Uniforms & History

History: Napoleonic Artillery of the Peninsular War, by David Matthews

“In battle they [British gunners] display judicious activity, a perfect coup d’oeil, and stoical bravery. … English troops take few guns into the field with them …” – General Foy…

Napoleons Light Horse: The Chevau-Legers Lanciers of the Line

Warlord’s own David Matthews takes a look at our plastic Napoleonic French Line Lancers and delves into the background detail of Napoleons Light Horse – The Chevau-Legers Lanciers of the Line: “The…

History: The Peninsular Campaign

A quick preview of the Peninsular Campaign 1809-1814 The Spanish Ulcer Napoleon turned to attack Britain where ‘the nation of shop keepers’ would feel it the most – trade. He…

History: Major-General Robert Craufurd (1764 – 1812)

Born in 1764 into an aristocratic family, Craufurd had a privileged upbringing and education. He entered the British Army in 1779 as an Ensign in the 25th King’s Own Borderers…

History: The Battle of Waterloo – part 4

La Haye Sainte The cavalry had failed and the combined arms attack had come too late, but the Allies had also suffered terribly, units being decimated. Napoleon understood what must…

History: The Battle of Waterloo – part 3

Cavalry Charge and Counter-Charge Lord Uxbridge, sensing the danger, unleashed the Household and Union heavy cavalry brigades commanded by Major General Edward Somerset and Major General William Ponsonby. The finest…

History: The Battle of Waterloo – part 2

Opening Moves Napoleon wanted the battle to start at 9am, but that was a pipe dream. The ground was sodden and his troops, especially the cannon, were struggling to get…

History: The Battle of Waterloo – part 1

The Field The battlefield of Waterloo was small by the standards of the day, being three miles long and a mile deep. Wellington had occupied an excellent position, the main…

History: The Battle of Waterloo – part 5

The Final Assault The fight for Plancenoit had taken the French attention away from Wellington’s army and bought him valuable time, during which he could reinforce his battered centre. Brunswickers,…

Highlight: Napoleonic Russians

With all the French Lancers and other cavalry charging about at present we didn’t want to forget the forces of mother Russia: A Campaign History Napoleon’s Russian campaign includes major battles such…

Tribes of the North Eastern Woodlands part 3

In the final part of his series about the native Indians of North America, Tim Greene concludes the series with a look at those tribes living in the South-east. (view;…

Tribes of the North Eastern Woodlands part 2

Following his recent look at the Indian peoples inhabiting the Ohio Valley, Tim Greene examines the Woodland Indians whose territory is around the Great Lakes. Part Two: The Great Lakes…

Tribes of the North Eastern Woodlands – part one

Covering the Ohio Valley, this is the first three articles by Tim Greene exploring the various native Indian tribes in the Americas. Part One: The Ohio Valley By Tim Greene…

Anglo-Zulu War: Historical British Regiments 1879

The 2nd Invasion of Zululand was not just fought by the iconic British redcoats – many British regiments took part in the conflict, decked out in a variety of uniforms….

History: Armies of the Mahdi (1881-1898)

Frank Jastrzembski, M.A. introduces us to the colourful and fanatic Armies of the Mahdi (1881-1898) These black chaps know how to fight and how to die. –British soldier speaking of…

Waterloo 200 years on! A Wargamers Paradise

Our esteemed leader has been skiving off again for a jolly around Europe – It’s not at all strange then that Johns jaunt just happened to coincide with the 200th…

Focus: Prussian High Command

To accompany the recently released Prussian High Command – our very own David Matthews has written an article on these three famous characters of the Prussian army that sped to the…

History: The Battle of Waterloo

Today marks the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo – what better time to delve back through our archive of articles (and indeed through the pages of history!) to go back…

Napoleon’s Eyes and Ears – The Chasseurs à Cheval of the French Army

“A colonel of Chasseurs, or hussars who goes to sleep, Instead of spending the night in bivouac in constant communication with his piquet’s, Deserves to be shot. “ (Napoleon to…

History: British Napoleonic Artillery

Following last Friday’s new wave of Peninsular Napoleonic British artillery releases, Warlord writer Sam Phillips wanted to shed a little more light on the history and capabilities of the British…

