Monday, 18 September 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh 1547 by Neil Mitchard

My brother lives in Musselburgh near Edinburgh and offered to take some photos for me of this 1547 battle being reenacted. The results are interesting - well done to all those who took part. Wiki on the battle. 
More photos here

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Fall Of Namur (1934)

Full title reads: "THE FALL OF NAMUR - British Troops capture the French fortress - a scene from the forthcoming Aldershot Tattoo."  Thanks to David Wilton (Scots Brigade) for finding this gem.

Les fifres dans les compagnies entre 1660 et 1761 / Sarah van Cornewal

Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

On Spotify
Review here
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Monday, 11 September 2017

For Malplaquet day

The Queen's regiment UK WSS reenactors. See more of them and other WSS images here


Tis the anniversary of this battle. Image is of a British grenadier. From England's General Eternized 1706

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Royal Changeling fiction

I don't usually read fantasy but I read this one as it was given to me by the author at an event and now is available online for a few quid. It links Monmouth Rebellion lore with Arthurian and elfish themes creating a very readable fiction. Here 

The Pretenders (1972) DVD

This is finally out on DVD. I'm pretty excited about that despite it costing 20 quid. Its an old HTV children's adventure set in the Monmouth Rebellion and as a child I loved it. Had the novelisation and everything. Sedgemoor is really well recreated. Percy Kirke is the baddie.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Army Of James II, 1685-1688: The Birth Of The British Army (Century of the Soldier) Stephen Ede -Borrett

A long-awaited treatment. Was it worth the wait? I think so. The author has been researching the army of James II since the 80s so I think it would be safe to say this is a labour of love. It has all manner of approaches - eye witnesses, deserter descriptions, period engravings and packaged with some charming watercolours by Mark Allen whose style you'll recognise from his articles in Wargames Illustrated in the 90s. There's even some reconstructed dragoons photographed. Flags are reproduced as well as some interesting paintings in colour including one I didn't know of an officer in the Earl of Bath's regiment.  In short if you have an interest in James II's army this is the one book you'll need. It's a compendium of information on this important period in the development of the standing army in Britain. Highy recommended.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Bavarian Army During The Thirty Years War, 1618-1648: The Backbone Of The Catholic League' (Century of the Soldier) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2017 by Laurence Spring (Author)

I have always been interested in the Thirty Years War but have always found the books available fall short and deal mainly with the politics of the period rather than the nuts and bolts side of history. This one does fit the bill very neatly. I have a liking for Tilly and Pappenheim and so took a chance on this and wasn't disappointed. Chapters on Clothing, Pay and Rations, Tactics, arming the soldiers, Civilians and soldiers all make very useful reading for the reenactor and wargamer. Soon is the anniversary of the Thirty Years War in 2018 so this kind of book will be essential reading to those recreating the armies of the time. It does cover more than just the Bavarian army and compares it to the practices in Swedish and other armies. All in all highy recommended.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

English Civil War Call to Arms 1/32

I like the Call to Arms 54mm plastics. Scott Lesch has a nice collection. Here are some. Before you wonder why they're not painted its part of the aesthetics of collecting to keep them in the raw. Harks back to the Playset and carpet battles.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Tamara Tamtam's Moscow photos

 Here are some really spectacular pics of some of the Moscow event see below. To see more of Tamara's work go here

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Dutch drillbook of 1673

Edwin over at Rampjaar 1672 found this free ebook. It's in Dutch but there's a lot pike and shot pics to enjoy and it's free!

Edwin has noticed that the pikemen and musketeers appear to be wearing different coats.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Moskow 17thc event The Russo-Polish War 1654-1667

Photo by Vladimir Besperstov
Its a funny coincidence that the weekend the Royal Armouries had a Polish cavalry display a group of Aston's from the UK travelled to Russia to take part in a 17thc event recreating a siege from the border wars between Poland and Russia. Go here to see and find out more.

Friday, 25 August 2017

The Sealed Knot - SCAMPSTON HALL - Civil War Battle Reenactment

The largest Civil War event in the UK this year will bring together Sealed Knot members from around the country and our members who travel from abroad to give you an experience you'll be talking about for years to come.

Cannon will Roar and the sound will reverberate across the Parkland surrounding this magnificent house. Musketeers will face their foes and fire volleys across the battlefield, Pikemen will grunt and groan with effort as the fight at 'point' and close into 'push. Cavalry will fight with sword as they charge to face the enemy. Drums will interpret the Orders of the Officers into sound and Ensigns will proudly flourish Regimental and Brigade Colours. Details here

Monday, 21 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Army of James II by Stephen Ede-Borrett

Ace sculptor Clibinarium emailed me with a good report on it which concludes with  Certainly worth the £20 or so I'd say.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

1/72 Austrian infantry

This set I can imagine will be popular. They presumably are from 1683 and I would imagine they could be utilised for a variety of wars. Well done to Mars for bringing them out.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monmouth cap?

From Neumann and Kravic Collectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. From excavations on the New York waterfront.
There is an interesting article on Monmouths here

Olde England Grown New

Comic book adventures of a fictional English Civil war regiment. Here

Peter the Great's hat

This is the hat Peter bought when he was working in the shipyards of Amsterdam in the early 18thc. Anyone know if it's a Monmouth cap?