Monday 24 December 2012

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Vintage 20 Mil Wars of Louis Quatorze

 This new range for the 1660s and 70s are great figures. There is cavalry and artillery planned. They are all based on Les Higgins' original ECW figures to keep that vintage feel. I like them. Not convinced of the need for musket rest figures but then that's just me. Over at Vintage 20mil you'll find the email contact should you want to order some of the 26 poses created or order some of their extensive Marlburian 20 millimetre figures.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

John Manners Marquess of Granby

Someone not really that famous now but who was a popular national figure in the Seven Years War was this man the Marquess of Granby.There are still a great number of Public Houses named after him around Britain. He famously charged at Warburg without his hat and wig (which blew off) coining the phrase to 'go at something bald headed'.

Monday 17 December 2012

Falcata Minatures

Uwe on his History in 1/72 was giving a run down of figures for his Rocroi diorama and mentioned these figures. They look great, Website here.
Oh - on further study this company may have ceased trading - maybe you know?

Saturday 15 December 2012

Albertina-Handschrift 1762

SYW Austro=Hungarian uniforms here

Thursday 13 December 2012

Bückeburg carabiniers

This SYW unit was one of the more bizarrely accoutred for the time with cuirasses and a capeline type helmet with a fur crest. Project SYW page

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Gmundener Prachtwerk 1761

Königstein Fortress

By Canaletto 1756-8. Wiki on the Saxon Bastille here.

Saxon troops at the battle of Minden

 Most people ignore the Saxons in the SYW - they all surrendered early on so why bother? However there was a new contingent under the French and fighting at Minden. Here's what Kronoskaf SYW Project says about the order of battle.

Saxon Division under comte de Lusace
assisted by comte de Solms

N.B.: out of the Saxon division, one battalion
was not present on the field that day but
we do not know which one

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Franco Saudelli

Seydlitz Hussar trooper. Copyright: Franco Saudelli - Excelletn work these. If you wish to see more go here
Private of Prinz Maximilian Infantry in 1756. Copyright: Franco Saudelli
Images from the Kronoskaf Seven Years War Project.

Saxon Friedrich August Regiment

Generally the Saxon contingent at Minden get overlooked. SYW project on the regiment.I like this artwork - it's by Franco Saudelli. A quick look on the Kronoskaf SYW project has more of his work. See above  -Copyright: Franco Saudelli

The 12th (Suffolk Regiment) at the Battle of Minden. 1st August 1759 by Brian Palmer.

Print from here

Grenadiers de France

This unit was present at Minden - 4 battalions of them. Unit background in the SYW here

Monday 10 December 2012

More Lord High Admiral's Regiment

Grenadier, musketeer, and officer of the new Duke of Albany's or Lord High Admiral's Maritime Regiment of Foot, set up by order of king Charles II.

Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment 1665

By Rob Chapman - from the Anglo-Dutch war.

Friday 7 December 2012

L'heroine mousquetaire

Go here to read this 1724 French language novel. Found by Boris from Russia.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia • © BBC (full documentary)

Hour long film by the BBC on Frederick the Great. If you know the story well then this is not the film for you but it serves as a decent introduction to the man.

Rocroy 2013

They've got some nice graphics for the battle next year. Facebook page

Leuthen 1757

Today's snow swept battle anniversary is Frederick's great victory at Leuthen. Wiki

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Battle of Lund 1676

Took place today - wiki here. 
Uniform images from an article on the battle here  par Frédéric Fourreau
Scanian war wiki

Sunday 2 December 2012