Monday, 31 January 2011

Close-ups and Closer-ups

This time, instead of blanket army photos, I thought I would show some close ups. Apologies in advance to anyone who has seen any of them before. These are from my Polish Renaissance 25/28mm army.

First up are a unit of mounted dragoons -the dismounted versions have not even been bought yet. Can't remember the manufacturer -one of the more modern ones.

Next up, a squadron of general European cavalry that could hail from anywhere. Again, manufacturers name forgotten.

Two units of Musket/Pike/Musket armed infantry. Yep, same again on the make.

A unit of regular Drab infantry. Hinchcliffe figures.

A unit of the iconic Winged Hussars. Hinchcliffe figures from back in the day.

Grand Hetman Chodkiewitz and his personal standard bearer. The standard is his own coat of arms. OG figures.

Some multi-period religious types. The one with the club has been ordered by his bishop to find some he is about to bladder an unlucky, wandering dray horse.

Russian foot cossacks backed up by a Drab unit. Hinchcliffe, OG while the bloke on the horse is Essex.

The big (only) artillery piece. The matchstick firing trigger can be easily seen but if you squint a bit and look out of the corner of your eye, it could be an elevating block. Crew of unknown provenance.

The bloke on the horse had a bit of conversion work done on him. I believe he started out as a Spanish Conquistador type but I filed down his pantaloons and created some bucket-top boots. The plate armour was 'dremeled' into mail and whatever weapon he was carrying was removed and an officers type mace added. This was made by the simple expedient of blobbing some Bostik onto the end of a piece of brass wire. Oh, and a wing was fixed to his back. Don't know who made em.

Some more of the collection

First one up is my only 1/300 SF army. Bought the whole lot plus more strange bits for a fiver about 10 years ago. It's my only GW army and I got it with the intention of doing a 'what if' campaign against my modern Brits(pics to follow on another post) or against any of my WW II armies. If memory serves, it took about 3 days to paint the lot!

Second is one of my few 25/28mm armies -Polish Renaissance. I'll be honest, I use the term army rather loosely here as there are no pancerni and only one unit of Winged Hussars. I actually have another five of each from Irregular to paint but haven't got round to it yet. Manufacturers include Essex, Hinchcliffe and Mini Figs. The big artillery piece is actually one of those that fires matchsticks but the trigger looks a bit like the elevation block so I kept it. 7 or 8 years old.

Thirdly, a box of two Prussian Napoleonic Landwehr cavalry regiments and a brigade commander. The Napoleonic Collection is made up of Lancashire Games, Essex and Mini Figs amongst others.

Fourthly, another box of Prussian cavalry. This time a mixed brigade of Dragoons and Landwehr. The army is based to Peter Gilder's In the Grand Manner Rules.

Fifthly, the Prussian infantry, cavalry, commander and a couple of little vignettes with odd figures I couldn't find any other use for. I've got about another four batteries of artillery unpainted. About 8-9 years old.

Next, A smallish French Corps of Napoleonic 5mm Mini Figs blocks. Possibly 30 years old. Some work still required on the bases.

A British Division of 5mm blocks. In another 8 of the same sized boxes I have my 5mm Prussians. The complete 1st Armee Korps of the 1815 campaign and all the Guard troops.

Some 6mm Polish Napoleonics. Not painted by me. about 15 years old.

Now, there is a story behind this 15mm Macedonian Army. About 30 odd years ago I went to a show, fancied a Macedonian army and brought a load of original best match Mikes Models figures -at 2p for an infantry figure and 4p for cavalry. Bu**ger me, 2 weeks later, Mikes Models announced a brand new range in Mil Mod, no prizes for guessing which range that was. I think I incorporated some of the old figs in the army but still ended up buying another shedload of the nice new figures. All Mikes Models bar the Greek hoplites, (not painted by me), and the Indians which are Mini Figs.

I have a few others not yet included here coz most of them are elsewhere on the blog. The only three outstanding ones that immediately spring to mind are 25mm Mongols, 1/300 Modern Brits and 1/300 Modern Israeli.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

I went, I watched and then came home again.

Well, the Blues are off to Wembley to take on Arsenal after beating the Irons 4-3 on aggregate. Carlton Cole put away a screamer after splitting two defenders and everyone thought that's it, 3-1 over both legs. Do you know how difficult it is to sit there with clenched teeth and fists in your lap when your team score and you are amongst at least 16,000 of the opposition supporters? Let me tell you, when Cole scored I felt like jumping and screaming like a banshee, but I couldn't...unlike like my mate and MO did when Blues scored. I put on brave smile, stood and clapped magnanimously.
Everyone thought it was game over except Alex Mcleish, the Blues manager. The b*gger did it again,put a rocket up their bums and Blues came out in the second half like a different team and scored twice to even it up. About midway through the half McLeish decided to bring on the head on legs that is Nicola Zigic -as MO put it 'he's good at being tall'. (For those who don't know, Zigic is 6" 9' without his socks on.) Luckily he can't jump -not that he has to- but he most definitely is the comedy element. Using his head and both feet, he sprayed the ball everywhere -to Hammers players, off the pitch and even into empty space. Boy did we chuckle. And then, in the first period of extra time, the lanky swine only went and made a pass out into the space where Gardiner was lurking.
Gardiner tee'd it up and wellied it, low and hard down to Green's right. Keeper managed to get a solid hand on it but it spun over his arm and in. He obviously thought he should have done better because he immediately held his head in his hands.

Overall, I would have to say that the Blues were a bit hungrier, having more shots -and on target- than the Irons. But nevertheless, it was a bl**dy good game and I'm so chuffed I got to go. Ta again MO!

PS There's even a chance of me going to Wembley with MO and my mate. This time I will definitely follow the Blues and holler and shout like the rest of them...but I draw the line at wearing a Blues shirt. Although they are my second favourite team in the country there are limits.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Latest terrain projects

Back at work today and remembered to bring the camera home so here are the promised pics of my latest terrain projects:- the finished woodland pond and a couple of small hills.

1. First off, the pond. Everything is finished apart from the foliage. I put this one in because I like the lighting -it shows up the water effect quite well. Only a single coat of gloss varnish.

2. The completed pond, taken a bit further away from my painting lights. I managed (don't know how, though), to avoid glare from the water.

3. Basic hill construction. Offcuts and bits from various thicknesses of polystyrene -acquired just in time from a local skip- were glued down with wood glue to a irregular piece of thick card and some slate pieces glued were down with Hard as Nails. The whole lot was then covered with strips of masking tape that extended under the base. The masking tape used is the cheap stuff from Poundland. Don't worry about any folds left from where the masking tape has creased, they add to the topography of the piece. I like to use the odd rock, stone or pieces of slate to add a little weight to the piece.

4. The whole top surface was then covered with the ubiquitous sand and wood glue. Once dried, to represent earth collapse, some small pieces of unused cat litter were glued down with wood glue. For more adhesion and to fill in some of the major gaps all the litter was covered in diluted glue. Then more sand was glued down along the top of the litter for continuity.

5. Both new hills together. A quick blast across the top with an unperfumed extra-hold hairspray to keep the flock on and the ball's in the net.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

My Personal Library Notes.

There you have it, the compete library as of 2010 -I know that somewhere in the house there are books that I have missed. At the moment we have 34 book shelves of varying lengths and widths scattered around the house -all are mine bar one. Now you understand why the missus calls the gaff a library rather than a house; I prefer to call it a centre of learning. Anyway,I don't know what she is on about. (Chuckle).
You will notice that there are a few volumes by myself, these were written in my Hamlet Models phase.

Library -Part Nine -General Military and Wargamiing


Holmes, R., War Walks, BBC Books, 1996
Holmes, R., War Walks 2, BBC Books, 1997
Seymour, W., Battles in Britain 1066-1547 and 1642- 1746, (2 Vol.’s), BCA, 1975.
Warner, P., British Battlefields – The North, Fontana, 1975.
Warner, P., British Battlefields – The South, Fontana, 1975.
Warner, P., Famous Welsh Battles, Fontana, 1977.

Funcken, L & F., Le Costume et les Armes des Soldats de tous les temps (Vol. 1), Casterman, 1966.
Kannik, P., Military Uniforms, Blandford, 1971.
North, R., Military Uniforms 1686-1918, Hamlyn, 1970.
Schick, I. (editor), BATTLEDRESS 1700 to the Present, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson , 1978.
Thompson, L., Uniforms of the Soldiers of Fortune, Blandford, 1985.

Chapman, C., Russell of the Times, Bell & Hyman, 1984.
Darman, P, Surprise Attack, Blitz Publications, 1994.
Dunnigan, J F., How to make War, BCA, 1982.
Flemiing, P., The Siege at Peking, Readers Union Ltd, 1959
Hallows, I S., Regiments and Corps of the British Army, New Orchard Editions, 1994.
Haythornthwaite, P., The Colonial Wars Source Book, Caxton Editions, 2000.
Johnson, C., Artillery, Octopus, 1975.
Keegan, J., The Face of Battle, Johnathon Cape, 1976.
Kosar, F., Light Fieldguns, Ian Allen, 1974.
Longworth, P., The Cossacks, Constable, 1969.
Messenger, C., History of the British Army, Bramley Books, 1997.
Muir, K., Arms and the Woman, Sinclair-Stepehenson, 1992.
Stevenson, W., 90 Minutes at Entebbe, CB, 1976.
Tzabar, S., The White Flag Principle, Allen Lane, 1972.
Tzu, S., The Art of War, Wordsworth Reference, 1993.
Wheatley, D., Red Eagle, Arrow Books, 1968.
Wilson, J., The Long March 1935, History Book Club, 1971.
Woods, F. (edit.), Young Winstons Wars, Sphere Books, 1972.

Chant, C., The History of the RAF, Chevprime, Ltd., 1990.
Sims, E H., Fighter Exploits, 1914-1970, CB, 1973.
Stares, P B., Space Weapons and US Strategy, Croon Helm, 1985.

Jentschura, H , Jung, D & Mickel P., Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945, AAP, 1999.

