Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Coming soon from Osprey

Osprey have just announced some new titles for 2019 in their elite series. This one is of interest
ELI: Raiders of New France, North American Forest Warfare Tactics 17th–18th Centuries
French political conservatism and relative lack of investment saw British colonies in 17th century North America grow much more vigorously, pushing into territories that the French had not exploited. That 'New France' survived as long as it did, with a smaller population and military garrison, was largely due to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed through close contact by imaginative French officers with Indian tribes and Canadian settlers. This was a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen and allied Indian warriors. By employing hit-and-run 'commando' tactics over great distances, they tied down the New Englanders in a defensive posture and discouraged the enemy's Iroquois allies.


I have heard it's Rene Chartrand who is the author

Monday, 6 August 2018

FRENCH MILITARY SWORD IN 18th CENTURY (First period)

 Translated to English on this PDF.
Armes blanches de la ligne et de la maison du roi  .
Authors : C. ARIES and M. PETARD (translation N.VASSE)
Gazette des Armes N° 57 Fevrier 1978.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Death of Tecomseh - Ron Embleton

Bushy Run 1763


Tomorrow is the anniversary but the reenactment is on today and tomorrow. This film is worth watching.
Read Bouquet's account of the battle

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Battle of Bloody Run 1763

Wiki here
.See Gary Zaboly's excellent picture here
The Battle of Bloody Run was fought during Pontiac's Rebellion on July 31, 1763 on what now is the site of Elmwood Cemetery. In an attempt to break Pontiac's siege of Fort Detroit, about 250 British troops attempted to make a surprise attack on Pontiac's encampment.
Pontiac was ready and waiting, possibly alerted by French settlers, and defeated the British at Parent's Creek two miles (3 km) east of the fort. However, he did not accomplish the destruction of this British force which would have greatly demoralized the British and dissuaded more British efforts to break the Indian siege of Fort Detroit. The creek, or run, was said to have run red with the blood of the 20 dead and 34 wounded British soldiers and was henceforth known as Bloody Run. The attack's commander, Captain James Dalyell, was one of those killed. After learning of Dalyell's death, General Jeffrey Amherst offered a £200 bounty to anyone who would kill Pontiac.
The famous frontiersman Robert Rogers was one of the British commanders in this battle.

New Rangers work

ANNOUNCING A MAJOR NEW BOOK ON THE RANGERS OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR 1754-1764
From Canada to Georgia
By Gary Zaboly and Timothy J. Todish
Illustrated by Gary Zaboly
______________________________________________________
The earlier collaboration of Timothy J. Todish and Gary Zaboly, THE ANNOTATED AND ILLUSTRATED JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS, published in 2002, remains in print. This new book will go much farther afield and cover not only Rogers' companies, but the British-allied rangers of every colony, as well as those of Canada's Maritime provinces. The concurrent conflicts with the Cherokees and the Indians of the Pontiac rising will also be included. Many long-neglected ranger battalions and companies, such as the mounted troops of South Carolina and Georgia, and rangers elsewhere in the South, Middle Colonies, and the North, will receive equal attention, much of the narrative drawn from fresh research and heretofore unpublished documents. Many of these units will be illustrated for the first time. Other parts of the book will deal with the provincial and regular troops who served in the wilderness on ranger-like duty, and the Native Americans who also scouted and fought alongside their white counterparts.
There will also be an Appendix on ranger woodcraft, survival and fighting techniques, methods of building shelters in the forest, food eaten on the trail, weapons, clothing, concealment, and many other related subjects.
Be a part of this Project. If you are interested, please Facebook-Message Gary Zaboly or Timothy J. Todish, or email me at garyzaboly@aol.com, and I will email you a Prospectus fully describing it, and how you can play a role.

