Thursday 28 December 2017

Avanpost Thirty Years War

 This 28mm range looks worth investigating. From Russia I think. The bottom pic is a WIP - still to be finished.  Facebook page. 
They say For this moment we produce 2 ranges of miniatures: 'Napoleonic Era'(resin and white metal) and 'Thirty Years War' (resin only!). See the images and all info about miniatures in appropriate albums.

Saturday 23 December 2017

Monmouth Rebel Scytheman

Christmas comes early - thanks to Benerson Little for finding this. Its an image drawn from life in 1687 and it's a Sedgemoor scytheman. Benerson says it's from 'Jamaica in 1687: The Taylor Manuscript' at the National Library of Jamaica (Kingston: University of West Indies Press, 2008), edited by David Buisseret. John Taylor writes mainly about Jamaica but he fought on the Royal side at Sedgemoor in the Horse.

Merry Christmas from me

Canadian Militiaman on snowshoes 1732

Monday 18 December 2017

War of the Three Kings - Beneath the Lily Banners

This set of rules look good for those wishing to recreate the war in Ireland etc. Not sure when they're out - have a look here

William of Orange's Itinerary in 1688

De prins ontmoet de hertog van Grafton, 1688, anoniem, 1688 - 1689
Events of 1688 examined here.
Mentions a skirmish at Littlecote. There's a useful map on this blog.

Saturday 16 December 2017

Monmouth prediction

 This poem isn't on the web but should be

When thy star is in trine
between darkness and shine
Duke Monmouth Duke Monmouth
remember the rhine

 Attributed to a soothsayers warning to Monmouth 1672

Battle of Aughrim 1691

The Irish fright 1688

I've been looking at the events of 1688 - and this is an interesting panic that gripped the UK.

Irish Fright

From Wikipedia, Read more
The Irish Fright was a mass panic that took place in England in December 1688, during the Glorious Revolution. It accompanied the final days of King James II's regime after his initially thwarted attempt to flee into exile in France. Troops of the Jacobite Irish Army were stationed in England to prop up James II's authority but were widely detested by the predominately Protestant population of England.
Rumours began to circulate in mid-December that the Irish soldiers were preparing to carry out a campaign of massacre and pillage against the English population in revenge for James's overthrow. False reports of the Irish burning English towns and massacring inhabitants spread the panic rapidly from London to at least nineteen English counties, whose inhabitants formed armed militias to guard against supposed Irish marauders. The panic subsided after a few days. It was never determined who was responsible for sparking it, though contemporaries suspected that it may have been the work of Orangist sympathisers seeking to further discredit James II

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Monday 11 December 2017

The Duke of Marlborough's bayonets

Someone was asking about this topic on one of my forums. 

Wednesday 6 December 2017


Staande soldaat met speer, Salomon Savery, after Pieter Jansz. Quast, 1630 - 1665…/soldaten-cultuur-wap…/objecten…

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Jacob Gillberg Swedush army pictures

Kavallerister. Den ena med texten "J. Gillberg inverid et delina avit 1761".
 Jacob Gillberg , born 1724 in Värmland , died on October 15, 1793 in Stockholm

1757 - Swedish campaign in Pomerania

There's not very much online about the Swedish army in the SYW. Kronoskaf has some pieces.

Blå Hussars


Leuthen 1757

Today is the anniversary of this famous battle in the SYW.