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.