunswick infantry, basing/varnishing/flags and all, along with a new terrain mat 11' x 7' to allow for the overhang, plus about a dozen smaller terrain mats.

The majority of the figures are Perry miniatures, converted plastic with a few metal command packs thrown in. The excellent Brunswick flags are from Flags Of War and I have given one flag to each of the 1st and 3rd Line Battalion, although each battalion should have two flags each. The two light battalions and the Avante-Garde Battalion didn't carry flags.

28mm figure for scale.


A few staged shots with the Brunswick contingent forming a hasty defence from the advancing French.

The usual contact  to if you are interested in buying or getting your name down on the waiting list for the Setting The Scene books.

Thursday, 8 April 2021


 It has been a while since my last update but I have been busy with the Nap project, as well as other hobby related things. (apologies for my neglect in commenting on your blogs of late.) 

First of all, I was asked to contribute some photos to the Kvam article in the latest Wargames Soldier & Strategy magazine and was informed that my name would be credited to the pictures in the mag. As this wasn't done, if you have seen the article, then the pictures are down to me. I have attached a couple of pictures to this post.

For the Napoleonic project, so far I have painted 21 battalions of  French Infantry and have just another three battalions to paint. Once this is done I can move onto the allied infantry. 

When painting this many infantry in 28mm scale you really need to cut a few corners and make a few compromises with your painting style if you want to be able to achieve your goal in this lifetime. 

After painting the first couple of battalions and realizing just how long it takes to paint Napoleonic figures, I reviewed and experimented with each new battalion that I painted until I was able to give the impression of a reasonably painted figure whilst cutting out a lot of the fluff. 

Basically I am painting a base layer, a wash and then just a flesh and white straps highlights, plus highlight tufts on the flankers and that is it.

 If you choose the right base colours under the wash, minimize your colour palette and just wipe your finger over the wash whilst it is still wet, this will let the base colour show through as a natural highlight. This is something I do on the thigh and knee of a figure if it is wearing white trousers. 


I have also been experimenting with thin rubber sheet and acrylic caulk for base mats. I also tried Alan Perry's idea of using hanging basket liner as a base material to go over some of the mats. 

    Rubber mat and caulk layer on the right and additional layer of hanging basket liner on the left.

I still need to add flags and finish the bases on the figures but I just thought I would take a couple of pictures with some of the figures and mats together.

And finally an update on the books. Steve Lampon informs me that we are now sold out of volume two of SETTING THE SCENE but we still have copies of volume 1 and 3.
If you are interested in buying a copy of volume 1 or 3 or put your name back on the waiting list for volume 2 then contact Steve at



Tuesday, 5 January 2021



My latest project, Proxy Napoleonic is not for the purist of this period, so if your thing is having the correct flags and uniforms in the right time frame and only the correct Orders of Battle will do, then this is probably not for you.

Having said that, I will try to keep things reasonably historical but I don't want to become a slave to only using the correct figures if they are wearing the right shako or length of coat for that particular point in time. My French infantry will be dressed the same whether they are fighting  Austrians and Russians pre or Dutch and Belgians post Waterloo. 

I have been preparing the forces needed to fight Quatre Bras and the smaller engagement at Frasnes and will be using General d' Armee for the former and Sharp Practice for the latter as both rule sets lend themselves to gaming this size of engagement.

The majority of figures are plastic and I have converted many of these to keep the cost down, although the actual figures are available in metal. For example, I have converted five battalions of Brunswickers from the Perry plastic rifleman sprue with head and arm swap from the French Infantry set. Dutch/Belgian cavalry and infantry have also been converted from Perry plastics along with Nassau infantry and I have done dismounted carbine armed Polish Lancers for the action at Frasnes.

As the figure prep has all been done apart from converting some spare parts from the Perry plastic cavalry sets into casualty bases, I hope to start figure painting soon, followed by terrain making lots of walled farms and sunken roads typical of the area.

French infantry 1812 - 1815 on the left and 1807 - 1814 on the right. Shock horror, both will be at Quatre Bras, I just have to decide what particular flags to use.


We still have copies of all three volumes of Setting The Scene available but vol 1 and 2 are now running very low. If you are interested in any of these then contact Steve Lampon over on his site as he is doing the admin side of things with the books.

    I wish you all a safe and happy new year for 2021.