Friday 29 April 2022

Coming soon from Helion. Charles XII's Karoliners


Volume One: The Swedish Infantry & Artillery of the Great Northern War 1700-1721

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #1

Author : Sergey Shamenkov
Translator : Dmitry Leonidovich Chugainov


General - Pages : 152 | Images : 33 b/w ills, 9 b/w photos, 61 colour ills, 

This book discusses the evolution and changes in Swedish infantry and artillery uniforms during the Great Northern War. Drawing on a number of studies and using evidence based on many surviving documents and artefacts the author reconstructs in detail the appearance of the officers and the other ranks that made up the infantry and artillery of the Swedish Army of Charles XIIth.

The book provides detailed insights into the differences between the Carolean uniforms of the “older model” of 1687, which served as the basis for later modifications, and the “younger model” of 1706, as well as into different variations in transitional models existing between the two.

Different variations of headgear used by Swedish officers, NCOs, and privates are covered, with a particular focus on grenadier caps. The book also examines various items of soldiers’ accoutrements and dress. Along with published sources, this book also relies on little known or previously unpublished documents. The text is accompanied with photos of surviving uniforms, archaeological finds, and period artworks.

The book is richly illustrated with the author’s graphic reconstructions of period uniforms.

WSS teasers from Strelets-R


Monday 25 April 2022

Almansa 1707


Photo from this weekend by Alessia Maria Simona Giorda

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Sunday 24 April 2022

French grenadier Aunis 1690 at Almansa 2022

 See more photos of yesterday's battle on the Almansa Facebook page. This group came from France I believe. 

Almansa 1707-2022

This weekend reenactors from all over Europe have assembled at Almansa for a battle and so forth, This photo is by Alessia Maria Simona Giorda who has come down from Italy.


Saturday 23 April 2022

1890 Austrian army photos

 From the Battle of Assietta page.

The photos were done by the Austrian army 

Happy St. George's day!

 Redcoats in the late 90s.

Tuesday 19 April 2022

The March of the Guards to Finchley

Daughter Celia was up in London and visited the Foundling Museum and bought me a postcard of this. She knows me well.

From the wiki
also known as The March to Finchley or The March of the Guards, is a 1750 oil-on-canvas painting by English artist William Hogarth, owned by and on display at the Foundling Museum. Hogarth was well known for his satirical works, and The March of the Guards to Finchley has been said to have given full scope to this sense of satire; it was described by Hogarth himself as "steeped in humour".[1]

‘Tricorn’: Seven Years War Variant of ‘Shako’ Rules


''here is the first draft of Tricorn, being my adaptation of Shako Napoleonic rules for the wars of the mid-18th Century.'' Mark Davies.

Look interesting. 

Go here to read them and see more

Sunday 17 April 2022

Garde Française 1762

Yves Martin found these. 

'Une jolie découverte dans les fonds de La Brown hier, par hasard - cette aquarelle (ancienne collection Delacre) qui montre un Garde Française, à la toute fin de la guerre de sept ans.'

Saturday 16 April 2022

Culloden 1746


By David Morier

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Friday 15 April 2022

New WSS teaser from Strelets-R


Battle of Rain 1632


From the wikiThe Battle of Rain, also called Battle of the River Lech, took place on 15 April 1632 near Rain in Bavaria during the Thirty Years' War. It was fought by a Swedish-German army under Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and a Catholic League force led by Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly. The battle resulted in a Swedish victory, while Tilly was severely wounded and later died of his injuries.

Thursday 14 April 2022

Battle of Chemnitz

 From the wikiThe Battle of Chemnitz (14 April 1639) took place near the town of Chemnitz, in what is now eastern Germany, during the Thirty Years' War. Swedish forces under Johan Banér inflicted a crushing defeat on Rodolfo Giovanni Marazzino who commanded the Saxons and an Imperial detachment.[1][3]

Sunday 10 April 2022

Saturday 9 April 2022

Happy birthday to the Duke of Monmouth (One King!)

 So it's a good day to mention this forthcoming book from the author of 'Fighting for Liberty' Steve Carter.  

Blurb reads

One King! is the perfect companion to the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 covering every encounter and unit in England, and for the first time in Scotland. Its sits alongside the book Fighting for Liberty as the ideal companion and provides the information needed to bring the Monmouth Rebellion to life on the tabletop.

One King! includes fast play campaign rules that uses the strategies, maps, deployments, and military objectives allowing the enthusiast or wargamer to follow in the footsteps of the commanders - even change the course of history over a coffee.

The battlefield plans give all the information needed to fight out all the encounters as accurately as possible. While the orders of battle and unit sheets will guide the tabletop wargamer in the recreation of their miniature armies or navies!

One King! has everything for the wargamer or military enthusiast, even the chance to change the course of history and crown the one true King James II & VII.

Friday 8 April 2022

WAS supplement for ''For King or Empress'''

''Introducing the newest rules from First Command Wargames. "The War of Austrian Succession" supplement to "For King or Empress" rules. Now available in print or pdf.''

(photo credit: Alex Burns at Seven Years War Con) 

With Match and Flint rules

 Someone was talking about these rules on Facebook. Look interesting. There is a sample Pdf you can download here

Thursday 7 April 2022

Tuesday 5 April 2022

The French army of Louis XV Lucien Mouillard

 I think this is a reprint of the book mentioned below. Get it from the Nafziger collection

Monday 4 April 2022

Lucien Mouillard, " Les Regiments sous Louis XV"

 These and the pic below 'after Vernet' are from an 1882 book that looks interesting.  Lucien Mouillard wiki

Garde Suisses

Garde Françaises

Sunday 3 April 2022

Soldat du régiment Vivarais-infanterie, vers 1721

 Planche 33 du tome II de "Infanterie et Gardes françaises" par Jacques-Antoine Delaistre (1690-1765), Musée de l'Armée, inv. 10850

Saturday 2 April 2022

After Vernet

French troops on the march
This is a detail painting of this image 
Vue de la rade d'Antibes

Oeuvre de Joseph Vernet (1714-1789)


30mm War of Austrian Succession French

I bought these about 20 years ago. They are multi part castings for the most part. Sword and musket/arm are separate. I think they came from France. Anyone know about these?


The English Garrison of Tangier

Charles II's Colonial venture in the Mediterranean 1661-1684

Andrew Abram

Essential book on the forces of Charles II's colonial expedition

There are very few books on Charles II's army. You could probably count them on one hand. This one is destined to be added to the list of the best and will be considered a classic in the future.

It is so detailed. Many documents are transcribed even down to the diet of the troops. Life under the various governors are looked at and there is a chapter dedicated to the Moorish adversaries which I found particularly useful. The great siege of 1680 is covered in depth. The fortifications are examined with many maps and illustrations by the like of Wenceslaus Hollar who also provides a look at the troops captured for posterity as they go about garrison life. Plenty of small-scale actions for the wargamer. All in all a very good book that tells the whole story in great depth and one I would recommend for anyone interested in England's early colonial activities or the army of Charles II.

French drum still life


Attributs militaires (un tambour et une épée)

Date de création/fabrication : Milieu du XVIIIe siècle (vers 1756)


Friday 1 April 2022

Armies of the Sedgemoor campaign by John Tincey

Originally released in 1985 by Partizan Press. This is a reprint, my original fell apart. Was in a dark red cover. Very useful in the dark ages when we were first getting interested in the period. I think you can still get it from Caliver Books. A5 format. 


Friday teaser from Strelets-R


WSS 1/72. Great pose out of the drill book!