Thursday, 21 June 2018

Siege of Pilsen 1618

So I was wondering when would be the first action of the Thirty Years War we could celebrate the 400th anniversary for. Came up with this siege part of the Bohemian phase.  Decided to do an event on 19 September when the siege begins on my @pikeandshot facebook page 'Raise a glass to Pilsen'. A good excuse to drink beer.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Bohemian Miniatures

A range for those of you interested in the Bohemian phase of the Thirty Years War then these troops would be worth looking at. From the Czech Republic. 

Avanpost TYW Cuirassiers

My favourite TYW figs are in resin from Russia, Here's their new releases. Facebook page

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 Laurence Spring

This is a really superb book. Could have done with it a few years ago when I was wargaming the TYW in 15mm when all you could get was general histories in English - serious studies were all in Czech. Now we have this taken from both sides a well researched and illustrated book. Book starts off with a detailed analysis of the two armies and then takes the reader from the Defenestration in 1618 to the campaigns of 1619-1620. Illustrations of the troops involved are by the talented Bruno Mugnai and the flags by Mark Allen. Participants of White Mountain came from all over Europe, Spain, England, Hungary, Poland - troops were drawn from all over including Hopton and Waller who would be enemies in the Civil War.  So with the 400th anniversary of this battle approaching this is a very useful resource. I may even try again to wargame it. 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Memmingen Cuirrassier Wallenstein fest.

I know my Pappenheimers

War Walks: Battle of Bridport 14 June 1685

June 14, 1685 #otd Monmouth's forces fought their first battle with the Royal Militia at Bridport in Dorset. His foot accounted for themselves very well, although his Horse need more stomach and training. Col. Venner was wounded in the fight
Read an account of this first Battle here:

Naseby Day

Cromwell at Naseby by Charles Landseer
Today is the anniversary of this decisive battle

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Warwalks - Monmouth Rebellion history

This is an impressive webpage of history from Steve Carter. It is still being updated but it has plenty to read for the Monmouth fans among you. Recommended. It focusses on William Savage and his view on the Rebellion.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Charles Landseer - The Eve of the Battle of Edge Hill, 1642

Not a huge fan of Victorian paintings but this one is good

Monday, 11 June 2018


Just in case you don't don't know what Stow-on-the-Wold is like, Tourist destination now. 

The Last Army: The Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold and the end of the Civil War in the Welsh Marches 1646 (Century of the Soldier) Paperback – 15 May 2018 by John Barratt

I have had my nose in this one for the last few days. I like reading Civil War campaigns especially when you have a slight knowledge of the geography of the area. There is also the appeal of the lost cause and John Barratt is a historian well versed in the history of the Cavalier cause.  Stubborn and loyal Jacob Astley and his small army and the last campaign of the First Civil War are the focus of this book showing the background to the battle of Stow-on-the-Wold. Bruno Mugnai the talented 17thc specialist has provided some colour plates that are of great interest and there are flag reconstructions by Dr Lesley Prince and some line drawings by Alan Turton.  A fine addition to anyone's Civil War collection with a talented array contributing. Ideal if you want to revisit some of the scenes described too.
Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading (1579 – February 1652) 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dixon Grand Alliance 25mm

On the 17th century wargames Facebook page we were enthusing about these vintage but still good figures for the Monmouth Rebellion and the 1690s. They were produced about 1988 sculpted by Mark Copplestone and were quite a revelation for us late 17thc fans. Here's a blog review from I live with cats and one of painted Sedgemoor troops from Ray on his Don't throw a One blog
Buy the range here

Monday, 4 June 2018

Newbury anniversary Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 11am – 5pm

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society.
Infantry, cavalry and artillery displays will take place each morning prior to the main battle in the afternoons.  There will also be Living History displays showing active demonstrations of seventeenth century crafts and activities, as well as Parliament’s artillery battery.
For more information please visit
Advance tickets (£5 adults, £10 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children) are available from Budgens, West Berks Museum, Newbury Building Society and Tesco (Pinchington Lane).
Admission £6 Adults, £2 for children (age 5-15) or £14 Family on the day.
Before the battle, a ceremony will be held on 2 June 2018 at the junction of the Andover Road with Essex St, at the memorial to the 2nd Viscount Falkland, who was killed in the First Battle of Newbury. The Mayor of Newbury will lay a wreath at the ceremony, which is by kind permission of Newbury Town Council. Guards of Honour will provide a salute.

Der Hohenfriedberger

Hohenfriedberger Marsch", is one of the most classic and well known German military marches. It takes its name from the victory of the Prussians over the allied Austrians and Saxons on June 4, 1745 during the Second Silesian War at the Battle of Hohenfriedberg, near Striegau.
There are many legends surrounding the origins of the march. Supposedly, the Bayreuther dragoon regiment, which was crucial in securing a Prussian victory, reported to its quarters the day after the battle while the march was played. Whether the march was actually played then is just as questionable as the claim that Frederick II of Prussia was the composer of the piece. (The melody appears to be largely derived from The Pappenheimer March, which dates from the early-17th century.) It is understood that the king issued to the Bayreuther dragoon regiment a "Gnadenbrief", or letter of grace, that authorized it to play both grenadier marches of the foot soldiers (with flutes and drums) and the cuirassier marches of the cavalry (with kettledrums and trumpet fanfare).

