Wednesday 31 August 2022

Fleurus 1622



The Battle of Fleurus of August 29, 1622 was fought in the Spanish Netherlands between a Spanish army, and the Protestant forces of Ernst von Mansfeld and Christian of Brunswick during the Eighty Years' War and Thirty Years' War. Wikipedia

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Taunton Garrison at Glastonbury Abbey last weekend

 Photo Lycia Moore. They recreate Somerset Militia. Find them on Facebook. 

1688 in 1988

 This is another Devereux's picture from Andy. This was at Littlecote house near Hungerford commemorating William III's visit there. I shaved my beard off specially for this event. I have my hand on the tree. Photo Richard Ellis.

Ebor miniatures pikemen

 Now on the website. They also do a set with open coats. Look really good.

Saturday 27 August 2022

Devereux's regiment at Audley End 1988

 As I have mentioned before Andy James is compiling a history of Devereux's for the 50th anniversary. He found these photos of me and my family. I hadn't seen them before. By Richard Ellis.

Left to right unknown, Bea, Celia and Susan

Devereux's pikes front rank. I am 2nd from the right.

Thursday 25 August 2022

Zorndorf 1758

 Today's anniversary. Wiki. Both sides claimed victory.

Monday 22 August 2022

James II by Anne Killigrew

 Anne Killigrew (1660-85) James II. Killigrew was a poet and painter but died of smallpox aged 25

Anne Killigrew

Making Barry Lyndon

 32 minute documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick's 18th century masterpiece here

Sunday 21 August 2022

One King - a guide to wargaming Argyll's and Monmouth's rebellion of 1685 Stephen M Carter


This is most inspirational. If you thought there was little potential for interesting battles in the Monmouth era then take a look at this book as it is full of useful scenarios including 'what if' fictional battles.

   In fact there are all the useful ingredients to make the period work including painting guides and fast play rules, organisations and unit strengths. There are some fine photos of miniatures as battle pictures or unit portraits.

This is so useful a book to make the period come to life on the table top. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the period.

The code is: Monmouth20 It will give you a 20% discount of #OneKing1685 until the end of August.

Blenheim Palace Restoration show organised by Alan Larsen 2022

 Film by Stephen Moss. Well done to all involved. 

Saturday 20 August 2022

Le Lys sous l'Erable

 This French group are excellent. Here is their Facebook page. They recently did an event at Saint-Malo in a fort that is accessible on foot only at low tide. More on their page. 

Friday 19 August 2022

New Strelets-R box art


Figure by Aleksandr Kabankov.

Officer of the Grenadier company of the Delagardi regiment, the Swedish army during the Great Northern War.The figure is made in 1/30 scale (typically 54 mm by eye) for Troop54. The musket is the work of 3d master Oleg Derbasov.

Tuesday 16 August 2022

Bloody Jeffreys the Hanging Judge

 I run a Facebook group Monmouth Rebellion 1685 annd it is not huge but it is enthusiastic and brings up new things. Like this book. I think it came out in 1989 -  anyway I had never heard of it. Gary Marshall bought it but hasn't read it yet. Might track one down. 

Sunday 14 August 2022

Tundraworks Lace Wars Kickstarter

18mm Seven years war here
Support our goal of launching a truly expansive horse & musket 18mm pewter miniatures range!

17th c rules (1600-1685)

 "After many delays the revamped WarreGame 17thC rules have been collated.

and a mighty tome it is. 140 pages of amended rules with a points system and army guidance to help you build your interpretation of a 17thC Army. 

As promised its free to download. 

Think of it as as, not so much a Rulebook, as a rich toolkit of ideas to enhance your 17thC wargaming.  Tinker with it and let me know how you get on. I'm off to Berlin now and hope to visit Luetzen battlefield later.

Depending on interest I may get it printed in hardback, in the Autumn... but that will be price sensitive"

Saturday 13 August 2022

Aleksandr Kabankov

 Excellent sculpts of the Great Northern War in 75mm(1/22). You can buy them from Troop54 or here at

Blenheim 1704

 Today's anniversary. Read about it here

Friday 12 August 2022

Kunersdorf 1759

 Today's anniversary is this Seven years war battle.

Thursday 11 August 2022

For French speakers

Here for free PDF on the French perspective of the siege of Maastricht in 1673.

Interesting portrait

 Retrato de Esteban Joaquín de Ripalda y Marichalar, h. 1724-1731.

1985 Sedgemoor poster

 Peter Evans of the Zoyland Heritage fund has a few of these posters by Stephen Beck. 10 pounds plus postage all proceeds to the Church Battlefield exhibition. Go to the contact us section here

Tuesday 9 August 2022

Rampjaar events


For any Dutch readers out there. Webpage

Andy English Civil War drummer by Anne Rachel

 My sister took this pic at Chippenham a few weeks ago.  She did not know that I know him as I was laid up with an abcess at the time. Andy has been Civil war reenacting since the mid 70s.

He is also the model for this book cover which has just come out from Helion.

Monday 8 August 2022

Kelloggs Soldiers of the World

 Do you remember these? From 1971 I believe. There was a Turk, Highlander, Zulu and many more and they were given away with cereal. About 45mm so no use for wargames. I found these images on the web I don't have them any more but I remember having them. See more here

British grenadier


Sunday 7 August 2022

Thursday 4 August 2022

Edgehill 380th


The Sealed Knot and SMG Philip Skippons Regiment of Foote invite you to the 380th Anniversary of the battle that started it all, Edgehill.
From 10.30am till 4pm
Enter our authentic 17th Century encampment on the ridge of Edgehill. Meet the soldiers and civilians living through this tumultuous period of history!
Discover what it might have been like in the army camp before battle. From the food being served to the drill of musket, pike and drum commands.
Follow the soldiers into battle as royalist and parliament meet on these Warwickshire field, prepared for war, with uncertainty.
Take a wander around traders selling artefacts, food and refreshing beverages.
Pre-book your tickets from
£15 per family * 2 adults & 3 children * parking included
£5 per adult
£3 children under 16 and OAP's
Children under 5 enter FREE
£2 Parking * charge applies, unless pre-booked via Eventbrite
If you'd like to take part please visit

A change of name

 No longer the Green Regiment we are now Captain Thompson's Company of Scythemen. Still need musketeers so if you are interested hit our Facebook page. A mixed unit of shot and scythes. 

Robert Lord Clive (1725-1774) in General Officer's uniform

Robert, Lord Clive (1725–1774), in General Officer’s Uniform by Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), c.1764, from National Army Museum

Wednesday 3 August 2022

Tuesday 2 August 2022

Grenadier d'infanterie, vers 1685

Allain Manesson-Mallet (1630-1706), "Les Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la guerre, divisé en trois parties...", La Haye, Adrian Moetjens, 1696, tome III, page 165. Musée de l'Armée, inv. 26249

Monday 1 August 2022

Photos from Blenheim Palace by Stephen Moss Photosm

 Here to see more This weekend was commemorating John Churchill and a pageant was performed to mark the 300th of his passing. There was a part where Sedgemoor was reenacted which is what these photos depict. See the whole day's activities on Stephen Moss's page

First Foot Guards

Cavalry skirmish

Royal troops

Rebel or if you prefer Whig reenactors

Coldstream Guards

At point of pike

The Troop recreating Rebel Horse


John Churchill - later the Duke of Marborough in action