Wednesday, 18 July 2018


Some really excellent sculpts by Clibinarium for Warfare Miniatures - see more here

Monday, 16 July 2018

Strawhead - 'Monmouth's Come to Norton Town'.

In 1985 folk group Strawhead released an album of songs inspired by the Monmouth Rebellion. Not my cup of tea as my brother bought me the LP one Christmas but I know some of you have fond memories of these tunes and its great that they have uploaded them onto YouTube. Find the others by searching Strawhead Monmouth. 

Carlo Fantom's entry in John Aubrey's Brief Lives (1680-93)

Brief Lives wiki
CAPTAIN CARLO FANTOM, a Croatian, spake 13 languages; was a Captain under the Earle of Essex. He was very quarrelsome and a great Ravisher. He left the Parliament Party, and went to the King Ch. the first at Oxford, where he was hanged for Ravishing.
Sd. he, I care not for your Cause: I come to fight for your halfe-crowne, and your handsome woemen: my father was a R. Catholiq; and so was my grandfather. I have fought for the Christians against the Turkes; and for the Turkes against the Christians.
Sir Robert Pye was his Colonel, who shot at him for not returning a horse that he tooke away before the Regiment. This was donne in a field near Bedford, where the Army then was, as they were marching to the relief of Gainsborough. Many are yet living that sawe it. Capt. Hamden was by: The bullets went through his Buff-coat, and Capt. H. sawe his shirt on fire. Capt. Carl. Fantom tooke the Bullets, and sayd he, Sir Rob. Here, take your bullets again. None of the Soldiers would dare to fight with him: they sayd, they would not fight with the Devil.
Edmund Wyld, Esq., was very well acquainted with him, and gave him many a Treat, and at last he prevailed with him so far, towards the knowledge of this secret, that Fantom told him, that the Keepers in their Forests did know a certain herb, which they gave to Children, which made them to be shott- free (they call them Hard-men.)
In a Booke of Trialls by Duell in foli (writ by Segar, I thinke) before the Combatants fight, they have an Oath administered to them by the Herald; where is inserted (among other things) that they have not about them either Charme or Herb.
Martin Luther in his Commentaries on the First (or second Commandment, I thinke the First) saies that a Hard-man was brought to the Duke of Saxonies Court: he was brought into the great Hall and was commanded to be short with a Musquet: the bullet drop't downe and he had only a blew Spott on his Skin, where he was struck. Martin Luther was then by, and sawe the Bullet drop-downe.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Vellinghausen 1761

Ammiversary of this SYW battle today. Here's a diorama. 

Dancing plague of 1518

500 years ago today, in the city of Strasbourg, a woman named Frau Troffea woke to begin the second day of her manic and mysterious dance. Soon she would be joined by hundreds of others, compelled to dance for seemingly no reason at all, some so monomaniacally that only death would have the power to intervene..
Read more here

Thursday, 12 July 2018


Released today on the anniversary of the Battle. By Michael McNally. New title from Helion

Carlo Fantom - a famous Croat in the English Civil War

Carlo Fantom (died December 1643) was a Croat mercenary in the English Civil War who had the reputation of being impervious to bullets and is quoted as saying "I care not for your Cause; I come to fight for your halfe-crown and your handsome women. My father was a Roman Catholique, and so was my grandfather. I have fought for the Christians against the Turkes, and for the Turkes against the Christians." Initially serving in Arthur Goodwin's regiment of horse, where he was valued by the Earl of Essex for training cavalrymen how to fight on horseback, in 1643 he changed sides to fight for the King. He was reportedly hanged at Bedford for raping a woman, while the army was marching to relieve Gainsborough.[1] Wiki
If you think this would make great fiction it's been done by Charles Underhill. Not sure what they're like. Maybe you know?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bristol and the Civil War John Lynch

 Got this today.  Looks really good. Has pictures by Alan Turton. Kindle edition is less than three quid

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Gerry Embleton retires at 77

One of Osprey's most respected artists is retiring at 77. Read more about him here
See some of his work here

Friday, 6 July 2018

Sedgemoor 1685

Today is the anniversary. Go to Steve Carter's excellent Warwalks site to read about it. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Recently unearthed an account of Culloden

