Wednesday 21 December 2016

Devereux's does Monmouth in 1985 - photos by Carolyn Figg

Back in 1985 for the tercentenary Devereux's and some of ECWS did a Monmouth living history at the Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset. A hamlet complete with tavern was created and Sedgemoor was reenacted.

Friday 9 December 2016

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Twilight of the Sun King

Review here An extensively revised version of the innovative Twilight of the Sun King rules and a scenario book are now available.
The Twilight of the Sun King: Birth of the Age of Reason rules focus on the period 1680-1720. The rules are aimed at re-fighting large battles with moderate resources and in a relatively short time. Units are ‘brigades' of about 2000 infantry or 1000 cavalry. Basing, figure size or unit size are not important. All measurements, movements, ranges, etc, are in ‘base widths' and the players decide what this will be.
The rules are simple to pick up but reflect the warfare of the period. For example, combat and morale are combined into a single dice roll. Play testers commented that you feel like an army commander and that the rules have a great period feel.
The first scenario book, Louis XIV at War, features 10 battles as various sizes and types from Western Europe.
Four from the War of the Grand Alliance (1688-1697) – Fleurus, Boyne, Landen/Neerwinden and Marsaglia.
Six from the War of Spanish Succession (1701-14) – Luzzara, Speyerbach, Blenheim, Ramillies, Almansa and Almenar.
A second scenario book will appear shortly with 10 battles from the Great Northern War (1700-1721) and the Ottoman wars of the era.
The rules and scenarios are published by the Pike and Shot Society and can be obtained from them, , and other retail outlets.
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More Basing House 1588 by Nicola Turton

Moses and Alan
Soldiers' camp

David Wilson

Me and the Missus

More Sutlery fun

Dave Laurent

Alan Turton

David Edge and Shona

Simon Frame
See more 1588 memories here

Saturday 3 December 2016

Jacques Callot Pikemen

Siege of Saint-Martin-de-Ré (1627)

I know very little about the Anglo-French War of 1627-9
Ive heard of the Ile de Ré expedition and that's about it. Must find out more.
Marshall Henri de Schomberg and Toiras vanquishing the English army of Buckingham at the end of the siege. Michel de la Mathonière, 1627