Thursday 23 February 2023

Warlord epic Pike and shotte rules

 Designer's notes here

artwork by Marco Capparoni

Officer of the Foot Guards

 By Henry Robert Morland

Steel Fist 15mm ECW

"Examples of ECW 15mm horse,  painted by customer Nik Gaukroger. Nik's great approach of using an ink wash, brings out the fine details that Oliver has sculpted."

 Thinking of the compatibility between Warlord's epic and Steel Fist who do an utterly brilliant English Civil War range. First look is they mix well. More in time. 

Watch review of the Warlord epic here

Sunday 19 February 2023

Thursday 16 February 2023

Hampton Court 2002

 Back in 2002 I was recruited by Griffin Historical to help recreate 1702 for a week during the Queen's Golden Jubilee at Hampton Court.  My sister Anne visited and took these photos. It was a recruiting party led by Abs who had a routine based partly on the play by Farquhar the Recruiting officer. I was a drummer. It was very good fun with music by Hautboys. 

Ralph Mitchard

Some Warlord Pike and Shotte teasers


Torrington 1646


ECWS trooper by my sister Anne

Today's anniversary. The last major battle of the first English Civil war. Here

Wednesday 15 February 2023

Warlord epic pike and shotte


News of a new range of 15mm plastics. Pics and details here

Sunday 12 February 2023

The armies and wars of the Sun King 1643-1715. Volume 5: Buccaneers and soldiers in the Americas René Chartrand.

A must-have book on the campaigns in the Caribbean.

This book is excellent and it is well worth getting. It is a serious military history of the late 17th and early 18th centuries in the Caribbean and elsewhere. It is part of a series but can be taken on its own as its subject matter is different. For what I think is a first Chartrand and artist Patrice Courcelle recreate the buccaneers, colonial soldiers and militia of this age which inspired so much interest in fiction and movies.

If you are a wargamer, or you have an interest in the age of piracy this book is for you. My favourite book of this year so far.

Interview with René Chartrand

 English language interview on his recent book for Helion on the subject of Buccaneers and soldiers of the late 17th early 18th century Carribean. Here

Friday 10 February 2023

Pietro Longhi Rhinoceros 1751

 My daughter is at the National Portrait gallery and found this painting interesting.

There is also this one by the same artist.

My brother who is a Rhinoceros aficionado says
"That's Clara the Dutch rhinoceros. She was hand raised in India then brought by a Dutch captain to Europe. She travelled the Rhine on a custom built raft. She responded well to oranges and beer, but her poor diet made her horn fall off. It did grow back eventually. She came to the UK too."

Tuesday 7 February 2023

John Middleton the Childe of Hale

 My son lives in Liverpool and he visited this statue. John Middleton was over 9 feet tall and I thought his story interesting. Wiki. He took on the King's champion at wrestling and won. He was awarded £20 but was robbed or swindled out of it on the way home. BBC piece