Defence of Lympne Airfield 17 Sept 1940

The latest action in my PBEM campaign of Operation Sealion – the German invasion of Britain in 1940.  The campaign is fought using the rules supplied by S-2 Shop Productions, which is a useful guide with orders of battle, but also has several failings in accuracy.

Background:  At 01:00 on 17th September 1940 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Battalion landed and captured Lympne Airfield in Kent.  The attached reports document the first British counter-attack.

I have created the report in a PDF format for quick viewing and also a Word document for those who wish to view the photographs in greater detail.

Word  Battle report K Lympne 17 Sep 0920 – 1140

PDF  Battle report K Lympne 17 Sep 0920 – 1140


Back to the Old School

Approximately thirtyfive years after giving my partly painted Spencer Smith model doldiers to my son, I have managed to acquire some more and thus have my ticket back to Old School Wargaming in the traditional style.

I have not unpacked them all yet, as the table is full of work in progress, but here is a teaser.

The first few soldiers out of the box.

The first few soldiers out of the box.

I found a few suffering from Brittle Bone Syndrome, but I belive I have enough to create a decent army.

When I have had a chance to parade them, I will post a proper update.  In the meantime, a further 58 grenadiers are marching to join them.


Some new houses for my toys

Just before Christmas I spotted in Marks & Spencers store some white porcelain houses containing an electric LED “tealight”, intended as a Christmas decoration.  “Hello” says I, “These look like they will work with my imagination of Belgica.”  They are in fact a bit on the large size with dimensions 65mm x 65mm (ground area) x 105mm (to the roof ridge).  The front door is 26mm tall to the apex of the triangular lintel.  My 18th century Belgican troops are “Risk” playing pieces about 20mm tall including the base.

The price when I saw them was GBP10 each, on a 3 for 2 offer.  I decided to wait for the post-Christmas sales to see if the price would come down.  Being a sad wargamy person, I checked the prices on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December on line. (M&S stores would not re-open until 27th December).

24th December GBP10.00 Buy 3, pay for 2.  3 houses = GBP20
25th December GBP10.00 No offer. 3 houses = GBP30
26th December GBP10.00 at 07:00, GBP3.75 at 10:00, no stock!
27th December GBP3.75 no online stock.

We were out shopping on 27th so I made a detour to M&S (Bad move – wife bought shoes after about an hour looking) but I got 8 model houses for GBP30.

Next step (I would include step-by-step  photographs but my PC says the memory card is empty!!!!!) Can I remove the battery container and lights?  Unscrewing and probing with a knife says “no”.  I tried the cave-man approach and hit one of the plastic battery cases with a small hammer.  Perfect!  It fell into the structure leaving a jagged edge which was quickly tidied up with a file.  This worked well for the next two, but the fourth attempt resulted in shattered porcelain all over the workbench.  I decided that 3 houses of 7 remaining that could be occupied was enough and gave up with the hammer.

And so on to painting.  More photographs not apparently saved…

I hope to get a photo of the finished products that I can actually transfer to the PC


I started this blog to publish a record of my exploits in the world of wargaming with miniatures. It will probably be highly irregular in publication, but my intention is to make an update at least once a week, and to have some progress to report, despite real life intervening.

About me.
I am in my late fifties and have been wargaming in one way or another since 1968 when my parents bought me Terry Wise’s book “Introduction to Battle Gaming” for christmas. Films like “Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Waterloo” inspired me to buy and paint loads of Airfix soldiers.

Next I moved into World War Two, still with 1/76 or 1/72 models. A school friend and I spent many Saturdays not quite finishing battles.

I married and wargaming took a back seat, but I discovered a game by Merit called “Combat” endorsed by General Sir Brian Horrocks, just before the birth of my first child. I then found some 1/300 models and expanded the game to include infantry, in the form of lorries. The next discovery was SPI’s “Arnhem” game, which is still my favourite hexgrid board wargame.

Later, single again and moving to smaller premises, the 1/72 collection was sold and I invested in 1/300 scale English Civil War armies. I had by now discovered historical re-enactment and my battles alternated between 1/300 and 1/1 scale soldiers. The re-enactment took over as main hobby in a variety of wars in the gunpowder era.

Many years later, with a big enough house to host a wargaming room and a new wife to ensure it’s never available for that purpose, I have returned to wargaming as my main hobby. I still re-enact, but have found a compromise as a pensioner of les Invalides in 1812, presenting the battles of my youth as public displays with home-made wooden equipment in a style that could have been invented by an old soldier as a pastime.

I have a number of long-term projects that I will work on from time to time. Amongst these are:
– A campaign of the whole of World War Two, based on the “Axis and Allies” board game, but using weekly based grand strategic turns and converting the combats to tabletop battles with GHQ miniatures and (probably) “Blitzkrieg Commander” rules.
– Operation Market Garden, using SPI’s Arnhem game and local combats in 2mm scale on a 6cm hex terrain.
– An imagi-nation set on the island of Belgica (Belgium). Two ready-made countries with six provinces each and an independent city state. Each country conveniently has an exclave in the other to fight over. This will use figures culled from games of Risk.
– The wars of the Spanish Succession in 6mm at a figure scale of 1:10 with Irregular Miniatures troop blocks.

I have several other piles of unpainted lead in the toy cupboard, but that will do to be going on with.