Sunday, 3 June 2018

11th June Monmouth lands at Lyme

It's a good time to buy my booklet The Days Of King Monmouth which charts the activity in Somerset in that fateful summer. 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Siege of Bristol 27th May 2018

Yesterday's battle. Ronald Hutton commentates. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Swiss Regiment de Karrer recreated

Caption from here reads
France Paris Fête 14 Juillet Regiment de Karrer Martinique 1730 Ancienne Photo Meurisse 1929

Vintage Meurisse Studio Photo, text on reverse: - les défilés des anciens régiments coloniaux à la revue du 14 juillet, le régiments de Karmer? Martinique 1730

Friday, 25 May 2018

15mm Great Northern War

Thought it might be worth exploring this theme. A lot of people recommend Blue Moon which are a fairly new range of Russians and Swedes. There is an old range by Dixons which have merit.  I used to have a huge French army of their WSS 15s. CP models do Danish among others things.  Any more out there? I forgot Irregular Miniatures.

James Francis Edward Keith

Someone who participated in the early Jacobite Risings fought for the Russians and also fought under Frederick the Great. Killed at Hochkirch
The Hon. James Francis Edward Keith (11 June 1696 – 14 October 1758) was a Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal. As a Jacobite he took part in a failed attempt to restore the Stuart Monarchy to Britain. When this failed, he fled to Europe, living in France, and then Spain. He joined the Spanish and eventually the Russian armies and fought in the Anglo-Spanish War (1727) and the Russo-Swedish War (1741–1743). In the latter he participated in the conquest of Finland and became its viceroy. Subsequently, he participated in the coup d'état that put Elizabeth of Russia on the throne.

He subsequently served in the Prussian army under Frederick the Great, where he distinguished himself in several campaigns. He died during the Seven Years' War at the Battle of Hochkirch. He received the Black Eagle Order and is memorialized on the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great.
Funeral of Marshal Keith

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Battle of Glen Shiel 10 June 1719

I wonder if there will be any reenactments for this battle next year? Part of the War of Quadruple Alliance. See below.  Spanish regulars, Marines  under Colonel Don Nicolás de Castro Bolaño anyone? Useful article here

War of the Quadruple Alliance (1717–1720)

Sorry for noticing the tercentenary of this conflict

Hanoverian invasion in Mecklenburg. Action at Walsmuhlen on 5-6 March of 1719

Been reading about Graf von Schwerin and his early career and this battle in 1719 is interesting. 

New label Prussia

Don't know whether you use the labels but I put a lot of early 18thc Prussia posts a new label.

Sergey I. Shamenkov Great Northern War

An artist working in the GNW is this guy. 

Early 18th century Prussia

Been looking for info on Prussians of the early 18thc and found these images on this blog and from a tip a CD from Robert Hall on Baccus' site

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Ramillies Jan Huchtenburg

Bivouac. OK. 1710 The State Museum of Fine Arts. A. S. Pushkin, Moscow

This painting is a bit of a mystery. It has been put down as Watteau but I don't know any of you know?

Battle of Ramillies 1706

by Sean O'Brogain from the Osprey
Today is the anniversary of this battle. Wiki
French and Spanish order of battle 
and here

Defenestration of Prague 1618

Today is worth commemorating. 400 years ago the event that precipitated the 30 Years War occurred. Wiki
Read about it here 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Denmark in the GNW

Here to see what the Danes wore

Campaigns of the Prussian Army 1702-1715

Die Armee Augusts des Starken im Nordischen Krieg

Not as epic in scope as B Megorsky's book but useful if you fancy a Saxon army. It's in German but not bad. 

Armies of the Great Northern War

Of course it isn't just Sweden and Russia to choose from if you are assembling an army. Saw photos of Warfare Miniatures forthcoming Danish and Prussian figs for the GNW in 28mm. Here is a list of the combatants.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Russian Army in the Great Northern War 1700-21: Organization, Material, Training and Combat Experience, Uniforms (Century of the Soldier) Boris Megorsky

Art by N Zubkov
This is definitely my favourite military book of this year so far. It's epic in its scope and execution. Written by a 40 year old reenactor and scholar. The author has already had books published in Russian but this is a first for him in English and they have pulled out all the stops and made a top rated study. Pages of colour paintings by N. Zubkov, colour flag pictures, original uniforms, period illustrations and reenactor photographs make this a profusely illustrated work. This is simply the definitive English language book on the Russian army in the Great Northern War. It's a very in-depth book but then the author has been studying the subject for a very long time and it shows. Ships and Galleys as well as Siegecraft are investigated along with many other topics like uniforms and weapons. Definitely a feather in the cap for the publishers Helion as this is a quality item. The publishers have a Swedish companion out later and if it's anything as good as this expect a great surge of interest in the Great Northern War. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Russia's army and history.
The author Boris Megorsky

Rocroi anniversary

Monday, 14 May 2018

Rebel Regiment at Grolle Battle

This is really good. It's taken at Grolle an event every couple of years in the Netherlands - quite a few from the UK go to it. 

Uniform pictures of Philipp Franz von Gudenus (1710–1783).

 From Wikimedia where there are notes 
The uniforms show the regiments of the Imperial army during the War of the Polish Succession at Philippsburg 1734.