Sunday, 13 September 2020

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Battle of Lake George 1755

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Illustration by James Field of the Bloody Morning Scout. A detailed post on the battle is at Kronoskaf 

Friday, 4 September 2020

Light infantryman South Fencibles

I know the frame says grenadier but is obviously light infantry. 

Friday, 28 August 2020

Barkskins - further thoughts


So this series set in New France in the 1690s has ended. Whilst it is a period and setting that I like I couldn't say I liked it. Costumes were ok for some of the characters but the Natives were very poorly done. The Canadians also poorly rendered not a tuque or capote to be seen anywhere. Way too many beards. Natives as a plot device were armed only with bows and axes despite the historical reality that firearms were already prevalent among the Iroquois at that time. And why pistols? Because they go in barrels presumably but dumb. The buildings and sets were well done - bark wigwams, longhouses and the settlement (called Wobik for some reason) were good.  The chateau in the wilderness was crazy. The story was pretty miserable too. One thing I liked were the Compagnies franches de La Marine though the militia were bad. If there is another series I don't think I will go out of my way to watch it. My wife enjoyed it and said it was aimed at a female audience. That may be true.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Mohawk Indian warrior

 Don't know too much about this. If anyone knows more. I think it's mid 18th century. From here

Portrait of Peter of Buffalo, Tonawanda, New York, possibly chief Tall Peter, or Peter Blacksnake


From here


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Today's anniversary Fallen Timbers

 The Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794), fought along the banks of the Maumee River, between an Indian Confederation of woodland tribes led by Chief Little Turtle and Gen. Anthony Wayne's Legion, is one of the most decisive battles in American history. What took place here (near Toledo, OH) decided the course of future westward expansion.

The Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and Toledo Metroparks invite you to explore this timeless location, and "walk in the footsteps" where history was made!! Video ©Native Sun Productions with music by David Arkenstone

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Barszo Mohawks available again

 Through LOD. Buy them from Michigan Toy soldier co

Barkskins - some thoughts


Well I have watched three episodes of this and I don't really understand the plot, but I am a little deaf so that doesn't help. The sets are great. Really exceptional. Clothes are pretty good. Way too many beards. They all look like they should be in Gettysburg. Indians don't seem to look like 1690s much more like 1812. I suppose it is worth watching. Weren't the filles de roi earlier than the 1690s? I should add Susan my wife is enjoying it immensely so we shall watch the next one.

Monday, 10 August 2020

BARKSKINS Trailer (2020) New Drama Series

 Anybody watch this yet?  M y daughter found it now I want to know if its worth bothering? Revuew here

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Bushy Run 1763

Today's anniversary - wiki
Painting by Don Troiani

Monday, 3 August 2020

Ryan Hopping's Fort William Henry

Thanks to Ryan for letting me post this lovely recreation of Fort Willliam Henry in 1/32 scale. Made out of cardboard. The bottom pic shows the bastions while being constructed. Excellent.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Beauport 1759

This battle took place today. Order of battle.
Wiki here

Monday, 27 July 2020

First or Royal Regiment of foot grenadier Trenton 1759/60

Reconstruction by the Old Barracks Trenton where they were garissoned.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Fall of Fort Niagara. 1759

Today the fort fell. Below is from Wikipedia. The photo is from Old Fort Niagara Youngstown NY

The capitulation of Fort Niagara occurred on the same day that French troops abandoned Fort Carillon to an overwhelming British army under General Amherst. Following the surrender of Fort Niagara, the French abandoned other forts in the frontier, recalling garrisons to defend the populated areas of Canada. Forts abandoned by the French includes Fort St. Frédéric (in present day Crown Point) and Fort Rouillé (in present day Toronto). Fort St. Frédéric was destroyed as French troops abandoned Lake Champlain to protect the Canadian heartland. The garrison at Fort Rouillé was instructed to evacuate the area, and burn the fort should Fort Niagara fall. After the British captured Fort Niagara, the French garrison burned Fort Rouillé, and withdrew to Montreal.[3] The remaining French forts in the Ohio and Illinois Country were eventually turned over to British forces.

Friday, 24 July 2020

La Belle Famille

Today's anniversary. This is taken from the excellent Kronoskaf

Engagement at La Belle Famille

On the morning of July 24, a distant firing told Pouchot that reinforcements were at hand. Aubry and Ligneris parties (about 1,100 French and 1,200 Indians) had left Presqu'isle a few days before. Among them was a body of Compagnies Franches de la Marine but the Frenchmen of the party were chiefly traders and bushrangers from the West. They were excellent woodsmen, skilful hunters, and perhaps the best bush-fighters in all Canada.

Johnson, besides his Indians, had with him about 2,300 men, whom he was forced to divide into 3 separate bodies: one to guard the bateaux, one to guard the trenches and one to fight Aubry and his band. This last body, which initially consisted of the provincial light infantry and the pickets sent forward the previous evening, was reinforced with 2 companies of grenadiers and 150 men of the 46th Foot, and placed under command of colonel Eyre Massey. They took post behind an abattis at a place called “La Belle Famille”, and the Iroquois placed themselves on their flanks. These Iroquois had shown signs of disaffection and, when the enemy approached, they opened a parley with the French Indians, which, however, soon ended, and both sides raised the war-whoop.

