Sunday 31 July 2016


 Went to an English Civil War Society event at Bradford on Avon yesterday and saw this in the Living History camp. Impressive
See a report and photos on the B o A event from the Bath Chronicle here

Friday 29 July 2016

Monday 25 July 2016

Memmingen 2016

Photos here of the 30 Years War event that draws people from all over including the UK.

Friday 22 July 2016

Event in Scotland

More here

New Pinterest page for 1688-1710

Put up a few images of what used to be called Marlburian

Dutch Army around 1672

Rampjaar 1672 have just posted an interesting link to some fascinating images 'based on originals; of  the 1670s Dutch army. Recommended

Bradford on Avon ECWS

 This free event promises to be quite an experience - let's hope the weather holds up!

Bradford on Avon's civil war event the "biggest in its history"

Tithe Barn at BoA - scene of Living History

On Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st, Bradford on Avon will play host to the English Civil War Society as it re-enacts the occupation of the town by a Royalist Army in 1643. On July 2nd, Royalist Cavalry from Sir Ralph Hopton’s Army seized the vital bridge across the river Avon and occupied the town. On the following day, as Hopton’s Army marched north towards Bath it was ambushed by Roundhead forces led by Sir William Waller. The ambush failed and the Roundheads were driven off, allowing Hopton’s army to fight further battles at Lansdown Hill and Roundway Down before joining Prince Rupert and storming Bristol, the second city in the Kingdom. Most of the West Country became Royalist territory following Hopton’s campaign.

Bradford on Avon bridge
At this Free event, Spectators will be able to see the famous Bradford on Avon Bridge seized by Royalist Cavalry as they drive off Roundhead sentries. Visitors will be able to see a large Living History village around the Great Tithe Barn populated by Townsfolk, Traders, and Craftsmen of the time. There will be displays of drill by Regiments of Foote and by Artillery through the day. And there will be a Major Battle each afternoon as Sir William Waller launches an ambush to defeat his great rival. You will see hundreds of Cavalry, Artillery, Musketeers, and Pikemen fighting on Poulton Fields in a dramatic climax to the day.
This Major Event has been organised by Sir Marmaduke Rawdon’s Regiment of Foote in collaboration with Bradford on Avon Town Council.
Sir Edward Hungerford's Regiment of Horse

Wednesday 20 July 2016


Baroque is a set of wargames rules, based on the Impetus system. The rules allow you to play with miniatures the wars that ravaged Europe from the mid XVI Cent to the end of the XVII Cent.

The book includes game rules for field battles (with examples and diagrams) and 7 army lists to start play immediately:

German Catholic (1618-32)
Swedish (1630-34)
English Royalist (1642-43)
English Parlamentarian (1642-44)
Ottoman Turk (1645-1700)
Later Imperial (1648-1700)
Later Polish (1632-1700)
Many more lists will be available soon as beta lists and in a future supplement

56 full color pages (incl. covers), A4 format. Spiral bound.
The book includes several diagrams, examples, game tips, quick reference sheets and 7 army lists.
Available from North Star

Cossacks 3

The return of this 17/18thc RTS is due in September. Official site

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Cavalry Display - Aughrim Remembered Weekend by John Finnerty

Alan Larsen said ' Credit to the lads for the achievement  of travelling to Ireland , and preparing a show on horses that had'nt neck reined before - let alone had a carbine banging on their sides!'
Here for more pics of the display by the Troop recreating King James II Lifeguards of 1691
The Battle of Aughrim 1691
PICS - DJ Johnny F

Saturday 16 July 2016

The 1719 Rebellion

Interesting article which serves as an introduction to this rising which saw Spanish troops fighting.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

The Pikeman's Lament

These rules are getting a lot of attention. Not out yet.
The Pikeman's Lament is a skillful adaptation of the popular, Origins Award-nominated Lion Rampant skirmish rules. Where Lion Rampant focuses on bringing medieval combat to life on the tabletop, The Pikeman's Lament is aimed at re-fighting battles in the 17th Century (broadly 1611-1721). Among the conflicts from this period are the Thirty Years War, the English Civil Wars, the Franco-Dutch War, the Great Northern War and the Wars of the Spanish Succession.
  Written as a collaboration between British Lion Rampant designer Daniel Mersey and Swedish Lion Rampant demonstrator and pike and shot gamer Michael Leck, the two authors combine the simplicity of the original medieval rules with an authentic feel for pike and shot battles. While the core rules are largely consistent with Lion Rampant, new troop types, additional special rules, scenarios and a small campaign system provide plenty of period flavour and ensure that The Pikeman's Lament is its own game.

Battle of Roundway Down

Angus McBride Roundway Down
Fought today in 1643. Wiki. Famous for the actions of Haselrigg's Lobsters.
From the London Lobsters wiki
Haselrig's regiment formed the heavy cavalry in the army of Sir William Waller. The "lobsters" distinguished themselves at Lansdown on July 5, 1643. However, at the Battle of Roundway Down, on July 13, they met a Royalist cavalry charge at the halt and after a brief clash, retreated in disorder, the Parliamentarian army losing the battle. Though they were defeated the armour they wore apparently served them well; Haselrig was shot three times at Roundway Down, with the bullets apparently bouncing off his armour. After firing a pistol at Haselrig's helmeted head at close range without any effect Richard Atkyns described how he attacked him with his sword, but it too caused no visible damage; Haselrig was under attack from a number of people and only succumbed when Atkyns attacked his unarmoured horse. After the death of his horse Haselrig tried to surrender; but as he fumbled with his sword, which was tied to his wrist, he was rescued. He suffered only minor wounds from his ordeal.[5]
This incident was related to Charles I and elicited one of his rare attempts at humour. The king said that if Haselrig had been as well supplied as he was fortified he could have withstood a siege.

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Dariusz Bufnal

Artist with an interesting blog Imaging Battles that has some fine 17thc illustrations

Night attack of cuirassiers and dragoons of General Werth. The Battle of Tuttlingen in 1643.

"French soldiers from the period of of the Battle of Tuttlingen 1643: Musketeer of the Guard of Cardinal Mazarin, dragon and pikeman",

Sunday 10 July 2016

Lord Goring

Commander of the Royalist's forces at Langport. Fascinating character - a true cavalier - his campaigns in the West are worth a read.
Biography here

Battle of Langport

Took place today. Wiki here.Images of the Battlefield now are in a report by Steve the Wargamer.

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Battle of Sedgemoor 1685

My Pinterest page on the Rebellion.

The First Churchills: Episode 5. Rebellion

Thanks to the Taunton Garrison for posting this - it's pretty good - Sedgemoor at the end.

Today's anniversary

Sedgemoor - 1685. Last battle on English soil.

Sunday 3 July 2016

EDWARD PENNY, R.A. (1714-1791)