Monday, 17 June 2019

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019


I would like to see a Hessian group start in the UK. Hessian troops were stationed in the UK during the Seven Years War as well as fighting in the Revolution. The uniform was slow to evolve so you could happily take part in Seven Years War events as well as Revolution ones. Anyway I made a Pinterest page to show the best Hessian images I could find. 

Jumonville Incident 1754

Clip for today's anniversary. 

Friday, 17 May 2019

Vintage New France and Old England Pinterest page

I have organised the images into categories like French, Natives etc.
French marines in Wales - I am lying down!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Fort Chambly and Compagnies franches de la Marine

There's not a lot of good stuff in English on the CfdlM but this article on Recruitment and daily life is worth a read.
Apparently the info I posted about Chambly was incorrect. Apparently The stone fort, the fourth fort on the same site, was built in 1709-1711. It was restored to its 1750s appearance in the early 1980s. The first three forts were wooden pallisades with inner buildings, the first dating from 1665.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Lorsque le roi de France habillait ses soldats a la Canadienne by Bruno Helias author and artist. Tradition magazine no 144 1999

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Compagnies franches de la marine certificat de congé

This I found on Wikimedia commons. Not sure of the sate but it could be useful.
Certificat de conge des Compagnies franches de la Marine. Document administratif que remplissait le commandant du port.

60th foot in Wiltshire 2009

Found these photos I took on a visit to see New France Old England. They are still going and have a Facebook page - His Majesty's 60th regiment of foot

Monday, 6 May 2019


De 1682 à 1704, la Nouvelle-France est un territoire fort convoité, et politiquement encore fragile. Un homme, Pierre LeMoyne d'Iberville bataille dur contre les Anglais de Boston et les Hollandais de Manhattan . Ses expéditions le mènent là où il faut lutter contre la prédominance de la Compagnie du Nord, à la Baie d'Hudson. C'est un pays grand comme un continent qu'il doit conquérir avec quelques centaines d'hommes. La série D'Iberville raconte ses aventures.

Résumé :  Une méprise

Une Méprise.
D'Iberville accompagne Charles LeMoyne et son oncle LeBer à Québec. LeMoyne et LeBer doivent y rencontrer de La Barre, nouveau gouverneur de la Nouvelle-France. Perrot, gouverneur de Montréal, voulant manœuvrer de La Barre selon son bon vouloir, cherche à retarder le voyage de LeMoyne. Il demande à Haaskouan, chef Iroquois, de capturer les trois voyageurs. Ce plan échoue car les Iroquois font une erreur d'identité et arrêtent Perrot au lieu de LeMoyne ! Furieux de cette méprise, Perrot se voit finalement délivré par un de ses compagnons.

Diffusion: le mercredi 18 octobre 1967

Attack of Fort Nelson/York Factory (Fort Bourbon) in 1697 by D'Iberville's troops.

 Fort taken by D'Iberville on September 13, 1697. Drawing made to illustrate the fighting in Newfoundland and Hudson Bay during the war of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697). Drawing published in 1722 then in 1753. Translation of letters ; A : disembarkation of ammunition and food. B : French camp called Camp Bourbon. C : Mortar hidden in a wood. D : Skirmishes. E : Fort Nelson (York Factory).

Friday, 3 May 2019

Fort Chambly

The stone structure was built 1718-20 so it's approximately 300 years old. Wikipedia

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sainte-Foy 1760

The Battle of Sainte-Foy, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was fought on April 28, 1760 near the British-held town of Quebec in the French province of Canada during the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the United States). It was a victory for the French under the Chevalier de Lévis over the British army under General Murray. The battle was notably bloodier than the Battle of the Plains of Abraham of the previous September, with 833 French casualties to 1,124 British casualties. It was the last French victory in North America.
At first the British had some success, but the advance masked their artillery, while the infantry became bogged down in the mud and melting snowdrifts of the late spring. The battle turned into a two-hour fight at close range; eventually, as more French soldiers joined the fray, the French turned the British flanks, forcing Murray to realize his mistake and to recall the British back to Quebec without their guns, which Lévis then turned on the city.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Bath F&I event 1998

Bath UK in 98. From right to left - natives and Canadians, French, Provincials and 42nd and the 36th and 13th. My Marine group weren't present but you can see it is a pretty good turnout. The Indians were supplemented on this occasion by our friends from Germany the Iroquois (Oneida). See more photos of our reenactment efforts here

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