Johnson also instructed lieutenant-colonel Farquhar to take position at the tail of the trenches with the 44th Foot and to support the guard commanded by major John Beckwith in case the French garrison should make a sally.

When Pouchot heard the firing, he went with a wounded artillery officer to the bastion next the river and, as the forest had been cut away for a great distance, they could see more than 2 km along the shore. There, by glimpses among trees and bushes, they descried bodies of men, now advancing, and now retreating; Indians in rapid movement, and the smoke of guns, the sound of which reached their ears in heavy volleys, or a sharp and angry rattle. Meanwhile, the British cannon had ceased their fire and the silent trenches seemed deserted. There was a call in the fort for volunteers to sally and destroy the works. No sooner did the volunteers show themselves along the covered way than the seemingly abandoned trenches were thronged with men and bayonets and the attempt was given up. The distant firing lasted half an hour, then ceased. Indeed, the fight had been brisk for a while but at last Aubry's men broke away in a panic. The French officers seem to have made desperate efforts to retrieve the day, for nearly all of them were killed or captured; while their followers, after heavy loss, fled to their canoes and boats above the cataract.

Pouchot remained in suspense till, at 2:00 PM, a friendly Onondaga, who had passed unnoticed through the British lines, came to him with the announcement that the French and their allies had been routed and cut to pieces. Pouchot would not believe him.

At 4:00 PM, after a furious cannonade on both sides, a trumpet sounded from the trenches and major Harvey approached the fort with a summons to surrender. He brought also a paper containing the names of the captive French officers. Pouchot, feigning incredulity, sent an officer of his own to the British camp, who soon saw unanswerable proof of the disaster; for here, under a shelter of leaves and boughs near the tent of Johnson, sat Ligneris, severely wounded, with Aubry, Villiers, Montigny, Marin, and their companions in misfortune, in all, 16 officers, 4 cadets, and 1 surgeon.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Review: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War from Academy Games

Board Game that has good things said about it - check it out. 
Apparently there is a digital version on Steam.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Monongahela Redcoats 1755

Today is the anniversary of Monongahela 1755 so I thought I would feature these reconstructions from the 44th foot in their Braddock modified uniform. More here

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Carillon/Ticonderoga 1758

Today's anniversary. Pic by Ron Embleton.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Happy 4th July folks

Frederick Kemmelmeyer painting of President George Washington reviewing the Western army at Fort Cumberland October 18, 1794, the day before they arrived in Bedord, Pennsylvania

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Timothy Buck's Drums Along the Mohawk project (54mm)

This is the first stage of an excellent project. This is the corner tower of a recreation of the fort in the movie Drums Along the Mohawk (1939).
He says
'The entire fort should have a footprint similar to the one in the movie (relative to the 54mm figures) - so it will be a big one.  (I recently read the 1930's book - this is a case of the movie being better than the book).  The movie fort is a combo of two forts in the book (and in the actual history of thTimothye region).  I spent a lot of time watching the movie, freeze framing, using a rule to measure the people and how they measured to the fort.  Also, it was really tough figuring out the different parts of the fort, as I assume only certain angles were shot as this was a movie set and not a real fort. '
Timothy has some impressive ancestors from the Revolution era.
 The Revolutionary connection is to Col Jonathan Buck (founder of Buckstown now Bucksport, Maine).

Galloping Major wargames.

New webpage for these excellent F&I 28mms. New Stockbridge and Provincials coming soon. Webpage. Galloping Major have been going quite a long time now. Same time as I started this blog. I had been thinking of starting it and Lance was having trouble publicising the new range (before Facebook was a thing) so partly inspired by that I started this page. 

Friday, 26 June 2020

First Battle of Echoee 1760

Tomorrow is the anniversary of this battle between Redcoats and Cherokee. Wiki here
Fort Dobbs State Historic site are commemorating. Here is one of their historic interpreters kitted out as one of the 77th Montgomery's highlanders.
British 1760 expedition against the Cherokee.
Anglo-Cherokee war wiki

Monday, 22 June 2020

French regular Fort Carillon

Regiment de Languedoc. Photo Drifting focus photography.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Attack! at Michilimackinac - Colonial Michilimackinac

Today's anniversary. New upload from Mackinac State Parks.  Worth watching. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Volontaires Étrangers

Back in the late 90s we had a group in the U.K. recreating the Volontaires-etrangers -  Germans in French service.

Part of the Louisbourg garrison but were also elsewhere. We were going to have a section in Germany but it didn't happen. Photo by Dick Clark.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Richard Garretson's 15mm French and Indian war

 It's not easy photographing smaller figures but Richard has done an excellent job. These miniatures are excellent. He says
'The majority of my FIW figures are Blue Moon 15/18mm.  I included some Old Glory 15s and Essex in the collection, but I don't think either of those are in this.'

French siege lines

British fort

Forthcoming Osprey of interest

German Troops in the American Revolution (1): Hessen-Cassel (Men-At-Arms (Osprey)) by Londahl-Smidt, Donald M 

Friday, 8 May 2020

Prime and Load 1776

This computer game looks interesting. Anybody played it yet?

