Monday, 22 May 2017

Christian IV of Denmark

by karel van mander iii 
Mark Allen posted this on FB and it impressed me as such an interesting portrait. Wiki

Royal Armouries Winged Hussars show

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Night March to Sedgemoor!

5-6 July 2017

To mark the 332nd anniversary of the battle of Sedgemoor the Battlefields Trust has teamed up with St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland to offer a unique opportunity to recreate the Duke of Monmouth's dramatic night march  across the moor from Bridgwater to Westonzoyland.

Our night walk will end at St Mary's Church where the vicar has kindly allowed a limited number of participants to spend the rest of the night.

Everyone is welcome to join the walk but those wishing to stay in the Church MUST register first. A donation of £10 per person towards the information centre in the church is requested. Please bring warm clothes, camp beds, bedding etc

10.00pm: meet at St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland for a briefing. Drop off bedding.
c11.00pm: Transfer to small number of cars for drive to starting point of walk outside Bridgwater.
c2.30am: Arrive at St Mary's Church
c9.00am: Depart. Lifts for those who have left cars at Bridgwater.

To register please visit

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Troop at Audley End

Recreating cavalry from the period of Charles II.  Thanks to Photosm for the photos

Gruppo Storico Carlo Emanuele II (Venaria Reale)

 I realised I haven't featured this Italian group before and with them being one of the best Louis XIV period groups out there. Facebook page here

Pike and Shot PC Game

Looks good -  a strategy game recreating the battles of the Thirty Years War and English Civil War. Details here
Review here
  Promo film for upcomiing campaign version showing game play here

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Late 17th early 18thc Swedish troops

Found this blog with some interesting photos of Swedish of the GNW era.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sealed Knot this May Bank Holiday

The SK are at Charlton Park Estate near Malmesbury. Website here

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Matrix Games - English Civil War

The Sealed Knot just posted about this imminent pc game that they were involved with. Sounds intriguing, Website

Fontenoy 1745

So today is the anniversary of this famous battle. There is a new Osprey coming out in a week or two - looks good.

May Bank Holiday

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Musketeers 1684-5

From Alain Manesson Mallet's treatise on the art of war [1671-72], second edition, Paris, 1684-85

Pikeman 1671

Allain Mallet, “Les Travaux de Mars,” 1671

Friday, 5 May 2017

English Civil War Dragoon

There are some great things happening in the world of the English Civil War and one impressive group is Aston's Dragoons (Royalist)
 Sir Thomas Aston's Dragoons and webpage here
 They say  
Study of an Aston's Dragoon ( in Marching order) c1644.Part One:
Aston's is about experiential living history, so we played around with differing items of tack and equipment, as we develop our "campaign" impression for the troop based period images, references, and working "guesswork" as to what was likely to be needed for a dragoon in the field. We are rather pleased with the over results. Everything the individual Dragoon has been attached to his mount, with as you will note, leaving him in a "light fighting order" (apologies for the modern phrase ) with nothing to encumber him.
The Cob mount at 14.3 hands high, is the perfect Dragoon horse. He has both rations of hay and provender as well. The Rear mounted "Leather bag for his Necessaries" is taken from a period illustration and follows the recommended details for as laid down by the Kings orders. The Sling to his firelock is based on a number of illustrated hunting scenes and has proved a success every time we are mounted. Overall, we think this is a reasonable impression and we are, to say the least, happy with the results.

Facebook page - here

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Almansa 1707-2017

Event this weekend attended by WSS reenactors from all over Europe

Happy St George's Day from the Queen's Regiment

They've been reenacting Almansa 1707 in Catalonia this weekend.
Drummer Richar
The Queen's Regiment's contingent at Almansa

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017

German mercenaries in Poland first half of the 17thc.

Artist Marek Szyszko (thanks Tom)

Campaign Marches - In The Footsteps of 17th Century Armies

New FB group for those interested in the following
'This group is intended as an aid to people who want to take to the road and experience aspects of the life on campaign in the 17th Century. Particular emphasis is on the Thirty Years War and the English Civil Wars.'
Photo by David Wilton taken on a reconnoitre of the Battle of Lansdown (ECW)

Battle of the River Lech 1632

Today's anniversary. The Battle of Rain (also called the Battle of the River Lech or Battle of Lech) was fought on April 15, 1632, as part of the Thirty Years' War. The forces involved in this conflict were 40,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus and 25,000 Catholic League troops under Johan Tserclaes, Count of Tilly.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Side drum

Date: 1694–1733
Geography: Dresden, Germany
Culture: German
Medium: Copper alloy, wood, various materials
Dimensions: Height: 23 3/4 in. (60.4 cm)
Depth: 20 7/8 in. (53.1 cm)
Classification: Membranophone-double-headed / cylindrical drum

Happy Easter

Guardroom, 1642 - David Teniers the Younger

(Flemish, 1610–1690) Title:

A guardroom with plunder, soldiers beyond

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Grolle 2017

Event in the Netherlands is back.Website

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Brian Cox's Russia

On April 18th on BBC Scotland and after for a while on iplayer is a programme about Scots who made their mark in Russia and he met up with our friends from the Baltic region Great Northern War reenactors so be sure to watch it.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Recruitment poster

-JOIN OUR COMPANY; HELP HIM OUT!- Yes people, we are always looking for new members to fill the ranks of our company! This is the first of an oncoming series of recruitment posters we will use during future events. There's no beating about the bush; we need you!

Infantry Battle at a Bridge Nicolaas van Eyck

Have a fb page @pikeandshot if you like this sort of thing

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

April 8 Forde Abbey - Monmouth Rebellion

The Taunton Garrison
April 8
Experience the action and high drama of seventeenth century Somerset as history comes alive at Forde Abbey on the 8th April to tell the tale of the Monmouth Rebellion.More here

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

By Fire and Sword The Deluge

I have been enjoying the artwork by Tomasz Tworek for the new expansion for the Fire and Sword rules.

Battle of Prostki - October 8, 1656

The battle of Prostki took place during the Second Northern War and was a decisive victory of Polish-Lithuanian forces numbering 10,000 men (mostly regular cavalry) supported by 2,000 Tatars and led by hetman Wincenty Gosiewski over a Swedish-Brandenburgian army of 6,500 regulars (nearly half of them infantry) reinforced by 800 Lithuanian-Polish cavalry of prince Boguslav Radziwill and led by prince Georg Friedrich von Waldeck.

The battle was portrayed in the Polish movie "Potop" from 1974:

Monday, 3 April 2017

The English March

One of the most important beats to learn as an ECW drummer is the English March. Both sides used it. Unfortunately there isn't one on Youtube so maybe someone who knows it could make a video? Here's a link to the music and some of the history.This page has some useful things for ECW drummers

Exercise with shield and pike 1618

Here for all you drill fans. Thanks to David Evans for finding this.

De exercitie met schild en spies: de soldaat brengt de spies met twee handen weer in positie, 1618, Adam van Breen, 1616 - 1618

By Fire and Sword

I first posted about this ruleset in 2012. Since then it's grown considerably and it has got my interest again.