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.


Friday, 30 October 2020

THE ROAD TO DOMBAS Volume 3 - GOING TO PRESS ON MONDAY 2nd NOVEMBER. Postage, pricing and book deals in combinations with volume 1 and 2.

 Update, The Road to Dombås, 29th October. Proof copy of TRtD has arrived and is being checked one last time. It will go to press in the next few days – probably Monday.  When Steve sends it to press he will begin to send out PayPal invoices. If you are expecting an invoice please check your spam as sometimes they appear there.

Steve will also send Volume 1 for a further (small) reprint at the same time. We will order a limited amount of ‘overs’ for both Volume 1 and Volume 3. If you haven’t already left a comment at and want to be assured of a copy of either/both books then please leave a comment BEFORE Monday. If you have already left a comment there is no need to post again.

The price for Volume 3 – The Road to Dombås is £19.00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £4.50/£4.00
Europe £7.50
World Zone 1 £10.50 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £11.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy.
Tracked/signed for postage is available on request.

Volume 3 and Volume 1 OFFER – £35-00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £7.50/£6.00
Europe £13.50
World Zone 1 £18.00 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £19.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy of each book.

Volume 2 and either Volume 1 or Volume 3 OFFER – £36-00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £7.50/£6.00
Europe £14.50
World Zone 1 £20.00 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £21.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy of each book.

3 book OFFER available on request. Please email me. 

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Late Addition to The Road To Dombas volume 3

 Steve is well on the way to finishing the graphic design on the Setting The Scene volume 3 Road to Dombas book. Unfortunately, I have thrown a spanner in the works and delayed this slightly by giving him more work to do. I have added more material to the book in the form of a scratch built model of a typical Norwegian timber house with red painted wood and turf roof which is common in this part of the world.

I have also gone through the stages on painting and weathering the building using the Hairspray Technique, to pack in as much content into the book as possible and give the reader another tool to go in their model making tool box. 

 For more information on volume 1 or 2 of Setting the Scene or if you would like to register interest in this, volume 3, please leave a comment on Steve's webpage.


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas. (Well on the way)

Apologies for lack of blog posts lately, but I have been busy with volume 3, which is now at the graphic design stage with Steve Lampon.

Setting the Scene Volume 3 ‘The Road to Dombås’
Setting the Scene, Volume 3 is set in April 1940 during the invasion of Norway. This volume follows the same format as the previous two books; as a step-by-step guide for making terrain and painting figures. Volume 1 focused on a winter setting in the Ardennes during WWII, whilst Volume 2 has a Mediterranean theme and has a dual use for WWII Italy and Sicily, and the Napoleonic Peninsula War.
You will find some similarities between this volume and Volume 1 in that they are both set in a winter landscape. The inspiration for this volume came about when I read an article penned by David Hunter entitled ‘The Road to Dombås, 1940’, which was published in issue 100 of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine.
David put together a seven game, three map campaign, designed to be used with the WWII platoon level rule system, Chain of Command. There was also guidance for converting the campaign to Bolt Action written by Guy Bowers.
The entire article and campaign for both systems is reproduced in the book with the kind permission of David Hunter and Karwansaray Publishers.
We also have the help of archivist Dag Wardenear from Norway, who has a deep and patriotic passion for the history of his native homeland. Dag has translated into English several books, originally written in Norwegian, about the invasion of Norway during WWII. He has kindly contributed to this volume by providing a brief historical overview of the events that took place in April 1940.
Two chapters (Snow paste mix and winterising existing scenery) are repeats from Volume 1 for the benefit of new readers, but the remaining chapters are entirely new with different techniques and ideas.
If we generate enough interest, this will hopefully allow us to reprint Volume 1 (which is out of print with 50-60 people on a waiting list), and Volume 2 (which is nearly out of print).

For more information or if you would like to register interest in this volume, please leave a comment on Steve's webpage.

When is a big plane not really a big plane?
When its a Zvezda in 1/200 scale.


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas - part 3.

I have been quite busy with this project and finished most of the terrain, I just need to do some small items like signposts, more fencing, (also waiting for the model wire to arrive for my barbed wire fencing as you can see in some of the pictures) small outbuildings and log piles to complete the project.

The Road to Dombas is a seven game, three scenario/map, mini campaign set in Norway in April 1940. German paratroopers were dropped in bad weather conditions flying under low cloud and 8 of the 15 transport were shot down and the remainder scattered. Out of 185 men only 63 were in a position to try and achieve their objective.

What I like about this campaign is that you have elite German paratroopers in entrenchments, but reduced in numbers from the start, with the risk of  running low on ammo and having to carry over casualties into the next game. The Norwegians on the other hand will get a fresh platoon each game and receive increasing levels of support.

David Hunter has written a mini campaign in issue 100 of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy magazine  on the fighting that took place around Dombas between the 15th and 19th April using the Too Fat Lardies Chain of Command WW2 rule and campaign system. It can also be adapted for Bolt Action.   

Steve Lampon and myself have been discussing if this would be worth doing as a small supplement to my first book Setting The Scene, Winter Wargaming  volume 1. If I decide to go ahead with this, there will be plenty of new content and it will be geared to cover everything you would need in a step by step guide in figure and terrain preparation for the seven game, three scenario campaign. 

If we get enough interest then we will set the wheels in motion, so if you think you may be interested, leave Steve your name and mention Dombas 1940 on the following link.

Stone barn and house scratch built by me, stone bridge by Debris of War and the two large MDF timber buildings by Charlie Foxtrot.

We still have copies of Setting the Scene volume 2 for sale or if you want to put your name down for a reprint of volume 1 then click on the link below.