Saturday 28 April 2018

French recruiting poster 1741

Thanks again to Andrey for finding this. 

Friday 27 April 2018

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Cromwell's birthday

Cromwell's birthday today. Here he is depicted by Ernest Crofts at the storming of Basing House.

Almansa 1707

Today's anniversary is this epic contest in Spain. 

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Austrian Seven Years War Artillery

Some photos from last weekend's reenactment in Liberec Czech republic of an excellent artillery piece.  Photos by ┼áimon Pikous
It's a Liechtenstein 6 pounder.

Read more about Austrian artillery here

Sunday 22 April 2018

Prussian Jaeger

Another picture found by Andrey. 

Saturday 21 April 2018

Liberec 2018

Austrian troops. Talking about Barry Lyndon this photo of a Seven Years War battle (photo by Infanterie Regiment Kaiser I / Franz I. Stephan  von Lothringen-Bar) is superb. 

18thc camp scene

Auguste Menageot 1747. View of the camp in the Isle of Wight
Andrey found this and posted it on my Seven Years War Living History page on Facebook. It reminds me of the film Barry Lyndon.

Friday 20 April 2018

Anno Domini 1666

A new board game with miniatures. See more here
Facebook page here

Battle for Basing

If you don't know the battle for Basing an epic series of sieges then the Wikipedia article will help.
There is also a great 15mm model on this blog.

Thursday 19 April 2018

Siege of Basing House - In Lego

The Cromwell Museum tweeted this model made by Mike Addis now on display

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Saturday 14 April 2018

Karl XII movie (1925)

Andrey found these stills from a the movie of Charles XII's military life. IMDB here
Wiki here

Watch a clip from the movie here
If you want to see more images from this film go to my FB page War of the Grand Alliance

Friday 13 April 2018

Siege of Bristol - Sealed Knot

26-28 May at Ashton Court Estate. The 375th anniversary of the siege of Bristol. Come along and join in the experience of 17th century warfare and civilian lifestyle as the Sealed Knot in their 50 year put on a spectacular event.

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Mystery Grenadier painting

Andrey found this. Anybody know anything about it? I think it is by Casanova  a battle painter who was brother of the famous adventurer. 

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Mollwitz 1741

Today is the anniversary of this battle.
Adolph Friedrich von Schulenburg.
( 8. 12. 1685 in Wolfenb├╝ttel; † 10. 4. 1741 in Mollwitz)
Chief of the Horse grenadier regiment.
Unknown Artist.
1730 - 1740

Monday 9 April 2018

Avanpost unboxed

 Mdlc Will posted these images on 17thc Wargaming Facebook group
I would say he was very happy with them. If I was wargaming the Lansdowne campaign I would definitely use these Russian-made 28mms as I think they are great.
I've posted images before of these figures - search Avanpost to see what I've posted.

Duke of Monmouth

Today April 9th is the birthday of the famous Protestant Duke. You can buy a nice poster of his execution here

Lansdown 1643
Being near Bath if I was to wargame the ECW I think I would do the Lansdowne campaign. It has Haselrig's Lobsters, Cornish Foot and well-matched commanders. Read about it here

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Grenadiers Royaux in the Seven Years War

As far as I know the Grenadiers Royaux were made up of grenadier companies from Militia units. See more at Kronoskaf  A decree, dated September 15 1744, created a grenadier company within each French militia battalion. On April 10 1745, another decree ordered to detach all militia grenadier companies from their parent battalion and to group them in 11 regiments of Grenadiers Royaux. Each regiment consisted of a single battalion named as per its colonel.

Sabre des Grenadiers Royaux

Sabre - see more here 

There's an interesting blog piece here on French grenadiers

English Civil War fastplay rules

Buy them and read more here