Saturday 31 December 2022

Quebec 1775

Battle of Quebec. (1775). (by F.H.Wellington).

 Today's anniversary is this battle in the American Revolution. 

Sunday 25 December 2022

From the Pattern

 The members of the Pattern would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

It’s been such a good year for Captain Campbell’s Company, watching our military and civilian impressions grow, and finally being able to have a full season of events, from living histories to skirmishes. 

Our final get together of 2022 has been a photo shoot for the forthcoming book: The Pattern: the 33rd Regiment in the American Revolution 1777-1783, written by one of our members, Robbie McNiven.

We look forward to meeting more of you in 2023, and maybe even welcoming you into the Pattern.

Friday 16 December 2022

Canadian Militia in winter by Jeff Lebo

 Talented Jeff Lebo has done some of the best depictions of Milice.


Equipment of the New France Militia, 1740-1760 Steve Delisle

Thursday 15 December 2022

Warhorse Canadian

 Warhorse have just released this image. Check out their Facebook page link in the post below.

Wednesday 7 December 2022

Warhorse 54mm Monongahela project

 This maker of figures is working on miniatures based around the theme Braddock's disaster. First up Natives and Canadians followed by British regulars. Follow the progress on their Facebook page. They are intended to fit in with Barszo.

Thursday 1 December 2022

Tuesday 22 November 2022

ElastoWit Tecumseh's wars

 If you like this period scale then this company have a range. See more on their Facebook page. They probably are hard to get. 

Thursday 17 November 2022

American Indians Robert J. Moore

 This coffee table book (fork for scale) is worth getting if you are interested in 1830s and 40s Indian paintings. Featuring the life and works of George Catlin, Charles Bird King and Karl Bodmer. You can pick it up quite reasonably priced. I found it really useful for looking at warpaint.

Black Hawk War reenactors - photos Kelly Schott

 At Apple River Fort, Illinois recreating the British band of Sauk 1832. Thanks to Kelly for this. Great stuff.

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Tecumseh's War map

 From the wiki

54 AMR 03 Woodland Indians (Tecumseh’s)

 This set from X-force would do for Black Hawk War.

Pale Blue Eye trailer 2022

 Teaser for a new movie starring Christian Bale. West Point, 1830. A world-weary detective is hired to discreetly investigate the gruesome murder of a cadet. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case — a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe.

 Wiki here

Battle of Bad Axe 1832

 From the wiki

The Bad Axe Massacre was a massacre of Sauk (Sac) and Fox Indians by United States Army regulars and militia that occurred on August 1–2, 1832. This final scene of the Black Hawk War took place near present-day Victory, Wisconsin in the United States. It marked the end of the war between white settlers and militia in Illinois and Michigan Territory, and the Sauk and Fox tribes under warrior Black Hawk.

The massacre occurred in the aftermath of the Battle of Wisconsin Heights, as Black Hawk's band fled the pursuing militia. The militia caught up with them on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, a few miles downstream from the mouth of the Bad Axe River. Historians have called it a massacre since the 1850s. The fighting took place over two days, with the steamboat Warrior present on both days. By the second day, Black Hawk and most of the Native American leaders had fled, though many of the band stayed behind. The victory for the United States was brutal and decisive and the end of the war allowed much of Illinois and present-day Wisconsin to be opened for further settlement.

The Appearance of U.S. Soldiers on Campaign in the Mineral District, 1832. By Greg Carter.

 Article here

George Catlin, Begging Dance, Sauk and Fox, 1835-1837

Description etc here

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik, Black Hawk, Prominent Sac Chief

 George Catlin

Apple River Fort

 Info here

Book of interest


I-o-wáy one of Black Hawk's principal warriors

 George Catlin, I-o-wáy, One of Black Hawk's Principal Warriors, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Black Hawk War Militia 1832 H. Charles McBarron

 Black Hawk War wiki

Russian book by Alex Stepkin that I did some artwork for

Winter Campaign on Lake Ontaria 1755-56

 Народ, вчера из типографии пришла моя вторая книга "Зимняя кампания на озере Онтарио 1755-1756 гг. (штурм форта Булл)" и её можно уже заказывать! Цена за книгу 720 руб +доставка, количество страниц 480, бумага хорошая плотная, обложка тоже. Заказать можно у меня Алексея Степкина "Представляю вашему вниманию один из эпизодов так называемой «зимней» войны, произошедшей с ноября 1755 по май 1756 г. на озере Онтарио в Северной Америке. Уникальность этой военной кампании заключается в том, что европейские армии того времени, как правило, прекращали ведение боевых действий в течение зимы. Именно это и произошло в конце октября-ноября 1755 г., когда английские и французские армии, взаимно понимая, что в течение летнего сезона они уже ничего не достигнут, разошлись на «зимние квартиры». Однако после нового года губернатор Канады де Водрёй, узнав о планируемом весной мощном наступлении англичан на французские форты в районе озера Онтарио и о выступлении конфедерации ирокезских племён на их стороне, был вынужден развязать активные боевые действия против английской крепости Освего, откуда планировалось начать весеннее наступление. Кульминацией этой тяжелейшей зимней кампании станет штурм крупным франко-индейским отрядом важной английской базы снабжения – форта Булл".

