Tuesday 31 May 2011

Reminiscences of the French war 1765

Text of this important book on Ranging which is a must-read for anyone interested in the subject here

Saturday 28 May 2011

Fort Frontenac by Rene Chartrand

Well worth reading is this article on the battle of Fort Frontenac. He posts an order of battle which might make a well proportioned wargames army. Interesting to note they are mostly all American and accustomed to canoes - the regulars were from Captain Ogilvie's Independent company.

Royal Artillery 27
Regulars 155
Rangers (or scouts) 60
New York Regiment 1,112
Col. Joseph William's Massachusetts Regiment 432
Col. Thomas Doty's Massachusetts Regiment 248
Rhode Island Regiment 318
New Jersey Regiment 418
Battoemen 270
Iroquois Indians 42

Total: 3,082

Regiment de Guyenne

We had a comment from someone recreating this regiment in the UK so I thought I'd post this really great painting fom 1757. On their webpage it says
After initial garrison duty at Fort Frontenac, the battalion fought in most of the major actions of the war, including the victories at Fort William Henry and Fort Carillon, and the defeat at Quebec. They remained with the field army until the final surrender at Montreal, whereupon the bulk of the survivors returned to Europe and were incorporated into the regiment’s 1er – now only – battalion

New Thomsomfeld diorama

From the AWI period - see it here

Friday 27 May 2011

The Buffalo Trace on capots

This is a cool blog by Nathan Kobuck - covering Native and longhunter stuff from the 1760s - lots to read - he investigates the blanket coat in the Revwar here.

New Conquest figures

I've enjoyed checking out the new figures in Conquest's French and Indian war range - some excellent French regulars and a couple of Jesuits and these, my favourites Natives in Winter dress - ideal for a snowshoes type skirmish. 28mm of course.

More CfdlM

I really enjoyed the below clip - nicely framed and set - made me dig out another Compagnies franches de la Marine image from the late 90s - I am second from right. Good days.

Thursday 26 May 2011

La compagnie de Lacorne pratique le feu de chaussée

The compagnie de Lacorne practices a street firing manoeuvre ...

Drummer Regiment de Karrer 1744

Image by F Back from here

Battle of Ackia 1736

A sketch of a Chickasaw by Bernard Romans, 1775.

This battle between Chickasaws and soldiers of Karrer's Swiss Regiment took place today. Read about the campaign here
An observer called Red Shoes is quoted as saying 'that our troops heavily clad marched with too slow a step and so close together that it was impossible for the Chickasaws to fire without killing some of them and wounding several.' An end to French ambitions in the southeast.

More on the battle here

Wednesday 25 May 2011

36th foot

Forgive me all this nostalgia - I have a new scanner so I am enjoying revisiting my old photos...these are of redcoat unit the 36th. They were all pretty young compared to us. The 36th didn't fight in America but we weren't worried about that as they were a great group. Interestingly they were an Independent Company until they bought the lace!

Tuesday 24 May 2011

More Compagnies franches de la Marine

Again at Bath - I am on the extreme right. You can see a couple of other 'looks' for the Marines - in small clothes.

Monday 23 May 2011

Bath 1999


Back in the day when I used to run a F&I reenactment group over here I was always experimenting with different looks to try and create something authentic but not expensive to attract people into the group - here's a 'look' for the Compagnies franches de la Marine which was cheap and practical - could be worn with a bonnet a la dragon or tuque.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

The British Military Presence in America, 1660-1720

Lists of units involved here
I found these lists useful

1710 Capture of Port Royal and Acadia
Saunderson’s 1st Marines (30th) (Irish) (red/yellow)
Hobby’s Massachusetts Militia regiment
Tailer’s Massachusetts Militia regiment
Whiting’s Connecticut Militia regiment
Walton’s Rhode Island/New Hampshire Militia regiment

