Hand-Built History by John Boadle

Last century a slightly younger and spritelier von Peter himself would wait with baited breath each month for the arrival of Wargames Illustrated at the local news agent. Such mind tickling articles; so many advertisements for companies never heard of – e.g. Calpe Miniatures; and such wonderful pictures.

One of the names that often came up in the credits for the pictures was a John Boadle.

Wargames Illustrated 18 front cover - John Boadle

Above: and the caption read …

Front cover photo: John Boadle of the Coventry Wargames Club is responsible for the superb painting and modelling of the troops and terrain pictured here. The figures are from Front Rank Figurines 25mm. SevenYears War. More of John’s collection in tuture issues,till then our French readers can revel in the sight of the British surrendering.

That John Boadle now has a blog – Hand-Built History – and the little introductory burble reads somewhat along the lines of …

This is my blog, to showcase the modelmaking and gaming stuff that I’ve built over the years. I was for some years a professional modelmaker building scenery for many well-known figures in the hobby. More recently I built artillery master models for North Star and Perry Miniatures. Please note though, I am no longer taking any commissions for work at all. Everything you see is in the gaming scale of 28mm, ie 1/56, unless otherwise noted. At some point I aim to add tutorials to pass on the techniques picked up over the years. I hope what you see is of interest or even inspires you to have go yourself.

Currently Hand-Built History is getting a new post almost daily as John is updating the blog with pictures and details of old creations. In the future we may see step by step details of the creation of models.

John Boadle bulding and Nap French Infantry

Above: Napoleonic French occupying a John Boadle creation. Presumably John is quite happy with this picture as it is currently used as the heading picture on his blog

And one more John Boadle creation picture to round out the section …

Wargames Illustrated 19 back cover - John Boadle

Above: This time from half of the the back cover of Wargames Illustrated #19. The editor Duncan Macfarlane had obviously had a photo shoot with John Boadle and was keen to use the photos collected. The caption …

More of Coventry Warmer John Boadle’s Seven Years War collecton, featured on last month’s front cover. Front Rank 25mm. Figurines.

Logo John Boadles Hand-Built History

Found memories were made of these

Seeing the work of John Boadle reminded von Peter himself of a series pictures in Wargames Illustrated of the Scimitar Wargames Group’s Seven Years War project. These mesmerised the impressionable von Peter himself.

Wargames Illustrated 14 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW villages 1

Wargames Illustrated 14 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW villages 2

Above: from Wargames illustrated #14. To keep the buildings theme going two photos of some of the buildings created by Pete Duckworth. If the memory of von Peter himself is to be trusted  – hmmm -the fenced backyards were cunningly contrived to hold infantry units.

Wargames Illustrated 37 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW march scene

Above: von Peter himself must have spent hours staring at and dissecting this photo. Happy memories. From Wargames Illustrated #37. The accompanying caption …

An Austrian column winds its way out of camp. 25mm Front Rank figures professionally painted by Andy Taylor from the author’s (Richard Madder) collection. Church scratch built by Rich Madder (-using a door handle as the cupola), as was, of course, the camp described in this article.

The pictures are “clickable” for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

12 thoughts on “Hand-Built History by John Boadle

  1. Lots of great memories there Peter. Young Carlo Aldo vividly remembers those same photos and the inspiration they created in a young wargamer. Great post and off there again now.

    • Hello there to a previously young Carlo

      It sounds like we lived parallel lives linked by Wargames Illustrated that only the good and pure can attain! 😇

      Retrieving those long ago created and stored memories made me smile. And when is (non evil!) smiling bad?

      Salute
      von Peter himself

    • Hello Blancard

      I hope you get inspiration and ideas from the site. For me the idea of making terrain is always tempting but considering I’m not even painting the figures I want to paint the custom building of terrain is down the list.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

  2. Yes I too came across this new blog a couple of weeks ago…John has been a prolific poster since getting started and interestingly has just posted this WI cover with some reminiscences of Duncan McFarlane coming to his house to do the photos….the Japanese Samurai castle in his early posts is my favourite so far I think but all his work is stunning

    • Greetings Keith

      Yes John has been a prolific poster. In round terms I think he’s running at one post a day. All that backlog to catch up on. It will change flavour when he starts posting tutorial type information and perhaps step by step stages of projects(s).

      Whatever, I’m expecting my interest to remain high for a while yet.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

  3. Just come across this. Thanks very much for your kind comments everyone. There will be plenty more to come. In a circular kind of development, I have been featured again in the current issue of WI (409).

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