Coming soon from Black Hussar Miniatures

Facebook here
They say
French Skirmishers for the FIW, most will be usable for the continental conflict, too. They will be the start of a new 28mm skirmish/character range… the first ones (as shown) are already on the way to the caster, second wave is already sculpted.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Gerry Embleton is retiring

From the Wolfe's army Osprey
At 77 the master illustrator must be ready fot it. Good luck on your retirement.  Read more here

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Battle of Carillon 1758

Today is the anniversary of Montcalm's great victory. Wiki

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Outlander surprise

Outlander exclusive first look: 100 First Nation Canadians arrive in Scotland for season 4 filming. They'll portray members of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations, who feature in the upcoming season


Saturday, 2 June 2018

“No Great Mischief If they Fall” A Tale of a Highlander in the French and Indian War. Book 1 : Culloden to Quebec

Martin Dey
Amazon Kindle edition
De tha sinn a' deanamh an seo, Ewan ? What are we doing here, Ewan ? This is the question asked by Ewan MacKenzie's friend Alexander MacDonald. What could make a man fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie against the hated Redcoats , yet only a decade later become a Redcoat himself ? This is an epic tale of individuals, societies and nations in transition on both sides of the Atlantic. Ewan's journey takes him from wild Highland charges in the Jacobite Rising to massed Redcoat volleys in the two great battles for Quebec. Along the way, he will wade ashore ,under fire, on Ile Royale before the siege of Louisbourg and face Indian ambush on Forbes' Road to Fort Duquesne. Yet Ewan's greatest battle will be whether guilt, loss and revenge maintain their grip on his life when faced with the possibility of love and redemption. As a number of historical Scotsmen did in the years between 1746 and 1760, Ewan MacKenzie will swear allegiance to King George and make the transition from Rebel to Redcoat but what happens when he finds himself in the same army as the Redcoat who destroyed his home in the brutal aftermath of Culloden ?
"No Great Mischief If They Fall " explores a crucial period of change for the Highlander within British society. It is a surprise that such a vivid and important turning point has rarely been charted before. "No Great Mischief If They Fall." is a story which will remain with the reader long after the last word is read.
Maindh an saoghal, ged nach mair ar saoghal-ne. The world endures, ours does not. Life goes on

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sash and Saber FIW 25mm greens

British centre company marching
The Kickstarter has finished and now some of the preproduction greens can be seen on their Facebook page

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers

Thanks to a tip off from War Horse Miniatures. This is a range of  1/32 figures for the Seven Years War - explore the website for more information.

On War Horse Miniatures blog you can read an interview with the creator and a review

Ebor Miniatures Hard plastic French SYW 28mm kickstarter

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Watch at the Folkpark

Old photo from Keith Jepson, from about 1999. Outside the log cabin in various uniforms of the Black Watch. See more old French and Indian war reenactment pics here

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Compagnies franches de la Marine - Galloping Major

Galloping Major are about to launch a kickstarter for these figures (which are 28mm), Facebook page
See more here including a t-shirt!

Battle of Sainte-Foy 1760

Today's anniversary - a French victory

Friday, 27 April 2018

46th Regiment of Foot 1758 by Thomas Payton


The Regiment arrived in North America in 1757. They participated in the disastrous assault at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1758, the capture of Fort Niagara in 1759, and Fort Lévis in 1760

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Armies in Plastic French and Indian War French

I bought a load of these a year or two ago. This is as far as I got painting them. French infantry. But they are great figures and I don't regret getting them. Maybe I will get another burst of energy. Buy them here

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Death of General Braddock

Thanks to Andrey for this. At the battle of Monongahela 1755.

Friday, 20 April 2018

12mm American Revolution from Kallistra


Webpage here
This company makes some good small scale figures. Check them out. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

New Francis Back tribute

Cap-aux-Diamants


Histoire du Québec
Numéro 133 – printemps 2018
Le numéro du printemps de Cap-aux-Diamants est un hommage à l’illustrateur Francis Back, décédé l’automne dernier, dont les thèmes fétiches étaient l’histoire de l’Amérique et de ses peuples français, autochtones et métis. En introduction du numéro, Yves Beauregard, historien et directeur de la revue, souligne à juste titre la précieuse collaboration et l’amitié qui l’unissait à Francis Back, auteur de plusieurs articles et illustrateur de plus d’une couverture de Cap-aux-Diamants. D’ailleurs, c’est son illustration Les Montréalistes qui orne la une de ce numéro dans lequel vous pourrez lire sur sa carrière sous la plume d’Éric Major, et sur son apport à l’histoire militaire sous celle de René Chartrand et Luce Vermette. D’autres textes traitent de façon plus large du travail de caricaturistes et d'illustrateurs ayant précédé Back. Il est entre autres question de la place de la femme dans la bande dessinée et des dessins d’Albéric Bourgeois durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

A View of Montreal in Canada - Thomas Davies 1762

Conte Collectables Colonial

There's an interesting and tantalising article about future releases here

Friday, 13 April 2018

When the Redskins Rode 1951

Full movie here
In 1753, Colonel George Washington and frontiersman Christopher Gist are proudly introducing their protégé, Delaware Indian Prince Hannoc to Williamsburg, Virginia society. French spy Elizabeth Leeds romances Hannoc, hoping to swing the Delawares to the French side in the impending colonial war. Hannoc saves Washington and his men from a French trap during a peace mission. When Hannoc's father, Chief Shingiss, comes to Williamsburg to sign a mutual defense pact with the British, he is murdered by French spies. Hannoc and Indian maiden Morna unmask Miss Leeds as a spy just as war breaks out, with Washington and his troops besieged at Fort Necessity.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Vaudreuil's Raid 2018

Event at Fort William Henry. Photos by Benjamin Gallant. More here

Thursday, 15 March 2018

New 1/32 Revolutionary war sets from LOD Enterprises

Go to their Facebook page for more photos.  They say
The figure sets will include the British regular army, British light infantry, American regular army, and American light infantry.
Each set contains eight (8) poses and 16 figures.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Rogers Rangers

No snow but an interesting set of films to celebrate the 260th anniversary of the Battle on Snowshoes

Battle on Snowshoes 1758

Rogers Rangers fans will know that today is the anniversary of this famous skirmish.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Wargaming King Philip's War

There's a pleasant Facebook group called Wargaming King Philips War  in which one of the group recommended these.
Here

Monday, 5 March 2018

King William's War - Michael G Laramie

Here's an interesting book
Fought in New York, New England, and Canada, the conflict that began the long French and English struggle for the New World

While much has been written on the French and Indian War of 1754–1763, the colonial conflicts that preceded it have received c
omparatively little attention. Yet in King William’s War, the first clash between England and France for control of North America, the patterns of conflict for the next seventy years were laid, as were the goals and objectives of both sides, as well as the realization that the colonies of the two nations could not coexist.
King William’s War actually encompassed several proxy wars being fought by the English and the French through their native allies. The Beaver Wars was a long running feud between the Iroquois Confederacy, New France, and New France’s native allies over control of the lucrative fur trade. Fueled by English guns and money, the Iroquois attempted to divert the French fur trade towards their English trading partners in Albany, and in the process gain control over other Indian tribes. To the east the pro-French Wabanaki of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick had earlier fought a war with New England, but English expansion and French urgings, aided by foolish moves and political blunders on the part of New England, erupted into a second Wabanaki War on the eve of King William’s War. Thus, these two conflicts officially became one with the arrival of news of a declaration of war between France and England in 1689. The next nine years saw coordinated attacks, including French assaults on Schenectady, New York, and Massachusetts, and English attacks around Montreal and on Nova Scotia. The war ended diplomatically, but started again five years later in Queen Anne’s War.
A riveting history full of memorable characters and events, and supported by extensive primary source material, King William’s War: The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697 by Michael G. Laramie is the first book-length treatment of a war that proved crucial to the future of North America.

Kickstarter - Sash and Saber 28mm French and Indian War Miniatures

Saturday, 3 March 2018

1/32 American Militia War of 1812

Figures from the collection of and painted by Scott Lesch. Manufactured by Expeditionary Force. They also do British Marines. These with the Armies in Plastic Woodland Indians could make for an interesting game. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Alarm at Fort Mims

Trailer for the short film Alarm At Fort Mims. Filmed on location at Fort Mims, AL. Further details to follow. Film Release Date: Summer 2018

Saturday, 13 January 2018