Carver, Field Marshal Lord, Britain’s Army in the 20th Century, Pan, 1999.
Gilbert, M., A History of the Twentieth Century, Volume One 1900-1933, Harper Collins, 1997.


Featherstone, D., Air war Games, Stanley Paul, 1966.
Featherstone, D., War Games Campaigns, Stanley Paul, 1970.
Featherstone, D., Solo Wargaming, Frederick Warne, 1973.
Featherstone, D., Wargaming Pike and Shot, David and Charles, 1977.
Featherstone, D., The Peninsular War, Argus Books, 1991.
Grant, C., The War Game, Adam and Charles Black, 1971.
Grant, C., The Battle of Fontenoy, William Luscombe, 1975.
Grant, C S., From Pike to Shot 1685-1720, WRG, 1986.
Herbert, E., The Second Boer War, Argus Books, 1990.
Jeffrey, G., The Napoleonic Wargame, Almark, 1974.
MacDowall, S., Goths, Huns and Romans, Argus Books, 1990.
McNeil, A., Battlegame Book 4: WW II, Usborne, 1975.
Sayce, A M., Campaigns of the Mongols The European Campaign (1237-1241), HM, 1997.
Sayce, A M., Japanese WW II Scenarios, HM, 1999.
Sayce, A M., Japanese WW II Scenarios (Vol 2) Malaya, HM 1999.
Sayce, A M., Japanese Invasion of Wake Island 1941, HM, 1998.
Sayce A M., Japanese Landings in Northern Malaya 1941, HM, 1998.
Sayce, A M., Japanese Invasion of Hong Kong 1941, HM, 1998.
Sayce, A M., The Battle of Jitra, Northern Malaya 11-13 Jan.1941, HM, 1998.
Sayce, A M., The Battle of Sangshak 1944, HM, 1999.
Stevenson, P., The American Civil War, Argus Books, 1990.


Chandler, D., Atlas of Military History, AAP, 1980.
Bruce, G., Dictionary of Battles, Collins, 1995.
Dupuy, R E & Dupuy,T N., The Collins Encyclopaedia of Military History, BCA, 1995.
Falls, C., Great Military Battles, Spring Books, 1969.
Foster T, Graham B & Revie, A., BATTLE A History of conflict on land, sea and air, Marshall Cavendish, 1978.
Hayward, Brig. P H C. (comp.), Jane’s Dictionary of Military Terms, Purnell Book Services, 1975.
Keegan J & Wheatcroft, A., Zones of Conflict An Atlas of Future Wars, Johnathon Cape, 1986.
Keegan, J., Encyclopaedia of World War II, Bison Books, 1990.
Koch, H., Modern Warfare 1815-Present, Bison Books, 1983.
Lee, R G., Defence Terminology, Brassey, 1991.
Mackinnon, C., Observers Book of Heraldry, Frederick Warne, 1975.
Natkiel, R., Atlas of 20th Century Warfare, Bison Books, 1982.
Wilkinson, F., Guns, Hamlyn, 1970.

Library -Part Eight -Modern


Barker, A J., Fortune Favours the Brave, NEL, 1976.
Farrar-Hockley, A H., The Edge of the Sword, Companion Book Club, 1955.
Farrar-Hockley, A H., The Edge of the Sword, Star, 1981.
Halliday, J & Cummings, B., Korea: The Unknown War, Viking, 1988.
Hoyt, E P., The Bloody Road to Panmunjon, Jove Books, 1991.



Adan, A., On the Banks of the Suez, PP, 1991.



Arnold, J R., Artillery, Bantam Books (Vol. 7), 1987.
Caputo, P., A Rumour of War, BCA, 1978.
Ewing, M., Khe San, Bantam Books (Vol. 5), 1987.
Forbes, J & Williams, R., Riverine Force, Bantam Books (Vol. 8), 1987.
Gregory, B., Vietnam Helicopter Handbook, Patrick Stephens, 1988.
Gunston, B., Aircraft of the Vietnam War, Patrick Stephens, 1987.
Katcher, P & Chappell, M., Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-1975, OB, 1985.
Pimlott, J., Vietnam The Decisive Battles, Guild Publishing, 1990.
Roberts, C & Sasser, C W., The Walking Dead, Grafton Books, 1990.
Rosser-Owen, D., Vietnam Weapons Handbook, Patrick Stephens, 1986.
Schemmer, B F., The Raid, Avon Books, 1986.
Warren, J A., Portrait of a Tragedy, Lothrop, 1990.



Dobson, C, Miller, J & Payne, R., The Falklands Conflict, Coronet, 1982.
Gavshon, A & Rice, D., The Sinking of the Belgrano, NEL, 1984.
Hanrahan, B & Fox, R., I Counted Them All Out and I Counted Them All Back, BBC, 1982.
Jennings, C & Weale, A., Green-Eyed Boys, HarperCollins, 1996.
Jolly, R., The Red and Green Life Machine, CB, 1984.
Laffin, J., Fight for the Falklands, Sphere Books, 1982.


McMichael, S R, Stumbling Bear, Brasseys, 1991.



Boyne, Col. W J. (intro.), Weapons of Desert Storm, Signet Special, 1991.
Clancey, T., Into the Storm, Pan, 2000
Cordingly, Maj-Gen P., In the Eye of the Storm, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996
Dupuy, T N, Johnson, C, Bongard, D L & Dupuy, A., How to Defeat Saddam Hussein, Warner Books, 1991.
Halberstadt, H., Desert Storm GROUND WAR, Motorbooks International, 1991.
Hiro, Desert Shield to Desert Storm, Paladin, 1992.
Micheletti, E & Debay Y., Victory in the Gulf, Windrowe & Greene, 1991.
Ryan, C., The One That Got Away, Century Books, 1995.
Swofford,A. Jarhead, Simon and Schuster UK, 2003.
Timmerman, K R., The Death Lobby, Bantam Books, 1992.


Anon., The Worlds Armies, Salamander, 1991.
Beevor, A., Inside the British Army, Corgi, 1993
Bonds, R. (edit.), American War Power, CB, 1981.
Bonds, R. (edit.), Russian War Power, CB, 1981.
Burgess, Maj. W., (editor), Inside Spetsnaz, Presidio, 1990.
Chant, C., Land Forces of the World, Crescent Books, 1990.
Debay, Y., US Marine Corps, Windrow & Greene, 1990.
Gander, T J., British Army of the Rhine, Ian Allen, 1984.
Heyman, C. (edit.), The British Army, a Pocket Guide, R & F (Military Publishing, 1993.
Katz, S M., Israel’s Army, PP, 1990.
Mockler, A., The New Mercenaries, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1985
Quarrie, B., Encyclopaedia of the German Army in the 20th C., Patrick Stephens, 1989.
Ripley, T., Modern US Army, Salamander, 1992.
Rottman, G & Volstead, R., Warsaw Pact Ground Forces, OB, 1991.
Schofield, C., Inside the Soviet Army, Headline, 1991.
Skinner, M., USAREUR, The United States Army in Europe, PP, 1989.
Suvorov, V., Inside the Soviet Army, Panther, 1984.
Thompson, G & Nevill, T., The Territorial Army, Ian Allen, 1989.
Urban M., Soviet Land Power, Ian Allen, 1985.
Various, The Worlds Armies, Salamander, 1991.

Anon., Fighting Vehicles, Wordswoth Editions, 1992.
Bishop, C., (editor),Mechanised Combat, Grange Books, 1998.
Bonds, R. (edit.), Modern Tanks and Fighting Vehicles, Salamander, 1980.
Foss, C F., Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the World, Ian Allen, 1974.
Hassig, L. (edit.), The Armoured Fist, TLB, 1991.
Kelly, O., King of the Killing Zone, Berkley, 1990.
Lloyd, M., Tanks, Grange Books, 1993.
Peacock, L., Armoured Firepower, Salamander, 19??
Ripley, T., Modern US Army, Salamander, 1992.
Macksay K., Tank versus Tank, Salem House, 1988.
Messenger, C., Tanks and other Armoured Vehicles, Bloomsbury Books, 1990.
Miller, D., Modern Tanks and Fighting Vehicles, Salamander, 1992.
Various, Tanks at War, Blitz Editions, 1996.

Beaver, P & Gander, T., Modern British Military Missiles, Patrick Stephens, 1986.

Beaver, P., Today’s Army Air Corps, Patrick Stephens, 1987.
Gregory, B., United States Airborne Forces, Brian Todd Publishing House, 1990.
Jackson, P., Royal Air Force Germany, Ian Allen, 1986.
Munson, K., Fighters in Service, Blandford Press, 1975.
Skinner, M., USAFE, A Primer of Modern Air Combat in Europe, AAP, 1988.
Shaw, M., From the Cockpit: Harrier GR 3, Ian Allen, 1988.
Spick, M & Wheeler, B., Modern Aircraft Markings, Salamander, 1992.
Stapfer, H-H., Mi-24 Hind, AAP, 1990.
Trotti, J., Marine Air, Berkley, 1989.
Various, The Worlds Great Military Helicopters, Gallery Books, 1990.
Walker, Air-Vice Marshal J R., The Future of Air Power, Ian Allen, 1986.

Bryant, A., Jackets of Green, History Book Club, 1972.
Cooper, L., The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Leo Cooper, 1970.
Geraghty, T., Who Dares Wins, Fontana / Collins, 1981.
Geraghty, T., March or Die, Grafton Books, 1990.
Gregory, B., United States Airborne Forces, Brian Todd, 1990.
Halberstadt, H., NTC, Training Ground for Combat, Berkley, 1990.
Hills, R J T., The Royal Dragoons, Leo Cooper, 1972.
Laffin, J., Digger, the Story of the Australian Soldier, CB, 1960.
Langley, M., The East Surrey Regiment, Leo Cooper, 1972.
Myatt, F., The Royal Berkshire Regiment, Hamish Hamilton, 1968.
Peters, G W H., The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, Leo Cooper, 1970.
Powell, G., The Green Howards, Hamish Hamilton, 1968.
Reynolds, D., The Para’s, 50 Years of Courage, Express Newspapers, 1990.
Wykes, A., The Royal Hampshire Regiment, Hamish Hamilton, 1968.

de la Billiere, Gen. Sir P., Looking for Trouble, Harper Collins, 1995.
Hoare, M., Mercenary, CB, 1984.
Hoare, M., The Seychelles Affair, CB, 1987.
Hoskins, A J., A Contract Officer, Costello, 1988.

