ROLL CALL: 16 Mar 2021, My Active & Reserve Collections

These are the Miniature Wargame collections or periods that I am going to be regularly playing with and occasionally  adding to for the foreseeable future. The Active ones are the ones I intend to focus on this year, they are the ones I expect to see on the table most often and which are mostly likely to see new units added. The Reserve collections are ones that may only come out or be added to, once in a while. It might be once a year, it might be once in 3 years, if it becomes 5 year I may start looking for a new home for the collection.

(All Active Collection pictures from  games fought between Oct 2020 and Mar 2021.)

In Rough Chronological Order

1. In the Days of King Arthur.  40mm  Elastolin Post Roman Britain inspired by Rosemary Sutcliffe's books, Prince Valiant, and the Elastolin 4cm figures for the period. Semi-skirmish rules with small units and characters, still in development. 1-3 games a year, figures to be refurbished or added to from time to time.

Prince Valiant game Oct 2020

2. Rough Wooing. 40mm 16thC including a large proportion of original homecast figures as well as many by  Elastolin, Doug Miller, and a few others.   Each stand is a unit or 'company' with units being grouped into "Battles". A game or three most years.

Rough Wooing Anglo-Scots game Oct 2020

3. The French Revolution: A Gentleman(??)'s War. 40mm Homecast. The 1790's have long been my favourite Horse & Musket era for wargaming. It has just about every conceivable type of operation from conventional land battles to rebellions and guerrilla warfare, colonial actions, sieges and amphibious landings and more. The largest single collection I've ever built was my 15mm FR collection, with French, British inc RN and Marines with boats, Emigres, Dutch, Austrians, Russians, Turks inc Mamlukes, Vendean (and a few Irish) rebels, and Haitians. I'm not planning on rebuilding all that but I'm taking it one step at a time starting with a game in Flanders with the Scarlet Pimpernel and other characters making Cameo appearances, and an eye to Egypt and elsewhere. A couple of games a year and more figures to add but which will probably increase game frequency. Rules: A revived version of With MacDuff to the Frontier.

French Rev  game Jan 2021

A shot from a Virtual Huzzah, remote multiplayer game, May 2021.

4. A Century of Conflict: From the 1st Siege of Louisburg to the Battle of the Windmill. 40mm Scruby + various homecast figures. Aimed at fighting small  battles and skirmishes in Canada, both historical and fictional, from 1745 to 1845.  6+ games a year.

Battle of Bloody Creek (click)

5. ACW . 1/72, mostly Airfix,  ACW.  2-4 games a year. Still more recruits waiting  in the cupboard but more terrain is the big thing now.

April 2021.

6. ATLANTICA: The Origawn or NorthWest Rebellion. 54mm glossy toy soldier fictional wargames. 6+ games a year. The idea was to create the sort of game that might have been possible in the early or mid 20thC by assembling armies from the boxed sets sold by Britain's and other companies. (Which is how I assembled my first armies oddly enough.)

Battle of Rawdon Gap. Dec 2020

Reserve Collections

These are wargaming collections that still see action and get figures added from time to time but not very often and yet which I intended to keep where for sentimental reasons, or for sake of covering as many "periods" as possible of because I am emotionally attached to them for one reason or another.  

R1. Land of the 4 Winds. OS-25mm Medieval Fantasy using figures added over 50 years of wargaming. A semi-active collection kept largely for nostalgia so 1 or 2 games a year. See my Gathering of Hosts blog.

R2. NotQuiteSevenYearsWar (NQSYW)  & SYW in America (F&I War elsewhere) 40mm home cast Prince August armies shared between a fictional 18thC setting and the British Conquest of Canada.

This began as my contribution to the HAWKS for HMGS multi-player games using Charge! by Lawford & Young. 1-2 Charge! games every couple of years and some smaller games of With MacDuff to the Frontier or A Gentleman's War in between. I intend to add a few more units suitable for games set in North America, maybe this year, or next year  or .......

R3. The Brethren of the Coast. 40mm Fictional 1840's 'Colonial" War vs pirates and native allies. Retired again, the figures parts are expected to be reabsorbed into the French Rev and 1812 collections as side campaigns.

R5. 54mm Zulu War
Refurbished Britains against (largely) A Call to Arms Zulus. A game every couple of years.

R6. ATLANTICA: The 2nd Oerberg War.  Early 20thC Colonial games using 40mm glossy toy soldiers.  A couple of games once in a while.

12. The 1950's.  Fictional mid 20thC Wargames including both Garden Wargames with 54mm plastic toy soldiers/armymen and 1/72nd forces using Cordery's  Portable Wargame. A couple of games every couple of years.

June 2021

A small selection of  the scores of past or abandoned campaigns and collections.

Battle for New France and Acadia. 30mm 18thC miniatures battling for control of Acadia and Quebec.  The basis of this was a collection of 30mm figures, my first metal wargame figures, that I bought in 1973. The figures were originally commissioned for a diorama of the 1759 battle on the Plains of Abrahams for a museum in Quebec which I once had the opportunity to view. Mine were part of the surplus which a dealer was selling off and have probably fought less than a dozen battles in 35 years despite being near and dear to my heart. I finally found just what they have been needing, a new home  where there are some of their kin and where they will see the light of day and get to fight again. 

15mm French Revloution. Figures from 7 or more manufacturers for 1st Coalition, French Republic, The Vendee, Anglo Holland in 1799, West Indies, and various over campaigns in the works. All gone now.

Along the Nile. 25mm (!) 1807 Egypt. 
A nascent Portable Wargame using molds and figures already in hand. Maybe one day.



  1. Hard to choose but as I'm currently reading Sword at Sunset (your recommendation) I will nominate a 40mm Prince Valiant mini-campaign.

  2. Atlantica! I want to see your Guardsmen take on the Plains Indians again. War of 1812+, a close second.

  3. I'd like to vote for the War of 1812, please.


  4. As you know, what I think now is liable to change tomorrow, but that phrase 'involving pirates, balloons and steamships' makes my vote today 5. War of 1812+ - with lots of balloons and steamships.

  5. I love your Prince Valiant games - so that's my vote!

  6. You’re a hard-hearted man to lie able to look at that Atlantica: Early 19thC Colonial Wars photo and still call it a miss!

    1. OOps! When I put it back in the Active list I meant to remove it from the near misses list at the same time! Thanks for the heads up.