Tuesday 31 December 2019

Monday 30 December 2019

Military book bargains

I have put some books on ebay if you would care to look - go here

Friday 27 December 2019

WSS Austrians from ChrisFritz

 Dear Gentlemen (and Ladies, of course),

please allow me to contribute some pictures of Austrian musketeers like they have looked liked in the first years of the War of Spanish Succession.

It is the Regiment of "von Herberstein" in orange-red colors like they have fought in upper Italy.

The research work and manufacturing for those uniforms was exhausting (and sooo expensive...), as there are literally almost no informations.

The more I would like to thank the real experts of the Heeresgeschichtliche Museum in Vienna and private Experts.

I am proud to say that my comrade and me (the "blonde" guy😁) are for sure maybe the only one reeanactors to give you the accurate impression of this period.

Thursday 26 December 2019

Monday 23 December 2019

Wednesday 18 December 2019

1/32 Landsknechts

 If you like Landsknechts and the 1\32 scale then this release might be up your street. I like the look of them and they may make my Christmas list. Swiss to come also.

Cromwell's War Machine

I haven't read this but apparently it is good. Not too expensive. Pen and Sword books.

English Civil War Armies (1973)

Written by Brigadier Peter Young and illustrated by Michael Roffe.
 This was Osprey number 14. Interesting to see what was the norm for those days.

Roundheads at the gates by Ernest Crofts

Thought this looked seasonal.

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Prince Rupert

400th birthday today. Wiki

Friday 13 December 2019

Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV: Volume 2: The Imperial Army, 1660-1689

Written and illustrated by Bruno Mugnai. I have to admit to being in awe of Bruno: not only is he a talented artist he is also a very good researcher and author. I was highly impressed by Volume 1 on the United Provinces and this one is equally as good.
    The period under review saw the Imperial troops in constant warfare against most famously the Ottoman Empire but also Hungarian insurgents and the French. Also there were campaigns in Poland and Italy. No previous knowledge is required as the author takes the reader through the chronology  and explains all the loyalties and alliances of this era very well.
   The book is divided into parts. First chunk is an examination of whether the era was really one of limited warfare as is generally thought. Next section is entitled The Emperor's Army and covers the nature of  and organisation (funding etc) of the Habsburg forces. Next up is a section on the Reichsarmee. This is followed by a section on the Imperial army on campaign.  I particularly enjoyed reading about the manoeuvring of Turenne and Montecuccoli two giants of the age. Next is a section on uniforms, equipment and ensigns. This I found extremely useful, full of interesting details. I didn't think that such detailed information was possible but this charts the development of the uniforms admirably.
    Finally I have to say the illustrations are very striking and numerous. Both period depictions and the original art created for this work (including flags) are extremely well executed and very useful.

WSS French from Strelets-r

 1/72. Not released yet but looking very good to me. Website

Box art 

Thursday 5 December 2019

Leuthen 1757

Today's anniversary


Wednesday 4 December 2019

Lund 1676

Today's anniversary is the bloody battle of the Scanian war. Wiki
Karl XI under slaget vid Lund  (“Charles XI of Sweden”) by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl (1682). Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden.

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Monday 2 December 2019

Title coming out in 2020

Definitely getting this. The time of the Prayer book rebellion and Left's rebellion.