Sunday, 30 August 2015

John S.C. Schaak

Soldiers of the Light Troop of the 9th Dragoons outside a tavern, an encampment beyond , 1762

Der Pfeifenraucher.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

SK at Chester

'Come and watch us re-enact The Siege of #Chester 370 years on - for FREE! From Saturday's march to commemorate the siege's victims to Sunday and Monday's battles, it's an ideal family weekend - see more details at'

The Russian army of Peter the Great

Photo by Alex Goss

Monday, 24 August 2015

The Western Uniforms of Peter the Great's Army

The introduction of Western costume in Russia was a part of Peter the Great's reforms and, as such, it has been subject to research by many authors. However, research never ends and new evidence keeps surfacing that helps to adjust, refresh and update our view on a typical "Petrine" soldier. Based on first hand sources and the most recent academic research, as well as on illustrations and surviving relics of the period, the author proposes corrections to the contemporary common understanding on how elements of the costume - headgear, dress and footwear - looked like, and what were the authentic ways of wearing it. 

Painting Wargames Figures

I don't know why I haven't seen this blog before but it is excellent - especially the SYW pages.  I was initially drawn to it by the portraits of mid eighteenth century Hanoverian officers but soon found myself appreciating the figures - especially the French which uses the Black Hussar Miniatures - IMHO the best French SYW on the market in this scale. He also has some pretty good 40mms to check out.