Monday, 20 March 2023

Warhorse Miniatures Monongahela redcoats update

 "First test print with the new British models. I am going to rescale the muskets a little, they look too small. The first batch will be around 54mm to match the Barzso miniatures. Later on, I will start rescaling them to match W. Britain and J.J. Designs toy soldiers.  The new poses will start this week. "

Sunday, 19 March 2023

Britains American War of Independence


I had these as a kid. Think they came out late 60s. I still have one crew and the barrel of the gun. 

Thursday, 16 March 2023

44th Foot at Monongahela 1755 by Warhorse Miniatures

 Mike says "Model is finished. I will start working on another marching pose. After that a firing line and then some other poses. Plus, a Sgt model and later on an Officer. Maybe a drummer and Flag bearer at some point."  or find them on Facebook.

Fort Dobbs Garrison at Chimney Rock State Park in 2014

 It's Throwback Thursday!

Today, we travel back to 2014 when the recreated Garrison of Fort Dobbs provided living history interpretation at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.  

Chimney Rock was used as the filming location for many of the iconic scenes in the 1992 film "The Last of the Mohicans."

Monday, 13 March 2023

Arrival of the Buffs

 Ken Smith Art


Limited edition collector’s print. 250 print edition

October 27, 1759. Captain John Stuart and approximately seventy men of the South Carolina Provincial Regiment (known as the Buffs, because of their uniforms’ facings of buff-colored cloth) arrive at Fort Loudoun to shore up the beleaguered garrison and deliver much-needed supplies of meat, flour, salt, ammunition, and clothing. Stuart’s arrival seemed to herald a new hope for peace, but the situation proved to have deteriorated to a point of no return.

Depicted: The South Carolina Provincial Regiment (the Buffs) shadowed by Cherokee warriors on their approach to Fort Loudoun

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

New Worlds, Old Wars

The Anglo-American Indian Wars 1607-1678

David Childs

Fascinating history of the early Indian wars.

This a great book. It's not very often that you get a book on the Indian Wars of the 17th century. It is not for the faint-hearted as a lot of the events seem cruel and inhuman. The religious beliefs of the Pilgrim settlers were used as justification for quite monstrous behaviour wrapped up in the Old Testament. But it is a story that needs to be known - it is history and we can learn from this book. If you have an interest in the history of New England and its native populations then I recommend this book. It covers among other conflicts the Pequot War, King Philip's War and the first Abenaki war. It is a worthwhile addition to your collection if you have an interest in the wars that made the U.S. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Saturday, 18 February 2023

Fort Ticonderoga 1774

 "Thank you to our visitors who braved a chilly February day with us today during our 1774 His Majesty's Garrison living history event! It's because of you that we can continue our mission of education and preservation and share the layers of Ticonderoga's epic stories!"

Thursday, 2 February 2023

Mayflower, a voyage to war

 my local library has this. Might read it when I can

Nathaniel Philbrick, bestselling author of ‘In the Heart of the Sea’, reveals the darker side of the Pilgrim fathers’ settlement in the New World, which ultimately erupted in bloody battle some fifty years after they first landed on American soil.

Behind the quaint and pious version of the Mayflower story usually taught in American primary schools is a tumultuous and largely untold tale of violence, subterfuge and epic drama.

For amidst the friendships and co-operation that sprang up between the settlers and indigenous people, whose timely assistance on more than one occasion rescued the Pilgrims from otherwise certain death, a dark conflict was brewing. It erupted in King Philip’s war, a terribly bloody conflict which decimated the English population and all but obliterated the Wampanoag.

Following the Pilgrims from their perilous journey from England on a battered, leaky ship, through their first bitter North American winter (during which half of them died), to their equally bitter battle against the native Wampanoag tribe, Philbrick paints a vivid and panoramic picture of conflict and colonialism, co-operation and betrayal. In so doing he brings to life a cast of compelling, even heroic, characters, and sets the scene for the development of the American nation.

Warriors of the Dawn

 Indigenous weapons and tactics of King Philip's War. Video here. It is about half an hour. I haven't watched this all the way through yet but looks fine. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, 26 January 2023

500 Nations book

 I picked up a copy of this from a charity (thrift) shop today. Two pounds. Published in 1994. An Illustrated History of North American Indians.

 I remember back in the 90s I used to frequent the library at the American Museum Bath and they had a copy of this. Used to photocopy bits to take home. 

A book that grew from an eight-hour TV series, this is the epic and unforgettable story of the history, lore, legends, and legacy of North American Indians. With a highly accredited author and over 485 paintings, woodcuts, drawings, and photographs--329 in four-color--this oversized volume addresses a subject of never-ending fascination, providing detailed information about the lives, culture, and heritage of hundreds of North America's Indian nations. Never before has this subject been so thoroughly and deeply explored from the perspective of the Native American viewpoint.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Sunday, 15 January 2023

From Warhorse Miniatures

 "Battle of Monongahela, by Manuel Krommenacker. By the end of this year, you will be able to recreate this battle using my miniatures. There will be units of French, Canadian, French allied tribes (Ottawa, Ojibwa and Huron), British and Colonial. Plus, some trees, rocks formations, wagons and artillery. And then lastly some character figures."

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Sunday, 1 January 2023

In search of history - Captives documentary

Documentary on the fate of captives

As white settlers pushed west, resulting wars with Native Americans claimed more victims than the dead. Portraits of captives taken by both sides include: "White Indian" John Tanner who returned to his roots after 30 years of "civilization", and a woman rescued during a forced exchange who escaped to return to her Native-American husband.

Warhorse Miniatures Monongahela redcoats update

 "First test print with the new British models. I am going to rescale the muskets a little, they look too small. The first batch will b...