Tuesday, 30 November 2010

John Buxton

Film about the man and his work.

Robert Griffing

Film about the famous Eastern frontier artist.

Bows in reenactment


The subject of using bows was something that when I was involved with reenacting the French and Indian war caused quite a few strong opinions. To sum up the arguments on both sides:
Pro the bow
Woodland Indians used bows - to not use them is historically wrong and misleading. There is plenty of precedent for the safe use of bows in reenacting in the Dark Ages and Middle Ages - why not the SYW? Rubber tipped and backward flighted arrows are standard and there doesn't seem any harm done.
Against the bow
It's dangerous and would result in problems.

I'd be interested in what people thought about this subject.

Indians geographical positioning in the SYW

Had a nice email from a gentleman from Slovenia with a request for help - maybe you all might know the answer - the question is - where do you find a decent map of the positions of all the Indian nations at the time of the Seven Years War? He's got the Osprey one in the Woodland indians one...I can't think of anything else at the moment. Maybe the book Atlas of Great Lakes Indians might have it - I don't have it but I think there was a fairly accurate map of the Ohio Indians there but don't buy it just on my failing memory. Some of the period maps made by the French had some Indian nations on - not sure - anyone know about this subject?

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Interview with Gary Zaboly

Here where he tells of how he got into frontier history.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Cavalcade wargames French and Indian war


This company is new to me - found them by accident but I do like the look of them. 28mm. They are specialising in Rangers and French Marines in winter kit at the moment so if you have a mind to recreate the battle on Snowshoes then maybe you should check them out. Website here

A Bard of Wolfe's Army:

I haven't seen this book but it looks interesting - any of you read it?

James Thompson, Gentleman Volunteer, 1733-1830
Front Cover
Midpoint Trade Books Inc, 2010 - 388 pages
As a young grenadier in His Majesty's 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), Sergeant James Thompson took part in the capture of Louisbourg, 1758, the battle of the Plains of Abraham at Quebec, 1759, and the battle of Sillery, 1760. Later he experienced the American blockade of Quebec by Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Thompson remained in Quebec the rest of his life. His anecdotes form one of the most interesting personal accounts of soldiering during the Seven Years' War, and his journal offers a first-hand view of life in Quebec in the years that followed. An astute observer with an eye for a humorous story, by the time he reached old age he was sought out by governors general and royalty to recount his stories of earlier times. Editors Earl Chapman and Ian McCulloch not only present Thompson's anecdotes in one volume for the first time, but they also present a wealth of explanation and historical background to bring the period to life and place Thompson's experiences in context.






Dodge Challenger Commercial

Apologies if you have seen this before.

Friday, 12 November 2010

New diorama from Thomsomfeld

Here is the latest Diorama - Dutch marines in surinam 1772-1780


all diorama photos and uniforms can you see hier
[http://s776.photobucket.com/albums/yy42 ... 20surinam/]
or there http://www.bennosfigures.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6145
links to history and uniforms:
[http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... trade.html]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gabriel_Stedman]
[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Stedman,_ ... 28DNB00%29]
[http://www.kriegsreisende.de/absolutismus/maroons.htm]
[http://frontierfolk.net/ipw-web/bulleti ... 563d63278e]
[http://surinamslavery.blogspot.com/2008 ... their.html]
[http://www.buku.nl/stedman.html]
[http://www.buku.nl/index.html]
[http://bukubooks.wordpress.com/]
[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/stedman/stedman.html]
diverse uniformen
[http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigi ... el=1&tword]

Monday, 8 November 2010

Nice image on Mousquets et Tomahawks

A great photo demonstrating a British colonial force for the F&I is here

THE BORDER COVENANT a tale of the French and Indian War

A short reading from the new novel of the French and Indian War that takes place months after the end of the book, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by James Fenimore Cooper. The book traces the exploits of a company of Rogers Rangers from the second battle of Fort Ticonderoga in 1759 to the battle for Quebec between Generals Montcalm and Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham.
RELEASE DATE JAN 2011 but advanced copies can be downloaded or purchased here

Friday, 5 November 2010

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) trailer

This is on tv as I write. How I managed to get to be 50 years old and not see this movie is a mystery to me. But if you like Mountain Man movies - this one is set in the 1830s - then check this one out.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Battle of the Wabash 1791


This, the worst defeat of the US army by Indians took place today in 1791
"Death of General Richard Butler" or "Butler's Demise" 1791 at the battle of St. Clair's Defeat painted by Hal Sherman of Englewood, Ohio

Monday, 1 November 2010

Mousquets & Tomahawks


This is a new blog based around a card based skirmish system for battles in North America. English and French language is on the blog. Based around the use of approximately 20 figures a side. There is an English language version of the game in production.