Flintlock and tomahawk

American warfare 1690-1815 in popular culture, art, in miniature and in wargames, through Living History and in movies.

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Location: Midsomer Norton Radstock near Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

Writing about things that turn up on my 'interest radar' - history, movies, music

Sunday, 30 December 2018


Friday, 28 December 2018

Black Hussar 28mm FIW French Marines

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Monday, 24 December 2018

French Marines in snowshoes 28mm

Sculpted by Leandro Ventic. Found these and other similar on ebay. I think they are Forlorn Hope Games.

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Merry Christmas and have a great 2019

Gerry Embleton

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Allies on the Frontier - Galloping Major Kickstarter

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Tecumseh's uprising figures in 1/32

New woodland Indians are coming out from Expeditionary force who already do 1812 militia
Here for more info
Get them in the Uk from Steve Weston

Photos Michael Ulyanov

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving American Readers


Friday, 16 November 2018

French Grenadiers 1780

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Fallen Timbers event

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Robert Monckton

Major-General The Honourable Robert Monckton, at the Taking of Martinique, 1762 : by Benjamin West. This is the first full-length portrait ever painted by West, and was commissioned to celebrate this great victory.

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Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign - A Guide to the British Expedition to Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1759

Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign is an 80 page A5 glossy bound guide to the British Invasion of Martinique and Guadeloupe. events. Go here for more info on this interesting publication

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

28mm Timstarter Rogers Rangers

'This TimStarter is to help generate funds for a vast 28mm French Indian War range. This first group of 11 figures being released are 28mm Rogers Rangers.'  Here

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Uniforms of the St Kitts campaign

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Isaac Brock action figure

Thanks to Scott for telling about this. Available here


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Francis Back - Canadian Historical Illustrator

Canadian Militia
This Pinterest page is worth looking at as he's a great interpreter of history much missed. 

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Plains of Abraham 1759

Todays anniversary is this famous battle outside Quebec.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Battle of Lake George 1755

Today is the anniversary of this battle. Pic is from the Osprey campaign book Fort William Henry written by one of the Artillerie Ian Castle (see below)

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Friday, 24 August 2018

Corps Royal D'Artillerie

French group - part of UK group New France Old England. Here for more

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Black Hussar Minaitures continue to expand their French SYW line

28mm. Facebook. Webpage

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Montcalm, général américain

Out October 2018 - here for details

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Out next year on Helion

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Galloping Major French Marines

Forthcoming La Marine pack FIW FCF7 in Vestes and Mitasses. webpage
These are very good figures. 28mm. 

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Fall of Fort Oswego 1756

This fort fell after a siege today.

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Coming soon from Osprey

Osprey have just announced some new titles for 2019 in their elite series. This one is of interest
ELI: Raiders of New France, North American Forest Warfare Tactics 17th–18th Centuries
French political conservatism and relative lack of investment saw British colonies in 17th century North America grow much more vigorously, pushing into territories that the French had not exploited. That 'New France' survived as long as it did, with a smaller population and military garrison, was largely due to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed through close contact by imaginative French officers with Indian tribes and Canadian settlers. This was a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen and allied Indian warriors. By employing hit-and-run 'commando' tactics over great distances, they tied down the New Englanders in a defensive posture and discouraged the enemy's Iroquois allies.

I have heard it's Rene Chartrand who is the author

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Monday, 6 August 2018


 Translated to English on this PDF.
Armes blanches de la ligne et de la maison du roi  .
Authors : C. ARIES and M. PETARD (translation N.VASSE)
Gazette des Armes N° 57 Fevrier 1978.

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bushy Run 1763

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Death of Tecomseh - Ron Embleton

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Bushy Run 1763

Tomorrow is the anniversary but the reenactment is on today and tomorrow. This film is worth watching.
Read Bouquet's account of the battle

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

More Sash and Saber FIW Greens

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Battle of Bloody Run 1763

Wiki here
.See Gary Zaboly's excellent picture here
The Battle of Bloody Run was fought during Pontiac's Rebellion on July 31, 1763 on what now is the site of Elmwood Cemetery. In an attempt to break Pontiac's siege of Fort Detroit, about 250 British troops attempted to make a surprise attack on Pontiac's encampment.
Pontiac was ready and waiting, possibly alerted by French settlers, and defeated the British at Parent's Creek two miles (3 km) east of the fort. However, he did not accomplish the destruction of this British force which would have greatly demoralized the British and dissuaded more British efforts to break the Indian siege of Fort Detroit. The creek, or run, was said to have run red with the blood of the 20 dead and 34 wounded British soldiers and was henceforth known as Bloody Run. The attack's commander, Captain James Dalyell, was one of those killed. After learning of Dalyell's death, General Jeffrey Amherst offered a £200 bounty to anyone who would kill Pontiac.
The famous frontiersman Robert Rogers was one of the British commanders in this battle.