Monday, 4 May 2020

Redcoats Stephen Brumwell

As you may know I am more in the French camp when it comes to the Seven Years War so I don't keep up to date on the Brits but I saw this book and asked my Seven Years War Living History Facebook page about it and everyone rated it very highly. Goodreads

Saturday, 2 May 2020

New Virginian Provincials

NEW: Set of 6 Figures of the French & Indian War Series "Virginian Provincials 1755-1763". Available in all Scales, please send your order/request to:
Bulletproof miniatures on Faceebook

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Henry Benbridge: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, ca.1773

Wiki on the subject

The Death of Colonel Owen Roberts Henry Benbridge

This this is the man. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Journal des campagnes du chevalier de Lévis en Canada, de 1756 à 1760 by Lévis, François Gaston, duc de, 1720-1787;

Duc de LÉVIS - Victor of Sante-Foy

Moses Hazen in the Seven Years War

Moses Hazen was in charge of the Rangers at Sainte-Foy and was severely wounded in the thigh. Here's the Seven Years War biographical details from the Canadian dictionary of National Biography
Moses Hazen enlisted in an American colonial unit in 1755 and, according to the historian Francis Parkman, served that year under Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton* at Fort Beauséjour (near Sackville, N.B.). In 1756 he was at Lac Saint-Sacrement (Lake George, N.Y.). Out of the army the following year, he shipped to Halifax provisions and supplies for the projected British attack on Louisbourg, Île Royale (Cape Breton Island). On 7 April 1758 he was commissioned first lieutenant in John McCurdy’s company of Major Robert Rogers*’s rangers, and he served under Brigadier-General James Wolfe* at the capture of Louisbourg. Wintering at Fort Frederick (Saint John, N.B.), and having succeeded in January 1759 to command of McCurdy’s company, Hazen led it the following month on a raid to Sainte-Anne-du-Pays-Bas (Fredericton, N.B.), burning the settlement and taking prisoners, among them Joseph Godin*, dit Bellefontaine, dit Beauséjour, who had been a thorn in the British side; the raid earned Hazen a captaincy.

In 1759 Hazen’s company was included in the expedition to Quebec, and he transferred to that front Rogers’s form of brutal partisan warfare, boldly volunteering himself and his men for numerous expeditions into the countryside around Quebec. He was on one such operation when the battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought on 13 September. As the British waited out the winter of 1759–60 within the walls of Quebec, Hazen’s daring sorties impressed Brigadier-General James Murray*. Badly wounded in the thigh at the battle of Sainte-Foy in April 1760, Hazen was eventually obliged to give up his ranger company. On 21 Feb. 1761, with the recommendation of Murray, who attributed to him “so much still Bravery and good Conduct as would Justly Entitle him to Every military Reward he Could ask or Demand,” Hazen was allowed to purchase, for 800 guineas, a lieutenant’s commission in the 44th Foot. From 1761 to 1763 his regiment performed garrison duty at Montreal, and when it was reduced to nine companies in 1763 he retired on half pay.

Battle of Sainte Foy 1760

Today's anniversary is this French victory. Details and orders of battle here. French had two battalions of Compagnies franches de la Marine augmented with Milice.
Compagnies Franches de la Marine brigade (2 bns totalling about 970 regulars and 240 militia)
From Kronoskaf
By March 1760, 800 men of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine were organised into 2 battalions for the planned expedition against Québec. They were supplemented by 358 men from the militias of the localities upstream from Montréal who were integrated into the battalions. From April 21 to 25, transport vessels gradually sailed from Montréal for Québec. Overall the battalions then counted 80 officers, 898 regulars, 246 militia and 79 non-combatants for a total of 1,303 men. On April 28, these two battalions took part in the victorious Battle of Sainte-Foy. However, the arrival of a British relief fleet forced the French to retire on Montréal.


Thanks to Lance from Galloping Major for finding this upcoming series set in late 17thc New France. Looks good.
BARKSKINS examines the mysterious massacre of settlers in the vast and unforgiving wilds of 1690s New France that threatens to throw the region into all-out war. Likely suspects abound -- the English, the Hudson's Bay Company and a band of Kanien'keha:ka (Iroquois) possibly in league with the English looking to drive the French from the territory -- but who or what brought these settlers to such a tragic end?

National Geographic's new eight-part limited series, BARKSKINS, created by Elwood Reid and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Annie Proulx, transports viewers to the wild frontier of the late 17th century.

Directed by: David Slade (premiere episode)

Starring: David Thewlis, Marcia Gay Harden, Aneurin Barnard, James Bloor, Christian Cooke, Thomas M. Wright, Zahn McClarnon, David Wilmot, Tallulah Haddon, Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn, Lily Sullivan

Release date: May 25, 2020 (on Nat Geo)

Monday, 27 April 2020

Ridgefield 1777

A 1785 mezzotint of General David Wooster of the Continental Army, who was mortally wounded during the April 27, 1777 Battle of Ridgefield.

Sunday, 19 April 2020