Alex Burns of Kabinettskriege Blog is on a research trip to Europe and has unearthed this account of Culloden from Lt. Colonel George Stanhope. Page here

Nearly Sedgemoor anniversary

Sedgemoor gif from reenactments of the battle I did in the late 90s

Lansdowne 1643

The battlefield today, with Sir Bevil Grenville's Monument, at the place where he fell
Today's anniversary. One of my local battles. Thanks to David for the reminder. Wiki

Detail from plaster relief sculpture c. 1643 (see below) from overmantel, no. 8A The Quay, Bideford, Devon. Popularly supposed to depict Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643)

Image from here

Swedish troops at Gadebusch 1712

Had these on the blog before but I thought I would repost them as they are so good. Wiki on the battle

Monday, 2 July 2018

The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721 (Century of the Soldier) Lars Ericson Wolke

Cover by Steve Noon

Flags by Lesley Prince

SergeyShamenkov does the colour plates of uniforms
I first discovered Charles XII and his adventures through a rather chauvinistic biography the Life of Charles XII by Frans G Bengstton (1961) it was enough to thrill me and start a life time interest in these epic battles and sieges in the Northern lands. Surrounded by enemies, Russia, Denmark, and Saxony they had an aggressive doctrine - was this myth? So when I discovered Helion had published a companion to the recent classic on the Russian army of the period by Boris Megorsky I was very optimistic. A modern treatment without the old Nationalism of the early Swedish writers. 
   First of all you have to say there are two armies under the glass - roughly speaking before and after  the disaster at Poltava (1709). The mythology of the Swedes is examined - their anachronistic use of the pike and its legendary cavalry all are examined. Chapters on the tactics and Battlefield performance get to the bottom of these areas in a scholarly and balanced manner. Uniforms are dealt with very comprehensively with reconstructions by Shamenkov of the Swedish army from 1700 until 1721. There are also uniform schematics. 
    For a wargamer there is all you need to field a Swedish force but as the Great Northern War lasted so long you will probably have to decide on an early GNW Swede force or later. The basic Swedish secret weapon (spoiler alert) was training pure and simple. The early Swedish army was drilled to perfection making battlefield manoeuvring easy and effective.
    Helion are to be congratulated on another excellent addition to the study of the Great Northern War.  

Marston Moor 1644

Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619–1682)

Today is the anniversary of this the largest and bloodiest battle of the English Civil War. 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Philips Norton 1685

Steve Carter's excellent Monmouth page takes us to my local battle Philips Norton. Find out more here.

Dettingen 1743 Royal Welch Fusilier

This is excellent. Richard Marren of the 23rd Royal Welch fusiliers Napoleonic did this impression of the RWF at Dettingen  photography by Skipping Red Panda.
As the RWF says 'The battle was significant for the 23rd. Colonel Newsham Peers led the Royal Welch Fusiliers into the battle, though was wounded during the first attack and died later. Peers was the last Colonel of the regiment to be in command during battle.'

G.F. Handel The Dettingen Te Deum & The Dettingen Anthem, Simon Preston

Today is the anniversary of Dettingen 1743 so I thought a little music might be in order. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan

Yesterday in 1673 the historical D'Artagnan died at the Siege of Maastricht. From the wiki. 
Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁl oʒje də bats də kastɛlmɔʁ kɔ̃t daʁtaɲɑ̃]) (c. 1611 – 25 June 1673) served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard and died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War. A fictionalized account of his life by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras formed the basis for the d'Artagnan Romances of Alexandre Dumas, most famously including The Three Musketeers (1844). The heavily fictionalized version of d'Artagnan featured in Dumas's works and their subsequent screen adaptations is now far more widely known than the real historical figure.

Mousquetaires au prise de Gand (1678). Fragment

Louis XIV et le siège de Maastricht en 1673

Haven't really written much about the siege of Maastricht. The pic at the top of this page is Monmouth there. Wiki on the siege

Monday, 25 June 2018

Keynsham Bridge 25 June 1685

I don't know whether any of you have been following Steve Carters webpage about the Monmouth Rebellion it's very good. Keynsham Bridge today

ECW Newbury 2018

Here. By: barryjameswilson

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