History: Tactics of the Napoleonic Austrian Army

The tactics of the Austrian army was to be modified considerably to face the onslaught of the modern French army under Napoleon. In 1798 the army fought much like those…

An Afternoon with Mademoiselle Ney

With the gloomiest time of the year upon us I felt the need to reacquaint myself with some of my more distant relatives, as is only fitting in these darkest days,…

History: The Bridge at Lodi – May 10, 1796

Warlord’s own Dave Matthews presents a historical account of one of the lesser known Napoleonic battles – the Bridge at Lodi. As a somewhat less epic engagement than the likes…

History: French Light Infantry

At the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars the French light infantry was the finest in Europe. They could best the fierce obedience of the Germans and Dutch with their high…

History: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

Napoleon was born on the 15th of August 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. His military career started early as he was sent to France and enrolled in the military academy at Brienne-le-Château at the age…

History: Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769- 1852)

Born in Dublin in 1769, this remarkable man had a very unexceptional life prior to joining the British Army in 1787 as an ensign in the 73rd Highlanders. Family influence…

History: Field Marshal Prince Gebhard von Blücher (1742-1819)

Born in Rostock, Mecklenburg the son of a land-owning family, Blücher was destined for military service. In 1758, at the age of 16, he joined the Swedish Army as a…

History: Marshal of France Andre Massena, 1st Duc de Rivoli, 1st Prince d’Essling (1758-1817)

Born in 1758 into modest circumstances, Massena had a colourful early life. He was a cabin boy, soldier and smuggler before he joined the army for a second time in…

History: Major-General Sir Thomas Picton (1758 – 1815)

Born in 1758 in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he joined the 12th Suffolk Regiment of Foot in 1773 as an ensign. His initial army career ended in disillusionment when the 12th were…

History: Jean Andoche Junot, 1st Duc d’Abrantes (1771 – 1813)

Junot was born in 1771 to a middle class family and he was studying law in Paris when the French Revolution began. He immediately connected with the revolutionary cause and…

History: The 100 Days Campaign

The campaign of the ‘Hundred Days’ was to become the thundering climax of the Napoleonic Wars. The shattering of the Grande Armèe in the snows of Russia in 1812, followed by two years…

History: The Battle of Talavera 1809

Background On October 1808 Sir John Moore took command of the Anglo-Portuguese army. He boldly led his 23,000 men into Spain, but a month later had to retreat rapidly, pursued…

History: The Old Guard Grenadiers “Les Grognards”

Søren Ralph Christensen returns to share the history of Napoleon’s Old Guard and show off his painted regiment: The Old Guard was first formed in 1804 using veterans from the…

History: Napoleonic French Column vs British Line

The clashes between British and French forces during the Napoleonic wars saw two rather different approaches go head-to-head – the British firing line and the French attack column… The French…

History: Napoleonic Wars Army Structure

The armies of all nations were made from a series of building blocks – divisions from two or more brigades, brigades from regiments, and regiments from battalions or cavalry squadrons. For example, the…

History: Napoleonic era British Infantry

Courtesy of Osprey Publishing   The British infantry was comprised of guards, foot, light, rifle and highland regiments. Regiments were, in theory, made up of three battalions, two fighting and one depot battalion. In…

Anglo-Zulu War: Historical British Regiments part 2

The Warlord Games studio has been painting up some of the different British regiments that fought in the invasion of Zululand in 1879. Last week we showed off the 60th…

French & Indian War: Alternative Quebec

In this comprehensive article, The Last Argument of Kings author Pete Brown examines the Battle of Quebec and suggests ways to make the battle more interesting to refight as a wargame,…

Wargaming With The Rocky Mountain Tribes 1780-1840

We’re delighted to have another article from Tim Greene – this time focusing on his love of wargaming with specific tribes and how you can do the same using the…

Russian Army Uniforms 1807-1815

By Vince Rospond The Russian army of the Middle and Late Napoleonic period (1808 – 1815) was based on a dark green jacket with white trousers.  The exact nature of…

Witchcraft In Wargames

by Bob Black So, you have prepared your army list for Germany in the late 15th century. Now is the time to pick your Champions and to add the final…