Monday 31 October 2022

Come over and fight at Sedgemoor


"In her book Somerset Folklore Ruth L Tongue records a local tradition recorded in 1890, of how a researcher in the 18th century was told by a farmer that he had heard the sound of someone shouting “come over and fight” one foggy night in the vicinity of the battlefield. This was said to have been the battle cry of the Duke’s men, desperately shouting at James’s army to join them in battle as they were mown down by musket balls. Although the farmer believed that the source of the voice must have been a drunkard, the tale has now become the tradition that the battle site is haunted by the sound of ghostly cries. "

Great Northern War Russians by Avanpost

 Unit deals. There are more on their Facebook page. I have never assembled or painted a resin figure. Any insights?

Saturday 29 October 2022

Draughtsman's Contract (1982)


This we loved a lot. Came out 40 years ago. Bought the soundtrack by Michael Nyman. Still like it. Set in Wiltshire. Wiki. In cinemas again this November and a restored Bluray on 2 discs. Soundtrack on Spotify

Avanpost 28mm GNW Russians

 Just a small sample of the poses. Find them on Facebook. It is currently quite a tall order to get these but they are lovely sculpts.

Friday 28 October 2022

The Master of Ballantrea (1984) full movie.


This miniseries... do you remember it? Wiki on it. Set in the '45 and beyond in the wider world - it is based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It follows the rivalry between two brothers for their father's title and lands and for Alison, with the father having insisted one brother supports the existing King George and the other supports the claims of Bonnie Prince Charlie in order to keep the lands and inheritance safe.

L'Entrée aux Tuileries de l'ambassadeur Turc Mehemet Efendi 21 mars 1721 Charles Parrocel


Thursday 27 October 2022

Fusiliers de Montagne

 Unusually attired French troops. See a reconstruction by M. Petard here

Les fusiliers de Montagne ou du Roussillon étaient des volontaires de troupes légères, faisant la guerre dans les montagnes en éclaireurs, sans jamais entrer en ligne. Armés d'un fusil, ils étaient chaussés d'espadrilles qui les rendaient plus légers. Ils furent licenciés en 1763 à l'issue de la Guerre de sept ans.

Wednesday 26 October 2022

GNW plastics in the collection of Thomas Stark

 54mm demi -round made by a company called L.A.D  When I first saw them I was reminded of the plastic Spencer Smith figures if you remember them.

Sunday 23 October 2022

Me in about 1967

 In Frome. This was outside Milk Street school.

The first English Civil war book I read

 Any of you have the same book? I was feared on this and the 1970 film Cromwell. Trailer here.  The Ladybird book came out in 1963.

Written by the Great L. DuGarde Peach

In Taunton town by E. Everett-Green

 More Monmouth Rebellion fiction. Free on project Gutenberg here

Edgehill 1642

 Today's anniversary is this battle

Saturday 22 October 2022

Friday 21 October 2022

Thursday 20 October 2022

Monday 17 October 2022

Slag Om Grolle Battle of Grolle 2022

 Coming 21-22-23 October for this well-respected pike and shot get together in the Netherlands. Lots of people from all over Europe of course including the UK. Webpage here

Friday 14 October 2022

French troops of 1721

 Jacques-Antoine Delaistre (1690-1765)

 A great series of pictures of the French forces. I have put some of them on this Pinterest page.

From Aleksandr Kabankov for Troop 54

 WSS officer for Weller's Marine regiment. 54mm

Storm and capture of Basing House 1645

 Today's anniversary. Siege wiki

Thursday 13 October 2022

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Roßbach 1757


#Петр1Фильм Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor - Trailer

 Brand new trailer (no subtitles). I am as much opposed to what is happening in the Ukraine as you are but I am interested to see this trailer. I am unlikely to see the movie. I hope you watch the trailer.

Saxon infantry times of Augustus II

 Saxon-Polish, War of Polish Succession. Anyone who knows more about this image?

From here

Castello Sforzesco siege

 I found this image on Wikimedia but am having trouble finding details. It is in Italy in the War of Polish Succession. Ah just found it on here part of the siege of Milan 15 dicembre 1733-2 gennaio 1734

There are some maps and offers of battle here

Monday 10 October 2022

French poster


Don't know the date.

Sunday 9 October 2022

Portrait of Salomon Alapy in the Hussar Uniform with a Grey Stallion

 Ludwig De Witte  (dok 1737 and 1738 in Vienna) 1st half 18th century. Thanks to Serge for this information. I know it's not a hussar but that's the title. 

From here

Saturday 8 October 2022

Saxon and Polish troops near Warsaw 1732. J. Ch. Mock.

Anybody help me find out more about this image?

Philipp Franz Freiherrn von Gudenus

 One of the best things about the War of Polish Succession is the pictures by Gudenus. (1710-1783). I don't know anything about him so if any of you can help I will be grateful.

Friday 7 October 2022

The Battle of Bitonto by Italian battle painter Giovanni Luigi Rocco.

 The Battle of Bitonto (25 May 1734) was a Spanish victory over Austrian forces near Bitonto in the Kingdom of Naples (in southern Italy) in the War of Polish Succession. The battle ended organized Austrian resistance outside a small number of fortresses in the kingdom.

Thursday 6 October 2022

Castles of Tin blog War of Polish Succession posts


Here to see posts on converting Prince August figures for this war.

War of Polish Succession posts on Gromoboy's blog Oderint Dum Probent

 Here for more on the war from a Russian view

War of Polish Succession figures

 So is this a conflict that no one does figures for? Would you use War of Spanish Succession or War of Austrian Succession? Any sculptors wanting a challenge? Battles of the War of Polish Succession

From the Osprey by R Chartrand Louis XV's army