New Worlds, Old wars

 The Anglo-American Indian Wars 1607-1678


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Friday 11 November 2022

Cherry Valley Massacre

By Robert Griffing 

 Today's anniversary. From the wiki

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 killed, in addition to a number of armed defenders.

Friday 4 November 2022

At Old Fort Niagara tomorrow


St. Clair's defeat 1791 (from the Wiki)

 St. Clair's defeat, also known as the Battle of the Wabash, the Battle of Wabash River or the Battle of a Thousand Slain,[1] was a battle fought on 4 November 1791 in the Northwest Territory of the United States. The U.S. Army faced the Western Confederacy of Native Americans, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was "the most decisive defeat in the history of the American military"[2] and its largest defeat ever by Native Americans.[3]

Image Todd Price - In Pursuit Miami War Party (

This book looks worth reading on the subject

Sunday 30 October 2022

Ticonderoga a legend of the West Highlands

 Here for a spooky story for Halloween from Robert Louis Stevenson and Fort Ticonderoga.

"George Washington" (1984) - Complete George Washington Biographic Mini-Series

 Do you remember this? I liked it though I was quite ignorant of the details it got me interested in the subject. I particularly liked the French and Indian war bits.

With Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, David Dukes, Jaclyn Smith and a giant cast of familiar 1970s and early 1980s actors. Originally aired as a mini-series -- shown in 3 parts, beginning on April 8th 1984.

Friday 21 October 2022

Coming soon from Helion

 The author posted on my Facebook group Late 18th century warfare and I thought it would be ok to post on here.

“''The Pattern” follows the 33rd Regiment, arguably the best-trained in the British Army, through its campaigns during the American Revolutionary War.
It aims to give a complete understanding of the 33rd, so it’s not just a regimental history. Opening chapters deal with recruitment, training, weapons, clothing and equipment, as well as the home service 1770-75, where the regiment acquired a reputation for excellence.
There’s also statistical analysis! We look at where the 33rd’s soldiers came from, what jobs they did before enlisting, their age, their height, and how long they served for.
After that there’s a chapter dealing with the events of each year 1776-83. Not just combat either, though there’s loads of that -
diet, disease, discipline and desertion, the role of women, camp life and the experiences of transatlantic voyages are among topics dealt with.
It’s also got;
Over 100,000 words of core text
Over 30 images
Graphs and tables

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Their Bearing is Noble and Proud


If you are interested in the appearance of American Indians of this period this book is worth tracking down. I think there is a volume 2.

Sunday 16 October 2022

Indian captive; or, A narrative of the captivity and sufferings of Zadock Steele by Steele, Zadock, 1758-1845

 Captured in the Royalton raid.

Royalton Raid 1780

 Today's anniversary. The Royalton raid 1780. The Royalton raid was a British-led Indian raid in 1780 against various towns along the White River Valley in the Vermont Republic, and was part of the American Revolutionary War. It was the last major Indian raid in New England.[1]

Love, Courage and the Battle of Bushy Run - Official Trailer

Thanks to Alan C for this. Brand new.

 “In 1763, Britain won the world-wide Seven Years War causing the French to abandon the American colonies. With the French gone, the Native Americans feared the British would seek revenge. Ottawa Chief Pontiac convinced many tribes to strike first. Some did so willingly, others were forced to fight. Their ultimate target was Fort Pitt. The combatants on both sides deployed unconventional and often brutal strategies and tactics. Colonel Henry Bouquet, with a rag-tag group of British soldiers, Scottish Highlanders and American volunteers, was tasked with trying to save the hundreds of men, women and children facing certain death in Fort Pitt. The little-known Battle of Bushy Run changed the course of world history… This is that story.”

Love, Courage and the Battle of Busy Run - Official Trailer from TRIPLE HORSE on Vimeo.

Thursday 13 October 2022

Butler's Rangers reenacted by Claus' Rangers

"Rangers in general separate and the nature of their service little requires the forms of parade or the manoeuvres practised in the field. It is the duty (and I am persuaded will be the pleasure) of every Captain to perfect his Company in dispersing and forming expeditiously, priming and loading carefully, and levelling well. These, with personal activity and alertness, are all the qualities that can be expected or wished for in a Ranger.”



British Library. Sloane and Additional Manuscripts, Add MSS 21756, Register of Correspondence with Officers Commanding at Michilmackinac and Niagara, 1777-1782; National Archives of Canada, Haldimand Collection, microfilm reel number A-679

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...