Tuesday 26 March 2024

Armies of the German Peasants' War 1524–26 Douglas Miller (Author) , Angus McBride (Illustrator)

 This is a useful introduction to the period. If you like Angus McBride artwork even better!

In the 1520s, a brief but savage war broke out in Germany when various insurgent groups rose to overthrow the power structure. The movement took as its emblem a peasant's shoe and the collective title of 'Bundschuh', and this became known as the Peasants' War - although the rebel armies actually included as many townsmen, miners, disaffected knights and mercenary soldiers as rural peasants. The risings involved large armies of up to 18,000 men, and there were several major battles before the movement was put down with the utmost ferocity. This book details the armies, tactics, costume, weapons, personalities and events of this savage war.

New Steel Fist German Peasants' war 28mm

 Sculpted by Paul Hicks. Appropriate weapons supplied. 

Monday 25 March 2024

Alan Larsen by Photosm Stephen Moss

 Photographer Facebook page here. On the 20-21 April St. George's festival at West Park there is to be a Monmouth skirmish. Details

Officer Régiment de Normandie c1762


Teatro militare dell'Europa French army 1760 Alfonso Taccoli

 They have the French army online too here about p345

Garde françaises

Montmarin, Briqueville, Is Reine
Piémont, Normandie, Is Marine

Berwick, Rooth, Enghien

Bulkeley, Clare, Dillon

Vignolle, Cantabres, Chasseurs de Fischer

Royal Ecossais

Picardie, Champagne, Navarre

Teatro militare dell'Europa Taccoli 1760

 Here for an excellent resource for the Spanish army of the Seven Years War.

Today's anniversary


French Admiral Claude de Forbin (1656–1733) had little faith in
the expedition from the start.

Today in 1708. A French fleet anchors near Fife Ness as part of the planned French invasion of Britain.[7]

NB (5,000 - 6,000 troops, from the French regiments of Bernay, Auxerre, Agen, Luxembourg, Beauferme, and Boulogne plus elements of the Irish Brigade were ready to embark)

Saturday 23 March 2024

Garde françoises 1721


There is a really good set of images of the arms exercise of 1721. Here

Anybody read this?


Seven Years War portrait

Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder

(Haina 1722–1789 Kassel)
Portrait of Louis Gaucher, Duc de Chatillon (1737–1762), as Colonel of the Regiment of Cuirassiers ‘Cavalerie du Roi’, his right hand pointing at a map of the Battle of Kassel, with Weißenstein Palace and the Hercules Monument in the background,

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Tuesday 19 March 2024

1766 drill


French 1767 regulations


From here Recueil de toutes les troupes qui forment les armées françoises dessiné et illuminé d'après nature 1768

 More here

Kronoskaf entry


Fischer biograohy

 Thanks to Frédéruc Aubert for this.. Chasseur de Fischer

Read it here. The French wiki is here

Malmesbury Civil War weekend


French soldiers of the Seven Years War

 From here Deutsche Reichs-Armee nebst einigen verbündeten oesterreichischen und französischen Truppen, 1757, 1759, 1762. Copies of the Becher’s plates. Becher was eyewitness to several military troops passing through Weimar between 1757 and 1760.

21st century wargaming

 I was chatting to my son about wargaming and I said there are two revolutions going on in the world of wargaming. One is 2D or paper soldiers and the other is downloadable files to print your own figures. I suppose you could also add digital sculpting which means the masters aren't made with green stuff but on a computer. I suppose I should get more up to date. Have you tried either?

Ukrainian Kozak for Great Northern War

Sunday 17 March 2024

French recruiting poster



 Wiki. I think the Perrys when at the Foundry did a petard team model.