Saturday 27 May 2017

Thursday 25 May 2017

Anton Batov's Great Northern War Art

There is some great artwork on this site. Worth having a look if you like good illustration like me.  This stuff is epic as it should be.

Monday 22 May 2017

Christian IV of Denmark

by karel van mander iii 
Mark Allen posted this on FB and it impressed me as such an interesting portrait. Wiki

Royal Armouries Winged Hussars show

Sunday 21 May 2017

Night March to Sedgemoor!

5-6 July 2017

To mark the 332nd anniversary of the battle of Sedgemoor the Battlefields Trust has teamed up with St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland to offer a unique opportunity to recreate the Duke of Monmouth's dramatic night march  across the moor from Bridgwater to Westonzoyland.

Our night walk will end at St Mary's Church where the vicar has kindly allowed a limited number of participants to spend the rest of the night.

Everyone is welcome to join the walk but those wishing to stay in the Church MUST register first. A donation of £10 per person towards the information centre in the church is requested. Please bring warm clothes, camp beds, bedding etc

10.00pm: meet at St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland for a briefing. Drop off bedding.
c11.00pm: Transfer to small number of cars for drive to starting point of walk outside Bridgwater.
c2.30am: Arrive at St Mary's Church
c9.00am: Depart. Lifts for those who have left cars at Bridgwater.

To register please visit

Friday 19 May 2017

The Troop at Audley End

Recreating cavalry from the period of Charles II.  Thanks to Photosm for the photos

Gruppo Storico Carlo Emanuele II (Venaria Reale)

 I realised I haven't featured this Italian group before and with them being one of the best Louis XIV period groups out there. Facebook page here

Pike and Shot PC Game

Looks good -  a strategy game recreating the battles of the Thirty Years War and English Civil War. Details here
Review here
  Promo film for upcomiing campaign version showing game play here

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Late 17th early 18thc Swedish troops

Found this blog with some interesting photos of Swedish of the GNW era.

Friday 12 May 2017

Sealed Knot this May Bank Holiday

The SK are at Charlton Park Estate near Malmesbury. Website here

Thursday 11 May 2017

Matrix Games - English Civil War

The Sealed Knot just posted about this imminent pc game that they were involved with. Sounds intriguing, Website

Fontenoy 1745

So today is the anniversary of this famous battle. There is a new Osprey coming out in a week or two - looks good.

May Bank Holiday

Sunday 7 May 2017

Musketeers 1684-5

From Alain Manesson Mallet's treatise on the art of war [1671-72], second edition, Paris, 1684-85

Pikeman 1671

Allain Mallet, “Les Travaux de Mars,” 1671

Friday 5 May 2017

English Civil War Dragoon

There are some great things happening in the world of the English Civil War and one impressive group is Aston's Dragoons (Royalist)
 Sir Thomas Aston's Dragoons and webpage here
 They say  
Study of an Aston's Dragoon ( in Marching order) c1644.Part One:
Aston's is about experiential living history, so we played around with differing items of tack and equipment, as we develop our "campaign" impression for the troop based period images, references, and working "guesswork" as to what was likely to be needed for a dragoon in the field. We are rather pleased with the over results. Everything the individual Dragoon has been attached to his mount, with as you will note, leaving him in a "light fighting order" (apologies for the modern phrase ) with nothing to encumber him.
The Cob mount at 14.3 hands high, is the perfect Dragoon horse. He has both rations of hay and provender as well. The Rear mounted "Leather bag for his Necessaries" is taken from a period illustration and follows the recommended details for as laid down by the Kings orders. The Sling to his firelock is based on a number of illustrated hunting scenes and has proved a success every time we are mounted. Overall, we think this is a reasonable impression and we are, to say the least, happy with the results.

Facebook page - here