A blog on War gaming in North-eastern North America from 1670-1815, the life of an ex EFL instructor, a family man formerly in Japan and now in Canada , a camper, a reenactor, a drummer, and all round crazy but home Nova Scotian. Having worked in Security, have now found a new career in the culinary arts.
Greetings and salutations to one and all. My name is Rod Redden, a Canadian expat teaching English in Japan. Since I was a child, I have collected plastic 1/72 figures. My collection started somewhere around 1978 and includes such illustrious companies such as Airfix, Esci, Italeri, and Revell. More recently, the ranks of my plastic have been joined by new comers Zeveda, Strelets, and Mars.
This blog is intended to showcase what my son and I play with whenever we have the chance. I'm not very tech savy, and despite living in Japan and playing with toy soldiers, I do not fall into the “otaku” geek category, maybe a little eccentric, but hey, if you are checking out this site, maybe we share something in common
God save the King, and confusion to his enemies!
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My collection is about 90% plastic with some metal figures. However, the majority of my collection, say about 60% is in storage in Canada (say about 9000 figures, which actually outnumbers the regular force of the Canadian army!) I began teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in 1996 first in South Korea and then moved on to Japan in 1999 where I have been ever since. I did make a 9 month honeymoon with my wife and kids in Canada in 2003-04 then returned to Japan to continue my career as an English teacher.
When I was a single guy in Japan, I spent a lot of time and money on beer, cold war figures, more beer, pizza and more figures. By the time I met my future wife, I had acquired quite a bit of figures for the 1940-1990 age. This took in the Second World War as well as the Cold War. When I moved back to Canada, all of this collection went into storage and some play between my work as a cook in a pub, or as a security guard. When I returned to Japan, to keep my sanity, I packed my Napoleonic figures as I have never really painted them up, mounted them nor played many games. However, my game time was a bit hampered by work and more importantly two additions to my family.
Five year later, my son is now interested in playing with Daddy's toys. As he enjoys pirates and my stories of reenacting 18th century Nova Scotian life, I have gone back to my favorite period, 18th century wargamming.
Overtime, I shall post pics of refights my son and I play, as well as older shots of myself and my kids playing games.
For Christmas 2011, I'm planning on refighting some of the 18th century battles which were fought in North American in particular some of the large and small actions around Nova Scotia. Here's a list of what I have.
His most Britanic Majesty King George II 1740-62
Royal Navy: Landing party HMS Rose: 2 guns & 1 coy Marines red/white(metal)
Royal Artillery: 6 guns (metal)
The Duke of Cumberland’s Hussars: 3 troops (italeri) green/red
1st Regiment of foot The Royal Scots: 1 Grenadier 3 Hat (accurate/airfix) red/blue (Jpn)
15th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 2 hat 1 Light Infantry (accurate/airfix) red/yellow
17th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Zeveda/Revel) red/white (Japan)
22nd Regiment of Foot: 3 Hat (Zeveda) red/buff (Japan)
I was one of the founding members of the 2nd Battn 84th RHE in Nova Scotia, Canada back in 1984. The cover shot is of myself back in 1989 at the Burning of Fairfield event in Connecticut.
I was also a member of the Tokyo Pipeband in Japan for two years until my graduate work and full time job left me with little time for band practise.
However, I am forming a small group of guys who enjoy playing bluegrass and Celtic music in my own home.
This was the 2010 shot of the drummers in the Tokyo Pipeband including the drumming judge. I'm the bearded fellow in the dark glasses.
Warming up with my buddy Andrew from Scotland.
Another shot of myself in 1987 with a piper from the 78th Highlanders out of the Halifax Citadel. This was during one of our recruitment events at the Metro Highland Games.
This is a shot taken of me back in 1989 by Kerry Delorey. The coat is taken from a sample of tartan found on Culloden Moor. My father had the coat made up for himself but I snagged it that morning as it was the only thing which wasn't wet from the rain the night before.
This shot was taken by my wife at the 84th RHE dinner back in 2003. My best buddy back home, Mark Weatherby is a fellow private and Saint Mary's University grad.
Before my morning cup of tea! And after a night of Alexander Keiths.
This was a battle my son and I played. The figures used were 1/72 Zeveda Russians and Swedish repainted as British and French.
Attack on Beauport Lines July, 1759 (played 11/7/11)
British troops:French troops:
Grenadier companies ofCompaigne Frances de la Marine
58th/60th/78th/Louisbourg Royal Roussillon/
Grenadiers/Milice du Montreal/Bearn Regt./
Reserve:Guyenne Regt./La Sarre Regt./
Light Infantry and Rangers/Milice du Trois-Rivieres
Monckton being ordered by Wolfe to probe the Beauport lines took his orders a bit far by not only making a demonstration, but attempted to pierce the lines. When the Grenadier battalion landed on the beach, they scaled the cliffs opposite the French entrenchments linking up with the rangers and light infantry on the cliff top. The 78th also followed along with the 28th, 17th, 48th, and 60th. The rangers deployed in open order but failed to take heed of the redoubt to their front which held a French gun with French sailors. Meanwhile, as the Grenadiers were attempting to cross the river at the top of the falls, Montcalm had sent out his Indians and militia to harass them. Monckton was forced to commit more troops to hold up the line. The rest of the brigade advanced towards St. Charles gate but were held up by the same redoubt which was delaying the ranger attack. Believing themselves to be safe from the artillery, they began their advance only to be taken out by canister! The Indians continued to snipe at the Grenadiers who were falling thick and fast. The 78th was commited to reinforce the Grenadiers but the Indians would not disperse. A bayonet charge achieved nothing but casualties on the British. The Royal Artillery was able to bring up much needed gun support and began bombarding the redoubt. Eventually the gun was put out of action and the regular troops stormed the redoubt. As they took possession, they then were faced with artillery fire from the St. Charles bastion which pummeled them while the French sailors counter-attacked. The British were swept out of the redoubt and sent packing. The Indians and militia had been pounded with artillery and musketry but still held their ground. Finally Monckton could see that he was unable to break the French lines nor hold any position without more troops. Quebec was safe for another day. Photos to follow later
Grenadier, 17th Regiment of Foot, 1750s
The 17th Regiment of Foot arrived at Halifax in 1757. It took part in the siege of Louisbourg as part of Brigadier James Wolfe's brigade. The 17th’s grenadiers were surprised by a French sortie on 9 July 1758. Their captain, Lord Dundonald, and part of the company were killed. The regiment was later part of General Amherst’s army, advancing up Lake Champlain in 1759 and down the Richelieu River in 1760. It fought at Île-aux-Noix and was at the surrender of Montreal in September 1760. (Library of the Canadian Department of National Defence)