Sunday 31 July 2022

Saturday 30 July 2022

Strelets box art from rough sketch to finished art

 Strelets have shared some videos which show the stages of construction of the various sets. See here

Friday 29 July 2022

Scots March sheet music

 Can anyone help with this? Listen here

Landen 1693

 Today's anniversary is a French victory. Here 

this one is most famous for the death of Irish hero Patrick Sarsfield.

Oh Patrick Sarsfield, Ireland's Wonder,
Who fought in the fields like any thunder,
One of King James's chief commanders,
Now lies the food of crows in Flanders

Thursday 28 July 2022

Austrian cuirassier Seven Years war


I have lost the details of this painting. Anyone help?

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Marlborough 300 event

Several Reenacting groups will be coming together at Blenheim Palace this weekend, with a strong feature on the Monmouth Rebellion.

Timings for the Saturday and Sunday...
10.00 Living History Encampments [open throughout the day]
12.00 John and Sarah at the Races [Arena]
13.00 Meet John and Sarah [John Churchill’s Pavilion at Redcoat Living History Camp]
14.00 Soldiers of 1685 [Talk in Living History Camp]
15.00 Into Battle 1685 [Arena]
16.00 Meet John and Sarah [John Churchills Pavilion] 

17.00 Living History Encampments close

One King Stephen Carter


Philips Norton from One King

We aresed to announce One King! from our Wargames Series is now available!

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.
✨ Save £5 off RRP until Sunday 31st July– no code needed ✨
Save £5 on The Army of James II, 1685-1688:
Steve has just posted this
I hope this news isn't too late, but I've negotiated a special discount code for my followers with @Helionbooks. The code is: Monmouth20 It will give you a 20% discount of #OneKing1685 until the end of August.

Monday 25 July 2022

Sunday 24 July 2022

Denain 1712

Today's anniversary is a decisive French victory. Wiki

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Chippenham civil war weekend 23rd and 24th July

 The English Civil War returns to Chippenham as the Town plays host to the English Civil War Society and the town is returned to the dramatic Summer of 1643 when the Civil War raged across Wiltshire and the West Country.

There will be a large and thriving encampment and tented village on The Island where 17th Century trades and crafts will be demonstrated by the townsfolk and including a working Printing Press giving out the latest news-sheets with tidings of the War and other news. Here the re-enactors will be happy to meet visitors, explain their work and to share stories about Chippenham’s role in the English Civil War.

As in 1643, Chippenham Village will also be occupied by Royalist soldiers from Sir Ralph Hopton’s army marching from the hard-fought battle at Lansdown Hill near Bath. Soldiers and Officers will be working at their Military Encampment while expecting a visit from their General Sir Ralph. A Regiment of Foote, Cavalry on Horseback, and Cannon will be taking part in further displays through the day for Visitors to see on Monkton Park. Look out for the full timetable giving details of all the Displays through each day. 

Each afternoon there will be intense conflict as the Royalist and Roundhead Armies clash in Battle on Monkton Park with over 400 Pikemen, Musketeers, Gunners, and Cavalry all taking part. This event, inspired by a dramatic moment in Chippenham’s history will prove to be a massive weekend of Entertainment, Excitement and Education by the English Civil War Society and follows the huge success of the 2011 and 2013 ‘Battles for Chippenham’. Look forward to July 23rd and 24th when you will be able to see The King’s Army and the Roundhead Association together in a fight to decide whether the town will be Royalist or throw in its lot with Parliament.

This is a Free Event staged by the English Civil War Society in partnership with Chippenham Town Council.

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Battle of Kliszów 1702

The Battle of Kliszów (also spelled Klissow or Klezow) took place on July 19,[a] 1702, near Kliszów in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth during the Great Northern War.[7] A numerically superior PolishSaxon army led by Augustus II the Strong, operating from an advantageous defensive position, was defeated by a Swedish army half its size under the command of King Charles XII.[8] 

The Anglo-Dutch - a Facebook group


the Waldeck Park area of Maastricht - this is where D'Artagnan fell during the assault on the city in 1673.

Facebook group here. It is the 350th anniversary of the Franco-Dutch war which also involved English participation. 

''A group to discuss 1670s and 1680s-based Reenactment in the Netherlands. Bringing together Monmouth Rebellion re-enactors from the UK and 1670s re-enactors from NL.''

Charles XII's Karoliners Sergey Shamenkov (Century of the Soldier)

  Volume 1: The Swedish Infantry & Artillery of the Great Northern War 1700-1721

This is a great book which I strongly recommend if you have an interest in uniformology and the early 18th century in particular. Ukrainian artist and author Sergey Shamenkov has put together an invaluable work on that famous and influential force, the Swedish army of Charles XII.  Covering the period from the old uniform of 1687 to the new uniform of 1706 with variations in between it is well illustrated with paintings and artefacts throughout. Covering details like waistbelts, drums, cloaks you name it the material culture of the Swedish is laid in front of you in a way that is rare for a force of this era. 

Friday 15 July 2022

Execution of the Duke of Monmouth


Today's anniversary. Famous for being pretty grizzly it took about 8 blows from the axe. 

Read about it here

Teaser from Strelets-R

  Masters for WSS set 268 German States' Cuirassiers in Skirmish.

Wednesday 13 July 2022

The Cut of Men's Clothes Norah Waugh.

 Been looking for a 1680s pattern and this was recommended. Luckily my library has a copy as it is an expensive buy these days. Pat Poppy tipped me off to the clothes that the pattern was based on at the V&A here.

Drillbook 1673

 Interesting drillbook 

Deutliche Beschreibung Unterschiedener Fahnen-Lectionen : In Acht Spiel eingetheilet/ Nebst dem Piquen-Spiel/ Pertuisan und halben Piquen/ oder Jägerstock ... / Pasch, Johann Georg *1628-1678*. - Electronic ed.. - Hall in Sachsen : Oelschlegel, [1673]


Roundway Down 1643

 The Battle of Roundway Down was fought on 13 July 1643 near Devizes, in Wiltshire during the First English Civil War. Despite being outnumbered and exhausted after riding overnight from Oxford, a Royalist cavalry force under Lord Wilmot won a crushing victory over the Parliamentarian Army of the West under Sir William Waller.

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Aughrim 1691

 Today's anniversary. The decisive battle of the Williamite war. Wiki

By Jan Wyk

Friday 8 July 2022

Poltava 1709


The Battle of Poltava by Denis Martens the Younger, painted 1726

Today's anniversary is this great Russian victory. 

Dutch drill book from 1669


Thanks to Edwin Grout for this. If you, like me, don't read Dutch you can enjoy the pictures.

Friday teasers from Strelets-R

 I think these are Dutch but it's good to see them still producing new designs. 

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Sedgemoor Memorial Service


Lansdowne 1643

From the wiki The First English Civil War battle of Lansdowne, or Lansdown, was fought on 5 July 1643, at Lansdowne Hill, near Bath, Somerset, England. Although the Royalists under Lord Hopton forced the Parliamentarians under Sir William Waller to retreat from their hilltop position, they suffered so many casualties themselves and were left so disordered and short of ammunition that an injured Hopton was forced to retire.

By Bath based artist S Beck

Monday 4 July 2022

Sedgemoor GIF

This is some film we made on the battle site for BBC Education. We played both sides so I can see myself twice.

Saturday 2 July 2022

Marston Moor 1644

 Today's anniversary - wiki