Tuesday 27 October 2020

2nd battle of Newbury


Airfix 54mm musketeer

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Friday 23 October 2020

Malplaquet Osprey out next week


Osprey link 

Edgehill 1642


Today's anniversary. First major action of the English Civil War.

Tuesday 20 October 2020

18th century Highlanders

I don't have a date for this.

Sunday 18 October 2020

Farleigh Hungerford Castle near Trowbridge Wilts

 Farleigh Hungerford castle by Philip Corke. This is my local castle.



WSS Strelets-R 1/72

 Interesting blog piece on Wargaming for grown ups on using the 1/72 figures available now. I have just started painting some so I was particularly interested.

Saturday 17 October 2020

Dutch drill figures from 1713

We probably have had these before but they recently came up again and I thought maybe they could do with a bit more attention. See more here


Wednesday 14 October 2020

WSS French Horse Grenadiers 1/72 Strelets-R

 Go here to see more. 

Fall of Basing House 1645

 Today's anniversary

Parliamentary forces commanded by Oliver Cromwell stormed and sacked Basing House in Hampshire. One of the grandest mansions in England and home to the Marquess of Winchester, it had withstood 2 previous sieges.

Hochkirch 1758

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Tuesday 13 October 2020

On the subject of plug bayonets (photo by David Wilson)

 Members of Devereux's Regiment from ECWS, masquerading as Hasting's Regiment in 1989 for the Battle of Killiecrankie at Scone Palace

Monday 12 October 2020

Gustavus Adolphus


attributed to Jan Martszen de Jonge, (Netherlands, 1609-1647)

Friday 9 October 2020

Philip Skippon


Looking for an image for the below post and found this - looks like a painting by Richard Hook for Military Illustrated Past and Present. Not sure if Skippon was at White Mountain but he was definitely in Europe at the time. Wiki

White Mountain 1620

 So the 400th anniversary of White Mountain will soon be upon us. November 8th. Anyone have any ideas of how to commemorate it?

Russians raid Berlin 1760


Today's anniversary. Wiki

Sunday 4 October 2020

Marsaglia 1693

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Saturday 3 October 2020

Winstanley Digger Song

 A clip from the 1975 film Winstanley. The rain brings back memories of ECW reenacting. And the singing.

Hopton's Narrative of his Campaign in the West


Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643), at the Battle of Lansdown Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) (after) Victoria Art Gallery

 Wiki. Not a Royalist but you have to admire Grenville's courage dying at the head of his men.

News from Steel Fist (ECW 15mms)

I am thinking of doing a couple of armies with these when they come out. Thinking Hopton and Waller. Helion are working on a new book on Hopton's army - saw an illustration of a Cornish foot yesterday. Anyway here's what Steel Fist say

'New sculpts by Oliver. 15mm ECW Harquebusiers and shotte Fantastic variety and detailing.We are moving closer to first releases, but no confirmed dates just yet.'

54mm English Civil War game

By David Lycett. Here to see more
Figures are A Call to Arms.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Blood and Plunder Kickstarter


Chance to get a plastic 18thc ship for 28mm. Links on my Flintlock and Tomahawk blog.

Lobositz 1756

 Today's anniversary. Wiki