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


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.

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