Saturday 12 December 2020

Johann Ewald: Jäger Commander


New book out. Blurb on Amazon reads:

Johann Ewald began as a commoner in one of the states of the Holy Roman Empire who rose above the constraints of his time. As a soldier he fought in all of the great conflict of the latter eighteenth century, the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars. He keenly recorded his observations of both the people he met and places he encountered throughout these adventures. Through all of his experiences, he remained a soldiers’ soldier. Due to his observations on the conduct of irregular warfare in his time, he has become on the most important authorities on eighteenth century small-unit tactics. His writings provide a unique insight on the major events of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Johann von Ewald stood as one of the most accomplished practitioners of irregular warfare in the eighteenth century. Beginning his military career in the Seven Years’ War, and continuing through the American War of Independence, he amassed a vast wealth of experience leading troops in the art of irregular warfare or petite guerre. He later wrote several works based on his experiences, and at least one of these received the favorable comment of Frederick the Great, the warrior King of Prussia. In addition, Ewald composed for the members of his family a diary of his experiences in the American War of Independence. Later on, he served in the Danish Army during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.  Among all but a small group of dedicated scholars of the American War of Independence, however, Johann von Ewald has vanished into obscurity. There are no other English language biographies of Ewald, and only a few articles in German that date to the nineteenth century. It is the purpose of this work to rescue him from oblivion.

Telling Ewald’s story, therefore, tells much of the story of warfare in the second half of the eighteenth century. Instead of focusing on the great battles, however, Ewald’s biography focuses on the conduct of irregular operations: raids, ambushes and the like. Ewald allows readers a view into this often neglected dimension of eighteenth century warfare, and the proposed biography will thoroughly explore the topic through his writings, both his military treatises and his diary of the American War of Independence.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Expeditionary Force War of 1812 54mm

 This manufacturer of quality figures has announced its next set - US regular infantry for the War of 1812. There are some test shots on their Facebook page. Should be out in January. Here is what is available in the range at the moment. They are really impressive models.

British Light Infantry in the American Revolution: (Elite) By Robbie MacNiven (Author), Stephen Walsh (Illustrator) Paperback

 New Osprey available to order

Friday 20 November 2020

1/32 Armies in Plastic Rogers Ranger

I haven't done any painting for a while and I am not the best painter but posting this to promote the AIP  F&I range which is decent. 

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Today's anniversary - the Cherry Valley massacre


by Ralph Mitchard

The Cherry Valley massacre was an attack by British and Iroquois forces on a fort and the village of Cherry Valley in central New York on November 11, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. It has been described as one of the most horrific frontier massacres of the war.[1] A mixed force of Loyalists, British soldiers, Seneca and Mohawks descended on Cherry Valley, whose defenders, despite warnings, were unprepared for the attack. During the raid, the Seneca in particular targeted non-combatants, and reports state that 30 such individuals were slain, in addition to a number of armed defenders.

Sunday 8 November 2020

Larry Brandenburg's Wayne's Legion 1/32

 Larry who lives near Fort Recovery was annoyed that no one did Wayne's Legion in 1/32 so created his own. Four poses.  Excellent work.

Thursday 29 October 2020

Yorktown (Great battles) Alan Kemp

these images are from a book from about 1971. Thanks to Andy for this trip down memory lane. I had this book. 

Sunday 25 October 2020

This Very Ground - French & Indian Wars 28mm miniatures

Wrote about this back in May so thought it might be interesting to see how it progressed. Very well. Some nice miniatures  Here

Thursday 22 October 2020

The 'Conquest' of Acadia

 Anyone read this? It's quite expensive but I would like to read it for my current wargaming project based on this campaign.

Red Bank 1777


Colonel Christopher Greene commanded the Rhode Island 1st at Fort Mercer

Today's anniversary involves Hessians. . Article here

Sunday 18 October 2020

North American Indian


Engraving of a heavily tattooed North American Indian wearing a loincloth IN: 'Historiae Canadensis, seu Novae-Franciae Libri decem, ad annum usque Christi MDCLVI' by Francois du Creux', 1664. (New France ~~ Canada; Jesuit report)



From here

A 1750 account of Swedish botanist Peter Kalm, or the 18th-century letters of the Abbé Pierre Antoine Simon Maillard, may be the basis for this illustration. The artist shows a Mi’kmaq man with light hair, European features, and fictionalized accoutrements. From an engraving published in an encyclopedia by J. Grasset St. Saveur, 1796.

Saturday 17 October 2020

Friday 16 October 2020

Four Mohawk Kings

 There is a film currently being made about this, Brendan Fraser as Francis Nicholson.  Information about the movie here

Read about them here at Wikipedia

Queen Anne's war

 I am thinking of wargaming this conflict. Anybody know if any good books on the subject? This image is from the Osprey by Chartrand/Rickman called Colonial American troops (1).

New from Galloping Major


Some of the forthcoming release of Provincials in short coats and cut down hats.
More on the Studio page:

Thursday 15 October 2020

Ryan Hopping's 1/32 Battle of the Thames 1813

 This is a great setup recreating the famous battle that saw the death of Tecumseh. Some of the figures are the Expeditionary Force War of 1812 figures. 

Here you can see Tecumseh's forces move their left wing forward - into a 2nd advancing battalion of Americans, led by Richard Mentor Johnson (James' brother). Proctor's line decimated with about 250 captured are seen on the opposite side of Backmetack Marsh.

James Johnson's battalion of mounted riflemen smash British General Proctor's lines. (ExpForce figures seen in the far right)

Ryan says 'There’s Armies in Plastic British, Americans and Native Americans here, along with Barzso figures now out of production - not many as their height is a smaller 1/32 scale and ExForce is more like a 60mm. The AIP figures go great with the EF.'

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Useful figures to do the Port Royal garrison in 1/72

 Here. I believe the ncos and drummers were in blue and red. To see more from the Strelets-r WSS range go here. For more info on the look of the Cfdlm try my Pinterest page Compagnies franches de La Marine - the early years.

Another depiction of the Port Royal garrison

Soldat des Compagnies franches de la Marine Cet homme appartient à la garnison d'une des colonies maritimes françaises d'Amérique du Nord. Les Compagnies franches de la Marine d'Acadie et de Plaisance portent cet uniforme entre 1701 et 1713. Reconstitution par Michel Pétard.

Firelock Games


If you wanted to recreate the garrison of Port Royal you would need some privateers. Luckily Firelock Games have produced some nice sailor types from the Queen Anne's war. Kickstarter