Tuesday, May 7, 2024


The Alde Garde will be there with a French Revolution game. 
Also various other wargame clubs will be attending; as of course a lot of modellers.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

A French Revolutionary Balloon

Since we are playing the French revolutionary period, we though about adding a balloon to our French troops but someone, it never came to it.

UNTIL NOW: a balloon was made at last:

It wil get its wargames debut at Scaleworld 2024, a Modellers/Wargames show at KMK Geel, Belgium on the 2nd of June.
Hope to see you there!

More pictures how it was made are on the French Revolutionary site: ca-ira.blogspot.com

Friday, March 1, 2024

New Romans and other news


It seems quit at the Alde Garde but that's not quiet true although not very many things were published here at our blog. Sorry for that.

We are both started with Romans (for both of us a totally new era!) and it is not one but two periods. Peter wants to do the Early Imperial Roman period and Jan likes to portray the later period so we both are painting figures. The first figures by Peter are here:

On the left some Aventine legionares miniatures; on the right Black Tree auxiliary troops/
Jan is still painting his first unit of late Romans which will appear here in due time.

Also Peter has new Dutch and Spanish miniatures painted (of course from the great range of TAG) and pictures will appear here soon while Jan is expanding his French Revolutionary war armies.

We both are painting our 11th century units, just have to find the time to take pictures. 

We will come back with more pictures soon.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Ca-Ira live again

Somehow I missed my specific French Revolutionary blog Ca-ira.

So from january onwards it will revive; in fact some new content (or older pieces picked from this blog) are there.

Hope to see you there!

And of course: a happy new year for you and yours!

Monday, December 25, 2023

Visits to WW2 museum in the Netherlands (1)

Which wargamer hasn't heard about the Market Garden campaign in 1944 in the Netherlands? 

We think that, after maybe the miniatures of the Napoleonic guard grenadiers, miniatures of the red devils of the Arnhem Bridge fame are the most sold miniatures around the world; in every scale.

Two museums in the Netherland have market Garden as theme; the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein/Oosterbeek (with a smaller annex near the Arnhem Bridge) and the Vrijheidsmuseum (Freedom Museum) at Groesbeek. 

We visited both but the latter we combined with the autumn convention of the Nederlandse Stichting voor Modelfiguren.

Some pictures underneath; starting with the Airborne Museum.

And some pictures of the Groesbeek museum. 

The Groesbeek museum is much smaller and doesn't concentrate on the fighting of 1944 as much as the Airborne does. 


Thursday, October 19, 2023

Wargaming in the Limburgs Museum

In the Limburgs Museum in Venlo (south east Netherlands) a exhibition is held with the title "The Sun King and Orange" (in Dutch De Zonnekoning en Oranje) which is about the battle between The Sun King and William of Orange and specifically about the 1673 campaign along the Meuse and the siege of Maastricht in which d'Artagnan (of the Three Musketeers fame) died.

Wargamers are invited one weekend during an exhibition to show demo and/or participation games connected to the theme of the exhibition. Last year it was the Roman period theme; this year the Sun King versus Orange was the theme.

So three clubs heading to Venlo. Two of them with a participation game (Amsterdam 6Shooters with their Siege of Naarden 1673 and the Hired Guns from Uden with a 1672 game.) The Hired guns club also had a painting table where visitors to the museum could paint some wargames figures.
The Alde Garde was there with a demo game about a battle in the southern/Spanish Netherlands in 1693.

Well, lets start with some pictures of our demo table.

Then of course the great table about the siege of Naarden 1673:

And of course the participation game plus painting table from Udens Hired Guns