Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Thursday, 17 December 2009


From 1942 the British developed the comet to thwart the Panzers. This was the result.avaible from Revell now

Thursday, 3 December 2009

wargaming Solferino

It was the bloodiest battle since waterloo .In 1859 Mars was to the good cause and there died a myriad.The wounded were bayoneted where they fell and the peasants robbed the dead and the dying of what they had as night fell.Two armies wandering the plains of Lombardy met by chance and then all hell was let loose
42 mm Figures by Irregular. These are perfect as French Zouaves at solferino. Alongside is how the Legion fought in 1859 although one does wonder if they fought like this in the sweltering heat.Some say they wore blue tunics and white trousers in that Italian summer

Friday, 27 November 2009

Cottages for 20mm wargaming

Have you ever thjought about these options for wargaming buildings? Holmes and Watson take a stroll

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Mirliton do great Italian independence war pieces.Austrians here

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Men in baggy trousers

wHILE TAKING RECIEPT OF THE NEW Fixed bayonet Toy soldier zouaves which are not painted up here as they are not finished. I tried to get some uniform ideas from the net .Below is the Hat Zouaves.These are not really zouaves as the trousers are not baggy enough but are great for other conversions.Below are First world war ones in the white and red trousers.These are how they should bethe doll on the left is howe messed up soldier world is but its still good uniform material.Here in the B/W print are Ellworth zouaves.Ellworth was shotgunned by a dixielander who objected to his zouaves taking adown his bars and stripes or whatever!Belkow the excellent HatHere are the Tiger Zouavesand here is a Johnny Reb zouave

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

bits and pieces

These were originally soldiers to be cut out and pasted onto cards.they represent the Imperial Guard in Italy 1859
French infantry as above

New Austrian artillery piece from Mirliton. 28mm

If you want really cool cold war late 40's stuff then look no further than authenticast.they are always on sale on Ebay

Saturday, 24 October 2009


Troops of the 2nd Empire
Imperial guards of what period ? The Italian campaign or the F.P war

Chasseur but here it seems that its well before 1870 and maybe before the Italian campaign

Currassier Helmet 1858.Did it differ to that of the Franco Prussian one

Battle honours risorgimento figures

French Line infantry at Rome in the 1850's

These are from 1853

and here around 1860. Can you see the slight differences?

The Imperial Guard inItaly in 1859. These French troops differed in some aspect of their uniform as regards those that took part in the Franco Prussian War later on.Here we will try to discover these aspects. The uniforms here depict the Imperial guard in Italy and not in the Franco-Prussian. One thing we can conclude is that the bearskin was replaced by the bonnet in the Franco Prussian although some bearskins were still worn(to be continued)