Thursday 28 April 2016

SYW French 40mm Moulds

Steve M has some interesting news for SYW fans. Prince August French. See the renders on the Lace Wars in Tin blog  here

Monday 25 April 2016

Meulener, Pieter,

"A battle scene outside a village"

Sunday 24 April 2016

Gloucester Roundhead Association March by Mike Reynolds

 A great time was had by all down at the Gloucester Docks. Mike Reynolds took these images.

Saturday 23 April 2016

A London Fair c1730 by John Laguerre

Happy St George's Day

Pieter Meulener

 Wiki - 
'His battle scenes depict cavalry skirmishes, attacks on military convoys and on travellers, depicting those subjects from the Flemish side in the Eighty Years' War and the Thirty Years' War.[2][4] His preferred theme was cavalry engagements and his usual way of representing these was to place a dense cavalry skirmish in a certain area of the composition. Whereas some Flemish war artists such as Pieter Snayers painted battle scenes which depicted real battles in a topographical and analytical manner, Meulener only aimed to represent the battles in a general form.[5] His battle scenes show similarities with those of Sebastiaen Vrancx, the first Flemish artist to attempt this subject matter.[6] Some historians believe Meulener may have studied under Vrancx.'

Thursday 21 April 2016

Kalisch 1706

GNW battle - wiki here

The World Turned Upside Down: Arms and Armour of the British Civil Wars By: Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries holds the most extensive collection of Civil War arms and armour in the country, as well as a number of military manuals, paintings and prints from the period. The museum is also home to the finest surviving Civil War era armoury from Littlecote House.

Our Study Day coincides with the 370th anniversary of the fall of Newark following the Third Siege and the surrender of King Charles I to the Scottish army outside the town; effectively bringing the First Civil War to an end (1642–46).

The First Civil War, despite promising Royalist campaigns, saw the destruction of the king’s army at Naseby (1645) and the establishment of Parliament’s New Model Army; the foundation stone of the modern British Army.

With a focus on the arms and armour of the Civil Wars the day will include lectures, gallery tours and the opportunity to examine and handle armour, edged weapons and firearms from the national collection.
Royal Armouries is pleased to present this Study Day in partnership with the National Civil War Centre, Newark.
Royal Armouries Museum - Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT - View Map
Details here

Days of King Monmouth 2nd Edition

I've reprinted my day-to-day guide to the Monmouth Rebellion with more colour photos and images. Get it from here
Review here

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Friday 15 April 2016

More Bavarians

Cavalry recreated in 2010 here


Go here for an organisation that among other things recreates 1704 vintage Bavarians.

Thursday 14 April 2016

May Bank Holiday ECW action

I usually like to post about the Bank Holiday msuters and this year has a couple of good ones.
28-29 May ECWS at St Fagans, Cardiff Wales. They say
The National History Museum is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. During the last fifty years over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, including houses, farms, a school and a beautiful medieval chapel. The battle of St Fagans raged over most of the area now covered by the museum, our battlefield and campsite and the area to the North. 
Meanwhile the Sealed Knot are at Newstead Abbey Nottinghamshire 28-30 May
 The Sealed Knot will once again return to Newstead Abbey to deomnstrate a magnificent re-enactment display. Come and see the superb siege camps, demonstrations and battle on Sunday and Monday.

£10.00 per person - includes parking and entry to the Abbey House. Children under 16 free. No other concessions.
Buy tickets on the day.

Monday 11 April 2016

First Churchills trailer

1968 TV show - I am sure you will have seen it but just in case you haven't?

Thursday 7 April 2016

Bremer Schützen des 17. Jh. aus der Koster-Chronik

From here
 English: 17th century soldiers from the Schützenkompanie of Bremen, Germany. Left-hand a Freischütze with a two-handed sword, right-hand a angehender Schütze with a musket. Watercolor paintings from the Koster-Chronik.

Portrait équestre de Madame de Saint-Baslemont

Female soldier who defended her home during the Thirty Years War
 Here for more detail

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Thirty Years War in the UK

The Guilde are already making plans for the anniversary of the 30 Years War in 2018. They have plans for a 36-man shot team plus pike and musicians to tell the tale of British combatants in the TYW. Join their FB page if you have an interest. They have a training event - their third in a couple of weeks in Sudbury. FB here
They have an event on 14th May 16th -17th century display and market at the Vernon Arms Sudbury

Wallhausen 1615

also see here

Sunday 3 April 2016

English Civil War conference

1. Prof. Malcolm Wanklyn - ‘The New Model Army and Politics 1659-60’
2. Serena Jones- ‘A ‘Professional Officer’? Colonel George Lisle and professional reputations in the English Civil Wars, 1642-48’
3. Andrew Robertshaw - ‘Cavaliers on the field of Mars: The Honourable Artillery Company and Trained Bands as the training ground for the officers of the ‘London Regiment’ in the Royalist Army 1643-46’
4. Peter Leadbetter- ‘Organising the Perfect Militia. The Leicestershire Trained Bands prior to the Civil Wars’
5. Stephen Ede Borrett- ‘The Rank and File of the British Army 1667 to 1699 from the Deserters’ Notices in the London Gazette’
6. Dr Jonathan Worton - ‘The Advantage Of Cooperation And Conjunction Of Forces: The Battle Of Montgomery And High Command During The First English Civil War’
7. Simon Marsh - ‘A Case of Drakes - James Wemyss and Artillery Innovation in the Civil War’
8. John Barrett- ‘A Rabble of Gentility? The Northern Horse, 1644-45’
ticket price is £25 for a full day of papers, free lunch and unlimited drinks, and a free gudied tour of civil war Shrewsbury at the end of the conference
type 'Cromwell' to receive a £5 discount on ticket price
To order your tickets, please go to to, email Charles Singleton (, contact us in writing or by telephone

Saturday 2 April 2016

Battle of Stadtlohn

Battle of Stadtlohn, aerial view by Pieter Snayers.
The Battle of Stadtlohn was fought on 6 August 1623 between the armies of Christian of Brunswick and of the Catholic League during the Thirty Years' War. The League's forces were led by Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly.

Ordinäre Flinte 1722

Nobody does Austrian SYW flintlocks do they? This guy does

Der Tolle Halberstädter - Sascha Lunyakov (Illustrator)

 This book looks worth getting if you are interested in the TYW. A book about the army of Christian of Brunswick

Friday 1 April 2016