Avery, D., Military Insignia, Select Editions, 1995.
Barnaby, F., The Automated Battlefield, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986.
Deacon, R., The Silent War, Sphere Books, 1980.
Horowitz, I L., The War Game, Ballantine Books, 1963.
Kagan, D., On the Origins of War, Pimlico, 1997.
Kaldor, M., The Baroque Arsenal, Abacus, 1983.
Kidron M & Smith, D., The New State of War and Peace, Grafton Books, 1991.
Lewis, J E. (edit.), True Stories of the Elite Forces, Robinson Publishing, 1993.
Meissner A & Fowler W., War games! Rehearsal for Battle, AAP. 1988.
McGowan, R & Hands, J., Try not to laugh, Sergeant Major, Futura, 1984.
Quarrie, B., The Worlds Elite Forces, Octopus Books, 1985.
Quarrie, B., Firepower, Apple Press, 1988.
Rivers, G., The War against the Terrorists: How to win it, Charter Books, 1987.
Sayer, I & Botting, D., America’s Secret Army, Fontana / Collins, 1989.

Library -Part Seven -Spanish Civil War and World War Two


Bradley, K & Chappell, M., International Brigades in Spain 1936-1939, OB, 19
Cardozo, H., March of a Nation, Right Book Club, 1937.
Scurr, J & Fosten, B., The Spanish Foreign Legion, OB, 19??
Turnbull, P & Burn, J., The Spanish Civil War, OB, 19??


Adams, J., The Doomed Expedition – The Campaign in Norway 1940, Leo Cooper, 1989.
D’Este, C., Bitter Victory, Fontana, 1989.
Dear, I., Ten Commando 1942-1945, Grafton Books, 1989.
Deighton, L., Blitzkrieg, Triad / Granada, 1988.
Divine, D., The Nine Days of Dunkirk, White Lion, 1976.
Fonvielle-Alquier, F., (trans. E. Ashcroft), France and the Phoney War, Tom Stacey, 1973.
Grinell-Milne, D., Silent Victory, CB, 1959.
Hart, P., The Heat of Battle, Leo Cooper, 1999.
Hodges, M A., Prepared for Battle, Christchurch Printing, 1982
Mason, D., Raid on St. Nazaire, Macdonald, 1970.
Millar, G., The Bruneval Raid, The Bodley Head, 1974.
Neave, A., The Flames of Calais, Coronet Books, 1974.
Young, P., Commando, Macdonald, 1970.

Buckley, C., Greece and Crete 1941, Efstathiadis, 1984.
Clark, A., The Fall of Crete, NEL, 1974.
Macdonald, C., The Lost battle, Papermac, 1995.

Ambrose, S. E., Pegasus Bridge, Pocket, 2003
Belfield, E & Essame, H., The Battle for Normandy, Pan Books, 1970.
Bruer, W B., Operation Dragoon, Jove Books, 1988.
Bryant, A., Triumph in the West, Collins, 1959.
Collier, R., Ten Thousand Eyes, Fontana Books, 1966.
Gardiner, J., D-Day Those Who Were There, BCA, 1994.
Hastings, M., Overlord, BCA, 1984.
Howarth, D., Dawn of D-Day, Companion Book Club, 1959.
Leasor, J., Green Beach, BCA, 1975.
Mitcham, S W Jr., Rommel’s Last Battle, Jove Books, 1991.
Moorhead, A., Eclipse, Sphere Books, 1968.
Perrault, G., The Secrets of D-Day, CB, 1966.
Tsouras, P., Disaster at D-Day (alternative reconstruction), BCA, 1994.
Turner, J F., Invasion ’44, CB, 1960.
Whiting, C., ’44, Century, 1984.
Young, P., D-Day, Bison Books, 1981.

Ambrose, S E., Citizen Soldiers, Pocket Books, 2002.
Bahm, K., Berlin 1945 The Final Reckoning, Amber, 2001
Blaxland, G., Alexander’s Generals, William Kimber, 1979
Bryant, A., The Turn of the Tide, Reprint Society, 1958.
Currey, C B., Follow Me and Die, Jove Books, 1991.
Delaforce, P., Monty’s Iron Sides, Chancellor Press, 1999.
Delaforce, P., The Polar Bears, Chancellor Press, 1999.
Dupuy, T N., Hitler’s Last Gamble, Airlife, 1994.
Elstob, P., Bastogne, the Road Block, Macdonald, 1968.
Featherston, A., Saving the Breakout, PP, 19??
Hibbert, C., Arnhem, The Windrush Press, 1998.
Kessler, L., The Battle of the Ruhr Pocket, Mandarin, 1990.
Manvell, R., The Conspirators: 20th July 1944, Pan Ballantine, 1972.
Moulton, J L., Battle for Antwerp, Ian Allen, 1978.
Powell, G., The Devil’s Birthday, Leo Cooper,1992.
Ryan, C., A Bridge Too Far, BCA, 1974.
Shulman, M., Defeat in the West, Pan Books, 1986.
Turner, J F & Jackson, R., Destination Berchtesgaden, Ian Allen, 1975.
Whiting, P., Battle of the Ruhr Pocket, Pan Ballantine, 1972.
Ziemke, E F., Battle for Berlin, Macdonald, 1968.

Adair, P., Hitlers Greatest Defeat, Brockhampton Press, 1998.
Beevor, A., Stalingrad, Viking, 1998
Cross, R., The Battle of Kursk Operation Citadel 1943, Penguin Books, 2002.
Jukes, G., The Defence of Moscow, Macdonald, 1969.
Ripley, T., SS Steel Storm, Sutton Publishing, 2000.
Salisbury, H., The 900 Days The Siege of Leningrad, Pan, 2000.
Wykes, A., The Siege of Leningrad, Macdonald, 1968.

Macksey, K., Invasion, BCA, 1980.

Bates, P., Dance of War, The Story of the Battle of Egypt, Leo Cooper, 1992.
Glover, M., An Improvised War The Ethiopian campaign 1940-1941, Leo Cooper, 19??.
Whiting, C., Kasserine, Jove Books, 1991.

Attwell, K., The Singapore Story, Frederick Muller, 1959
Blair, J & C., Return from the River Kwai, Futura / Jade, 1980.
Bruer, W B., Retaking the Philippines, St. Martins Press, 1986.
Caffrey, K., Out in the Midday Sun, NEL, 1977.
Campbell, A., The Siege, George Allen & Unwin, 1956.
Collier, B., The War in the Far East 1941-1945, Heinemann, 1969.
Colvin, J., Not Ordinary Men, Leo Cooper, 1994.
Coox, A., Nomonhan Japan Against Russia, 1939, (2 Vols.), Stanford University Press, 1985.
Foucar, E C V., I Lived in Burma, Dobson 1956
Frank, B M., Okinawa: Touchstone to Victory, Macdonald, 1969.
Fuller, R., Shōkan –Hirohito’s Samurai, AAP, 1992.
Grant, I L & Tamayama K., Burma 1942 The Japanese Invasion, Zampi, 1999.
Gregg, C T., Tarawa, Jove Books, 1991.
Kennedy, P., Pacific Onslaught, Pan / Ballantine Books, 1972.
Legg, F., War Correspondent, Angus and Robertson, 1965
Lucas Philips, C E., Springboard to Victory, Pan,1966.
Mayo, L., Bloody Buna, Purnell Book Services, 19??.
Perrett, P., Tank Tracks to Rangoon, Hale, 1992.
Rawlings, L., And The Dawn Came Up Like Thunder, Futura, 1975.
Sayce, A M., Island Invasions-The Japanese Expansion Programme, HM, 1998.
Schultz, D., Wake Island, Playboy Paperbacks, 1978.
Seaman, H., The Battle at Sangshak¸ Leo Cooper, 1989.
Shaw, H I Jr., Tarawa: A Legend is Born, Macdonald, 1969.
Slim, Field Marshal Viscount, Defeat Into Victory, Pan, 1999.
Swinson, A., Kohima, Arrow Books, 1968,
Tsouras, P., (ed), Rising Sun Victorious (alternative reconstruction), Greenhill, 2001
Tsuji, M., Singapore, The Japanese Version, Mayflower-Dell. 1960.
Whiting, C., America’s Forgotten Army, Sarpedon NY, 1999
Yahara, Col. H., The Battle for Okinawa, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 1995.

Mayne, R., Channel Islands Occupied, Jarrold & Sons, 1978.
Toms, C., Hitler’s Fortress Islands, NEL, 1971.
Wood A & Wood, M S., Islands in Danger, Streamline, 1960.

Braddon, R., Cheshire VC, Companion Book Club, 1956.
Brickhill, P., The Dam Busters, Pan Books, 1955.
Caidan, M., A Torch to the Enemy, Bantam. 1992.
Clostermann, P., Flames in the Sky, Vanguard, 1954.
Deighton, L., Fighter, BCA, 1977.
Dupuy T N., The Air War in the West: June 1941 – April 1945, Franklin Watts , N Y, 1965.
Gunston, B., Japanese and Italian Aircraft, Salamander, 1985.
Gunston, B. (forwd.), Janes Fighting aircraft of WW II, Studio Editions, 1994.
Hoyt, E P., The Kamikazes, Granada Books, 1985.
Irving, D., The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, Futura, 1976.
Koenig, W., Over the Hump: Airlift to China, Pan / Ballantine, 1972.
Lucas, L., (edit.), Out of the Blue, Grafton Books, 1987.
McKee, A., Strike from the Sky, Grafton Books, 1990.
Merrick, K A., German Aircraft Markings 1939-1945, Ian Allen, 1977.
Mondey, D., Axis Aircraft of WW II, Chancellor Press, 1997.
Mondey, D., British Aircraft of WW II, Chancellor Press, 1997.
Nagatsuko, R., (trans. from the French by N Rootes), I was a Kamikaze, NEL, 1974.
Poolman, K., Faith, Hope and Charity, NEL, 1974.
Rawnsley, C F & Wright, R., Night Fighter, CB, 1969.
Shepherd, C., German Aircraft of WW II, BCA, 1976.
Shores, C., Ground Attack Aircraft of WW II, Macdonald & James, 1977.
Sims, E H., The Fighter Pilots, CB, 1970.
Tubbs, D B., Lancaster Bomber, Pan / Ballantine, 1972.
Weal J., Junkers Ju87 over the Mediterranean, Osprey Aviation, 1996.

