Friday, 19 April 2019

April Morning - Conflict on Lexington Green

1988 TV movie based on the Howard Fast novel

Drums at the Rapids 2019

Come to Drums at the Rapids and refight the War of 1812 in a reconstructed War of 1812 fort! Lowell Hamilton stages the 1814 Battle of North Point, MD, using Regimental Fire & Fury rules. The British are following up their attack after burning Washington, D.C. British regulars encounter one of the best militia brigades in a bloody attack on a defensive line. Take command of Lowell's 6mm miniatures and see if you can change history. Drums at the Rapids is the annual spring convention hosted by the Colby Street Irregulars and HMGS Great Lakes. It is held at Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, OH, in the visitors center of a reconstructed War of 1812 fort.
  • 17 May at 11:00 – 18 May at 23:00 EDT
  • Fort Meigs Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551, United States
This friendly wargaming convention is located in the visitors center of a reconstructed War of 1812 fort. Hosted by the Colby Street Irregulars and HMGS Great Lakes, it features wargames from all periods of history (and some fantasy/sci-fi, as well). There are vendors and flea markets to purchase wargaming items. Come join the fun!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

Coming in 2020 from Patrick Prugne

"TOMAHAWK" éditions Daniel Maghen, automne 2020. Extrait... ;)

Monday, 8 April 2019

"Liberty or Death: A Tale of a Highlander in Pontiac's War and the American Revolutionary War . Book 2

From Martin Dey author of  "No Great Mischief if They Fall: Culloden to Quebec" .   This book two "Liberty or Death" covers Pontiac's War and the early years of the American War of Independence.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Ralph MItchard 1999 Lake George

I don't know much about Rangers as I was involved on the French side when I was reenacting. Here's me at the Lake George tactical as a Compagnies franches de la Marine officer. 

Friday, 29 March 2019

The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, edited by Tim J. Todish and illustrated and articles by Gary Zaboly.

This is recommended - I don't have it myself but I might invest. 

Journals of Major Robert Rogers containing an account of the several ... By Robert Rogers

Rangers by Gerry Embleton in the 74 edition of Wolfe's Army

Robert Rogers journals Kindle edition

If you want to buff up on Ranger lore then this might do it
. 'The thrilling true account of a famous woodsman, scout & guerilla leader during the formative years of the American Nation' In the evocative pages of Rogers own journal we are taken through a landscape of dark untrodden forest where danger from hostile Indians and the French Army threaten every step. Famous exploits of guerilla warfare are graphically told, including battles and ambushes on America's lakes, the devastating 'Fight on Snowshoes' and the raid against the Abanakee's village at St, Francis, recounted across time by Rogers himself.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814)

Today is the anniversary of this battle from 1814.  Gary Zaboly mentioned this book on his Facebook page - I have not read it but it looks worth tracking down.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Wolfe's Army May/Embleton 1974

This was the first book I had on the American theatre of the Seven Years War. A real eye opener. Revised in the late 90ss but this edition has sentimental connections to my youth.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Armies in Plastic - French and Indian Wars - an appreciation

Have you ever made a pact with yourself - 'if anyone produces X in Y scale I am buying them'? I was like that for plastic 1/32 French and Indian war. I would have bought them anyway as I supported the concept. But are they any good?
There is basically four sets. Rogers Rangers and two sets of Northeastern Woodland Indians. These are based on John Jenkins designs' originals. There is also French regulars. These are not so good but acceptable and they kind of look the part. French were adapted and developed from original figures produced by Frontline Figures.

   Of these 4 sets the Woodland Indians are the most useful. 18 Action Figures - 6 poses in each set. Can equally be used with American Revolution, Pontiac, or frontier settler type scenarios.  Well sculpted in believable poses they seem historically accurate from what I know and what more could one ask for? No bow armed warriors sadly but other than that top marks. Obviously these could be used on either side as loyal Mohawk or perfidious Hurons. 
   The Rangers are the last ones I bought and very good they are too. I don't know much about Rangers but they look good - not Northwest Passage Rangers but proper ones with scots bonnets. 

Friday, 15 March 2019

Thursday, 14 March 2019

HaT Prussians as Hessians

In 1/32 scale the most popular 18th century period is the American Revolution. So naturally Seven years war figures get co-opted to become Hessians. They do the job very well. These are from the collection of Scott Lesch.

CTS Blockhouse

Looking around for useful bits and I discovered this - about 5 years too late. Seems to have been discontinued. CTS webpage. Still do the Mohawks though.
CLASSIC TOY SOLDIERS French-Indian War CTS116A Mohawk Indians 12 brown plastic toy soldiers in 10 poses (1:32 scale).

American frontier militia reviewed

Over on Stad's Stuff is the new 1812 militia figures

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Recruits wanted for Queen Anne's War group

Facebook page
Queen Anne's War (1702–1713) was the second in a series of French and Indian Wars fought in England's Thirteen American Colonies; in Europe, it is viewed as the North American theater of the War of the Spanish Succession.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Bullet Proof Fine Scale Art & Miniature Models

This company looks interesting - worth investigating
Now available: Set of three French Compagnies de la Marine (Sergent, Porte Drapeau, Tambour)
Scales: 1/72 - 28mm - 54mm
Requests:   Facebook page here

Saturday, 9 March 2019

French gorget (hausse-col) from the Seven Years War from The Eastern Door

For many years there had been a call to reproduce a correct pre-1767 pattern French gorget. After some consideration, research, and development, they are now a reality. These will be produced exclusively in gilt brass just like the originals and available by individual order.
At the Eastern Door Facebook
At the Eastern door webpage

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

La Marine

This book was very useful when I was starting a French Compagnies franches de la Marine group in the 90s in the UK. The authors were very helpful too. Published by Heritage books.

Compagnie de Langlade

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Fort Dobbs

This SYW fort in North Carolina is presently being reconstructed. Photo by Mike Huston, Wiki on the history

Monday, 18 February 2019

US and Canadian reenactors of the this period wanted

To promote & coordinate living history in the north-eastern US and Canada for appropriate military and civilian life during the period of Louis and Anne (1680s-1720).

This period roughly covers the War of the Reunions, War of the League of Augbsburg, War of Spanish Succession, and the First Jacobite Rebellion.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Black Hussar Miniatures French and Indian war

This German company's range is steadily growing. Here is their Compagnies franches de la Marine. Facebook page

Friday, 8 February 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019


Someone was asking about sources for a piece on Legion cavalry - these two old books are worth getting - you can pick them up cheaply. 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Canadian winter warfare experts

Compagnies franches de la Marine and Canadian Militia in the Expedition of Chevalier De Troyes to Hudson's Bay 1686. Francis Back

Compagnies franches de la Marine 1718

This is the cover of the old journal Neptunia which was connected to the Musee de la Marine. I had them in photocopied form so it's nice to see colour.

Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest - Rogers rangers

Documentary on four military campaigns in the late 1700s North America Episode one - Rogers Rangers

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers

Check out this range of 1/32 F&I war figures. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Thanks to Thomas Payton for this

January 3, 1777 - The Battle of Princeton
In which General George Washington's Continental Army defeated British troops, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood, near Princeton, New Jersey
(Image: The Battle of Princeton painted by James Peale, 1st Maryland Regiment, a participant in the battle)

Wednesday, 2 January 2019