1711-12 Attempt on Quebec under Commodore Walker

Queen’s Royal Sea Service Foot (4th) (red/green)
Stanhope’s Sea Service Foot (11th) (red/yellow)
Livesays’ Sea Service Foot (12th) (red/white)
Handasyde’s Sea Service Foot (22nd) (red/buff)
Wetham’s Sea Service Foot (27th) (Irish) (red/buff)
Saunderson’s 1st Marines (30th) (red/yellow)
Donegal’s Marines (35th) (Irish) (red/orange)
Charlemont’s Sea Service Foot (36th) (Irish) (red/green)
Meredeth’s Sea Service Foot (37th) (Irish) (red/yellow)
One company each from:
Villier’s 2nd Marines (31st) (Irish) (red/yellow)
Borr’s 3rd Marines (32nd) (red/white)
Mordaunts’ Marines
Holt’s Marines
Shannon’s Marines
Vetch’s Massachusetts Militia
Walton’s Massachusetts Militia
1 Company, New Hampshire Militia

Image is of Gibbons regiment by G Embleton. Description and source here

Uniforms of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine, Acadia and Newfoundland, 1701-1713

By Francis Back

Queen Anne's war

Photo of me in 2004 Blenheim Palace recreating 1704.
A few posts on the era of the Queen Anne's war - not a hugely popular period and one I have neglected until now but with a possible new movie and of course the 300th anniversary of some of these events such as the Hovenden Walker expedition it makes it a little more relevant.

late 17th century Compagnies franches de la Marine

Images from around 1700 from the Wursthorn collection.

Defender of Acadia 1710

This reconstruction by F Back shows the Compagnies franches de la Marine as they appeared in Acadia in Queen Anne's war. Image from here

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Siege of Port Royal 1710

Guess this event is central to the forthcoming movie Four Kings. Port Royal wiki

Model of Fort Anne photo from here

The Walker Expedition to Quebec 1711

Sir Hovenden Walker's disastrous expedition to Quebec in 1711 (which saw the armada destroyed by a storm) might be another interesting campaign to wargame - as a 'what if'. Apparently 5 of the best battalions of Marlborough's army were brought over - some 5,300 of them. That plus sailors, marines and Iroquois... it could have been quite a force. Seven transports and one storeship were wrecked and some 850 soldiers drowned...the expedition was abandoned.
Pic by G Embleton from here

Marguerite Volant (1996)

A romantic story set at the end of New France - read more about it here - seems like its all online at Daily Motion - only in French though but here's the first part for you...IMDB

Maguerite Volant 01 partie 1

New French and Indian war movie?

Apparently Brendan Fraser is set to shoot a new epic in the summer in Toronto. Called Four Kings the press release says
The historical drama Four Kings, about the Seven Years War during the 1700s, will shoot this summer in Toronto with Fraser playing Colonel Francis Nicholson, the Englishman who finances the war in order to create a utopian society in Canada.

I am a little confused by this widely reported press release. Francis Nicholson is someone earlier than the SYW and presumably the Four Kings of the title is a reference to the four Mohawk sachems who came to London in the 1700s... see here and here
Queen Anne's war wiki

Monday 16 May 2011

Distant Drums (1951) trailer

This is a halfway decent movie set in the Seminole wars. Spoiled by having the US troops anachronistically dressed in 1880s style but the locations and the Seminoles look good to me though I am not an expert. Good trailer. Of course this film is mostly famous now for the first instance of the Wilhelm scream. IMDB

Trade Silver Nibowaka

Czech sutler purveying all manner of Native items - sashes, Trade Goods, silver - check them out.
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Battle of Alamance 1771

This battle thought to be by some as the opening salvos of the American Revolution took place today in 1771. Wiki.

