Friday 31 March 2023

Portrait eines vornehmen Herren mit Jagdgehilfen und Jagdhund

 Barend Graat 1676. I really like this ensemble.

Artist wiki



Dutch School, 17th Century
Portrait of a Man with a Bellarmine

I had a repro Bellarmine but I gave it away, The above one is from the wiki. They are also called Bartmann jugs

Drum-major Gardes françaises


Thursday 30 March 2023

Trip to Wells Museum

 Went to see what Monmouth Rebellion items they had and they had this which I liked.

Ralph (a little damp) at Vicars' Close Wells

Monday 27 March 2023

Dick Turpin tv series (1979-1982)

 Who remembers this series. Starting Richard O'Sullivan. I think it was popular. Wiki.

Watch Episode 1 here

Friday 24 March 2023

Strelets-r Jacobite artillery

 As you imagine news from Strelets has been sporadic recently which is not surprising as they are in the Ukraine. But today they posted this image of a set 1746 Jacobite artillery.  Great news.

The crew

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Dragoons and Dragoon Operations out



We are pleased to announce Dragoons and Dragoon Operations in the British Civil Wars, 1638-1653 is now available! 

This book explores the concept, raising, equipping, composition, organization, and operational role of dragoons during the British Civil Wars. It also provides information about known dragoon units and their activities, across a relatively broad geographical and chronological range, and challenges previous interpretations in the light of more recent research. As such, this represents the first sustained study of early-modern dragoons. These soldiers were an essential part of seventeenth-century armies, even if some contemporaries reflected uncertainties about their precise function. Arguably, as part of the wider context of ‘military revolution’ in the tactics and prosecution of war in Europe, during the Thirty Years’ War in particular, the medium harquebusiers and mounted infantry continued to evolve. Although dragoons occasionally delivered mounted charges, their distinctive character dictated that they were employed in operations where mobility was essential – the seizing of bridges and strongholds, raiding, reconnaissance, patrolling and foraging. Dragoons were also used for defending hedges and passes, specialist siege operations, and in providing covering fire for both the horse of foot. 

This book therefore covers the following areas: the origins and role of dragoons; combined arms tactics and specialist operations; organization and composition of dragoon units; pay and quarter; arms and ammunition; standards, equipment and clothing; horses, equine care, saddlery and fodder; the Oxford Army; the Earl of Essex’s Army; the Eastern Association Army; the New Model Army; and the role of dragoons in regional warfare.

✨ Save 20% off RRP until Wednesday 29th March– no code needed ✨ 

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Tuesday 21 March 2023

From Aleksandr Kabankov

 "Hello friends!)))) I present the figurine of an English officer of the guards of the early 18th century for Troop54. Scale-1/22 (75 mm.)"

Pontefract Castle in the 17th century


Painting in Pontefract Museum of Pontefract Castle in the early 17th century, by Alexander Keirincx

Sealed Knot event


By Fire and Sword 2 edition | Kickstarter trailer

Saturday 18 March 2023

Looks an interesting title

 Autumn 2023. Register interest and read about it here

Monday 13 March 2023

The 68th

They say  ''We are also very excited to finally have the return of Lambton’s this season!

We shall be attending the Living History Festival at the Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park on the 22nd/23rd April, portraying the regiment as it was when it was first founded during the Seven Years War.

If you’re interested in joining us please let us know via Facebook Messenger, email, or the website:''


Carolean cavalry by Historical costume storeland

 See more at their Facebook page

The Science of Arms. - The Art of War in the Century of the Soldier 1672-1699

Volume 1: Preparation for War and the Infantry

Stephen M. Carter

Impressive start to a three volume series

This is Volume 1 of a trilogy of books on the subject and from the first volume an excellent start has been made. The concept as I see it is an analysis of the main military treatises of the period with the aim of understanding the military mindset of the time. Taken from the English language versions.

Part 1 is preparing for war and War policy investigating the justification for war and a 'just' war. This is followed by preparing for war and preparing your magazine. All through the book are many fine illustrations from the original books to give a visual dimension to the subject. Infantry postures (the positions used in drill) are analyzed in depth. Both pike and musket postures are depicted and analyzed. All in incredible detail. This is a book that goes in depth on the subject. Next up are company evolutions followed by battalion evolutions as the body becomes larger. Battlefield evolutions come next. Forming defensive bodies brings the infantry volume to a close.

All in all a fine book with lots of detail and a visual feast. Can't wait for the next volume.

Quad-barreled pistols

 Steve Carter author of Fighting for Liberty and One King and the recent Science of Arms has been visiting the Musée de l'Armée Paris and he found these pistols -  he notes in his books that these were documented in use at the skirmish at Ashill by some of Monmouth's cavalry as well as double-barreled carbines. 

Hernán I Trailer (2019)

 I don't think this is available in Europe or in an English language version but it's worth watching the trailer in my opinion. Wiki

Saturday 11 March 2023

The fugitive King Charles II

Charles II commissioned Isaac Fuller to do a series of paintings depicting his flight into exile. Done 1660-70 I thought they were interesting because of the ordinary clothing depicted. Here are the set of them.

Friday 10 March 2023

New from Bruno Mugnai



We are pleased to announce Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV Volume 6. Armies of the Italian States 1660-1690 Part 1 is now available! 

✨ Save £5 off RRP until Sunday 12th March– no code needed

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Wednesday 8 March 2023

Halte des Troupes (Soldiers and Women in an Encampment) Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater French

 From hereJoseph Pater (French, Valenciennes 1695–1736 Paris). Artist wiki

In the next issue of Wargames Illustrated

 Free epic Pike and Shotte. Out March 19. Order from North Star

Friday 3 March 2023

My newest blog


Dedicated to the Arthurian period here

By Fire and Sword II Kickstarter

 Facebook page for updates

Van Dyck WSS 10-12mm

Van Dyck have announced some new miniatures coming soon. See their Facebook page for more or check out their page . These miniatures are excellent. See an article on them in 2018 Wargames Illustrated here

Wednesday 1 March 2023

This book looks good. Forthcoming


The clothes, weapons and accoutrements of the Scots at war from 1460-1600

The Men of Warre examines the  clothes, weapons and accoutrements of the Scots at war between 1460 and 1600 using a wide range of sources to present a clear picture of the what the highland and lowland Scots were wearing and fighting with in this crucial and turbulent period in Scotland’s history.  Scott has carefully drawn together a myriad of sources to present a picture of the Scots from the late medieval to the cusp of the early modern period and the material culture of war.

For St. David's day.

Lt. Parker Steel of the Royal Welch Fusiliers 1764. Note Minden rose in his right lapel. (RWF Museum Erik Goldstein collection)