Brinkley, W., Ninety and Nine, Magnum, 1978.
Bull, P., To Sea in a Sieve, CB, 1973.
Cooper, B., The Battle of the Torpedo Boats, Pan Books, 1970.
Croizet, V J., Across the Reef, Blandford, 1989.
Cutler, T J., The Battle of Leyte Gulf, Harper Collins, 1994.
Detmers, Capt. T., The Raider Kormoran, Tandem Books, 1975.
Hough, R., The Big Battleship, Michael Joseph, 1966.
Lund, P & Ludlum, H., PQ 17 Convoy to Hell, NEL, 1972.
Macintyre, D., Narvik, Pan Books, 1971.
McKee, A., The Coal-Scuttle Brigade, CB, 1958.
Poolman, K., Ark Royal, NEL, 1978.
Preston, A (forwd.), Jane’s Fighting Ships of WW II, Studio Editions, 1994.
Robertson, T., The Ship with Two Captains, NEL, 1974.
Webster Smith, B., The Navy Strikes, Blackie & Son, 1942.
Winton, J., The War at Sea, BCA, 1974.
Woodward, D., The Tirpitz, NEL, 1975.

Chamberlain, P. and Ellis, C., British and American Tanks of World War Two, Cassell, 2004.
Chamberlain, P. and Doyle, H., Encyclopaedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Cassell, 2004
Davis, B., German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945, Brockhampton Press, 1992.
Dilley, R., Japanese Army Uniforms and Equipment, Almark, 1971.
Ellis, C. (edit.), Wheeled Vehicles of the Wehrmacht, Ducimus, 1974.
Forty, G., British Army Handbook, 1939-1945, Chancellor Press, 2000.
Holzman, W K, Manual of the Waffen SS, Bellona, 1976.
Isby, D (intro.), Handbook on Japanese Military Forces, Greenhill Books, 1991.
Lefèvre E., Panzers in Normandy Then and Now, Battle of Britain Prints International Ltd., 1983.
Lucas, J., German Army Handbook, 1939-1945, Chancellor Press, 2000.
Macksey, K., Panzer Division, Macdonald, 1968.
Macksey, K., Tank force:Allied armour in the Second World War, Macdonald, 1970.
Mollo, A., The Armed Forces of WW II, Orbis, 1981.
Steven, A & Amodio, P., Waffen SS, Windrow and Greene, 1995.
Windrow M & Roffe, M., Luftwaffe Airborne and Field Units, OB, 1972.
Zaloga, S & Ness, L S., The Red Army Handbook, Sutton Publishing, 1998.

Anon, Paiforce, HMSO, 1948.
Bishop,E., Better to Die, NEL, 1977.
Cooper, L. The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Leo Cooper, 1972
Graber, G S., History of the SS, Granada, 1980.
Hamilton, S., Armoured odyssey, Tom Donovan, 1995
Hamilton-Hill, SOE Assignment, William Kimber, 1973.
Hills, R J T., The Royal Dragoons, Leo Cooper, 1972
Longley, M., The East Surrey Regiment, Leo Cooper, 19172
Longmate, N., The Real Dad’s Army, Arrow Books, 1974.
Lucas, J., Das Reich, BCA, 1991.
Lucas, J., Battle Group, BCA, 1994.
Mann Dr. C., SS-Totenkopf, Spellmount, 2001.
McGilvray, E., The Black Devils’ March – A Doomed Odyssey - , Helion, 2005
Myatt, F., The Royal Berkshire Regiment, Hamish Hamilton, 1968
Nafziger, G F., The German Order of Battle Panzers and Artillery in World War II, Greenhill, 1999.
Nafziger, G F., The German Order of Battle Infantry in World War Two, Greenhill, 2000.
Nafziger, G F., The German Order of Battle Waffen SS and Other Units in World War Two, Greenhill, 2001.
Perrett, B., Knights of the Black Cross, Grafton Books, 1990.
Peters, G W H., The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, Leo Cooper, 1970
Powell, G., The Green Howards, Hamish Hamilton, 1968
Reitlinger, G., The SS: Alibi of a Nation 1922-1945, AAP, 1981.
Reynolds, M., Steel Inferno, Spellmount, 1997.
Ruby, M., F Section SOE, Grafton Books, 1990.
Quarrie, B., Hitler’s Samurai, Guild Publishing, 1986.
Thomas N & Andrew S., The German Army 1939-1945 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43, Men-at-Arms Series, OB, 1999.
Thomas N & Andrew S., The German Army 1939-1945 (4) Eastern Front 1943-45, Men-at-Arms Series, OB, 1999.
Thomas N & Andrew S., The German Army 1939-1945 (5) Eastern Front 1943-45, Men-at-Arms Series, OB, 1999.
Williams, P & Wallace D., Unit 731, Grafton Books, 1990.
Williamson, G., SS: The Blood-Soaked Soil, Blitz Editions, 1995.
Wykes, A., The Royal Hampshire Regiment, Hamish Hamilton, 1968

Barker, A J., Suicide Weapon, Macdonald, 1971.
Barker, A J & Walter, J., Russian Infantry Weapons of WW II, AAP, 1971.
Chamberlain, P., & Ellis C., Axis Combat Tanks, Macdonald and Jane’s, 1977.
Grove, E., World War Two Tanks, Orbis, 1976.
Guderian, H., (trnas. Duffy C.), Achtung Panzer, Arms and Armour Press, 1996
Hogg, I V., The Encyclopaedia of Infantry Weapons of WW II, AAP, 1978.
Orgill, D., T34, Russian Armour, Macdonald, 1970.
Ledwoch, J., Wojna na Pacyfiku Daleki Wschód (Tanks of the Pacific War), Wydawnictwo, Warszawa, 1996.
Price, A., Luftwaffe, Pan Ballantine, 1973.
Various, Weapons in Action, Marshall Cavendish, 1978.
Zaloga S & Magnuski, J., Soviet Mechanized Firepower 1941-1945, AAP, 1989.

Beamish, J., Burma Drop, Bestseller Library, 1960.
Blaxland, G., Alexander’s Generals, William Kimber, 1979.
Chapman, F S., The Jungle is Neutral, Triad / Granada, 1977.
Forrester, L., Fly for your Life, Panther Books, 1969.
Foucar, E C V., I Lived in Burma, Dennis Dobson, 1956.
Frost, Maj-Gen. J., One Drop Too many, Cassell, 1980?
Gibson, G., Enemy Coast Ahead, Pan Books, 1955.
Gunther, J., D-Day, Hamish Hamilton, 1944.
Hart Dr. R & Dr S., SS Weapons and Fighting Tactics of the Waffen-SS, Spellmount Limited, 1999.
Hersey, J., Into the Valley, Schockcen Books, 1970.
Holman, D., The Man They Couldn’t Kill, NEL, 1970.
Howarth, D., Escape Alone, Fontana, 1977.
Irving, D., The Trail of the Fox, BCA, 1977.
Johns W E & Kelly R A., No Surrender, Mayflower, 1970.
Keith, A., Three Came Home, CB, 1971.
Law, B., Viscount Montgomery, The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery, Collins, 1958.
Lucas, J., Hitler’s Commanders, Cassel, 2000.
Manchester, W., American Caesar, Arrow, 1979.
Maule, Spearhead General, CB, 1963.
Pöppel, M., Heaven and Hell, Spellmount, 2000
Quarrie, B & Burn J., Waffen SS Soldier 1940-1945, Warrior Series, OB, 1993.
Reynolds, M., The Devil’s Adjutant, Spellmount, 1999.
Robertson, T., Walker RN, Pan Books, 1958.
Schmidt, H W., With Rommel in the Desert, Panther Books, 1968.
Teare, T D G., Evader, Viking Press, 1956.
Young, D., Rommel, The Desert Fox, Fontana / Collins, 1972.

Anon., The War’s Best Photographs, Odhams, 19??
Arnold-Foster, M., The World at War, Thames Methuen, 1981.
Bacon, Adm. Sir, R, Fuller, Maj-Gen. J F C & Playfair, Air Marshal Sir P., (edit’s.), Warfare Today, Odhams Press, 19??
Churchill, W., The Second World War (School Edition), Cassell, 1960.
Churchill, W., The Second World War (Vol. 1), Cassell, 1964.
Churchill, W., The Second World War (Vol. 9), Cassell, 1964.
Churchill, W., The Second World War (Vol. 12), Cassell, 1964.
Cross, R., World War Two in photographs, Paragon, 1996.
Downing, D., The Devil’s Virtuoso’s: German Generals at War 1940-1945, BCA, 1977.
Ellis, J., The Sharp Edge of War, David and Charles, 1980
Ellis, J., The World War Two Databook, BCA, 1993.
Farrar-Hockley, A H., Infantry Tactics 1939-1945, Almark, 1976.
Gilbert, A,. Germany’s Lightning War, David and Charles, 2000.
Hogg, I V., The Guns 1939-45, Macdonald and Co., 1970.
Johnson, D E., East Anglia at War, Jarrold & Sons, 1978.
Kahn, D., Seizing the Enigma, Arrow, 1996.
Keegan J. (edit.), Who’s Who in WW II, AAP, 1978.
Liddell-Hart, B H., History of the Second World War, BCA, 1973.
Marshall, B., The White Rabbit, Pan Books, 1966.
Macleod, Col. R and Kelly, D. (ed.’s), The Ironside Diaries 1937-1940, Constable, 1962.
Mee, C L Jr., Meeting at Potsdam, Dell, 1976.
Overy, R., Why the Allies Won, Johnathon Cape, 1995.
Pape, R., Boldness be my Friend, Pan Books, 1957.
Perisco, J., Piercing the Reich, Sphere Books, 1980.
Ravenscroft, T., The Spear of Destiny, Sphere Books, 1990.
Saunders, H St. George, The Red Beret, NEL, 1971.
Stevenson, W., A Man Called Intrepid, Sphere Books, 1977.
Various, The New Yorker Book of War Pieces, Bloomsbury, 1990.
Various, The Second World War (Vols 1 and 2), Trident Press International, 2000
Various, The World At Arms, Readers Digest, 1989.
Whiting, C., Britain Under Fire, Guild Publishing, 1986.
Young, Brig. P. (edit.), Decisive Battles of the Second World War, W H Smith, 1988.

