Friday, 28 February 2014

Battle of Helsingborg 1710

Fought today, Wiki here -
There are some great refights in 28mm here 
Also check out this page

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

General Percy Kirke and the Later Stuart Army

Have to thank Benjamin on my Monmouth Rebellion FB page for passing on info on this new publication by John Childs. The blurb reads

General Percy Kirke (c. 1647-91) is remembered in Somerset as a cruel, vicious thug who deluged the region in blood after the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. He is equally notorious in Northern Ireland. Appointed to command the expedition to raise the Siege of Londonderry in 1689, his assumed treachery nearly resulted in the city’s fall and he was made to look ridiculous when the blockade was eventually lifted by a few sailors in a rowing boat. Yet Kirke was closely involved in some of the most important events in British and Irish history. He served as the last governor of the colony of Tangier; played a central role in facilitating the Glorious Revolution of 1688; and fought in the majority of the principal actions and campaigns undertaken by the newly-formed standing armies in England, Ireland and Scotland, especially the Battle of the Boyne and the first Siege of Limerick in 1689.

With the aid of his own earlier work in the field, additional primary sources and a recently-rediscovered letter book, John Childs looks beyond the fictionalisation of Kirke, most notably by R. D. Blackmore in Lorna Doone, to investigate the historical reality of his career, character, professional competence, politics and religion. As well as offering fresh, detailed narratives of such episodes as Monmouth’s Rebellion, the conspiracies in 1688 and the Siege of Londonderry, this pioneering biography also presents insights into contemporary military personnel, patronage, cliques and procedures.

The drawback is the price - cheapest place I have seen it is on Google books where there are a few extracts.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Pikeman 1633

Detail from a drawing by Jan Maritzen de Jonghe, dated 1633: a pikeman with a backpack. Thanks to Mark Shaftenaar. The full enlargeable version is here

Sunday, 23 February 2014


Burning Popish images. Picture from here

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Battle of Oudenarde

An appealing image from the MOU Museum site.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

40mm Figure Conversion

I have redressed, at long last, my dissatisfaction with the lack of a credible French infantry figure in the Prince August range of semi-round home casting molds with this effort:

More details on my blog.