Friday 29 November 2013

Wabash 1791 and Fallen Timbers 1794

These two Osprey Campaign books are both by the same artist and author and as they both deal with the Little Turtle confederacy are best used together. Fallen Timbers Osprey and Wabash 1791. It has to be said it's quite a long shot from Osprey to produce these books as it's not a hugely popular tale but I believe it is a valid and worthwhile subject.

Natchez Massacre 1729

Saturday 23 November 2013

Fort William Henry 1755-57

I said I would write more on this book when I had read it so here goes. First thing that hits you is that it is a visual feast - not just the paintings by Graham Turner but the countless site shots, reenactor pics and also artwork from a myriad of sources cover every page in full colour. On the textual side it has to be said this book looks like it is a labour of love - it's taken years to write (I think) and several visits to the States to fully cover the subject but Mr Castle covers all areas very well. Wargamers will find this book useful for all the orders of battles and campaign maps and 3D projections - it's not just for reenactors. In short if you want to have a book that covers the New York frontier and the whole Fort William Henry saga then this is your book - it really 'sells' the period so be prepared for your friends wanting to borrow it!

Toasting the ladies of the House - Howard Pyle

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for finding this vintage image. A blog for all things Howard Pyle is here

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Osprey double feature

I decided to go old school when buying the Osprey Campaign book Fort William Henry by Ian Castle and visit a bookshop. They had a 'buy one get one half price' deal on (at Waterstones) and so I got the Fallen Timbers Campaign Osprey too. I will write more properly when I have read them but after an initial flick through the Fort William Henry looks very good with lots of reenactors in colour photos featuring groups from both sides of the pond so you might even see yourself...

Eugene Leliepvre

Passed away in his 106th year. This master painter of the French army needs no introduction.

Last of the Mohicans

Cover by Sam Yeates for the 1992 Dark Horse Classic comic.

Friday 15 November 2013

Thursday 14 November 2013

Hagen Miniatures

The other day someone was asking thtough the comments section about what sort of troops he could use for 1/72 Compagnies franches de la Marine. After a while I realised the answer was probably Hagen Miniatures a newish venture aimed at filling in the gaps of unusual types that aren't covered by the major manufacturers - Thomsomfeld's CFDLM conversions are possibly coming out but there are French SYW sculpts already on the catalogue.

Monday 11 November 2013

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Friday 1 November 2013

William Baillie - 13th foot

This officer/artist is an important figure in the history of Redcoats - see images from his pen here

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter