Thursday 27 April 2023

Old 68th Society at the weekend

Lambton's with Pulteneys in the background at Moira furnace. 

📸 - Carlill Photography

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Sunday 23 April 2023

Photos from yesterday

 From Almansa yesterday. See more here

Friday 21 April 2023

Strelets British 1745 artillery


Good to see Strelets still working on interesting sets. If you are wondering about painting them here is some reference.

Thursday 20 April 2023


 On 21, 22 and 23 April 2023, the city of #Almansa moves to 1707 to commemorate the 316th Anniversary of the Battle of Almansa. International Historical Recreation, Military Camps, Baroque Market, Exhibitions and many more emotions.

🎬 A seasonal atmosphere and an experience that you can only live in our city.
👏👏👏We're waiting for you!

Tuesday 18 April 2023

Barry Lyndon appreciation society

 If you do Facebook there is a group that is pretty good. December sees the 50th anniversary of the filming of this classic.

Murray Melvin who played Reverend Rung passed away the other day.
 He had a fine career.

Lambton's 68th

 "The Lambton’s 68th Regiment of Foot will be appearing at Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park this weekend to take part in their living history festival. 

This will be the first time since 2019 we have appeared as Lambton’s and are looking forward to portraying the regiment as it was when it was first founded!"

Monday 17 April 2023

From Yves Martin (la Sabretache)

 "Gardes Françaises débuts du règne de Louis XV

Ces sanguines me semblent représenter un garde et un sergent des gardes françaises au début du règne de Louis XV

Mais j'avoue être un peu "au delà" de mes connaissances... "

Sunday 16 April 2023

Exhibition at the Kelvingrove

 My brother went to Glasgow for the weekend and visited the Kelvingrove and he sent me these images from an exhibition currently on. Wiki. My brother isn't interested in the Civil War but is very interested in rhinos hence the photos. 

Culloden 1746

 This battle happened today in 1746. 277 years ago.

Leanach Cottage Culloden Moor

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Mousquetaire Du Roi by Sergey Shamenkov

 From this article (a pdf) which is available for download (it's in Ukrainian but there are images). This is what the Musketeers would have looked like when they met the character D'Artagnan. Also here

The Three Musketeers (2023) trailer

 This film is out in the cinema in France. Musée de l'Armée have an exhibition based on it. Mixed reactions from 17th century buffs over here. See what you think?

Monday 10 April 2023

1st Royal Dragoons

 First look for a Marlburian portrayal ready for Almansa in a fortnight. Find them on Facebook or on

Thursday 6 April 2023

Black Watch in 1758

 Rick on his holiday in Scotland visited many museums.  He took this close-up at the Black Watch Museum. 

Here is the full picture. Glasgow. 

Wednesday 5 April 2023

The Deluge (Potop) 1974 Battle of Prostki

A clip from the famous film.  Wiki on the movie.

Against the Deluge

Polish and Lithuanian armies during the war against Sweden 1655-1660

Michal  Paradowski

Mr Paradowski is becoming the go-to author on the 17th century wars in Eastern Europe in the English language. I have three of his books now and they are all very detailed and engaging. He is teamed up with ace illustrator Sergey Shamenkov who is probably the best artist working in the 17th century at present. The results are extremely good and ideal for wargamers and academics alike. The book which is a hefty tome is crammed full of engravings and period drawings ensuring that the subject never gets boring. 

So if you are interested in Pancerni, Cossacks and the legendary Hussars you will find this book extremely useful and enjoyable.

Deluge wiki

By Fire and Sword II


Konrad Sosiǹski writes
 "Hi Guys, I’m in wargaming hobby since almost 30 years now. When I have started in my country (Poland) this hobby was almost unknown. My favorite period was always 17th century. At the beginning I used 1/72 miniatures and later Old Glory 28mm for my games. I tried Tercio, Warhammer Historical and DBR clones as they were available for us. But it wasn't enough for me, I felt they are too generic and simple do not match exactly to period and theater of war we would like to play. Additionally I wanted more historically accurate miniatures too.

With my friend Rafal Szwelicki we decided to figure out something own. After few years of efforts and struggles we have published our own game By Fire and Sword (2011). It was focused on conflicts in middle 17th century in Central and Eastern Europe. Game were developed for many years and we have published plenty of additional books with rules and of course entire line of miniatures, terrain and accessories. By fire and Sword become one of the most popular wargames in Poland. Also its English version gathered a lot of players in many countries.

After many years we decided we want to make game much better, faster and easier to learn. We used our experience gathered during years of game development, new fresh ideas and trends on wargaming market to create something brand new. By Fire and Sword 2 ed is dynamic and modern but still realistic and historically accurate rules set accompanied by extensive range of models, terrains pieces and accessories. Now we are gathering funds for this project on Kickstarter. This not pre-sale but real crowdfunding. Money we gather on KS would be directly spend for game development. There will be hundreds of new/rescuplted miniatures, many new illustrations and of obviously products. Once 2nd edition is launched we plan to cover more conflicts and extend the timeline: you will be able to play battles of English Civil War and Thirty Years War, or Relief of Vienna... and many more.

If you like that idea and period as much as we do and you want to help make our dreams comes true – please consider supporting our project on Kickstarter: "

Portrait d'officier Louis XV Musée des Augustins

 From here 

Tuesday 4 April 2023

George Wade

 Someone who had an interesting military life is George Wade. 

This post is inspired by Wisconsin reenactor Rick Seidemann's trip to Scotland. He took the close up. Wade is associated with a series of military roads traversing Scotland.

Military roads of Scotland wiki

Rick bought this book. Looks good