Monday 21 January 2019

Armies in Plastic 1/32 French infantry for the Seven Years War

If you like the HaT Prussians you need some opposition while you wait for them to do Austrians. These - part of the Armies in Plastic French and Indian war range - are not bad. They are usable for Europe. Get them in the UK from Steve Weston.

A couple of interesting titles coming soon from Helion

Sunday 20 January 2019

HaT Industrie 1/32 Prussian Seven Years War

 If the Preiser are too pricey then you could go with HaT Industries Prussians. They do three sets Action, Marching and Command. These are from Scott Lesch's collection. You can make fusiliers, grenadiers or musketeers as they have separate hats. HaT are supposed to be doing Austrians in this scale.

Preiser 1/32 Prussian

These aren't cheap but they are elegant sculpts. Preiser also do Prussians in 1/24 so if you are looking on eBay be careful.

Friday 18 January 2019

Armies and Enemies of Louis XIV: Volume 1: Western Europe 1688-1714 - France, England, Holland by Mark Allen

This is a great book and a must have if you are interested in late 17th early 18thc uniforms and flags.  To give you some background to this book Mark Allen the author and artist of this work started researching this period in the late 80s inspired by the tercentenaries and the new wargames figures out and published the results in a series of articles in the magazine Wargames Illustrated. These articles became highly prized with colour photocopies circulating among enthusiasts. Over time people have continued to enjoy the articles so Helion decided to reprint them with extra text and more research. There is something like 44 pages of colour artwork and this is only volume 1. So if you are interested in the War of the Grand Alliance and later into the age of Marlborough this is the book for you. This volume covers the Dutch English and French.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Book on Snayers

PETER SNAYERS: BATTLE PAINTER 1592-1667 / - Large format hardback.ENGLISH EDITION
This book looks worth getting - available from Caliver Books and others

Book from Royal Armouries

Pre-order now. Available for dispatch from 1st March 2019.
The English Civil Wars tore families and friendships apart, setting father against son and brother against brother. Raging across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the conflict was the greatest political upheaval in the British Isles in six hundred years, and led directly to the execution of King Charles I in 1649. Keith Dowen tells the absorbing story of the arms and armour of the civil wars, and explains how emerging weaponry contributed to some of the most well-known battles in British history.
The book forms part of a series of introductions to aspects of the Royal Armouries’ collection of arms and armour. Written by specialists in the field, they are packed full of fascinating information and stunning photography.
Keith Dowen is Assistant Curator at the Royal Armouries Museum, and Honorary Deputy Editor of the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society. He has presented and published widely on late medieval and early modern arms and armour, and on British military history.

Saturday 12 January 2019

Lorna Doone

The novel Lorna Doone is 150 years old this year, Many events to celebrate including one with the Taunton Garrison - details here

Death March 300 by Johan Käll

'300 years ago, 3700 swedish soldiers froze to death in the mountains on thier way back to sweden due to a sudden snowstorm.
Today, on that day, at the same place, we reenacted the memory'


Tuesday 8 January 2019

Spanish Army by Alfonso Taccoli

Siege of Wismar 1675

Thought we could revisit this picture in high resolution. Besiegers are the Danes and the Brandenburgers besieged are the Swedish. 

Saturday 5 January 2019

Great Sleigh Drive

Frederick William the Great pursues Swedish troops across the frozen Curonian Lagoon; fresco by Wilhelm Simmler, ca. 1891
"The Great Sleigh Drive" (German: Die große Schlittenfahrt) was a daring and bold maneuver by Frederick William, the Great Elector of Brandenburg-Prussia, to drive Swedish forces out of the Duchy of Prussia, a territory of his which had been invaded by the Swedes during the winter of 1678.

Turckheim 1675

Today is the anniversary of Turenne's great winter victory. Read about it here
Brandenburg troops
Book here that looks ok

Friday 4 January 2019

Dillon's by Sean O'Brogain

Found this image by Irish artist Sean from about 2000 but I thought you might like it.

Donnington Miniatures 15mm Late 17thc and Wars of Louis XIV

About 10 years ago when I started this blog I bought one of each of the Donnington miniatures late 17th century and Wars of Louis XIV ranges with the intention of photographing them. I forgot about them . Then I got excited by the new range of Khurasan 15s and I remembered about the Donnington figures I already had. Anyway I thought they'd make ideal skirmish figs as they are all different. Based individually (1 pence for foot figures 2 pence for mounted). Sorted. Now I have to paint them. Hopefully get some photos. Here's an unpainted cornet
This is an old range from about 85 so there is some flash to deal with but they deserve to be rescued from obscurity. 

French army in the mid-18th century

Put together a Pinterest page for the best secondary and some of the best primary pics for the 1734-63 era. 

Thursday 3 January 2019

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Hessian 1747

Happy 2019

Hope you are having a good 2019. Interesting to note that two of the big centenary battles Sablat 1619 (pictured) and Genshiel 1719 both happen on 10 June which is my birthday.
Events of 1619