Thursday, 31 December 2009
Today this battle was fought in 1775. This painting by John Trumbull from 1786 has some interesting figures in the foreground. Looks like they are wearing a Canadian style cap that is seen on some illustrations of the period. Watch movie on American Invasion of 1775.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
This man who died on this day in 1749 had an interesting career in that he started his military life in the Carignan-Salieres regiment and eventually fought on both the American continent and in Europe during the War of Spanish Succession being injured in the battle of Malplaquet in 1709. He returned to Canada and had many more adventures as an explorer and fur trader. His life would make a great series of stories - maybe call it the Boumois novels?
Monday, 30 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
These French Marines are part of a Braddock's defeat theme which are part of the range.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
This was mentioned on the Nativelist and I thought you might be interested. Look here
"In 1736, Philip Georg Friedrich von Reck, then only twentyfive years old, sailed with other colonists from Germany to Georgia. One of his intentions, expressed in a letter before he left Europe, was to bring back from America "ocular proof" of what he called "this strange new world." Idealistic nad enthusiastic, welleducated and blessed with an amazing artistic gift, von Reck kept a travel diary, wrote separate descriptions of the plants, animals and Indians he discovered in Georgia and drew some fifty watercolor and pencil sketches of what he saw. [...]
These drawings, accompanied by von Reck's writings, are important as history, science and art. As history, they give us a new and absolutely unique glimpse of Georgia as it looked when the first Europeans settled there. [...] As science, von Reck's natural history drawings represent the earliest records of several plants and animals. [...] Von Reck's drawings and writings are especially important for the light they shed on Indian life. The drawings show in detail their costumes and equipment, houses and activities. [...] As art, von Reck's drawings are as fresh, intimate and alive on the paper as the day they were drawn."Also check this drawing out here
Saturday, 14 November 2009
In 1775, at the dawn of the revolution that gave birth to the United States of America, British loyalists and rebels compete for an alliance with the Six Nations of the Iroquois. The Iroquois, the most powerful indigenous tribal group in the Mohawk River Valley, with a constitution hundreds of years old, have coexisted with the colonists for generations. Now they must make a painful decision that gravely endangers the future of their mixed community. Together, English and Indian representatives of that community undertake a long voyage to London, capital of the British Empire, knowing that the road back will be paved with war
There's a review from the Guardian here
Video trailer to the Italian edition here
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
The first 3 packs of Huron will be accompanied by our first pack of rangers when they are released very soon.
Leading French language wargames publication VaeVictis features a 3 page interview article on us in the No.89 November 2009 edition, with lots of hitherto unseen pictures of yet to be released figures. The first two pages can be viewed under "Interview" on:
Our figures are now also available in France from Comitatus Figurines on http://www.comitatus-figurines.com/
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Mississinewa 1812 is the largest War of 1812 re-enactment of its kind. The battlefield is about 6 miles north of Marion, Indiana. It is the site of the first American victory in the war. This re-enactment is accurate to the time period, but they tell you up-front that it is not accurate to the battle itself, as no British were present at the battle, but Indians who were British allies
Ray Mears goes on an epic adventure into Canada's unforgiving, yet stunning wilderness.
As Ray travels across land and by canoe, he tells the story of one of the greatest companies the world has ever known - the Hudson's Bay Company that opened up Canada.
Ray discovers how those early traders were pioneers who laid the foundations of the modern Canadian state. He also demonstrates local crafts and bushcraft skills that bring the landscape to life.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Forgotten War: The Struggles for North America will have its broadcast premiere on November 16, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. on Mountain Lake PBS.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
The power of the French fleet was broken, and would not recover before the war was over; in the words of Alfred Thayer Mahan (The Influence of Sea Power upon History), "The battle of 20 November 1759 was the Trafalgar of this war, and [...] the English fleets were now free to act against the colonies of France, and later of Spain, on a grander scale than ever before". For instance, the French could not follow up their victory at the Battle of Sainte-Foy in 1760 for want of reinforcements and supplies from France and so Quiberon Bay may be regarded as the battle that determined the fate of New France and hence Canada.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Image of Arnold's fleet.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Blue Heron Mercantile
At the Eastern Door
Though I've never seen it and have no idea whether it's any good or not I noticed on the Smoke and Fire website
Warriors Path DVD3-DVD Set includes: Step by step instruction on how to portray an Eastern Woodland Indian including segments of dress, paint, weapons, trade silver, constructing moccasins, & other clothing. Also includes tips on research and sutlers for all native re-enactors. This series is designed to explore the material culture of the Eastern Woodland Indians.Price: $44.00
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has seen it.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Today is the anniversary of the capture of Manila by Sir William Draper - pictured here by Gainsborough. He raised the 79th foot and was also instrumental in establishing the leg before wicket rule in cricket! Buried in Bath Abbey. Maybe I'll go and pay my respects at his memorial.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
We set out with our 28mm French & Indian War range to create the sort of range we'd have loved to be able to buy: well researched with attention to correct period detail and feel, no "generic muskets", and no "generic Indians". I sculpt our own figures, and as Ralphus mentioned, he and I share an early influence in the work of Ron Embleton. Here’s another of RE's wonderful illustrations from Look & Learn.
We’ll have our first three packs of Huron available in the next few weeks, to be followed by our first couple (at least) of packs of rangers. Our first two Ranger packs will be a pack of Rangers in caps, and one in Scots bonnets, enabling better control of the mix to represent the unit(s) you wish to recreate.
Any Francophones among us may be interested to take a look at the next issue of Vae Victis, which will carry an interview article on Galloping Major, and reviews of some of our figures. And if, like me, your French is more than a little rusty, it’s always worth a look; a really classy publication, which we’re pleased to be associated with. New pics of greens on our website: http://www.gallopingmajorwargames.com/ have been a bit restricted lately as we don’t want to pre-empt the VV article, but here are a couple of ranger greens to be going on with. Concept art for some of our first rangers is on the website.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
British troops made a tactical error by having their bugler sound a fox hunting call, "gone away," while in pursuit. This was intended to insult Washington, himself a keen fox hunter, having learned the sport from Lord Fairfax during the French and Indian War. "Gone away" means a fox is in full flight from the hounds on its trail. The Continentals, who were in orderly retreat, were infuriated by this and galvanized to hold their ground. After flanking the British attackers, the Americans slowly pushed the British back. After the British fled, Washington had his troops end the chase. The battle went a long way to restoring the confidence of the Continental Army after suffering several defeats. It was Washington's first battlefield victory of the war.
42nd Highlander officer 1776 by G Embleton here
Monday, 14 September 2009
'In the 1750s, the Iroquois Confederation stands astride the Mohawk river - England's only gateway from the Atlantic to the North American continent. Only a few could see that European pressure and disunity were threatening the country, one such was the famed hunter/trader Sam Watley.'
'In 1776 the white man's war for independence exploded on the Indians' ancient land. But for trapper Sam Watley and his son, the war is not theirs - until Sam is betrayed by a British colonel. Striking back, they are plunged into a struggle that hurtles all races towards a new future. '