Sunday 15 May 2011

Regiment Karrer

The Disembarkation of 50 soldiers from the Karrer Swiss regiment at Louisbourg on the Island of Cap-Breton. From here

Electronic New France

This is a great new website that gets together all the links for all the sites relating to New France. See it here

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Wargaming Tippecanoe 1811

As the bicentennial rolls around this November this important battle gets the miniature treatment here

Fort Recovery

The central siege of the 1794 campaign came at Fort Recovery (here's the replica in Ohio) which the Native confederacy failed to take. Wayne's Legion were very adept at making forts along their route in imitation of the Roman fortified camps.
'Fort Recovery was so named because it was built on the ground where Gen. St Clair had been defeated; and hence that ground was recovered out of the hands of the savages. This fort became immediately very noted in history, from a bloody battle fought in its vicinity, on the 30th of June, 1794'
from the book of Indians Samuel Gardner Drake

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Italeri Iroquois

These 1/72 figures look ok to me - I reckon they'd do well for the Little Turtle Confederacy...not sure how they'd fit in with the Frying Pan and Blanket figs though. Here's a review I wrote of them when they came out

Indian Warriors
As someone interested in the frontier period in American history I was looking forward to these woodland indians from Italeri and whilst they aren't perfect they certainly do the job of recreating the allies of the British in the American Revolution. OK so the sculptor doesnt really know anything about ballheaded clubs - that much is evident - and the gunstock clubs are a little too prevalent showing the influence of the 'Mohicans' movie on the choice of weapons. A lot of the poses are kind of strange - one holding a scalp aloft being one and some very odd waving stances being some that come to mind. None of the warriors look like they know how to fire a musket which would be erroneous in that most woodland indians were expert marksmen and none are using the bow or woodland spear. It is another case of the box art being so much better than the contents but they are worth a paintjob and coupled with the other Revolution or Seven Years war figures enable people to recreate battles of the French and Indian wars pretty cheaply. Imex are planning releases of Mohawks and Rogers Rangers to add to their already impressive range of settlers, wagons and stagecoaches in their American History series - one set includes wigwams and camp equipment for 'Eastern Friendly Natives'.
So there you have it - the future is plastic - check out the Plastic soldier Review for the all-important 'sprue shots' http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Index.html

Frying Pan and Blanket figures

If I was to game Fallen Timbers I guess I would use these American-made figures (20mm). They do Revwar and 1812 (as well as the Northwest Territory war) and from the photos they look like attractive castings. Anyone out there got photos of the Wayne's Legion figures and Indians etc?

Incidentally Parkfield and Old Glory do figures for the 25/28mm scale

Gaming Fallen Timbers

There's just been a poll started on the Mocassins group about people wargaming the Fallen Timbers campaign (1794). I'd like to see this period get more focus so I mention it in case there's someone reading this who might do it.

Monday 9 May 2011

More Bloody Run

Image - 55th foot

The Parkman classic the Conspiracy of Pontiac is on full view on Google books - it deals in detail with Bloody Run - here's an extract to whet your appetite. Acording to an earlier bit the troops involved were members of the 55th and 80th foot plus Rangers

About two o'clock on the morning of the thirty-first of July, the gates were thrown open in silence, and the detachment, two hundred and fifty in number, passed noiselessly out. They filed two deep along the road, while two large bateaux, each bearing a swivel on the bow, rowed up the river abreast of them. Lieutenant Brown led the advance guard of twenty-five men; the centre was commanded by Captain Gray, and the rear by Captain Grant. The night was still, close, and sultry, and the men marched in light undress. On their right was the dark and gleaming surface of the river, with a margin of sand intervening, and on their left a succession of Canadian houses, with barns, orchards, and cornfields, from whence the clamorous barking of watch-dogs saluted them as they passed. The inhabitants, roused from sleep, looked from the windows in astonishment and alarm. An old man has told the writer how, when a child, he climbed on the roof of his father's house, to look down on the glimmering bayonets, and how, long after the troops had passed, their heavy and measured tramp sounded from afar, through the still night. Thus the English moved forward to the attack, little thinking that, behind houses and enclosures, Indian scouts watched every yard of their progress — little suspecting that Pontiac, apprised by the Canadians of their plan, had broken up his camp, and was coming against them with all his warriors, armed and painted for battle.

