Monday, 23 March 2020

French officer American revolution

Officer of the Armagnac regiment, wearing the uniform described by the february 1779 regulation. Gerry Embleton. From CHARTRAND René, BACK Francis, The French army in the american war of Independence, Osprey publishing, 1991. p. 37 

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Thunder in the East

 Have you got your confinement reading material in yet? This is what I bought. It's fiction - part of a saga that goes through to the Revolution via Pontiac. Don't really like reading fiction so it's slow going. What are you going to read?

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Guilford Courthouse 1781

Today's anniversary. Check out this blog post on the battle.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Quebec 1775 redcoat

7th Royal Fuzileers
 From here where there is a description.

1/72 Compagnies franches de La Marine

These look really good.

Fit in with Italeri and Zvezda
 To buy email 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

The Broken Chain (1993)

Thanks to Stephen for suggesting this. Docudrama movie on the six nations  tribe(s)  conflict  in war with the  English empire and colonial settlers.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Joseph Brant by Gerry Embleton.

Read his wiki here. About time someone made a movie about him. I would watch it. Any novels about him?

Thursday, 5 March 2020

29th foot Boston 1770 by Don Troiani

Another vintage book

Anybody have this? Copies on ebay. I might get it for nostalgia.

Alan Kemp American soldiers of the Revolution 1973

Alan Kemp The British Army in the American Revolution 1973

 This is a book I have kept - pretty good. There is a companion book on the Americans - Patriot and Loyalist - that I will post later.

Boston Massacre 1770

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

From the original Wolfe's army by G. Embleton

Alan Kemp Yorktown 1976

I used to have this book.

Following the Drum

Friday, December 19, 1777, dawned cold and windy. Fourteen thousand Continental Army soldiers tramped from dawn to dusk along the rutted Pennsylvania roads from Gulph Mills to Valley Forge, the site of their winter encampment. The soldiers’ arrival was followed by the army’s wagons and hundreds of camp women. Following the Drum tells the story of the forgotten women who spent the winter of 1777–78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge—from those on society’s lowest rungs to ladies on the upper echelons.

Impoverished and clinging to the edge of survival, many camp women were soldiers’ wives who worked as the army’s washers, nurses, cooks, and seamstresses. Other women at the encampment were of higher status: they traveled with George Washington’s entourage when the army headquarters shifted locations and served the general as valued cooks, laundresses, or housekeepers. There were also the ladies at Valley Forge who were not subject to the harsh conditions of camp life and came and went as they and their husbands, Washington’s generals and military advisers, saw fit. Nancy K. Loane uses sources such as issued military orders, pension depositions after the war, soldiers’ descriptions, and some of the women’s own diary entries and letters to bring these women to life.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The French 1755 uniform

Pic I did of the uniforms of the first wave of French troops to New France. If I remember correctly their uniforms were made by the Ministry of Marine and lacked collars that was the current regulation.

Grenadier of the French Guyenne regiment (left) and a corporal from the Béarn regiment (right), circa 1756 by Eugene Leliepvre:
UK group de La Reine in the 1755 uniform.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Comparing 28mm FIW British

On the Brooklyn war games blog

French Royal-Roussillon regiment Seven years war

I like this. By Francesc Riart from the book "Soldats i guerrers dels Països Catalans".
Read about Royal-Roussillon here

Raid on Deerfield 1704

Today's anniversary is this event. Wiki here
By Francis Back

Monday, 24 February 2020

The Legacy of the Machault

The Machault was sunk in the Battle of Restigouche in 1760 but now yields an insight into the material culture of New France.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

"George Washington" Epic Historical 1984 Mini-Series - Part 1

Apparently the History Channel are doing a miniseries on GW but I have heard it is rubbish. This is a decent quality version of the series that I remember from the 80s. This episode covers Monongahela. 

The Iroquois in the American Revolution

I read this about 20 years ago but I remember it being well done.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Friday, 21 February 2020

Fife and Drum miniatures on the workbench

Go here to see 'greens' of Mohawks and Saratoga Brits. Excellent miniatures for the Revolution.

COMING SOON: MOHAWK INDIANS! Richard recently finished 14 Mohawk Indians that we will be adding to the Fife and Drum AWI figure range. Click on the Work Bench tab to view all of the new greens (click on the "More" drop down menu and then select and click the "Work Bench" tab.

These should be in production by the end of March 2020, hopefully in time for the Seven Years War Association convention on April 2-4, 2020. 

The story of Butler's Rangers and the settlement of Niagara

By E. Cruickshank.

the chief requisites of a good ranger being, as General
Haldimand subsequently remarked,"to shoot well,

to march well,
and to endure privation and fatigue,"

Joseph Brant painting by George Romney 1776

His Majesty's Indian Allies

His Majesty’s Indian Allies is a study of British-Indian policy in North America from the time of the American Revolution to the end of the War of 1812, with particular focus on Canada.
 This is a good book I have. Get it here

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wolves from Niagara Mike Phifer

Anybody read this book on Butler's Rangers? Looks interesting.

An interesting painting

A painting of a young Piankeshaw man
An original watercolor, framed and attached to the mat background, an inscription on the mat in French: "Jeune Sauvage de la NATION DES PYANKASHAWS au pays des Illinois. Desine d'apres l'original. An 9. Par le C.en Portier Ing.r de la Marine." (A Young Savage from the Piankeshaw nation, Illinois country. Conceived after the original. 1801. By Citizen Portier, Naval engineer.)

Wolves of the Mohawk Valley Don Troiani

Natives, captives, and Butler's rangers. Buy the print here

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Raiders of the Mohawk Orlo Miller

Anyone read this? Looks fun.
A romanticized account based on the true life experiences of Daniel Springer, who served in the Rangers along with his older brother, Richard.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

302015501 - Woodland Indian Tribes

Available from North Star in the UK. Warlord Games in the US

  • 24 plastic multi-pose Woodland Indians with a variety of armaments and equipment
  • 2-page background guide including construction details

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted