My Background

I've been playing with toy soldiers and wargaming since I was about 10 or 11, with Airfix plastics and very simple rules based on the pose of the figures, i.e. lying, kneeling, standing etc. That's getting on for 50 years (47 as of today).  Before we moved to Durham I had a couple of years of gaming with mates in the upstairs of our local (only) war-games shop in St. Annes on Sea. We used the base floorboards and chalk, and were allowed to use the thousands of Hinton Hunt figures in the collection of the shop owner. 
My first 'proper' war-games club was in Durham in 1971 and, except for a short gap for a number of years I've been a member ever since, even though I  only attended once in 2015. I formed the short-lived Durham Old Boys with Paul and John, mainly to do demo game, but well, we got older and wound it up. 
My main wargaming activity until recentLy has been with the Independent Wargames Club - Robbie Roddis and John Reidy. We all have pretty good set ups at home so don't have a need to attend a 'club'.  I get to game, usually in my War-Garage/Man-Cave, with Robbie, John and a small but ever growing circle of friends about 2-3 times a month which is great. Since I’ve moved home the friends coming for a game have changed and increased, which is pretty good, as I enjoy hosting big hopefully fun games.
Although I used to have large collections in 6mm and 15mm, my collections are now all 28mm:
Seven Years War: Prussians, Austrians, Saxons, Russians, Hannover/Brunswick/Hesse-Kassel, Reichsarmee and Modena(?) 
American Revolution/AWI, call it what you will.
The Russian Civil War/ Back of Beyond
ThirtyYears War: Swedes, Imperialist and Polish
19th Century: American Civil War, Franco-Prussian War, Austro-Prussian War and the Crimean War. 

Current projects are the Sikh Wars which is ongoing, and the French/Dutch War of 1672-78 which is almost complete. I have a fair few Great Northern War Swedes that I got off an Ebor Miniatures 'Kickstarter' which I will hopefully tackle in 2016.

Update: the GNW stuff has gone. Sikhs on hold. New project French Revolutionary War in 1799 Italy, Switzerland and Holland.


  1. I've since added two more collections, the French-Dutch War of 1672-78 and the late French Revolutionary Wars, in particular the campaigns of Suvarov in Italy and Switzerland.

  2. a most impressive array, sir.

  3. Nice particularly like the leuthen fight 'nun danke alles gott'