Library -Part-Six- Zulu War - First World War


Becker, P., Path of Blood, Panther Books, 1972.
Knight, I., Zulu, Windrow & Greene, 1994.
Lloyd, A., The Zulu War, Purnell Book Services, 1973.
McBride, A., The Zulu War, OB, 1988.
Morris, D R., The Washing of the Spears, Sphere Books, 1978.



Baring Pemberton, W., Battles of the Boer War, Pan Books, 1964.
Pakenham, T., The Boer War, Futura, 1988.



Sayce, A M., The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905, HM, 1999.
Sayce, A M., The Battle of Ya-lu River (Russo-Japanese War Vol. 1), HM. 1999.
Sayce, A M., The Battle of Nan Shan (Russo-Japanese War Vol. 2), HM. 1999.
Sayce, A M., The Battle of Te-li-ssu (Russo-Japanese War Vol. 3), HM. 1999.
Walder, D., The Short Victorious War, Hutchinson, 1973.


Anon, Battlefields of the Marne 1914 An illustrated history and guide, Michelin Tyre Co Ltd, 1919.
Ascoli, D., The Mons Star, Harrap, London, 1981.
Ascoli, D., The Mons Star, Berlinn, 2004.
Bloem, W., The Advance from Mons 1914,Helion, 2004
Farrar-Hockley,A H., Ypres 1914, Death of an Army, Pan Books, 1970.
Macdonald, L., 1914: The Days of Hope, Penguin, 1987.
Tuchman. B W., The Guns of August – August 1914, Four Square, 1965.
Terraine, J., Mons, Pan Books, 1972.

Bristow, A., A Serious Disappointment, Leo Cooper, 1995.
Cave, N., Hill 60 Ypres, Leo Cooper, 1998.
Macdonald, L., 1915, BCA, 1993.
McWilliams, J. & Steel, R., GAS! The Battle for Ypres 1915, Vanwell, Canada, 1985.

Ellis, J., Eye Deep in Hell, BCA, 1979.
Farrar-Hockley, A H., The Somme, Pan Books, 1970.
Horne, A., The Price of Glory, Macfadden Books, 1964.
McCarthy, C., The Somme The Day-by-Day Account, Brockhampton Press, 1998.
Norman, T., The Hell They called High Wood, William Kimber, London1984.
Reed, P., Courcelette, Leo Cooper, 1998.

Cave, N., Passchendaele, Leo Cooper,1997.
Cave, N., Polygon Wood, Leo Cooper,1999.
Cooper, B., The Ironclads of Cambrai, Pan Books, 1967.
Doyle, Sir A C., The British Campaigns in France and Flanders 1917, Hodder and Stoughton, 1919
Mckee, A. Vimy Ridge, Pan Books, 1966.

Cowley, R., 1918: Gamble for Victory, Macmillan, 1964.
Brereton, Capt. F S., Under Foch’s Command, Blackie and Son, 19??.
Middlebrook, M., The Kaisers Battle, Penguin Books, 1983.
Mitchinson, K W., Riqueval, Leo Cooper, 1998.

Anon, The Marne Battlefields, Michelin, 1919
Barrie, A, War Underground, Star Books, 1981.
Fletcher, D. (edit.), Tanks and Trenches, Grange, 1996.
Foley, J., The Boilerplate War, Star, 1981.
Lloyd, A., The War in the Trenches, BCA, 1976.
Wood, E & ‘Tank Major’, Tank Tales, Cassell, 1919.

Solzhenitsyn, A., August 1914, BCA, 1974.
Solzhenitsyn, A., August 1914, Penguin Books, 1974.
Stone, N., The Eastern Front, Purnell Book Services, 1976.

Bullock, D L., Allenby’s War, Blandford, 1988.

Haythornthwaite, P J., Gallipoli 1915 Frontal Assault on Turkey, OB, 1991.
Laffin, J., Damn the Dardanelles, Budding Books, 1997.
Liddle, P., Men of Gallipoli, David & Charles, 1986.
Moorehead, A., Gallipoli, NEL, 1974.
Steel, N., Gallipoli, Leo Cooper, 1999.

Hoyt, E P., The Germans Who Never Lost, Sphere Books, 1970.
Sibley, Major J R., Tanganyikan Guerrilla, Pan Ballantine, 1973.

Angelucci, A & Matricardi, P., World Aircraft, Origins – World War One, BCA, 1977.
Bishop, W A., Winged Warfare, Bailey Bros. & Swinfen, 1975.
Bowen, E., Knights of the Air, TLB, 1980.
Clark, A., Aces High, Fontana / Colllins, 1973.
Jackson, R., Aces Twilight, Sphere Books, 1988.
Mckee, A., The Friendless Sky, Granada Books, 1984.
Neumann, G P., The German Air Force in the Great War, Portway, 1921.
Saxon, P., The Unfeeling Sky, CB, 1968.
Sykes, C W., French War Birds, Greenhill Press, 1987.
Taylor, J W R., (Fwd.), Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War I, Studio Edition, 1990.

Dupuy, T N., Naval and Overseas War, 1914-1915, Franklin Watts, NY. 1967.
Hoehling, A A., The Great War at Sea, CB, 1967.
Hoehling, A A & M, The Last Voyage of the Lusitania, Pan Books, 1959.
Hough, R., The Big Battleship, Michael Joseph, 1966.
Macintyre, Capt. D., Jutland, Pan Books, 1966.
McKee, A., Black Saturday, NEL, 1966.
Moore, Capt. J., Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War I, Random House, 2001

Fitzsimmons, B (edit.), Tanks and Weapons of World War One, Phoebus, 1973.
Fosten, D S V, Marrion R J & Embleton G A., The British Army 1914–1918, OB, 1995.
Fosten, D S V, Marrion R J & Embleton G A., The German Army 1914–1918, OB, 1995.
Funcken, L & F., L’uniforme et les Armes des Soldats de la Guerre 1914-1918, (2 Vols.) Casterman, 1971.
Nash, D., German Infantry, Almark, 1971.
Nash, D., German Artillery, Almark, 1971.
Nash D (edit.), German Army Handbook, April 1918, AAP, 1977.
Sumner, I & Embleton, G., The French Army 1914-1918, OB, 1995.

American Intelligence Section of the General Staff, Histories of the 251 Divisions of the German Army which participated in the war (1914-1918), London Stamp Exchange, 1989.
Dudley-Ward, C H., The History of the Welsh Guards, The London Stamp Exchange Ltd., 1988.
Gibbon, F P., 42nd Lancashire Division 1914-1918, Country Life Library, 1920.
Westlake, R., Kitcheners Army, Nutshell Publishing, 1989.
Sayce A M., Orders of Battle from WW I (Vol 1 Britain), HM, 1998.
Sayce A M., Orders of Battle from WW I (Vol 2 Germany), HM, 1998.
Sayce A M., Orders of Battle from WW I (Vol 3 France), HM, 1998.
Sayce A M., Orders of Battle from WW I (Compilation Vol), HM, 1998.
Sayce A M., Orders of Battle from WW I Eastern Front, HM, 1998.

Burgess, A., The Lovely Sergeant, Companion Book Club, 1963.
Glubb, J., Into Battle, BCA, 1978.
Graves, R., Goodbye to All That, Penguin, 1972.
Home, Brig-Gen Sir A., Diary of a WW I Cavalry Officer, Costello, 1985.
Jones, D., Bullets and Bandsmen, Owl Press, 1992.
Lloyd George, D., War Memoirs of David Lloyd George, (Vol. 1), Odhams, 1936.
Lloyd George, D., War Memoirs of David Lloyd George, (Vol. 1), Odhams, 1938.
Lintier, P., My 75, Tandem, 1967.
Scott, P T., Dishonoured, Tom Donovan Publishing, 1994.
Smith-Dorrien, Sir H., The Judgement of History, Tom Donovan Publishing, 1993.

Ashworth, T., Trench Warfare 1914-1918, Pan, 2000.
Banks, A., A Military Atlas of the First World War, Purnell Books, 1975.
Boraston, J H. (ed.), Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatches, J M Dent and Sons, 1979.
Brown, M., The Imperial War Museum of the Western Front, BCA, 1993.
Flower, N., (ed.), The History of the Great War (8 Vols. 1914-16), Waverley Book Co. 19??.
Glidden, G., The Battle of the Somme-A Topographical History, Alan Sutton, 1996.
Gould, R W., Epic Actions of the First World War, Tom Donovan, 1997
Gwyn, S., Tapestry of War, Harper Collins, 1992.
Haigh, R H & Turner, P W., Not for Glory, Robert Maxwell, 1969.
Hammerton, Sir J A (edit.), A Popular History of the Great War (6 Vols.), The Fleetway House, 19??.
Haythornthwaite, P., World War One: 1918, AAP, 1990.
Haythornthwaite, P., The World War One Source Book, BCA, 1992.
Haythornthwaite, P., A Photohistory of World War One, Brockhampton, 1998.
Holmes, R., Tommy, Harper Collins, 2004
Keegan, J., The First World War, Hutchinson, 1998.
Laffin, J., Panorama of the Western Front, Grange, 1996.
Laffin, J., British Butchers and Bunglers of WW I, Alan Sutton, 1996.
Liddell Hart, B H., History of the First World war, BCA, 1973.
Livesy, A., The Viking Atlas of World War One, Viking, 1994.
Moynihan, M., Black Bread and Barbed Wire, Leo Cooper, 1978.
Simkins, P., Chronicles of the Great War, Bramley Books, 1997.
Simpson, A., The Evolution of Victory, Tom Donovan, 1995
Smyth, Sir J., Leadership in Battle 1914-1918, David & Charles, 1975.
Terraine, J., White Heat The New Warfare 1914-1918, BCA, 1982.
Turner, E S., Dear Old Blighty, Michael Joseph, 1980.
Various, (forwd. By J Keegan), A Nation in Arms, Tom Donovan Publishing, 1990.
Woodward, Sir, L., Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918, University Paperbacks, 1972.
Wren, J., The Great Battles of World War One, Hamlyn, 1971.

