Friday 26 April 2024

Reichsarmee 1734

 Over on the Oderint Dum Probent blog there are some good images which could be used as paper soldiers.

French troops in the War of Polish Succession

 As it's an anniversary this year I thought we could post some pics. This is from the Osprey Louis XV's army. Based on Gudenus by the looks of it. 

In Gdansk this spring


Long weekend in Gdansk? Only with the Gdańsk Garrison!

Together with Narodowe Muzeum Morskie w Gdańsku Muzeum Gdańska and Hevelianum we have prepared several historical attractions for you.

Starting back in April:

27 of April. Welcome to the Wisłoujście Fortress - Museum of Gdańsk, opened after several years of renovation, where we will present the everyday life of Gdański soldiers and their families in the XVIII century.

30th of April. Grand opening of the renovated Crane. We will move to Gdansk from the second half of the 17th century. []%7D

2nd of May. Flag Day. Ceremonial raising of the flag on Gradowa Mountain Hevelianum at 12:00

May the 3rd. Solemn Historical Change of Guard and Oath of Residents to Artus Court - Museum of Gdańsk.

May the 4th. 290th anniversary of the battle of Gradowa Mountain on May 9, 1734. An event that we've been waiting for for years, reminiscent of the greatest victory of the Gdansk troops.

In addition, our former kitchen specialist Ola Kucharska will be a Wisłouj chef in a fantastically equipped kitchen @twierdza WisłouJście. Catch her there April 27-29, May 1 and May 5

Thursday 25 April 2024

Werewolf, 1685. the Werewolf Of Ansbach Germany. Line Engraving, 1685

 Anybody know anything about this? I was attracted to this pic because of the clothes but I am curious. Werewolf legends of Germany

Almansa 1707


Today's anniversary is this battle.. 

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Dunkeld, Living history weekend, 4th -5th May, 2024


Dunkeld, Living history weekend, 4th -5th May, 2024.

Dunkeld, Stanely park, Totally free event.

Erskines regiment will hosting the Battle of Dunkeld, living history display part of the multi-period event.

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Happy St. George's Day

 For St. George's day. The 36th. Late 90s. They used to do a week long event every year at Corgarff Castle and they always used to invite me but I always declined. Now of course they are no more and no more invites. Moral of the story? If you get invited to do something do it. 

Monday 22 April 2024

Willem de Vlamingh

 Wiki  a Dutch sea captain who explored the central west coast of New Holland (Australia) in the late 17th century

The Troop at the weekend at Wrest Park.

 The Trumpeter on a Troop horse rather than his usual grey.  Royal Dragoons 1685 with a Lifeguard’s escort to a General officer. Photo Alan Larsen. 

Sunday 21 April 2024

Monmouth Paperboys!

 Buccaneers or Monmouth Rebellion? The 1680s' Troops Are Now On the Website! Get Ready for Battle!

Saturday 20 April 2024

Wrest Park Monmouth Rebellion skirmish

 Photos by Tim MacDonald Watson from earlier today. Event continues tomorrow Sunday. Bedfordshire. 

Friday 19 April 2024

1st Foot Guards 1685

 This weekend there is a Monmouth skirmish as part of English Heritage's St George's day festival at Wrest Park Bedfordshire. Good luck to all concerned.

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Ramillies 1706 event


Jean Claude Sourisseau's collection of Mokarex figures

 These were free with coffee in the 1950s and 60s I believe. 50mm.  Very impressive I think. Mokarex

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Dutch Tavern scene 1680

PETER DE HOOCH (1629-1684)

 " The Empty Jug." A Tavern Scene with a  Serving Wench,a Gentleman with a Pipe and a Dog, and Card Players. From the National Trust, Saltram Manor, Devon.

Date: 1680. 

1898 Miniatures French 30 Years War infantry

 Facebook page. This range looks very good. Pikemen and command. Webpage

Culloden 1746

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Drawings from the Penecuik artist

Saturday 13 April 2024

Friday 12 April 2024

Salute 2024

 Have a great day tomorrow if you are going. Great show.

Interesting portrait. La Marck

 La Marck infanterie on Kronoskaf

Portrait présumé de Louis-Engilbert de la Marck, colonel du régiment du même nom. 1750

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Happy birthday Duke of Monmouth

 Wiki. Raise a glass for the Rebel Duke and his followers. 

Monday 8 April 2024

Malmesbury Civil War weekend


Henry VIII and the invasion of France

 This book from 1990 is worth getting if you like that period. You can pick it up quite cheaply. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

Régiment de Champagne

 There is a new reenactment group in France recreating this illustrious regiment in the Louis AT period. Kronoskaf entry

Thursday 4 April 2024

Little Woodham a 1642 living history village Gosport

On the 6th and 7th of April a recruiting party from Lord Brooke's Regiment of Foote (Living History UK) will be billeting the village. We strongly recommend pre-booking if you plan to visit on this weekend, or you might miss it out! You can do this by following this link:


Wednesday 3 April 2024

The Draughtsman's contract soundtrack 1982

 Yesterday we watched the film the Favourite which was about Sarah Churchill. Of course it shared similarities with the art film the Draughtsman's Contract which we loved when it came out. Much of the appeal of the film is a result of the Michael Nyman soundtrack. Spotify album here

The Somerset Levels


I picked up a book South-West England from the air by Ian Hay. This photo of the Somerset Levels I liked. 

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Revell Seven Years War


Back in the early 90s I got into plastic again. Again, as when I was a kid I collected them. The Revell figures were pleasant and they were cheap. I painted loads of them. There was an offer you would get free enamels with a coupon. I used to use enamels for the metallics so it was a win. Prussian infantry were my favourites. I thought they were excellent sculpts.  Plastic soldier review Prussian infantry here. Austrian infantry here and Austrian artillery here. Prussian Hussars here.