Sunday 30 June 2013

King's Mountain Revwar in the UK

Hi Ralph, Galloping Major now sells and distributes the King's Mountain range of 28mm American War of Independence figures in the UK and Europe. Unlike our French & Indian War range, the figures for the King's Mountain range are not sculpted by our director, Lance Cawkwell, but were commissioned by Bill Nevins and sculpted by Alan Marsh. Bill has long been a customer of ours, and we were happy to agree to market this new range. The moulds and castings for these figures are produced by the same UK company as are those for our own Galloping Major designs. Customers in the US should go to to place their orders or make enquiries. Please note that when ordering from Bill, our pack numbers and descriptions will not apply. The first batch of 6 packs of figures are "Highlanders in Gaiter Trousers", designed to represent the 71st Highlanders in the Southern Campaign, but also ideal for the 42nd Highlanders of the same period. Thanks to Giles Allison for providing the excellent pictures of his painted Kings Mountain Highlanders. Cheers, Lance

A couple of new Ospreys of interest

 Thanks to Thomsomfeld.

Saturday 29 June 2013

Friday 28 June 2013

Lord Howe reconstructed

Fort Ticonderoga is hosting a battle of Carillon event on July 20th & 21st. 
Details here

Thursday 27 June 2013

The French & Indian War Society, Inc.

Reenactment society based around the Lake George area. Check them out
They say
The French & Indian War Society strives to promote understanding, awareness and appreciation of the French & Indian War in the Lake George and Lake Champlain regions.

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Cavalry action

Swirling light cavalry at the recent Monmouth battle.

Soldiers of the King

FB page for the Jersey Revwar redcoats. (That's Jersey the island off the coast of France that had a French invasion.) This picture took my eye  the 232nd Anniversary of the Battle of Jersey, at Grouville Church. More images and more info here at the Grouville Church page
1781 Jersey Militia page  discussion about the French forces here

Regiment von Riedesel

One of the best Hessian groups out in the US  (although actually a Brunswick group) are looking for musicians - fife and drum - here's their FB page from where these photos are from.

Sunday 23 June 2013

249 Year old blockhouse still holding strong

Article here

Battle of Springfield (1780)

This battle in New Jersey took place today. Wiki

'After prayer'

Chosen by Thomsomfeld. The Breeds hill Institute says this
June 19 1778
General Washington and the army officially broke camp at Valley Forge and marched toward the British army. The Army had survived varying weather, lack of food, lack of clothing, crippling disease epidemics and all the while went through a new training and drill program initiated by Baron Von Steuben. The Army that emerged was smaller but stronger and for the first time was prepared to fight the British toe to toe. (The painting is by Kip Richmond and available through Heirloomprints.com

Saturday 22 June 2013

John Norton (Teyoninhokarawen)

Biog here wiki here

I thought it might be time to give some light to the fascinating character of John Norton who started off as a Printer's apprentice in Scotland and became a Mohawk chief. Here for  Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812

Iroquois Victory at Battle of Beaver Dams

Article here on what must have been the last battle to involve Mohawks. Image from here

Laura Secord

As we're in the run up to the bicentennial of the Battle of Beaver Dams I thought it might be useful to feature this historical heroine who went the distance (30km!) to warn the British.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

News from Galloping Major

'Attached is a pic of an assortment of figures from the 5 
packs of Anglo-American Provincials in our range, these chaps are 
painted as the New Jersey Blues.
I've released more Huron warriors recently, and the Command & 
Characters pack for the Settlers defending will be released soon, 
followed by Anglo-American Militia (pic of first sculpts of these also 
More details on the website:

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Ink - a tale of captivity

Thanks to Norm for the heads up about this movie. It tells the story of Mary Rowlandson - captive and later author. Check it out here

Saturday 15 June 2013

Friday 14 June 2013

French and Indian war novels

 French and Indian war novels - anyone read any of them?

'The French and Indian War-the collision between Britain, its provincial troops and Indian allies against France and its own allies during the eighteenth century in America is fascinating to many students of the period. It gave rise to famous characters such as Robert Rogers of the Rangers who have found their way into literature and the cinema. Of course, the famous Hawkeye and the novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' which takes place within real historical events of the time has also become an American classic. Author Joseph Altsheler has taken this well loved subject for a series of novels of high adventure. In these six novels the chronology of the war, which of course includes many of its true life characters, is told through the adventures of its principal characters. Young Robert Lennox, the hunter Willet-also known as the Great Bear and his Indian companion Tayoga travel through intrigues, dangers, battles and many trials and setbacks as the story unfolds. Leonaur has brought the entire collection together in substantial three volumes. In this first volume are 'The Hunters of the Hills' & 'The Shadow of the North.''

55th Foot

Laying an ambush in the deep woods near Ticonderoga, 55th Regiment of Foot, new drawing by Master Louis Fregier, official painter to the French Army.
— with Louis Fregier,

Monday 10 June 2013

Mohawk Indian

Bust of a Mohawk Indian by Sempronius Stretton, 1804
This man is depicted wearing the red, black and yellow
face paint favoured by warriors about to enter combat.

Library and Archives Canada (C-14827)

Thursday 6 June 2013

Sunday 2 June 2013

Saturday 1 June 2013

Late 18th century Native

American Indian Initiative posted this pic. I've never seen it before. It's origins are mysterious as is the painters ID.