Library -Part Five- Horse and Musket


Chandler, D., Marlborough as Military Commander, Batsford, 1973.
----------------- (ed.), Military Memoirs of Marlborough’s Campaigns 1702-1712, Greenhill, 1998.
Hussey, J., Marlborough, Weidenfeld &Nicolson, 2004.



Prebble, J., Glencoe, Penguin Books, 1970.
Prebble, J., The Highland Clearances, Penguin Books, 1970.
Prebble, J., Culloden, Penguin Books, 1976.
Tomasson, K & Buist, F., Battles of the ’45, Pan Books, 1967.



Funcken, L & Funcken, F., L’uniforme et les Armes des Soldats de la Guerre en Dentelle, Casterman, 1975.
Mollo, J., Uniforms of the Seven Years War, Blandford, 1977.
Palmer, A., Frederick the Great, BCA, 1974.



Bass, R A., The Green Dragoon, Alvin Redman, London, 1957.
Bicheno, H., Rebels and Redcoats, Harper Collins, 2004
Dupuy Col. T N., The Military Life of George Washington: American Soldier, Franklin Watts, NY, 1969
Dupuy Col. T N., The Military History of Revolutionary War Land Battles, Franklin Watts, NY, 1970.
Havighurst, W., Proud Prisoner, Holt, 1964.
Johnson, C., Battles of the American Revolution, Sampson Law, 1975.
Hogg, I V & Batchelor, J B., Armies of the American Revolution, Leo Cooper, 1975.
Williams, J., (edit.), The American War of Independence 1775 – 1783, Invasion Publishing, 1974.


Foy, Gen. M., Junot’s Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808, Worley, 2000
Glover, M., Wellington’s Peninsular Victories, Pan Books, 1963.
Hibbert, C., Corunna, Pan Books, 1972.
Lawford, J P & Young, P., Wellington’s Masterpiece, Allen & Unwin, 1973.
Parkinson, R., The Peninsular War, BCA, 1973.
Tranie, J & Carmigniani, J –C., Napoleons War in Spain, AAP, 1993.
Wilkinson-Latham, R J., Discovering Famous Battles The Peninsular War, Shire, 1973.

Duffy, P., Borodino, Napoleon against Russia 1812, Sphere Books, 1972.
Duffy, P., Austerlitz 1805, Seeley Service & Co., 1977.
Jansson, P-E., Leipzig, Almark, 1975.
Rothenberg, G. The Emperor’s Last Victory, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.

Britten Austin, P., 1812, The Great Retreat, Greenhill, 1996.
Britten Austin, P., 1812, Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia, Greenhill, 2000.
Chandler, D., The Campaigns of Napoleon, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, 1995.
Clausewitz, Gen C von, The Campaign of 1812 in Russia, Greenhill, 1992.
Fain, Baron, Memoirs of the Invasion of France 1814, Ken Trotman, 1991.
Lawford, J., Napoleon: The Last Campaigns 1813 – 1815, BCA, 1977.
Oman, Sir C., A History of the Peninsular War Volume V, Greenhill, 2005.
Oman, Sir C., A History of the Peninsular War Volume VI, Greenhill, 2005.
Parker, J & Gilder, P., The Campaign of Leipzig 1813, OB, 1979.
Petre, F L., Napoleons Conquest of Prussia – 1806, AAP, 1977.
Petre, F L., Napoleon at Bay - 1814, AAP, 1977.
Petre, F.L., Napoleon’s Campaign in Poland 1807, Wren’s Park, 2001
Wilson, Sir R, Campaigns in Poland 1806-1807, Worley, 2000

Chandler, D., Waterloo: The Hundred Days, OB, 1992.
Dobson, J., They were at Waterloo, Heinemann, 1979.
Foster, J T., The Hundred Days, Franklin Watts, 1972.
Grant, C., Waterloo, Argus Books, 1990.
Hamilton- Williams, D., Waterloo: New Perspectives, BCA, 1994.
Herold J C., The Battle of Waterloo, Cassell Caravel, 1967.
Hofschröer, P., The Waterloo Campaign Wellington, his German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras, Greenhill, 1998.
Hofschröer, P., The Waterloo Campaign The German Victory, Greenhill, 2004
Howarth D., A Near Run Thing, Literary Guild, 1969.
Müffling, F C F von, History of the Campaign of 1815, S R Publishers, 1970.
Naylor, J., Waterloo, Pan Books, 1971.
Siborne, Maj-Gen H. T. (ed), Waterloo Letters, Greenhill Books, 1993
Uffindel, A & Corum M., On the Fields of Glory, Greenhill, 1996.

Bukhari, E., French Napoleonic Line Infantry 1796-1815, Almark, 1973
Funcken, L & Funcken F., L’uniforme et les armes des Soldats du Premier Empire,Casterman, 1968.
Haythornthwaite, P. & Chappell, M., Uniforms of Napoleon’s Russian Invasion, Arms and Armour, 1976.
Mantle, R., Prussian Reserve Infantry 1813-1815, Napoleonic Association, 197?.
Nash, D., The Prussian Army, Almark Publications, 1972.
Pivka, O. von, Armies of 1812 (Vol. 1), Patrick Stephens, 1977.

Bowle, J., Napoleon, BCA, 1973.
Bourgogne, Sergeant, The Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne, Constable, 1996.
Chandler, D., Napoleon, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, 1973.
Coignet, Capt., Notebooks of Captain Coignet, Peter Davis, 1929.
Glover, M., Wellington as Military Commander, Sphere Books, 1973.
Gneisnau, Gen. Count A., The Life and Campaigns of Field Marshal Prince Blücher, Constable, 1996.
Hayman, P., Soult, Napoleons Maligned Marshal, AAP, 1990.
Hibbert C.(ed.), recollections of Rifleman Harris, Military Book Society, 1970.
Longford, E., Wellington, The Years of the Sword, World Books, 1971.
Longford, E., Wellington, The Years of the Sword, World Books, 1971.
Marbot, J-B de, (ed. Summerville C.), The Exploits of Baron de Marbot, Constable, 2000.
Parkinson, R., The Hussar General, Purnell Book Services, 1975.

Howarth, D., Trafalgar The Nelson Touch, The Windrush Press, 1998.

Bryant, A., Years of Victory, 1802 – 1812, Reprint Society, 1945.
Fletcher, I., (ed), In the Service of the King, Spellmount, 1997
Haythornthwaite, P J., The Napoleonic Sourcebook, Guild Publishing, 1990.
Horne, A., How Far from Austerlitz?, Papermca, 1996.
Hunt, E., Charging Against Napoleon, Leo Cooper, 2001.
Johnson, D., The French Cavalry 1792-1815, Belmont, 1989.
Lachouque, H & Brown A S K., Anatomy of Glory, AAP, 1978.
Leggiere, M V., Napoleon and Berlin, Tempus, 2002
Nafziger, G., Imperial Bayonets, Greenhill, 1996.
North, J., Napoleon’s Army in Russia The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam – 1812, Pen & Sword Military, 2005.


Baring Pemberton, W., Battles of the Crimean War, Pan Books, 1972.
ffRench Blake, R L V., The Crimean War, Sphere Books, 1973, 1973.
Thomas, D., Charge! Hurrah! Hurrah! Omega Books, 1974.


Bailey, R H., The Bloodiest Day, TLB, 1993.
Cannan, J., (edit.), War in the West, Gallery Books, 1990.
Cannan, J., The Antietam Campaign, Gallery Books, 1990.
Channing, S A., Confederate Ordeal, TLB, 1992.
Clark, C., Gettysburg, TLB, 1987.
Davis, W C., Brother against Brother, TLB, 1991.
deKay, J T., Monitor, Pimlico, 1999.
Field, R., American Civil War Confederate Army, Brassey, 1998.
Hogg, I V., Weapons of the American Civil War, Bison Books, 1987.
Horn, S F., The Robert E Lee Reader, Smithmark, 1995.
Katcher, P., The American Civil War Source Book, AAP, 1994.
Katcher, P., The Army of Robert E Lee, AAP, 1995.
Lewis, L., Sherman, Smithmark, 1994.
Nofi, A A., (edit.), The Opening Guns, Gallery Books, 1988.
Nofi, A A., (edit.), The Bloody Struggle, Gallery Books, 1988.
Porter, H., Campaigning with Grant, Smithmark, 1994.
Smith, R., American Civil War Union Army, Brassey, 1998.
Various, Battles and Generals of the Civil War (Vol. 2), Castle, 19??
Various, Battles and Generals of the Civil War (Vol. 3), Castle, 19??
Various, Battles and Generals of the Civil War (Vol. 4), Castle, 19??
Various, Annals of the War, The Blue and the Grey Press, 1996.