A mile and a half from the fort, Parent's Creek, ever since that night called Bloody Run, descended through a wild and rough hollow, and entered the Detroit amid a growth of rank grass and sedge. Only a few rods from its mouth, the road crossed it by a narrow wooden bridge, not existing at the present day. Just beyond this bridge, the land rose in abrupt ridges, parallel to the stream. Along their summits were rude intrenchments made by Pontiac to protect his camp, which had formerly occupied the ground immediately beyond. Here, too, were many piles of firewood belonging to the Canadians, besides strong picket fences, enclosing orchards and gardens connected with the neighboring houses. Behind fences, wood-piles, and intrenchments, crouched an unknown number of Indian warriors with levelled guns. They lay silent as snakes, for now they could hear the distant tramp of the approaching column.

The sky was overcast, and the night exceedingly dark. As the English drew near the dangerous pass, they could discern the oft-mentioned house of Meloche upon a rising ground to the left, while in front the bridge was dimly visible, and the ridges beyond it seemed like a wall of undistinguished blackness. They pushed rapidly forward, not wholly unsuspicious of danger.

Saturday 7 May 2011

Revwar in winter

The new Thomsomfeld diorama is interesting - continentals in winter campaign mode - check it out here

Bloody Run 1763

A battle of the siege of Detroit that might be interesting to recreate in miniature is this battle - sometimes called Parent's Creek, when an Anglo-Colonial force of about 280 attempted a sally to attack Pontiac's camp and was ambushed in the dark by a large body of Indians supposedly warned by a perfidious Canadian. The patrol leader Dalyell was killed in the action which also featured the legendary Robert Rogers. Anyone have an order of battle for this skirmish?
The image from here is supposedly Captain James Dalyell - presumably the same gent? Painted by Cosmo Alexander (1724–1772).
See what the battle site is like now by going here

Henry Gladwin (1729 or 1730 – 22 June 1791)

Image from here
The British hero of the Siege of Fort Detroit. Biography here
I've always thought the siege of Detroit would make a good old style Hollywood indian flick .

Diary of the siege of Detroit in the war with Pontiac

Full view of this important document is on line here at Google books. Also includes

Narrative of the Principal Events of the
Siege, by Major Robert Rogers;

Plan for Conducting Indian Affairs, by
Colonel BradsTreet J

Bushy Run Battlefield walk in the footsteps of history.

This is worth watching.

Pontiac's War 250th

Wouldn't it be great to mark the 250th in 2013 of this war? Obviously to do it well would require lots of Indian reenactors but then again it's the sort of thing Indian reenactors would go for - remembering an Indian hero for a change. I suppose French forces reenactors might feel a little left out but that's sometimes how things happen. Images of 247th Bushy Run reenactment

Indian trade silver

This site looks like it has some fine pieces. I need some armbands really - the ones here are reasonably priced - check them out.

Siege of Fort Detroit

by Frederick Remington.

Pontiac's Rebellion

Started today in 1763 with an attack on Fort Detroit. Wiki. Image is the largest I can find of it - its by Ronald Embleton.

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Sweet Liberty (1986)

Who remembers this Alan Alda comedy? He plays a history professor who writes a book that gets made into a film. It's a movie about the making of a movie about the Revolutionary battle of Cowpens and the effect it has on various individuals in the town and among the cast. Also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Caine (as Tarleton). Reenactors are featured in this scene as they try and influence the production... would make an ideal companion to the Patriot!
IMDB says
Michael has written a schollarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment.

Monday 2 May 2011

John Paul Jones (1959) part 1 of 9

Had a nice email yesterday from someone from the 29th Foot. He says

'As a longtime follower of your blog, I thought you'd enjoy this cheesy 50's flick on John Paul Jones. It sugar coats a few aspects of his life, but is still rather entertaining:'

Thanks very much. Always like the 50s flicks...
IMDB here