Monday, 28 January 2019

CHALLENGING TOYS: Part 1- The Origins Of The Battle Of Walkerloo circa 2009.

My paper soldiers first public deployment was on the battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium,18th June 2008.  It was the 193rd anniversary of the battle and we were installed alongside re-enactors in the courtyard of  Napoleon's last battlefield HQ.  Throughout 2008-10 I presented my toy soldier army at history events, markets and fairs throughout Europe & USA.  I boasted my armies original form and notable qualities:
  • The armies size  < 200,000 Soldiers & 6,000 cannon! 
  • The armies strength < 'THICK BABY BOOK STRONG' 
  • The armies ethical, considered creation = 'MADE IN ENGLAND & IN FRANCE WITH 80% RECYCLED MATERIAL'   

I attended these events as a 'trader'.  Successful traders bring to market a set of products which have evolved (traditional goods) or have been selected for sellability through market research.  People were surprised to see a new product presented by its creator.  Most of the toys our children encounter in shops are remote from the hands of the toy author/maker.

In 2009 I began to imagine the real pretend war that is 'The Battle Of Walkerloo'.  A fantastical romantic vision aimed at picturing and provoking the prevailing boys-action-toy-TV/movie-industrial-complex.

In autumn 2009 my poor father was approaching the end of his life due to Mesothelioma, an industrial lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.  I moved back home for a month to spend time with him.  Organising my trip I discovered an 'Empty Shop' submissions initiative in Newcastle by Newcastle City Council and made draft a proposal.   I met with the submissions 'officer' at the council offices but the project was not realised.  My father died a few months later and I returned to Normandy.

High street shops that have formed our town centres have lost ground firstly against peripheral super stores and now against giant virtual retail forums.  What can we do to invigorate the public space at the heart of our towns?

The Battle of Walkerloo empty shop project was formulated to deliver a 'richer than retail' space in the centre of Newcastle, the need for such town centre visions grows.

These 2 PDF's comprised the synopsis for The Battle Of Walkerloo in Newcastle 2009.  They are the first documents to outline the real pretend war I continue to depict.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A Global Walkerloo Print-Fantry Presence

Thank you!  I'm continually grateful for all the mailed reports on Walkerloo Print-fantry in action. They boost moral and help me understand my wider strategic position on the globe consequently informing Walkerloo's future.  Below are digital photos included in a few of those reports.  YES! that is a 1:20 scale Brunswick Lieb-Battalion firing line and Belgian Light Dragoons and French Caribiniers (- both types) and look out for 1:32 scale Polish Guard Lancers (the officer is my big brother) about to confront Russian Hussars!

Peter's Walkerloo Army Of The Rhine, near Frankfurt, Germany

Steve's Walkerloo Fusilier Columns in Australia

Leonid's Coldstreamers and Russian Infantry, St.Petersburg Russia

Howard's Walkerloo Borodino forces in the USA

Thursday, 11 February 2016

New Forces with New Faces

Early 2016 and two new regiments are added to the Walkerloo base on Wargame Vault. Primed for world wide digital dispatch are Napoleon's Guard Polish Lancers and foot gunners of the British Royal Regiment of Artillery.  Each unit's creational motivation was boosted with the inclusion of YouWalkerloo portrait troopers, these paintings, now the property of their patrons.

You too can fight at the Battle of Walkerloo - new regiments are always recruiting.  Details on my website.

2015 was the bicentennial year for the Battle of Waterloo.  Note no 'Battle of Walkerloo' blog posts were recorded that year and only one Napoleonic flavoured regiment, the 5th Belgian Light Dragoons were deployed.  However 2015 also marked the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.  A unit of English Archers inspired by that battle were posted on the wargame vault.

2015 also saw the release of a new StarWars movie 'The Force Awakens'.  According to Wikipedia 250 Million dollars were spent promoting the film but it's supposed cultural significance made news media giddy.  It was widly reported throughout the worlds independent press.  Star Wars toys advance.  I have my work cut out,,, cutting out soldiers... have you?

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Commission In The Battle Of Walkerloo : Become An Immortal Print-fantry Paper Soldier!

Two new Brunswick Print-fantry units are the first of a new type of paper soldier. The result of a collaboration between battle re-enactors and myTHself.

These units include four portraits of re-enactors who became patrons via a commission in their purchase and ownership of my paintings. They are now immortalised as Walkerloo print-fantry paper soldiers on Wargames Vault, available for immediate worldwide download and bladed extraction for real pretend play war.

Brunswick Printfantry Collage

I always want to make more units of paper soldiers to help prosecute my real pretend war and I’m often e-mailed with unit requests.  But time and resources are limited.  You-walkerloo commissions are a way for me to dedicate more time to the creation of new paper soldiers.  The commissioning patron receives the original gouache portrait and is depicted as a paper soldier guaranteed a fighting part ever after in the Battle Of Walkerloo.

Anyone interested in a Walkerloo Commission can find details about the process on my website You needn’t be a re-enactor to join up, all I need is some photos of you in an appropriate pretend battle action and some cash.  Men, women and children - all are accepted and just like stories from history of boys and women hiding their true identity to join the army in the Battle of Walkerloo you may appear younger, older, bigger or slimmer to suit your particular Print-fantry unit.

The Battle of Walkerloo needs you - together we can pretend to fight to set imagination free!!

To see which units are recruiting visit the RECRUITMENT PAGE where you can sign up for a portrait commission and parallel life as a print-fantry soldier on floors around the world. If you want to suggest your own choice of unit drop me an e-mail (at - If you can recruit your own comrades I can get painting right away and together we'll fill the world with new regiments of paper soldiers...

And consider, original paintings can sometimes even appreciate* in value...    Oh the future!
(*depending on the originality, noteriety and market orientation of the painter**  [**social conectivity, interest utility, arrogance, self  inflationancy, cultural poignancy, genius etc etc etc]).

Between 1683 and 1871 commissions to most officer ranks in the British army had to be bought (Wikipedia article). Commissions in the Battle of Walkerloo are also purchased although for very different reasons


You can get them here... TheWarGamesVault....

Monday, 3 February 2014

A Tower

There was a 'modelism' convention in Cherbourg.  I hired space and built a scaffold tower to house a games table and covered the space in The Battle of Walkerloo.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

An Ad.

Years ago I wrestled with making a living in advertising. Whilst in the full nelson of a bout I had a vision which showed another way... I'd rather sell myTHself... hmmm. But here and now in this month as WiP officer I have bought space in 'Toy Soldier & Model Figure' magazine and this is the ad that will run in it.  GO BOY GO!

Walkerloo QP AD nov2013 FINAL