Library -Part Four- English Civil War


Adair, J., The Roundhead General, Macdonald, 1969.
Adair, J., John Hampden the Patriot, Macdonald and Jane’s, 1976.
Asquith, S & Warner, C., New Model Army 1645 – 1660, OB, 1982.
Barbary, J., Puritan and Cavalier, Thomas Nelson Inc., 1977.
Bence Jones, M., The Cavaliers, BCA, 1977.
Buchan, J., Oliver Cromwell, Reprint Society, 1941.
Downing, T & Millman M., Civil War, BCA, 1992.
Ede-Borrett, S & McGarrigle, B., Flags of the English Civil War Book 2, Raider Books, 1989.
Foard, G., Naseby The Decisive Campaign, Pan & Sword Military, 1995.
Fraser, A., Cromwell Our Chief of Men, BCA, 1974.
Gush, G & Windrow, M., The English Civil War (Airfix), Patrick Stephens, 1978.
Miller, A C., Sir Richard Grenville of the Civil War, Phillimore, 1979.
Morris, R., The Battle of Babylon Hill Yoevil 1642, Stuart Press, 2000.
Ollard, R., This War Without an Enemy, Hodder & Stoughton, 1976.
Peachey, S & Turton, A., Old Robins Foot, Partizan Press, 1987.
Ridley, J., The Roundheads, BCA, 1977.
Rogers, Col. H C B., Battles and Generals of the Civil Wars, Seeley Service and Co., 1968.
Scott, C. L., Turton A. & Arni, Dr E. G. von, Pen & Sword Military, 2004.
Sherwood, R E., Civil Strife in the Midlands 1642 - 1651, Phillimore, 1974.
Verney, F P & Verney, M M., Memoirs of the Verney Family, (2 Vols.), Longmans, Green & Co., 1925.
Young, Brig. P., Edgehill 1642, Roundwood Press, 1976.
Young, Brig. P., Marston Moor 1644, Roundwood Press, 1970.
Wedgewood, C V., The Kings Peace 1637 – 1641, BCA, 1974.
Wedgewood, C V., The Kings War 1641 - 1647, BCA, 1974.
Wedgewood, C V., Montrose, Sutton Publishing.1998.
Woolrych, R., The English Civil War, Pan Books, 1971.

Library -Part Three- Renaissance

Attard, J., The Knights of Malta, PEG Ltd., 1995.
Bradford, E., The Great Siege, Malta 1565, Penguin Classics, 1970.
Brzezinski, R & McBride A., Polish Armies, 1569 - 1696, (Vol. 1), OB, 1987.
Brzezinski, R & McBride A., Polish Armies, 1569 - 1696, (Vol. 2), OB, 1988.
Ellul, J., 1565 The Great Siege of Malta, Guttenberg Press, 1992.
Fussero, C., The Borgias, Pall Mall Press, 1972.
Mattingly, G., The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Reprint Society, 1961.
Pickles, T., Malta, 1565, OB, 1988.
Polisensky, J V., (trans. R. Evans), The Thirty Years War, NEL, 1971.
Rabb, T K., (editor), The Thirty Years War, D C Heath and Co., 1968.

Nicolle, D & McBride, A., Armies of the Ottoman Turks 1300 – 1774, OB, 1983.

Jones, M., The Takeda, Dai Sho Publishing, 1993.
Levathes, L., When China Ruled the Seas, Oxford University Press, 1976.
Turnbull, S & Hook, R., Samurai Armies 1500 – 1615, OB, 1979.
Turnbull, S., The Book of the Samurai – The warrior Class of Japan, AA, 1982.

Library -Part Two- Dark Ages and Medieval


Almedingen, E M., Charlemagne a Study, The Bodley Head, 1968.
Anon. (trans. Sayers, D L), The Song of Roland, Penguin Classics, 1965.
Green, C., Sutton Hoo The Excavation of a Royal Ship Burial, Merlin Press, 1963.
Haldon J., The Byzantine Wars, Tempus, 2001.
Heath, I., Armies of the Dark Ages, WRG, 1980.
Various, (edit. Ashe, G), The Quest for Arthur’s Britain, Paladin, 1977.
Wood, M., In Search of the Dark Ages, Ariel Books, 1985.


Allday, H., Insurrection in Wales, Terence Dalton, 1981
Barker, J., Agincourt, Little, Brown, 2005
Fabre, L., Joan of Arc, ???, 19??.
Heath, I., Armies and Enemies of the Middle Ages, (Vol. 1), WRG, 1982.
Heath, I., Armies and Enemies of the Middle Ages, (Vol. 2), WRG, 1984.
Hibbert, C., Agincourt, Pan Books, 1971.
Lindholm, D., Nicolle, D. & McBride, A., Medieval Scandinavian Armies (1) 1100-1300, Osprey, 2003
Nicolle, D., & McBride, A., Lake Peipus Battle of the Ice, Osprey, 2003
Rowse, A. L., Bosworth Field and the Wars of the Roses, Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 1998
Unstead, R J., The Medieval Scene, A & C Black, 1972.
Volborth, C –A von, Heraldry: Customs, Rules and Styles, New Orchard Edns., 1981.
Wise, T, Hook, R & Walker, W., Medieval Heraldry, OB, 1984.

Foss, M., People of the First Crusade, Michael O’Mara, 1997.
Gabrieli, F., Arab Histories of the Crusades, Routledge, 1989.
Heath, I., Armies and Enemies of the Crusades, 1096- 1291, Wargames Research Group, 1978.
Jones, T & Ereira, A., Crusades, BBC, 1994
Nicolle, D., & Hook, C., Knight Hospitaller (1) 1109-1306), Osprey, 2004.
Nicholson, H., & Reynolds, W., Knight Templar (1) 1120-1312, Osprey, 2004

D’Ancona, J., (trans. Selbourne, D., The City of Light, Little, Brown and Co., 1997.
Belloni M, (trans. Waugh), The Travels of Marco Polo, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1984.
Brent, P., The Mongol Empire, BCA, 1976.
Chambers, J., The Devils Horsemen, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979.
-Genghis Khan, Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1999.
Curtin, J., The Mongols-A History, Combined Books, 1996.
Gabriel, R. A., Genghis Khan’s Greatest General: Subotai the Valiant, University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.
Hildinger, E., Warriors of the Steppes, Spellmount, 1997.
Hoang, M., (trans. I. Cranfield), Genghis Khan, Saqi Books,1990.
Howarth, Sir H. H., History of the Mongols, Burt Franklin New York,1888.
Hsiao, Ch’i-ch-ing, The Military Establishment of the Yuan Dynasty, Harvard University Press, London and Mass., 1978.
Humble R., Marco Polo, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1975.
Juvaini, (trans. Boyle J A), The History of the World Conqueror, (2 Volumes), Manchester University Press, 1958.
Manz B F., The rise and rule of Tamerlane, University Press Cambridge, 1989.
Martin, H D., The Rise of Chingis Khan and his Conquest of Northern China, John Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1950.
Nicolle D & McBride A., The Age of Tamerlane, OB, 1990.
Nicolle, D., & Shpakovsky V., Kalka River 1223, Osprey Publishing, 2001
Onon, U,. The Secret History of the Mongols, The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan, Curzon, 2001.
Orlandi E., (ed.), The Life and Times of Genghis Khan, Hamlyn, 1970.
Peers, C & Sque, D., Medieval Chinese Armies 1260-1520, OB, 1992.
Phillips, E D., The Mongols, Thames Hudson, 1969.
Ratchnevsky, P., (trans and ed Haining T N), Genghis Khan and his Legacy, Blackwell, 1991
Rashid al-Din, (trans. Boyle J A), Successors of Genghis Khan, Columbia University Press, NY, 1971.
Ronay, G.,The Tartar Khan’s Englishman, Phoenix Press, 2000
Turnbull, S & McBride, A., The Mongols, Osprey Publishing, 1980.
Turnbull, S., Samurai Warfare, Arms & Armour, 1999.
Turnbull, S., Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests, Osprey Publishing, 2003
Turnbull, S., Mongol Warrior 1200-1350, Osprey Publishing, 003
Waley, A., The Secret History of the Mongols, George Allen & Unwin, 1963.

Bennett, M., Bradbury, J., DeVries, K., Dickie,I. & Jestice, P. G., Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World, Spellmount, 2005.
Norman, V., The Medieval Soldier, Arthur Baker, 1971.
Oman, Sir C., The Art of War in the Middle Ages, (Vol. 1), Greenhill, 1998.
Oman, Sir C., The Art of War in the Middle Ages, (Vol. 2), Greenhill, 1998.

My persoanl library -Part One- Ancient

Others have done it, so I'm not averse to a bit of band-waggoning. Here it is, the first part of my collection, only military volumes are included.

Healy, M & McBride A., The Ancient Assyrians, OB, 1991.
Stillman, N & Tallis, N., Armies of the Ancient Near East, WRG, 1984.

Barker, P., Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars, WRG, 1971.
Connelly, P., The Greek Armies, Macdonald, 1977.
Fox, R L., Alexander the Great, Omega Books, 1973.
Fuller, J F C., The Generalship of Alexander the Great, Wordsworth, 1998
Head, D., Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars. WRG, 1982.
Lonsdale, D. J., Alexander Killer of Men, Constable, 2004.
Plutarch, (trans. I Scott-Kilvert), The Age of Alexander, Penguin Classics, 1982.
Plutarch, Lives, (Vol. 2), Dryden, 19??.
Sekunda, A & McBride, A., The Ancient Greeks, OB, 1989.
Thucydides, (trans. R. Warner), The Peloponnesian War, Penguin Classics, 1979.
Warry, J., Alexander 334 -323 BC, Osprey Publishing, 1991
Xenophon, (trans. W H D Rouse), The March up Country, Mentor, 1964.
Xenophon, (trans. R Warner), The Persian Expedition, Penguin Classics, 1979.

Barker, P., The Armies and Enemies of Ancient Rome, WRG, 1972.
Barrow, R H., The Romans, Pelican, 1967.
Caesar, J., The Conquest of Gaul, Penguin Classics, 1976.
Caesar, J., (trans. J F Mitchell), The Civil War, Penguin Classics, 1967.
Chadwick, N., The Celts, Pelican, 1972.
Connolly, P., The Roman Army, Macdonald Educational, 1976.
Connolly P., Hannibal and the enemies of Rome, Macdonald Educational, 1978.
Cottrell, L., Enemy of Rome, Pan Books, 1962.
Dobson, B & Breeze, D., The Army of Hadrians Wall, Frank Graham, 1981.
Gibbon, E., (abridgement by D M Low), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, BCA, 1974.
Grant, M., Julius Caesar, BCA, 1974.
Josephus, (trans. G A Williamson), The Jewish War, Penguin Classics, 1967.
Livy, (trans. A de Selincourt), The War with Hannibal, Penguin Classics, 1968.
Mannix, D P., Those About to Die, Mayflower Books, 1976.
Massie, A., The Caesars, Secker and Warburg, London,1983.
Peddie, J., The Roman War Machine, Alan Sutton, 1988.
Plutarch, The Rise and Fall of Athens, Penguin Classics, 1967.
Robinson, H R & Embleton, R., The Armour of the Roman Legions, F Graham, 19??.
Sallust, (trans. S A Handford), Jugurthine War, Conspiracy of Cataline, Penguin Classics, 1977.
Tacitus, The Agricola and the Germania, Penguin Classics, 1976.
Webster, G., The Roman Army, Grosvenor Museum, 1973.

