Wednesday 30 September 2020

Soor 1745

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Monday 28 September 2020

1755 Gardes Françaises

 Read about them on Kronoskaf

The source for the below image

  David W found this which if you pump up you can see the Gardes. 

"Marche du roi accompagné de ses gardes passant sur le Pont-Neuf et allant au Palais" d'Adam Frans van der Meulen : Détail du carrosse et des gardes.1666

Sunday 27 September 2020

Gardes Françaises c1666 by Konrad Byś

 I like this image. Can't find much more of his work. 

Mousquetaires et piquier des Gardes Françaises vers 1666 (source: tableau de Van der Meulen, Musée de Grenoble, no d’inv. MG 89).

Friday 25 September 2020

Blenheim 1704 by D.S.V. Fosten. Almark 1975

 I used to have this book in the 70s. Don't know what happened to it. Thanks to Andy for these images. They are a bit outdated but they are charming and I think they are worth the time looking at them. The backgrounds are very atmospheric. It is a trip down memory lane for me. If you want to get it there are copies on ebay. (Click to enlarge)

Some 1/72 teasers from Strelets-R (WSS)


Thursday 24 September 2020

Thomas Foss's 54mm wooden WSS

these are something different. They are made by Skull and Crown miniatures.

You can see more of them on Thomas' blog.

The Battle of Rowton Heath 1645

 Today's anniversary. 

The Battle of Rowton Heath, also known as the Battle of Rowton Moor, occurred on 24 September 1645 during the English Civil War. Fought by the Parliamentarians, commanded by Sydnam Poyntz, and the Royalists under the personal command of King Charles I, it was a significant defeat for the Royalists, with heavy losses and Charles prevented from relieving the Siege of Chester.

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Battle of Powick Bridge 1642


Today's anniversary. Wiki. My friends at Discover History are doing a series of videos with the progress of the skirmish. Part 1Part 2 Part 3 Part 4  Part 5

Monday 21 September 2020

Sunday 20 September 2020

Friday 18 September 2020

Kolin 1757/2020

 There have been very few reenactments this year so it is nice to see this film of a recent event in the Czech Republic. This film is really well done. 

Marquess of Granby relieving a sick soldier

 By Edward Penny 1765

Thursday 17 September 2020

New 15mms from Khurasan

 Hi, we've just added seven new codes to our late 17th century range in 15mm, available here:

They are a mixed bunch, first four codes for militia such as the Monmouth rebels and American colonial militia for the King Phillips War period, then some regular infantry with flintlocks, and finally a set of high command for the Netherlands, Brandenburg, Sweden ... and Munster!

The codes are:

Militia marching with matchlocks

Militia with mixed polearms (mostly pikes but a rebuilt scythe and a pitchfork too)

American colonial militia shooting

American colonial militia marching

Flintlock musketeers marching

Flintlock musketeers standing

European high command 

Two of the codes are shown here, flintlock musketeers standing and American colonial militia at the ready.

Breitenfeld 1631

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Tuesday 15 September 2020

TundraWorks Miniatures


These are set to be 15/18mm metal. They are doing SYW British and beyond. Here are some French late war grenadiers. Their Facebook page.

Seven Years War Russian troops


Tomasz Karpinski has discovered some eye witness drawings of the Russian army of the Seven Years war. To see them go to his page where there are PDFs in Russian, Polish, and the English language. If you are interested in the SYW Russian army this is highly recommended.

Monday 14 September 2020

Strelets 1/72 WSS


While on the subject of WSS I thought it might be useful to look at this range so far. I must admit I like them but I haven't managed to paint my set yet.

See some painted WSS Strelets-r here

Nigel Billington's WSS Warlord 28mms


Thanks to Nigel for these. He says on the Wargaming the WSS facebook group

'28mm WSS: British 2nd Foot The Queen Dowager's Regiment and Danish Regiment Fynske
I bought some boxes of WSS plastics from Warlord Games recently and they are lovely figures, very easy to assemble. I cannot say for sure that this is the start of another project but I can say that I will paint up 4 British/Allied battalions and 4 French/Bavarian battalions to start off with and then take it from there – keep or sell depending on how I feel later.
But, so far, they are lovely to paint and here is (on the left) Catherine of Braganza's regiment (she was married to King Charles II) and after his death she became the Queen Dowager, an unusual position in British history. The regiment has startling sea-green facings and part of the joy of the WSS is that uniform details are very hazy at best so you can, within certain limits, do, more-or-less, what you want. Plus the flags are dazzling too!'

Saturday 12 September 2020

Close Fire and European Order

 Interesting looking set of rules by the author of the Malplaquet Osprey. Based on the old rules 'Loose files and American scramble' which I remember being fun. Read about them here

Relief of Vienna 1683

 To coincide with today's anniversary (the relief of Vienna from the Ottomans) Khurasan have released this image of a forthcoming addition to their 15mm Late 17th Century range

Battle of Vienna wiki

Friday 11 September 2020

Malplaquet 1709 Osprey

 Article here on the bloodiest battle of the Eighteenth century.

Khurasan Miniatures 15mm Danish Command Scanian war


Impressive range that keeps growing. See here. Coming soon are Sedgemoor types, King Phillip's War militia and all manner of goodies. Facebook page

Saint-Cast 1758


Today is the anniversary of this British defeat in the Seven Years War. Wiki

Battle of Malplaquet 1709


The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene Entering the French EntrenchmentsLouis Laguerre
Today's anniversary is Marlborough's and Eugene's phyrric victory in France. Wiki

Battle of Maplaquet by Louis Laguerre