Monday, 21 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Army of James II by Stephen Ede-Borrett

Ace sculptor Clibinarium emailed me with a good report on it which concludes with  Certainly worth the £20 or so I'd say.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

1/72 Austrian infantry

This set I can imagine will be popular. They presumably are from 1683 and I would imagine they could be utilised for a variety of wars. Well done to Mars for bringing them out.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monmouth cap?

From Neumann and Kravic Collectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. From excavations on the New York waterfront.
There is an interesting article on Monmouths here

Olde England Grown New

Comic book adventures of a fictional English Civil war regiment. Here

Peter the Great's hat

This is the hat Peter bought when he was working in the shipyards of Amsterdam in the early 18thc. Anyone know if it's a Monmouth cap?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Soldiers of Killiecrankie 2017

Filmed on the Killiecrankie battlefield.
Cameraman: Laurie Bowman and Chris MacDonald
Directed, edited and produced by Matt Jones.

Coming soon

Dumbarton's Drums

Dumbartons drums they sound sae bonnie,
And they remind me o my Johnnie,
Such fond delight does fall upon me,
When Johnnie kneels and kisses me.

My love he is a handsome laddie,
And though he is Dumbartons caddie,
Some day Ill be a Captains lady,
When Johnnie tends his vow tae me.
Across the fields of bounding heather,
Dumbarton sounds the hour o pleasure,
The joy I know will know no measure,
When Johnnie kneels and kisses me.
Tis he alone that can delight me,
His roving eyes they do invite me,
And when his tender arms enfold me,
The blackest night does turn and flee
Tune Here

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Scots Greys 1689

Wearing the costumes of Royal Scots Dragoons, the Soldiers of Killecrankie perform historical reenactments of scenes from the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie, fought between supporters of the Catholic Stuart King James II & VII of Scotland and the protestant William of Orange during the first Jacobite uprising       TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GLOSSOP
More pics here

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Minden Day

Ron Embleton cover for a 1966 edition of 'Finding Out' magazine. 
Wiki on the battle here

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Winged Hussars Horse Shows - 26-28 August 2017

This August Bank Holiday the Royal Armouries is proud to present a spectacular horse show, featuring the Winged Hussars, a crack team of fast-riding, sharp-shooting, sabre-rattling cavalrymen from Poland.

Tickets are available to purchase on the Royal Armouries website:

Video © European History Park Foundation.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Les Mousquets du roi

When people ask me as they do is there any good Louis XIV period groups out there? I usually site this group from Canada. They are at 900 likes so pretty popular - if you go to  their FB page you can see some good impressions recreating the 1690 raid on Salmon Falls.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Defending a Russian wooden fort

Клуб ВИР "Лейб-гвардии Преображенский полк, 1709"  
These are some interesting photos. They say 'It was the event in the town of Osa on Kama river, West Urals region. It used to be a small fortress on the rout to Siberia. In 1733 Vitus Bering, the famous explorer, passed through Osa during his second expedition to Kamchatka.
The wooden forts were common for the region through 16th - 18th centuries.'

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Donato Spedaliere

Didn't know this artists work until today but I like it. Here's his blog.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Killiecrankie 1689

Special event in Scotland. Webpage here
 Friday 28th July - 5.30pm - Pitlochry Street Skirmish - Pitlochry Main street will be closed at 5.30pm for a short re-enactment with commentary of the events that took place in the Pass of Killiecrankie, just before the battle proper over 300 years ago. There will infantry cavalry Scottish Government Hanoverian soldiers, Jacobite Highlanders. (Be prepared for some gun fire). Free entry as it will take place along Atholl Road, Pitlochry's main street.
Saturday 30 th July and Sunday 31 st July - each day at 9am the gates open, the program runs from 11am to 5pm program.
Venue:- Killiecrankie Battlefield (Directions:- Located just outside of Killiecrankie Village on the way to Blair Atholl).
Continuous events in the arenas, including infantry and cavalry. NEW for 2017 will be the Scots Greys (who were formed in 1673).