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New Rangers work

From Canada to Georgia
By Gary Zaboly and Timothy J. Todish
Illustrated by Gary Zaboly
The earlier collaboration of Timothy J. Todish and Gary Zaboly, THE ANNOTATED AND ILLUSTRATED JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS, published in 2002, remains in print. This new book will go much farther afield and cover not only Rogers' companies, but the British-allied rangers of every colony, as well as those of Canada's Maritime provinces. The concurrent conflicts with the Cherokees and the Indians of the Pontiac rising will also be included. Many long-neglected ranger battalions and companies, such as the mounted troops of South Carolina and Georgia, and rangers elsewhere in the South, Middle Colonies, and the North, will receive equal attention, much of the narrative drawn from fresh research and heretofore unpublished documents. Many of these units will be illustrated for the first time. Other parts of the book will deal with the provincial and regular troops who served in the wilderness on ranger-like duty, and the Native Americans who also scouted and fought alongside their white counterparts.
There will also be an Appendix on ranger woodcraft, survival and fighting techniques, methods of building shelters in the forest, food eaten on the trail, weapons, clothing, concealment, and many other related subjects.
Be a part of this Project. If you are interested, please Facebook-Message Gary Zaboly or Timothy J. Todish, or email me at garyzaboly@aol.com, and I will email you a Prospectus fully describing it, and how you can play a role.

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Coming soon from Black Hussar Miniatures

Facebook here
They say
French Skirmishers for the FIW, most will be usable for the continental conflict, too. They will be the start of a new 28mm skirmish/character range… the first ones (as shown) are already on the way to the caster, second wave is already sculpted.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Gerry Embleton is retiring

From the Wolfe's army Osprey
At 77 the master illustrator must be ready fot it. Good luck on your retirement.  Read more here

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Monongahela 1755


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Battle of Carillon 1758

Today is the anniversary of Montcalm's great victory. Wiki


Friday, 6 July 2018

Oriskany 1777 reenacted in Poland

More images here

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Happy 4th of July

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Outlander surprise

Outlander exclusive first look: 100 First Nation Canadians arrive in Scotland for season 4 filming. They'll portray members of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations, who feature in the upcoming season

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

“No Great Mischief If they Fall” A Tale of a Highlander in the French and Indian War. Book 1 : Culloden to Quebec

Martin Dey
Amazon Kindle edition
De tha sinn a' deanamh an seo, Ewan ? What are we doing here, Ewan ? This is the question asked by Ewan MacKenzie's friend Alexander MacDonald. What could make a man fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie against the hated Redcoats , yet only a decade later become a Redcoat himself ? This is an epic tale of individuals, societies and nations in transition on both sides of the Atlantic. Ewan's journey takes him from wild Highland charges in the Jacobite Rising to massed Redcoat volleys in the two great battles for Quebec. Along the way, he will wade ashore ,under fire, on Ile Royale before the siege of Louisbourg and face Indian ambush on Forbes' Road to Fort Duquesne. Yet Ewan's greatest battle will be whether guilt, loss and revenge maintain their grip on his life when faced with the possibility of love and redemption. As a number of historical Scotsmen did in the years between 1746 and 1760, Ewan MacKenzie will swear allegiance to King George and make the transition from Rebel to Redcoat but what happens when he finds himself in the same army as the Redcoat who destroyed his home in the brutal aftermath of Culloden ?
"No Great Mischief If They Fall " explores a crucial period of change for the Highlander within British society. It is a surprise that such a vivid and important turning point has rarely been charted before. "No Great Mischief If They Fall." is a story which will remain with the reader long after the last word is read.
Maindh an saoghal, ged nach mair ar saoghal-ne. The world endures, ours does not. Life goes on

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sash and Saber FIW 25mm greens

British centre company marching
The Kickstarter has finished and now some of the preproduction greens can be seen on their Facebook page

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers

Thanks to a tip off from War Horse Miniatures. This is a range of  1/32 figures for the Seven Years War - explore the website for more information.

On War Horse Miniatures blog you can read an interview with the creator and a review

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Ebor Miniatures Hard plastic French SYW 28mm kickstarter

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Toy Soldier Preview ~ Expeditionary Force Woodland Indians

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Monday, 30 April 2018

The Watch at the Folkpark

Old photo from Keith Jepson, from about 1999. Outside the log cabin in various uniforms of the Black Watch. See more old French and Indian war reenactment pics here

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Compagnies franches de la Marine - Galloping Major

Galloping Major are about to launch a kickstarter for these figures (which are 28mm), Facebook page
See more here including a t-shirt!

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Battle of Sainte-Foy 1760

Today's anniversary - a French victory


Friday, 27 April 2018

46th Regiment of Foot 1758 by Thomas Payton

The Regiment arrived in North America in 1757. They participated in the disastrous assault at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1758, the capture of Fort Niagara in 1759, and Fort Lévis in 1760

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Armies in Plastic French and Indian War French

I bought a load of these a year or two ago. This is as far as I got painting them. French infantry. But they are great figures and I don't regret getting them. Maybe I will get another burst of energy. Buy them here

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Death of General Braddock

Thanks to Andrey for this. At the battle of Monongahela 1755.