Greer, J P., The Armies and Enemies of Ancient China, WRG, 1975.
Cotterel, M., The Terracotta Warriors- the Secret Codes of the Emperor’s Army, Headline, 2003

Anglim, S., Jestice, P. G., Rice, R. S., Rusch, S. M. and Serrati, J., Fighting Techniques of the Ancient Wordl, Spellmount, 2005.
Anon. (trans. M. Magnusson), Njals Saga, Penguin Classics, 1967.
Lehmann J., The Hittites, Collins, 1977.
Stillman, N & Tallis, N., Armies of the Ancient Near East 3,000 BC to 539 BC, WRG, 1984.
Warry, J., Warfare in the Classical World, Salamander Books, 1980.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

It's back!!

Yahoo! My figure painting mojo has returned from wherever it disappeared off to for the last couple of months!
Today, being off work with a ear infection that affects my sense of vertical balance and makes me feel a tad Uncle Dick unless I am sitting down, I finished off the first 18 of the 3rd Sassy Levy unit and undercoated the remaining 12. Still got to work out what standard I am going to give them yet.

I also finished off the second hill. A few passes with a can of extra strong hair spray keeps the flock on. Pics soon.

Next project update: Still haven't found the box of 15mm ACW figures yet.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

More armies

First up we have Imperial Romans on the left and Carthaginians on the right. In the centre of the box are some Carthaginian elephants and near them are the Roman onager and ballistae. 6mm Irregular.

ACW Union in a bit of a mess. 6mm Irregular.

WW I 1914 Germans. Loads of infantry, a few cavalry and a shedload of artillery. 6mm Irregular.

In the middle is the artillery while above them are 1914 French and below are 1916 French. Some Renault tanks in the bottom right. The reason for the different types is because the French changed uniform colour from dark blue coats and red trousers to horizon blue in about 1915. Even in 6mm this change is noticeable.

British 1914. I decided to use them all through the war because in that scale the difference between a cap and a helmet is not that noticeable especially if the uniform colour is the same. A shot down aircraft of indeterminate pedigree and some male tanks complete the force. 6mm Irregular.

Modern Polish Army from a variety of manufacturers. Not painted by yours truly.

WW II Japanese. This army includes some home made Landing Craft at the top left. Lots of not very good tanks and loads of infantry.Most if not all Irregular. tried some small conversions in this army and made a few destroyed tanks; one losing a track and another 'brewing up' with its turret on the ground next to it.

One of my earliest and biggest 15mm armies, that of ECW Parliamentarian. Began painting in 1981 and finished in 1983. thorough mix of manufacturers including Mini Figs, Mikes Models, Warrior and others. The command figures in the lower centre are Naismith.

Han Chinese 15mm mostly Essex. The majority painted by me including the chariots. this army was painted in 1984-5. The dirty brown colour on the bases is proper dried dirt -I was in my 'keep it natural' phase of wargaming at the time. Never used it before or since.

Still not dry I trust?


Old Figures - new pictures.

The other day as I was having a rummage, trying to find those errant ACW 15mm figures I was speaking about earlier when I had a thought. This is a golden opportunity to get some pictures of other armies. Now bearing in mind that time was a bit limited in that I had to go to work later so I only managed to get some of them done.

All pics are of course clickable.

First off is my 6mm ECW Royalist army with Rupert's infantry 3rd up on the left. all are Irregular. Not painted by me, all other armies in this post are.

Sassanid Persians. From top left to bottom right: Light cavalry, Levy infantry, clibs and catties mix then half a dozen pachyderms. General is on a base at the front. 6mm by Irregular.

Next up, Renaissance Turks with Spahi's of the Porte and other spahi's on the top left. Janissaries bottom left, next to them is the artillery contingent made up of 4 big bu**ers and then some generic light cavalry. On the right of the Spahi's are some mad light cavalry in tigerskin cloaks. Top right is a collection of levies/ basic fighting troops. General out front. 6mm Irregular.

Confederate ACW army. Loads of infantry, cavalry and a few guns. Even got some wounded markers for these. Organised a la Fly and Furry Ruleset. Again 6mm Irreglar.

Mongols. Light cavalry on left, heavies on the right. This may seem a tad small against other armies but don't forget I can cull quite a few of the others to make up numbers if I so wish. Guess what...6mm Irregular.

That's it for this time.

The Irons - Half the job done.

Good result for the Hammers last night. First half was all WH with only the Blues keeper managing to limit the score to 1-0 to the Irons; the rest of the team just couldn't cope. McLeish must have put a rocket up their collective ar**s in the interval coz they came out like a different team. Good header but cr*p defending by the Hammers led to the equaliser. Then Obinna, in a fit of stupidity kicked back at Larsson who like most players nowadays went down as if he'd been wellied in the nads by a baseball bat. (Strange though, less than a minute later he was taking a free kick on the other side of the pitch. What do they put in that spray, eh?) Straight red, off he went, no argument from anybody. Grant brought on Cole who scored probably one of the softest goals of his career. It was going so slowly that when it hit the net there was only a slight bulge. That doyen of football punditry Alan Hanson -a man I have disliked as a player ever since 1976-7 when Southend hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup and Hanson pulled the Southend striker down when he was clear through- reckoned the ball was traveling at no miles per hour as it crossed the line?? The one moment when Foster got it wrong. I felt for the bloke; made some cracking saves in the first half and it looked as though he was a bit unsighted as the ball trickled under his trailing leg. So it ended 2-1 to the Hammers.

MO said he had to take deep, calming breaths when Blues scored otherwise it could have been lampshade time for the poor so-and-so. I will probably have to do the same on the 26th.

Everything still to play for. Should be good as long as WH don't come up here to defend a tenuous one goal lead.

Bring it on! Can't wait!

PS Roots Hall, Southend's home ground usually had anywhere between 4-6,000 supporters at a match. On that particular cold night during the worst snow for donkey's years there were over 30,000 crammed into the place -at that time probably most of the local population of the town! I'm telling you, sardines in a tin have more breathing space. 0-0 it finished but the Shrimpers got bladdered in the replay.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

A woodland pond

This is really a WIP just to show the stages of construction.
The first picture has already got all of the basic elements in place. The observant reader will have noticed that the tops of two stones have been left uncovered.

The reason for the lack of wood glue and sand is because I have a weighty piece of steel that I lay across things to stop them warping.

The water is now done and varnished with a single coat of Ronseal Gloss varnish, the base colour is on and the reeds have been a coat of ochre. This was a learning exercise for me in that I have not made such a large area of water before.
HINT. If possible paint and varnish the water BEFORE you wood glue and sand the thing because the sand gets everywhere, even when you thought it was all stuck down!

Who's been a busy little chappie, then?

Recently, I have been mostly making terrain. So far I have several single trees, two pieces of broken ground using old cd's as the base, two small woods/copses/spinney's on card bases and a woodland pond (currently unfinished but just needing a bit of drybrushing and some foliage glued on).

I thought I would share my method of construction. The basic construction is the same for everything, it's just the materials and the application that occasionally differ.

1. First off there is the broken ground on a cd base as mentioned on the post before last.

Simply done.
A) Scratch a cd base with some glass paper to increase the adhesion.
B) Using some propriety adhesive such as Hard as Nails or Sticks like S**T, glue various sized stones on the base.
C) Fill in the gaps around the bottoms of the stones with filler.
D) At this point you can stick down some home made tufty things (as outlined earlier in the blog).
E) Cover with wood glue and sand, then paint.

2. Next the small wood. For this I used twigs cut from the last of the seasons hedge trimmings as the trunks.

A) Glue some random stones down as outlined above and, using a contact adhesive such as Evostick or UHU, stick down the trunks in a previously arranged dry run. Put glue on both surfaces and leave it to go tacky before pushing the two together otherwise you will have to prop up the trunks so that they don't fall over.

B) Once the glue has dried thoroughly slop some Hard as Nails all around the bottom of the trunks as another layer of adhesion. Once this is solid then add the filler; a further covering around the trunk bases, gap filling on the stones and some random lumps to break up the flatness of the base.

C) Once that has dried cover with wood glue and sand.

D) I now paint all my bases in exactly the same way with the same colours. First off is a coat of a mid earth brown -mixed at Homebase- followed by areas of a wash of burnt umber.

E) This is followed with dry brushed Antique Gold and then Cream, both acrylics from Anita paints. Attach some patches of flock and shrubs and the base is finished.

F) In the summer I saw some dyed sisal used by people who make their own hanging baskets and thought it may work for tree canopy. If it worked then at £4.99 for a big bag it should make about 20-30 trees -cheap as chips. The 'branches' of the twigs are now coated in contact adhesive and clumps of the stuff are glued on. Trim off any errant string and that's it.

The figures have been included for scale. They are the small diorama of some 15mm Sassanid levy preparing to defend themselves against an enemy threat.

There are four layers of gunk around each of the trre trunks so that should hold them securely in place. The only thing with these is that you have to wait for each layer of gunk to dry before you can slap on the next. But I think it's worth it.

Another method I thought of was using pipe cleaners for tree trunks. This method involved twisting three or four together, leaving about an inch at the bottom to splay out for the 'roots' and make them as tall as you like. Glue the roots using a hot glue gun to a piece of thick card or one of those custom made circular bases. I have added a couple of small stones for a bit of added weight.
(In the background you can see the next unit of levy half done as well as some more undercoated Hunnic Mongols.)

Paint the trunk with a reasonably thin mix of wood glue, filler and water and when dry paint and add the foliage.

Keep yer bristles moist.