Friday 28 August 2020

Barkskins - further thoughts


So this series set in New France in the 1690s has ended. Whilst it is a period and setting that I like I couldn't say I liked it. Costumes were ok for some of the characters but the Natives were very poorly done. The Canadians also poorly rendered not a tuque or capote to be seen anywhere. Way too many beards. Natives as a plot device were armed only with bows and axes despite the historical reality that firearms were already prevalent among the Iroquois at that time. And why pistols? Because they go in barrels presumably but dumb. The buildings and sets were well done - bark wigwams, longhouses and the settlement (called Wobik for some reason) were good.  The chateau in the wilderness was crazy. The story was pretty miserable too. One thing I liked were the Compagnies franches de La Marine though the militia were bad. If there is another series I don't think I will go out of my way to watch it. My wife enjoyed it and said it was aimed at a female audience. That may be true.

Sunday 23 August 2020

Thursday 20 August 2020

Today's anniversary Fallen Timbers

 The Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794), fought along the banks of the Maumee River, between an Indian Confederation of woodland tribes led by Chief Little Turtle and Gen. Anthony Wayne's Legion, is one of the most decisive battles in American history. What took place here (near Toledo, OH) decided the course of future westward expansion.

The Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and Toledo Metroparks invite you to explore this timeless location, and "walk in the footsteps" where history was made!! Video ©Native Sun Productions with music by David Arkenstone

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Barszo Mohawks available again

 Through LOD. Buy them from Michigan Toy soldier co

Barkskins - some thoughts


Well I have watched three episodes of this and I don't really understand the plot, but I am a little deaf so that doesn't help. The sets are great. Really exceptional. Clothes are pretty good. Way too many beards. They all look like they should be in Gettysburg. Indians don't seem to look like 1690s much more like 1812. I suppose it is worth watching. Weren't the filles de roi earlier than the 1690s? I should add Susan my wife is enjoying it immensely so we shall watch the next one.

Monday 10 August 2020

Monday 3 August 2020

Ryan Hopping's Fort William Henry

Thanks to Ryan for letting me post this lovely recreation of Fort Willliam Henry in 1/32 scale. Made out of cardboard. The bottom pic shows the bastions while being constructed. Excellent.