Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Gmundener Prachtwerk 1761

 The Gmundener Prachtwerk is a collection of historical uniforms of the Hannover army during the Seven Years War. Wikimedia commons

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Prussian musketeers 1739

Interesting detail from Wache in Jaegertor

Reading 1688 or the Battle of Broad Street

Today in 1688. Read about it here

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Grenadiers, Grenadier Regiment, Foot Guards and Regiment 'König'. c. 1748

David Morier. Royal Collection. Are these Hessians?

Hessians in Britain during the Seven Years War

From Kronoskaf 
On March 28 1756, George II informed the Houses of Parliament of Great Britain that the French Court was planning the invasion of Great Britain and that, consequently, he intended to requisition a body of Hessian troops and to use it as reinforcement for Great Britain. The same day, the contingent of the Hesse-Kassel Army started to assemble in Germany. It consisted of 8 regiments. From March 28 to April 20, this Hessian contingent marched towards Bremen. On May 2, it embarked aboard 48 British transports at Stade. On May 15, it landed at Southampton. From May 19 to 22, it was transported to the region of Salisbury where it took its cantonments. By May 23, the Hessian contingent had been quartered in Hampshire. From July 11 to 14, it moved to its new encampment at Winchester. In December, it took its winter-quarters in the Counties of Chichester, Salisbury and Southampton. From April 23 to 27 1757, the Hessian contingent embarked aboard 43 British transports at Chatham to return to Germany. On May 1, the convoy sailed from Chatham. From May 11 to 16, the convoy gradually reached Stade after having suffered a severe tempest. 
Been interested in this subject so was pleased when Thomas Whitfield posted this article. Apparently it is going to be on BBC Four this evening. I don't normally watch tv but I might watch Digging for Britain on the Hessian camp at Barton farm. Read about it here

SYW Hessians by Gerry and Sam Embleton from the Osprey Frederick the Greats Allies

Leuthen 1757

Today is the anniversary of the great victory of Frederick the Great over the Austrians.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Scanian war in 15mm

Scanian war Dansih
These Khurasan miniatures 15s open up a world of possibilities. Reminds me of when I first started this blog it was originally going to be about war gaming Louis XIV's wars and I bought one of each of Donnington miniatures late 17th century range. I didn't really feature them much as I had trouble photographing them. 

Lund 1676

Today is the anniversary of this battle of the Scanian war. 

Monday, 3 December 2018

Peter the Great's Revenge: The Russian Siege of Narva in 1704 (Century of the Soldier) Boris Megorsky

Another book from Helion on the Great Northern War this year and like the other two this is a classic. Scholar and reenactor Boris Megorsky covers the second siege of Narva in 1704 in this book and in so doing also covers siege techniques and operations at the beginning of the 18th century when siege warfare was at its height. Unlike most sieges of the time this one ended with a storming of the fortifications and subsequently the plundering of the city. This is investigated from all sides. 
    To say this work is heavily illustrated is a bit of an understatement - there are colour and black and white images galore, both modern reconstructions and old engravings from drill manuals and military treatises on siegecraft. To conclude this is highly recommended. Books in English on the Great Northern War are not plentiful in number but the quality of research and delivery make up for being small in number. 

Friday, 30 November 2018

The Most Heavy Stroke: The Battle of Roundway Down 1643 (Century of the Soldier) by Chris Scott

The disastrous defeat for Parliament at Roundway Down near Devizes in Wiltshire which took place during the first Civil War is under the microscope in Dr Chris Scott's new work. What caused such a rout? Troop dispositions are examined to explain the catastrophe as well as tactics investigated to understand the defeat. Archaeological and topographical work is undertaken to learn the exact location of the battle with regards the local hills and ditches. Colour plates by Mark Allen show what the combatants looked like plus flags known. All in all a fascinating insight into this important battle and one that the Civil War community will welcome with open arms. 

Death of Charles XII 300th

Today is the 300th anniversary of the death of Charles XII. Killed while in the trenches his demise saw the end of Sweden's imperial period. Read an essay by Julian Cope on the subject.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Cretan War (1645-1671): The Venetian-Ottoman Struggle in the Mediterranean (Century of the Soldier) by Bruno Mugnai

First of all full marks to Helion for publishing this work as it's a topic that is pretty obscure and to do a volume that is substantial and well illustrated is a feather in their cap. Bruno Mugnai is both the author and artist for this work which is fine as he is one of the best in the field and his work will make him more well-known in the future. He has published similar books on other 17th century conflicts in the Mediterranean but these haven't been in English so this is a new departure. I found this to be a fascinating backwater of military history and a must have for those interested in 17th century military history.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Battle of Killiecrankie: The First Jacobite Campaign, 1689-1691 (Century of the Soldier) by Jonathan D. Oates

This is a great book and worth adding to your collection. It covers the whole campaign including the subsequent battles of Dunkeld and Cromdale. The armies are both analysed in depth and colour plates by Mark Allen illustrate what the combatants looked like. The disaster of Killiecrankie is investigated. Who was to blame? Myths about the battle are debunked.  The topography of the campaign is also covered and how it affected the combat making this a comprehensive guide to this famous battle.  

