Napoleonic eye candy 28mm WHC (III)

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Well, as I usually say… you need all sorts… I am obliged to Mark Freeth for those nice pics of the WHC facilities and Napoleonic Armies (and wargames) they are very easy to find in Facebook.

The day I will stop maintaining the present webpage you will be drinking directly from the fountain if you follow some groups on Facebook.

Before retiring I will provide the names and addresses of those Groups to do not let you orphan of your daily dose of Toy Soldiers.


Beautifully done…
View from the French side…
More Prussians…

Napoleonic eye candy 28mm WHC (II)

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Just to celebrate my 140.000 visitors (on a modest webpage) I Post this anticipatedly instead of tomorrow morning…

Those are the dreams of a wargamer when first he becomes involved in the hobby!


Nice pic! Massed Infantry!
And another… imminent clash!
Clashes of Cavalry are always spectacular… even in in real life either one turned tail or they intersperssed… rarely they come head on…
Here come the “heavies” to the rescue…

Napoleonic eye candy 28mm WHC (I)

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There was a time where I thought I would equal that… LOL… that is megalomania for you!

Now, living more relaxed.

If I ever want to go BIG Napoleonic again… I guess I will book a wekkend at the Wargames Holiday Center, pay my bill and forget about the rest!


PS: My actual obsession is the Crimean War 1854 in 6mm… maybe one day I will post about that too.

Heavy cavalry
French Infantry
Cavalry Melee…

Franco-Prussian War 1870 Diorama

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I do not remember what I intended to post today… but I found those pics in Facebook and they come handy!… oh dear!… what level of artistry… it really it is like being there…

Dioramas are not my own personal experience but I admire them.

I did not retain the name of the artist or club… will rectify this omission once I dig it from the pile of info. Done… posted by Wolfgang Meyer… the maker of the minis is not him though… 42nd Black Watch Miniatures by Massimo Costa. (1/72)

Alphonse de Neuville like if you ask me…


Meet the Tirailleurs!
Close action!
High Command.
Dioramas do not come best!
More French Line…

All periods have their charm!

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Let’s broke a lance in favour of the less known or represented periods!

Today is an example of French troops… always pestering Europe and elsewhere Napoleon or not… a great tradition of campaigning the french have… not always successful but constant again and again and again…

I am at pains nowadays to get the correct 6mm minis for a Crimean British Army… they simply do not exist so you have to do with proxies and an alternative paintjob… why I do this when I am spoilt for choice?

Because I am a wargamer and collector. That’s why… stubbornness to the fore!…LOL

Enjoy those in big scale!

A not so usually seen period…


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In a reflective mood today… must be early Spring…

What is the real purpose of wargames?… war? (not at all)… a friendly atmosphere is a cherished thing… games? (we do not really want to lose at all I guess…)… in a game there is always that possibility (we all agree)… so… it is really puzzling in a way…

I thought when I first wrote a book about my toy soldiers that History was the main propeller… not really so sure nowadays… I still do collect Toy Soldiers mind… even my wargames minis are more a “collection” than the real thing…

Why I did spent so many hours painting Napoleonic 25mm MINIFIGS in my middle years?… probably (read surely) it was more escapism from daily work than anything else… why Waterloo? (Tons of easy available info about it!)… nice uniforms?… maybe… with years and years I realized how much of it was British Propaganda!… I would have been mad (if a Prussian) the way the tale was told… no offense intended for the steadfast British Infantry mind!

As for the French… what do you want me to say?… a Military Machine that only “conquered” (as all conquerors) the land their soldiers walked through… their were a real nuisance for nearly a quarter of a Century across Europe (and even Egypt!)… Revolutionary ideas shocked the conservative monarchies… they will later adopt them matter of fact (the ideas not the revolution)… but using Force (brute) to spread “light and sweetness” (thank you P.G.Wodehouse) does not work at all… look at the silly intents to convert to democracy: theocratic or autocratic states or regions of the modern world… such nonsense!… It is very difficult to export ideas and make people (very different cultural people) to abide to your “superior knowledge” (LOL)…

It is a strange world we live in… thankfully we have the music!

I do not know if it is really apropiate to say Enjoy!

Maybe better REFLECT! (a bit at least)…

A really nice pic! and nice wargame…
Another example of “secure flanks”… I hate the border of the tabletop!
Puzzling image of a wargamer reading his mobile…

ACW in 6mm.

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It is refreshing…

I stumbled upon them in Facebook… it is always very satisfactory to find other people with the same objectives and/or obsessions.

Guess yo can see what I have explained tiresomely lots of times… this is the wargaming scale for excellence… 3mm and 2mm been really too small to see anything… and easily replaced by counters… God forbid! (Same logic applied in the early seventies to the 25mm versus 15mm debate… LOL).

The same stands that represents usually a Brigade can represent a Regiment in smaller affairs… seriously… recommended!

C’mon, be positive and…


Probably difficult to see… but very practical for really BIG affairs…
Confederacy Brigades…
Union Brigades

Ancients at the WHC.

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Somehow fascinating… but I could never seem to enjoy to the full “close combat” with edged weapons. I do not mind to be shot at if I can shoot back… quite proficient at shooting I was in my time… but cold steel? NO thank you!

I still own the METAURO (GREAT BATTLES OF THE WORLD series) map and battle set (by now with 6mm Baccus minis instead of the 54mm plastic minis completely gone forever…). And play that semiboardgame grid with Hasdrubal and the Romans… but not quite often…

I was never interested in collecting them or building “collections” of them.

But they look magnificent and you must admit they had stamina and courage in spades in Ancient times.

Myself, I need a musket, or a Minie, or a Martini-Henry, even a Lee-Metford would do up to 1900… but Ancient times make me shiver! Guess to rip or be ripped is not at all my taste… even bayonets are not at all my thing… and that is talking wargaming!… lol

You need all sorts you know…

Enjoy! (If you like those rude times!)

Ancients have their appeal…
Magnificent but grim…
Phalanx against Legion…

Zulu War Toy Soldiers Collection seen in FaceBook, by Alan Green.

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Sometimes perusing FaceBook in search of original material to Post one finds gems of a sort… every Toy Soldier here is a small piece of imagination… the author confess he was influenced by the well known films ZULU and ZULU DAWN… of course I here you say! (aren’t we all?)… but actually he developped the subject out of the weel trodden way of Military Modeling or Wargaming.

There is a lot of work and customization on those Toy Soldiers… and I love the search of the “piece unique”.

So here you are… take your Martini-Henry and travel to the end of the world!


Main Characters.
Natal Mounted Police
Sikhali’s Horse
17th Lancers
Heliograph Party
Firing Line
Highlanders marching
More casualties…