A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Anglo-Portuguese Army - as at 18 Feb 2012

Wellington's army - from their right flank towards their left, you see here the cavalry, the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th and Light Divisions, with the siege train and supports in the rear.

This army is patently smaller than the French, but then the French have to fight the Spanish as well. "Anglo-Portuguese" is surely an overly simple description of an army which also includes Hanoverians, Brunswickers, and French royalists - not to mention Scots and Irishmen. Mind you, it's probably no worse than describing their assorted opponents as "French".

It will probably be a month or two before the photo of the Spanish army appears - there's a lot of work going on in that department.


  1. They are gorgeous! That's the size force I always aspired to with my 15mm Waterloo-era Napoleonics in another life, but sadly it never quite got off the ground in the way that your project has. Well done!

    Best Regards,


  2. You must be very proud indeed. a very impressive site and very inspirational. I guess you'll a lot more hexes now to do some proper maneuvring.


    1. Hi Pjotr - thank you. I only get to use small bits of my armies at any one time. Proud? - I hadn't thought of that - I like my soldiers, they have taken me a long time to assemble - some of the units are older than some of the guys who write to me! I have a fantasy that I will put a 10m x 2m table in a church hall somewhere and fight a huge battle with all of the troops - trouble is there are no known rules which would run a game at that size - it would finish instead with an argument about why it didn't work. The ghosts of George Jeffrey and Peter Gilder are still with us!

      Somewhere, still, we are left with the eternal problem that wargames don't work as well as we would like.

      Good to hear from you, my friend.

  3. Foy, I think you may be throwing down the gauntlet. I may have to try a parade myself.