Sunday, 30 September 2012

Ebor Miniatures War of Spanish Succession

These 28mm figures look really nice - check out the website for the all important pictures and size comparisons.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Deutsche Reichs-Armee nebst einigen verbündeten oesterreichischen und französischen Truppen, 1757, 1759, 1762.

A link to a host of period images of Seven Years War troops online was found on the Torgau project blog and it is well worth a look. It's at Gallica and you may have already seen it but if not go here

Torgau project

This is an interesting blog dealing with the 7YW in 6mm.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Littlecote House Great Hall

Who remembers this place when it housed this collection of armour? There used to be a lot of places that housed back and breasts, Lobster pots and so forth on the walls. Not so much now though. There is a book published by Royal Armouries on the Littlecote collection if you are interested. Explore the collection at the Royal Armouries site

Thursday, 27 September 2012

New English civil war from Empress

There's a new (to me) range of early ECW - and they look very good and well researched - nothing generic in this selection. They look ideal for the battles of the first couple of years of war. Good luck with this range. Website here

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Helmet cover for capeline

This is an interesting object - a lobster pot helmet that has the remains of a cloth cover. Read about it here. Not sure it was for camouflage purposes though.

More Stefano della Bella

Monday, 24 September 2012

English civil war shoes for the discerning customer

This cordwainer is my favourite place to get quality historical footwear for all classes and both sexes. If I was to reenact the ECW again the first thing would be to order a pair of Sarah's shoes...they're a joy to own. She also does the 18thc btw.

THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 1642-1651, an illustrated Miltary History

By P Haythornthwaite. Illustrated by Jeffrey Burn. Time was back in the early 80s (published originally in 1983) this was the bible for searching about the ECW - I remember the first Wargames Foundry ECW figs followed this work a little too closely copying the errors. Still worth a look nowadays. Brings back a lot of memories for me - how about you? Read it online here


Rowton Heath

Carrying on from the Civil War theme today is the anniversary of this battle in the ECW. Image from Farndon Church window.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cromwell (1970)

If ever there was a movie needing the 'Director's cut' treatment it's this one. It had about 40 minutes hacked out of it as the troubles in Ireland made this element too inflammatory. Several cast members including Felix Aylmer finished up on the floor. Guardian review
Prop pot from here

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Enough with the pikemen's pots already

An English pikeman's helmet circa 1640/50
Two piece skull with a low rolled comb, surrounding lining rivets, and a plume socket riveted at the nape. Broad brim with a turned under rim and surrounding lining rivets. Height 18 cm. From here
Image search pikemen's pot (which is possibly my last word on the subject)

European pikemen 'before 1664' by Stefano Della Bella

European Pikemen by Stefano della Bella 1641

From the Landsknechts blog. Bella was an Italian painter whose work is impressive.


Great blog here - lots of lovely engravings.

Another pikeman's pot

This time from the York Museum's blog.


I'd like to see the ECW reenactment community make more of an effort to accurately reproduce pikemen's pots as the ones they use are a bit wrong - though this one is a bit pricey!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Sandby Redcoats c 1745

Interesting depiction by Paul Sandby of Jacobite prisoners being escorted by redcoats.

Redcoat 1760

An image that shows a late SYW look that is getting to look like the later changes...if that makes sense.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

British officer

Details here - bit of a mystery this one

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

British infantry Seven Years War

One of the few depictions of a SYW redcoat is this one by Edward Penny - 'the Marquis of Grandy giving alms to a sick soldier'. Most of my reference for Brits in the SYW is on my Flintlock and Tomahawk blog. But gaiter wise the Brits were already in transition with reinforced with leather fronts.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Uwe's new online shop for 1/72 metal

This is an exciting new venture from History in 1/72's creator Uwe where he commissions sculptors to produce unavailable periods and interests. Of interest to the timeline of the blog is the 1680s and 90s infantry - ideal for putting up against those Ottomans. Check it out here

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Minden in 1/32 (54mm)

This is a great project and fits in rather nicely from my last post.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

British contingent at Minden

Image from Osprey Men-at-Arms №460 - Frederick the Great’s Allies 1756–63
Remember folks when painting British redcoats 1745-63 that they didn't wear white gaiters on campaign - yes Barry Lyndon isn't correct - should be brown or grey.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Russian grenadier 1732

War of the Polish Succession

Siege of Danzig 1734. Corporal Trim has started a theme on the War of Polish Succession which coincides with me posting some Gudenus pictures so I thought I'd go for it for a while. Wiki on the war here

Dreispitz miniatures

A new SYW range starting off with Austrians this venture looks good. Go here to see the greens and so forth.

Interesting portrait

Unfortunately the wiki page doesn't really have much to say about this 18th century image. What do you say? French?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

More Gudenus images from 1734

Gudenus Handschfift - German text
Kaiserliche Dragoner Anhalt D VII
Hanover Regiment No. 7                               Grenadier des Regiments zu Fuß No. 2

Philipp Franz Freiherrn von Gudenus

English: Károlyi Husar of the imperial army (Austria) 1734 Gudenus-Handschrift
Deutsch: Kaiserliches Dragoner-Regiment Fürst Philippii in der Gudenus-Handschrift 1734
Date 1734
Source Reiter, Husaren und Grenadiere: Die Uniformen der Kaiserlichen Armee am Rhein 1734; Zeichnungen des Philipp Franz Freiherrn von Gudenus; Bearbeitet und Texte von Hans Bleckwenn; Dortmund 1979
Author Philipp Franz Freiherrn von Gudenus

Description Paderborner Soldat aus der Gudenushandschrift 1734, Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe
Date 1734
Source Reiter, Husaren und Grenadiere: Die Uniformen der Kaiserlichen Armee am Rhein 1734; Zeichnungen des Philipp Franz Freiherrn von Gudenus; Bearbeitet und Texte von Hans Bleckwenn; Dortmund 1979

Winstanley 1975 (A1)

 This is a a good clip from a classic and original look at the ECW - it's up in its entirety and this is the intro which has a good battle scene to get you started; I think it featured the fresh faced English Civil War Society. The blurb reads:

Winstanley is the title of a film made in 1975 in the UK by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, based on the 1961 David Caute novel Comrade Jacob. This deals with some of the life story of the 17th Century social reformer and writer Gerrard Winstanley, who, along with a small band of followers known as the Diggers tried to establish a self-sufficient farming community on common land at St. George's Hill near Cobham, Surrey. This was one of the world's first socialistic living experiments which was copied elsewhere in England during the time of the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, but was quickly suppressed and in the end left only a legacy of ideas to inspire later generations of socialist theorists. Great efforts were made to produce a film of high historical accuracy. Armour used was actual armour from the 1640s, borrowed from the Tower of London.[1][2] Real-life activist Sid Rawle played a Ranter (English Revolution period anarchist-type group). The film was reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray[3] in 2009 by the British Film Institute (BFI) who funded the original project
IMDB here

Monday, 3 September 2012

Herald English Civil War figures

Who remembers these 1/32 plastic figures from the late 50s (I think). I had the two troopers- one sort of survived (pic) - the three lot photos are from Vectis

Battle of Worcester

This battle was fought today in 1651 - exactly a year after Cromwell's victory at Dunbar.
This booklet looks interesting