Friday, 23 November 2018

1740s Redcoat officer

1741 Lieutenant Thomas George Southwell(1721-1780) Coldstream Guards by Charles Jervas. He joined the Coldstream Guards in 1738 and became a politician in Ireland.

Khurasan 15mm 1670s

Dutch artillery
Another sneak peak of a range I am pretty excited about.
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Khurasan Miniatures painted as the Bishop of Munsters forces

Thursday, 22 November 2018


This image is from a 2006 tv movie for the BBC. Anyone see it?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Death of Blackbeard 1718

Tomorrow is the anniversary of this Bristol-born pirate's demise. Raise a glass of rum? Wiki

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The First City to Fall, Pilsen, November 21, 1618 by FritzVicari

Tomorrow is the 400th anniversary of the fall of Pilsen in the Thirty Years War. More by the artist here

Monday, 19 November 2018

Chasseurs de Fischer

This is a colourful 18th century formation that deserves reenacting. Read about it here

Friday, 16 November 2018

Garde Suisses

Another regiment that supplied troops for the descent at Carrickfergus was the Swiss Guard, Read about their SYW service at Kronoskaf

Battle of Lützen

The Battle of Lützen (16 November 1632) was one of the most important battles of the Thirty Years' War, which began with the Second Defenestration of Prague in 1618 and ended with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Carrickfergus 1760

Garde Francaise 1760
Did you know there was an descent ( A sudden visit or attack; an onslaught:) by French forces at Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland) in the Seven Years War?
A well-detailed description of the events and the forces involved are at Kronoskaf SYW project.
there were 300 men of the Garde Francaise and Garde Suisse
Francois Thurot Privateer

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Eureka Miniatures forthcoming British civil war figures

'A sneak peek at our forthcoming 18mm ECW range.

So, why yet another English Civil War range? This perennial subject has been covered by just about every manufacturer since time began. Eureka itself already has a 28mm limited range covering Montrose’s Scots and Irish. Is there any room in the burgeoning marketplace for another?
The answer, we believe, is a resounding yes.
The thinking behind this project was to bring a high-quality ECW range to 18mm. This scale is far less populous ground than 28mm and when you have a sculptor the likes of the incredible Alan Marsh at your disposal, the opportunity to create an 18mm range to rival most 28’s becomes a challenge to be met full tilt.
Our goal was to create as complete a range as possible with all the pose, apparel, and weapon variants required to stage truly epic recreations of your favourite Civil War battles.
You’ll find all the scope you need to create impressive mass infantry formations (and at this scale your pike blocks can be more than just representational. Hedgehog, anyone?).
But it is the cavalry that we think is really going to impress. We are producing a truly BIG number of cavalry variants for you to sweep the table with.
We wanted to accurately capture the flavour of this particularly unique conflict and that meant lots of horse flesh on the kitchen tab – er, battlefield.
All troop types are being covered and there will even be some personalities to dress things up just right.
We’re very excited by the potential of this range and judging by what we’ve seen so far from Mr. Marsh’s bench, we (and you) are not going to be disappointed.'

Wargames Research Group

Getting a little excited by the forthcoming figures from Khurasan I started thinking about rules and dug these out. I used these a lot in the 80s as you can tell by the food stains and so forth on them. 

White Mountain 1620

Anniversary today of this two hour battle.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Khurasan Miniatures 1670s range - first look

 15mm, They say
'First look at a paintup of our 1670s range. This is the Duke of Monmouth, commander of the English forces sent by Charles II to assist Louis XIV in his war against the Amsterdam Dutch and the Rotterdam Dutch and all the other damn Dutch.' 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Interesting book alert

This is due out December. from Helion. Looking forward to this.

Rossbach 1757

Today is the anniversary of this famous victory over the French. Wiki

Thursday, 1 November 2018

A ‘Divellish’ Woman Discovered: The Witch of Newbury, 1643

Thanks to Paul Y you can now read about the below witch story. LINK

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy Halloween

Khurasan.miniatures 18mm War of Spanish Succession

Marlburian cavalry
These look really great. Photos below are of their Garde Francaise
The webpage has colour photos of all models. It's a USA based company but these models look exceptional.

Glenshiel 1719

Next year sees the 300th anniversary of this battle. Helion has this book coming out in December. Anybody have any plans to commemorate it? Wiki

Philibert-Benoît de La Rue

Andrey found this, It's from around 1757. Infantry on the march,  Wiki on the artist. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Time to plug my Monmouth book

Ebay link here
This is a 40-odd page account of the Rebellion in 1685, 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Second battle of Newbury

Victorian depiction of a harquebusier
Today's anniversary is this Civil War battle.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Edgehill 1642

Today's anniversary. Wiki here

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hungarian hussars 1734

L'armée, l'Autriche, la cavalerie, les hussards hongrois de l'armée du Rhin, 1734, Franz Philipp von Gudenus  Thanks Andrey

Life in Berlin 1736 Prussian Guard Hussars - first known picture of Zieten

Thanks to Andrey for this. Artist Unknown.