ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Remembrance Day...

Last year I posted some pictures of family members from my fathers side...
This year my brother sent me some images of my family from my mothers side...


Centre right Tommy Wardrope ... My Great Grandfather.




The oldest picture is of my Great Grandfather who was a long serving soldier in The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders... Some 30 years under the colours as my dear old mother would say...I am told that our family history with the Argyle's goes back further than this but I have yet to find any hard evidence...
It appears that my Grandmother was actually born in Stirling Castle...
At the start of The Great War my Great Grandfather caught  pleurisy and was not allowed to go to France... Apparently he was livid...
Instead he was forced to stay at home and train others...
He rose to the rank of Colour Sergeant


Far left... Edward Wardrope... My Great Uncle.


My Great Uncle Ted... Also an Argyle and Sutherland Highlander...
I am told rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant at Stirling Castle..


Frederick Wardrope... My Grand Uncle


Grand Uncle Fred... My Grandmothers youngest brother...
I know very little about this man... My grandmother talked very little about her siblings and with my mothers increasing age and diminishing mental capacity I am not sure what I will be able to find out...
There are many websites that can give you the raw data.. Births...Marriages... Deaths... but sadly they do not preserve the stories and anecdotes...


My Grandfather.


My Grandfather... Peter Robertson... Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Sadly My Grandfather Died when I was eight years old...
He of course survived the Great War... He went on to work down the coal mines but after an injury started to drive buses for Wallace Arnold( A British tour company) in the 1930's and served in the Home Guard in WW2...


Robert Wardrope... Handsome devil.


Bobby Wardrope... My mothers Cousin... so my Cousin... Once? Twice? Removed???
A tall and very handsome man... Clearly I missed out on this genetic line...
I remember him as a very debonair gentleman and career soldier... My mother used to go all a flutter at the mention of his name... He I am told was married four times... the old devil.


Uncle Ian.


My Uncle Ian... My mothers older brother...
Sergeant RAF... He flew Hurricanes toward the end of WW2...
He trained in Canada and eventually emigrated there in the 1950's...


Dad.


My Dad...
Royal Army Medical Corps...
I think he was really glad that none of us followed the family traditions of joining the army, going down the pit or working for Carron Ironworks (the company that manufactured Carronades in the Napoleonic Wars)...


A slightly poignant post... I know...


They all survived...


Lest we forget...


All the best   Aly



Sunday, 3 November 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... Dutch Artillery.

Greetings...


I have finished a new light gun and crew...


This one has been painted up as Dutch and with be used as a battalion gun or simply a light gun on its own...








The Coat, Waistcoat and Socks are... Citadel... Kantor Blue.
Which has been given a wash of... Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade.
The Facings are... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet...
The Belts and Straps are... Foundry... Buff Leather 7B.
The Gun is... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Which has been given a coat of... Citadel Contrast... Blood Angel Red.
The metal work is... Citadel... Abaddon Black


Everything was then given a wash of Aly's Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original colours.


A nice workman like uniform I think.


Next on the painting desk... More Artillery.


All the best  Aly

Monday, 28 October 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... Yet more French Command.

Greetings...


This is the final French Command Group...For the moment...


Once more painted in the same way as the others...








So... Artillery next...


All the best   Aly

Sunday, 27 October 2019

A New Book...

Greetings...


I have recently picked up a copy of...




This of course the second volume by my chum Mark Hargreaves...And what an excellent book it is...
If your are interested in any periods that used khaki coloured uniforms both of Mark's books are an absolute must.


It can be found here...
https://www.caliverbooks.com/bookview.php?t3v55ihebcjv0dcvm1n9mqnoe3&id=27831
The first volume is here
https://www.caliverbooks.com/bookview.php?g7pv9ri7u1fq0vfh2ap38qmr10&id=27232




I am just basing up my third French Command stand... so more toys soon




All the best   Aly









Tuesday, 22 October 2019

War of Spanish Succession... More French Command.

Greetings...


I have managed to finish yet another French Command stand...


These have been painted in exactly the same way as the pervious one...
So without further ado...





Yet again a very pleasing combination of colours...


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Wargames Foundry, The Army Painter and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://shop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=15
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric



I am currently working on another command stand and some artillery...


All the best   Aly

Sunday, 13 October 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... French Command.

Greetings...


So here we have the first of my French Command...


I haven't tried to paint these up as any particular personality... They have been painted in classic Blue Coats with Red or Blue facings...I really like this combination as it makes the gold 'pop' nicely.


The horses were painted using a couple of coats of Citadel Contrast Colours over...
Army Painter Brown Fur ( https://shop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=15)
with Gore-Grunta Fur for the Brown horse and...
Halfords Grey Primer ( https://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/car-spray-paints/halfords-primer-grey-500ml) with Black Templar for the Black ...
The Coats are... Citadel Kantor Blue... With a wash of Contrast Leviadon Blue.
The Red Facings are... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet... With a wash of Contrast Blood Angel Red.
The Gold Braid is... Citadel... Retributor Armour Plus Troll Slayer Orange... Then given a wash of Aly's Brown Liquid... This is highlighted with the original colour then given a final highlight with the original colour plus some Foundry Boneyard Light 9C.


Belts ,Flesh and white bits ware all painted in my normal way... Basecoat... Aly's Brown Liquid and re-highlight.






A pleasing little group I think...


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


 All the best   Aly.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

The War Of Spanish Succesion... French Infantry Regiment Reding Allemand.

Greetings...


Yet another French regiment for this collection...
I have to say that the reason I picked this unit has nothing to do with its illustrious career or its truly unusual uniform...


Its the STANDARD!


They spent most of their time in Spain..


Montmelian... 1705.
Barcelona, Carthagena, Almaza... 1707.
Mequimenca, Lerida, Tortosa... 1708.
Balaguer... 1709.
Gerona... 1710-11.
Barcelona...  1714.


And they had a lovely Standard...






Lovely Standard...



Coat and Waistcoat... Citadel... Caledor Sky.
Cuffs... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Belts... Citadel... Balor Brown.
Musket/wooden bits/powder flask... Citadel ...Mournfang Brown
Ammunition pouches and scabbards... Citadel ... Skrag Brown
White Bits... Citadel... Pallid Wych Flesh.



The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Citadel...
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


The lovely standard was made by me based on the Robert Hall plate from the Pike And Shot Society book...
Flags and Uniforms of the French Infantry under Louis XIV 1688-1714.


https://www.pikeandshotsociety.org/


All the best   Aly