Tuesday 29 June 2021

Sunday 27 June 2021

Interesting portrait

Desmarées - Charles VII as Falconer - Falkenlust, Speisezimmer


Dettingen 1743

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Thursday 24 June 2021

The Bavarian Army during the Thirty Years War, 1618-1648: The Backbone of the Catholic League (Century of the Soldier)

Second edition 2021

This is a really good book that goes into the Bavarian army in great detail. This is a second edition with added content. If you are planning a 30YW wargames army then this book is what you need. But it goes deeper than that by examining all aspects of Bavarian military life in the period. Rations, billeting, food, and tactics are all looked at and then compared to the other armies of the time. I found the chapter on clothing the army particularly interesting. Basically it was not a good life in the Bavarian army - pay often in arrears, often malnourished, it was no wonder that plundering was so widespread. The colour section is very useful. Flags and standards feature as well as some excellent illustrations by Sergey Shamenkov. There is, it being a book about the Thirty years war, a fair bit on relations between the military and civilians as well as a chapter on the Militia. There is a great chapter Life and death in the army which explains the various aspects of military life as well as the civilians that followed the drum. So all in all a great read that I recommend. 

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Krefeld 1758

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Monday 21 June 2021

Sir Arthur Haselrig

 Biography here

Steel Fist 15mm Haselrig's lobsters

 Steel Fist, my favourite ECW range just released this photo. They say

'Sir Arthur Haselrig's Lobsters! Here is a quick snap of our latest pack of Cuirassiers in attacking poses.

I have chosen to depict Haselrigs troop attacking rather than stationary as they were a very aggressive unit and even Sir Arthur was stuck in the middle of the action at the battle of Roundway Down.'

Old town square executions Prague 1621


Today's anniversary is a 400th - here

Sunday 20 June 2021

Battle of Höchst 1622



Today's anniversary. Battle of the Thirty years war. Wiki. Next year will be the 400th. 

Friday 18 June 2021

Battle of Kolín 1757

 Today's anniversary is this Austrian victory.  Movie is the 2020 reenactment of Kolin. It's well done and worth a look. Reenactors are mostly from the Czech republic.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Monday 14 June 2021

The Battle Of Naseby animation

 This animation, produced by Cromwell Museum volunteer Felix Copping, used an original engraving of the battle of Naseby produced in 1647 as part of a publication 'Anglia Rediviva' to illustrate key moments from the battle. A full version including explanatory subtitles can be seen in the Cromwell Museum.

Naseby 1645


Today's anniversary is this decisive battle in the Civil war.

Sunday 13 June 2021

Minairons 1/72 WSS - new Austrophile infantry


for pics etc. A range for recreating the Iberian theatre.

WSS teasers of Austrian cuirassiers from Strelets-R

 Presumably could be Bavarians too. See more here

Eagle Figures 28mm SYW

 Quite an extensive range to date. New to me. Look good. Webpage

Friday 11 June 2021

Porträt des kaiserlichen Feldherren Johann von Sporck

 Portrait of the Bavarian general

Monmouth lands at Lyme 1685


Today's anniversary is the landing of the Duke of Monmouth with less than 100 supporters. 

Thursday 10 June 2021

Glen Shiel 1719


Today's anniversary. Here

Sunday 6 June 2021

Wallachian victory at Battle of Călugăreni (1595)

 Film  Mihai Viteazul (1970)

At the end of the 16th century Wallachian ruler Prince Michael the Brave overcame the adversity of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires to unite Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania into one

Friday 4 June 2021

Hohenfriedberg 1745

 Today's anniversary. Here

Thursday 3 June 2021

Days of King Monmouth


 if you are interested in the Monmouth  Rebellion then this self published booklet by me of approximately 45 pages gives you a day by day breakdown of events in a daily fashion. It all starts 11th June so now is a good time to get it from ebay.

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Queen Anne grenadier pouch


A Queen Anne period Grenadier's cartridge pouch . Made of russet and white buff leather with a velvet covered flap featuring a huge brass plate of a peg legged grenadier with lit grenade. He has the cypher "AR" on his cap with the motto "Love and Honor" underneath. My guess is this represents a minor hero of the time now unknown to us . I have no idea what regiment or company this may have belonged to. It is marked with the soldier's name and "no32" on the back.