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

Garrison of Port Royal 1710

The garrison of Port Royal was mostly consisting of 150 men of the Compagnies franches de la Marine. Here's Francis Back's reconstruction of these men. I believe you can buy a print of this here

End of the Siege of Port Royal (1710)

 Wiki  Today's anniversary

                       Evacuation Of Port Royal 1710 by CW Jefferys

Friday 9 October 2020

Tuesday 6 October 2020



Perry miniatures make some nice amusette models. One for Jaegers and one for Queen's rangers. Here

Thursday 1 October 2020

Firelock Games Kickstarter and an 18thc ship


Raise the Black will bring the Blood & Plunder universe to the 18th century and will include all new plastic kits and ships that will be fully customizable. The starter kit will be centered around the infamous encounter of Blackbeard Vs. Maynard.
Learn more about the Kickstarter here (sign up and have a chance of winning an unpainted Frigate ship like the one pictured!):
Blood & Plunder is a 28 mm historical miniature war game set in the golden age of piracy. you can view and buy the game here:
If you are interested in learning more about our games, check out our website and join our worldwide gamer group here:

Stillman's Run

 The first skirmish of the Black Hawk War took place #OnThisDay in 1832. Sauk and Meskwaki forces, who were trying to reclaim land in Illino...