Monday 23 August 2021

The New Knights by Frederic Chauvire

 The New Knights: The development of cavalry in Western Europe, 1562-1700 (Century of the Soldier) : Chauvire, Frederic: Books

The development of cavalry in Western Europe, 1562-170

In-depth look at cavalry and their use in battle from the late 16th to early 18th century
This is a great book. It tells in-depth the story of the development and evolution of cavalry during the era of the military revolution specifically from the end of the Italian Wars and finishes at the end of the wars of Louis XIV. It centres on France as this is the most influential nation during this period but developments in places like Britain, Poland and Sweden are considered.
   The principal focus of the book is the cavalry charge and how this developed in the face of firearms (initially the arquebus and later the musket) being used by infantry and cavalry. Infantry in this era became dominant. The war of religion is studied in which lance-armed men at arms and Reiters were competing on the battlefield. The Thirty years war is next to be considered with developments from Sweden following on from Maurice of Nassau and his linear system.  What is the concern of the author is things like the use of pistols, depth of formation and at what speed the cavalry are charging. It tells the story of many key battles of that era as a way of understanding the evolution of cavalry. Many military manuals of the time are also considered as a way of finding the theory of the time. The positioning of the cavalry is considered through out the period under review whether it was on the flanks as later it became the norm or interspersed with infantry as under Gustavus Adolphus. Also the equipment of cavalry are investigated with the emphasis on armour at the beginning of the period until later when there was none.  Charles XIi was an exponent of aggressive cavalry tactics but did not have a succcessor. Cavalry under Turenne fought with skill. The huge battles of the War of Spanish Succession are covered. An era when decisive cavalry actions were often neutralised by infantry. A far cry from the start point he concludes that the stagnation would be broken eventually by Frederick the Great.
   To conclude, an absorbing and inspiring read. Wargamers would find this useful especially anyone writing rules.  A welcome addition.

Devereux's and friends (ECWS) by Mandy Holloway


 From the pics I have seen today it was a successful weekend of living history at Delapré Abbey.  Go to the Devereux's Facebook public page to see film and many pro photos of the event. Nice to see them back doing it and enjoying themselves in the process. 

Sunday 22 August 2021

The Walker Expedition to Quebec 1711

 One of the worst disasters in British naval history occurred today in 1711. Read about it here

Friday 20 August 2021

Grenadier, 8th Regiment of Dragoons "Pontpietin" c. 1749 by David Morier

 Zoomable image here

Seven Years War Hanoverians


Eagle Figures have recently bought the Siege Works Studios 28mm SYW Hanoverian range of figures. This fantastic range consists of Musketeers, Grenadiers, Musicians, Artillery crew and guns. The figures are available now from our webstore under the 'Siege Works Studios' tab. As with all of our ranges the figures can be bought individually or in unit packs. We intend to expand this range later in the year with a range of SYW Hessians.

Bloody Miniatures By Richard Lloyd


Article on Helion's blog about the new range of ECW miniatures.

Thursday 19 August 2021

Delapré Abbey event for the ECW

 'We're busy getting ready for The Not So Civil War this weekend!

Step back in time to 1640s Northampton with a full historic drill display with cavalry and cannons, a real ale tent, living history encampments, and more. Expect fantastic fun for all ages. 🐎🍻

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August, 11am-4pm

🎟 Tickets £5. Under 18s go free' 👉

📷 Matthew D Crosby Photographics

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Strelets-R French Late War Dragoons in Reserve (WSS 1/72)

 In preparation - more here. I can see these being used for other nations dragoons. 

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Steel Fist 15mm ECW New!

 Super Tuesday - 6 New ECW 15mm packs released.

We're pleased to advise there are new ECW packs in our online shop now.

These include artillery, Parliamentary Command, Hasilrig's Lobsters and foot officers.

ECWA 1. Culverin field gun and crew

ECWA 2. Saker field gun and crew

ECWA 3. Falcon light gun and crew

ECWH 13. Sir William Waller - Parliamentary Command pack

ECWH 14. Sir Arthur Hasilrig's Lobsters

ECWF 5. Command pack - Officers

I will get photos of these up as soon as I can.

We have a 28mm restock ongoing too, so please check the website.

League of Augsburg by Pendraken (10mm)

 They have put painted examples on their website. Go here to see

Sunday 15 August 2021

Friday 13 August 2021

Carolean Interpretations 1700-1721 Johan Gardin

 An in depth visual study of the Swedish forces of the Great Northern war.

Great resource for Carolean uniforms. Here

Strelets-R WSS 1/72 Dutch Cuirassiers


All the details of the WSS range here

Blenheim 1704


Today's anniversary is this famous battle. Pic is from this book from 1975

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Wargamer UK - By Fire and Sword in the UK

 A newish venture is to make available the BFaS system of rules and figures (15mm) in the UK. Facebook page here

Seneffe 1674


Fought today in 1674. Disputed outcome. Wiki

See items on this blog about Seneffe

Thursday 5 August 2021

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Capture of Gibraltar 1704

 Today's anniversary is the capture by Anglo-Dutch forces for use as a base in the Med. Wiki

Marshall's Elm 1642

 Today's anniversary is a skirmish in Somerset right at the beginning of the Civil war. Wiki

Tuesday 3 August 2021

New WSS fiction

Kuruc!: The Threat From The East (Soldier and Spy Book 1) Kindle Edition
by T. Justin Davis (Author)

 The year is 1702, and a young Englishman named Harry Sutton fights a duel over a woman that causes scandal to his family and to his own reputation. Harry’s father purchases a commission for him in Queen Anne’s army in Flanders, so that Harry can escape the scandal abroad and regain his reputation through soldiery.

The war over the Spanish succession is raging in Europe, pitting Britain and its allies, the Dutch and the Holy Roman Empire, against France and Spain. At a siege in Flanders in the fall of 1702, Harry’s bravery and leadership bring him to the notice of William Cadogan, the quartermaster and spymaster of the allied armies. When an English diplomat in Hungary is kidnapped by Hungarian rebels along with a female friend of the Duke of Marlborough, Harry, along with other English officers, is sent by Cadogan on a daring rescue mission into Hungary that could impact the outcome of the war!

Battle of Nördlingen (1645)


The second Battle of Nördlingen (or Battle of Allerheim) was fought on August 3, 1645 southeast of Nördlingen near the village of AlerheimFrance and its Protestant German allies defeated the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and its Bavarian ally.

M. A. Charpentier - Te Deum

 "Te Deum" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier,

composed for the victory of the Battle of Steinkirk, 1692.

Monday 2 August 2021

Sunday 1 August 2021

Minden 1759

 Today's anniversary. Wiki