SPECIAL THANKS. I would like to thank Paul Watson for his sponsorship of several lead figure collections on this blog. Having decided to clear his spare/surplus figures, he generously forwarded them on with no other requirement than they deserved to be restored.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022


Having just purchased a band of plastic figures, it gave me the incentive to not only paint the new additions, but also some of the figures in my spares box.

The plastic additions came from a trader that supplies odd/single figures. Its not a cheap way to purchase, but he only charges a single postage, regardless of how many you purchase from him. I have been waiting a long time to acquire the mounted saracen, I even had the correct horse and saddle-cloth in my spares box. The other figures helped moderate the postage charge. There was one loss, the bareheaded figure just did not look right, too large, I got rid of it. 

As mentioned, some items in my spares box were also completed. A second cavalryman belonging to the Cleveland Troop from Ohio, c.1890. While my British WW1 collection now has a command base, these are old lead figures restored. I also had a lead German jaeger head, decided to fix it to an Airfix German infantryman, to serve as a policeman.
Finally, a bit of reconstitution work. My British Victorian army is large. It included a battalion of twelve plastic Foot Guards, totally surplus to my needs. Decided to paint strip half of them, and make something more useful. Here we have four of them converted into Ruritanian Medical orderlies/injured, suspect they may find service with my Dutch WW2 collection, and other armies.

Sunday, 18 September 2022


Have recently noticed several problems with my Google blogs, including links, etc. Rather than keeping these bad connections, have just deleted them. I'm not the only one having these hassles. Rather than trying to pursue the answer, I'm going to use the occasion to concentrate even more on my researches. I had to give up this avocation when I took over the family business. Have really embraced, and enjoyed, returning to my studies, and during the last few weeks have seen real progress towards consolidating those shoe boxes full of notes, compiled over many years. Gaps and questions are also being answered. 

As I don't trust computers, everything will still be recorded on paper, with a pen, lol. 

May still post occasionally, 


Saturday, 17 September 2022

Wargame, and the cavalry charged home

Have been wanting to try this simple scenario for some time. Having a break from my paperwork, I decided to give it a go. Firstly, dice were thrown to see which side would comprise two brigades of cavalry, and which would comprise a brigade of infantry, supported by a light artillery battery. On open ground the two sides clashed. 

MOVE ONE The Spanish infantry deployed into line, the American cavalry advanced, some regiments deploying into line. MOVE TWO The Spanish made space for their two field guns. All American cavalry deployed into line. MOVE THREE The Spanish guns opened up, one shot passed through the American scouts, the other took down a rider. MOVE FOUR A repeat of the previous move. At half strength, the scouts held but declined to advance further. But their screening had served its purpose. MOVE FIVE The scouts were granted leave to depart the field. The five American regiments of horse continued to advance.

MOVE SIX The Spanish infantry battalions opened fire, as did the artillery, one regiment of horse was destroyed. MOVE SEVEN one battalion delivered a superb volley, taking down an entire charging regiment of horse. However, another regiment was able to charge home, In the melee, it took down three Spanish infantry, although it also lost its final trooper.
MOVE EIGHT The two remaining cavalry regiments charged. One battalion broke, and scattered. The other held fast and broke the cavalry charge.
MOVE NINE The New York Hussars had inflicted three casualties on the routing Spanish infantry. In this move they turned on the neighbouring artillery crews. By MOVE TEN they had inflicted five casualties.
The Spanish commander was so concerned, he ordered his infantry to fire on the melee, knowing it would hit some of his own artillerymen. But it worked, the last cavalry regiment was obliged to test its morale due to losses, and routed.
(I can't be the only one to see something of the 'Charge of the Light Brigade' in this game? For campaign purposes, this occurred on the Florida-Georgia border. MGB)


1 General, routing

4 mounted scouts, -2

4 NG Cavalry -2 and 2 routing

4 US Cavalry -3 and 1 routing

4 US Cavalry -4

4 NY Hussars -3 and one routing

4 NG Hussars -4

The store waggon was saved.


1 General

6 Artillerymen -5 (how did they keep passing their morale test?, luck of the dice.)

12 Spanish marines (no losses!)

12 Spanish infantry -6 and 6 routing

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Some more completed figures (WW1, WW2, and others)

Working my way through my spares box, have been able to complete some interesting, and some useful additions. First up are British infantry for World War One.

Two old lead airforce castings, supplied by Paul Watson, have regained their arms, now painted and ready.
A spare Airfix German mountain infantry figure has been given metal arms and a helmet, and now serves as a spotter.

My Soviet WW2 Gunboat has acquired a naval figure to man a heavy machine gun. It was originally an Airfix British infantryman for a Vickers Machine Gun. The HMG is constructed from wood and plastic.

An understrength battalion of Spanish Cazadores (light infantry) have been reinforced with a heavy machine gun.

Finally, from my spares box, have mustered an American National Guard officer in a Alabama uniform.

Friday, 26 August 2022


My French army has been destitute of cavalry for far too long. My British collection could muster six regiments, but games rarely used five, and typically one or two. One unit was not my favourite, some plastic Blues & Royals. These figures were not bad, but lacked reins, and could not match the pleasure of using my metal alternatives. Decided to have a go at converting them.

Here are my two French cuirassier regiments, and a brigade commander. The original five plastic figures were supplemented with three lead castings from Paul Watson, and one more in my spares box. With odd metal bits  from various suppliers, this project was hardly cheap. All told, the figures and spares must have totalled about £24. Still, they will be much more useful in my wargames.

Work under progress.

The second project was finding a use for six odd lead figures. All were formerly Guardsmen, including three Bandsmen with trombones. They also came with half-gaiters. Here they are serving as French light infantry, undertaking some construction work.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

CHARITY SHOP additions, and donations

This post is really a listing of bits and pieces picked up for little or nothing. 

Acquired this broken toy trebuchet earlier in the year, from a charity shop. Not sure if I paid £1 or £2 for it. As it was missing quite a few parts. I certainly wouldn't have paid any more. First objective was to file some parts so the swing-arm could be fixed at a higher angle. After removing all unnecessary extras, and covering/filling unnecessary holes, I'm quite happy with it. It was never going to be a quality miniature, but it does look appropriate with my W.Britains toy knights and Turks.


My Somali insurgents have gained another technical. Picked up this vehicle for 30p in a charity shop. Decided to remove the rear seating and create a platform for a light machine gun. Will eventually increase the crew to three.
The circus advertisements had to go, lol.

In addition to the Technical. I spotted this badly damaged Bentley 4.5 ltr. Its a reproduction of those manufactured during 1927 to 1931. At 30p, even the steering wheel would be a useful purchase. Strangely, its made by Corgi, but the scale is not far off 1/32. When I got it home I took an instant like to the model, and I wanted another in pristine condition. Pleased to report, was the only bidder on Ebay for another, costing £2 plus £3.35 postage (thanks George).
Have since discovered, the scale is confirmed at 1/35, great stuff.
When Paul Watson turned up with a box of trains and railway track, there was also four buff-coloured plastic model ruins. Decided it was time to utilise these to make some terrain pieces.
Footnote. State of my Spares Box, late August