Thursday, 20 July 2017

1689 Scots Greys at Soldiers of Killiecrankie

Killiecrankie weekend

Soldiers of Killiecrankie 2017 starts of Friday 29th July with a street skirmish along Pitlochry’s main street. On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July from 11am to 5pm each day. Admission £6 adult, £5 Concessions, £3 children under 16 years, family of four £16 and free car parking. Tickets can be purchased on line from

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monmouth Cap

The only known surviving example of a 16th-century Monmouth Cap - in Monmouth Museum  
 Presumably you all know about Monmouth caps? Nothing to do with the Duke of Monmouth but undoubtedly worn by Rebels in 1685.Wikipedia to find out more

Monmouth Group

Facebook page here

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Gunnister Man

Monmouth cap?

On the subject of coats for the late 17thc civilian my first port of call would be the Gunnister man.
Have a look at this Pinterest page.
A pattern based on this find is here

Taunton Garrison at the Bishop's Palace in Wells 22nd - 23rd July

Here for info

What Taunton women wore

Celia Fiennes travelled the country in the late 17thc writing a diary called
. This entry from Taunton is interesting in describing what Taunton women wore
You meete all sorts of Country women wrapp'd up in the mantles Called West Country rockets, a Large mantle doubled together of a sort of serge, some are Linsywolsey and a deep fringe or ffag at the Lower End, these hang down some to their feete some only just below ye wast, in the summer they are all in white garments of this sort, in the winter they are in Red ones. I Call them garments because they never go out wth out them and this is the universal ffashion in Sommerset and Devonshire and Cornwall.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

New project

Abraham Holmes' biography. Started a Facebook group to start the process of recreating this in living history. Probably won't take the field until 2018. Here

Execution of the Duke of Monmouth

Today in 1685

Friday, 14 July 2017

Peter the Great's Army book (in English)

Helion books write: 'new art work by Steve Noon for a forthcoming book on the Russian Army of the Great North War by Boris Megorsky due out by November'

Denis Van Alsloot

This image of Brussels in 1615 is very interesting. Wiki on the artist

La Battaglia dell'Assietta, 270° anniversario. 15 July–16 July · Colle dell Assietta · Pragelato, Italy

The death of Louis Charles Armand Fouquet De Belle-Isle, General Commander, the French attack against the entrenchments of Assietta, July 19, 1747.
More info here
Assietta wiki

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Earl Of Dumbarton's Foot Pikeman 1684 Ralph Mitchard

Reviewed on Putney Heath  in 1684 Nathan Brooks wrote this about them:
'twenty-one companies, two lieutenants to each company, three serjeants, three corporals, and two drums, established: distinguished by red coats lined with white; sashes white, with a white fringe; breeches and stockings light grey; grenadiers distinguished by caps lined white, the lion's face, proper, crowned; flys St Andrew's cross. with thistle and crown circumscribed in the centre 'Nemo me impune lacesit'
“I know these men, they will fight. If I had but them all would go well.”

- Monmouth at Sedgemoor, 1685

New from Caliver books

It is now over 30 years since the first edition of Old Robin's Foot. In the interim, research has revealed exciting new information, particularly about clothing, and thrown some doubt on the accuracy of previously well-thought-of secondary sources. Of most significance is the publication in 2014 of the 26-volume Clothes of the Common People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England, which has shed new light on what soldiers of the period might have worn. This second edition of Old Robin brings the research right up-to-date, including major revisions of the text where this seemed necessary. The result is a book presenting all the latest research in the context of Essex's infantry units.
(With illustrations by Alan Turton, color plates by Bruno Mugnai, and color flags by Lesley Prince)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Battle of Langport 1645

Rick Scollins I think
Today's anniversary is this action in Somerset
Wargaming Langport