Thursday, 21 June 2018

Siege of Pilsen 1618

So I was wondering when would be the first action of the Thirty Years War we could celebrate the 400th anniversary for. Came up with this siege part of the Bohemian phase.  Decided to do an event on 19 September when the siege begins on my @pikeandshot facebook page 'Raise a glass to Pilsen'. A good excuse to drink beer.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Bohemian Miniatures

A range for those of you interested in the Bohemian phase of the Thirty Years War then these troops would be worth looking at. From the Czech Republic. 

Avanpost TYW Cuirassiers


My favourite TYW figs are in resin from Russia, Here's their new releases. Facebook page

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 Laurence Spring

This is a really superb book. Could have done with it a few years ago when I was wargaming the TYW in 15mm when all you could get was general histories in English - serious studies were all in Czech. Now we have this taken from both sides a well researched and illustrated book. Book starts off with a detailed analysis of the two armies and then takes the reader from the Defenestration in 1618 to the campaigns of 1619-1620. Illustrations of the troops involved are by the talented Bruno Mugnai and the flags by Mark Allen. Participants of White Mountain came from all over Europe, Spain, England, Hungary, Poland - troops were drawn from all over including Hopton and Waller who would be enemies in the Civil War.  So with the 400th anniversary of this battle approaching this is a very useful resource. I may even try again to wargame it. 




Thursday, 14 June 2018

Memmingen Cuirrassier Wallenstein fest.


I know my Pappenheimers

War Walks: Battle of Bridport 14 June 1685

June 14, 1685 #otd Monmouth's forces fought their first battle with the Royal Militia at Bridport in Dorset. His foot accounted for themselves very well, although his Horse need more stomach and training. Col. Venner was wounded in the fight
Read an account of this first Battle here: