Sunday, 23 April 2017

Almansa 1707-2017

Event this weekend attended by WSS reenactors from all over Europe

Happy St George's Day from the Queen's Regiment

They've been reenacting Almansa 1707 in Catalonia this weekend.
Drummer Richar
The Queen's Regiment's contingent at Almansa

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Great Northern War Russians on the BBC

About 14 minutes in is a feature on the GNW with historian/reenactor Boris Megorsky. It's a feature about Patrick Gordon
 Boris is interviewed and they fire a volley later they get Brian Cox to fire a round

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017

German mercenaries in Poland first half of the 17thc.

Artist Marek Szyszko (thanks Tom)

Campaign Marches - In The Footsteps of 17th Century Armies

New FB group for those interested in the following
'This group is intended as an aid to people who want to take to the road and experience aspects of the life on campaign in the 17th Century. Particular emphasis is on the Thirty Years War and the English Civil Wars.'
Photo by David Wilton taken on a reconnoitre of the Battle of Lansdown (ECW)

Battle of the River Lech 1632

Today's anniversary. The Battle of Rain (also called the Battle of the River Lech or Battle of Lech) was fought on April 15, 1632, as part of the Thirty Years' War. The forces involved in this conflict were 40,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus and 25,000 Catholic League troops under Johan Tserclaes, Count of Tilly.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Side drum

Date: 1694–1733
Geography: Dresden, Germany
Culture: German
Medium: Copper alloy, wood, various materials
Dimensions: Height: 23 3/4 in. (60.4 cm)
Depth: 20 7/8 in. (53.1 cm)
Classification: Membranophone-double-headed / cylindrical drum

Happy Easter

Guardroom, 1642 - David Teniers the Younger

(Flemish, 1610–1690) Title:

A guardroom with plunder, soldiers beyond

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Grolle 2017

Event in the Netherlands is back.Website

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Brian Cox's Russia

On April 18th on BBC Scotland and after for a while on iplayer is a programme about Scots who made their mark in Russia and he met up with our friends from the Baltic region Great Northern War reenactors so be sure to watch it.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Recruitment poster

-JOIN OUR COMPANY; HELP HIM OUT!- Yes people, we are always looking for new members to fill the ranks of our company! This is the first of an oncoming series of recruitment posters we will use during future events. There's no beating about the bush; we need you!

Infantry Battle at a Bridge Nicolaas van Eyck

Have a fb page @pikeandshot if you like this sort of thing

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

April 8 Forde Abbey - Monmouth Rebellion

The Taunton Garrison
April 8
Experience the action and high drama of seventeenth century Somerset as history comes alive at Forde Abbey on the 8th April to tell the tale of the Monmouth Rebellion.More here

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

By Fire and Sword The Deluge

I have been enjoying the artwork by Tomasz Tworek for the new expansion for the Fire and Sword rules.

Battle of Prostki - October 8, 1656

The battle of Prostki took place during the Second Northern War and was a decisive victory of Polish-Lithuanian forces numbering 10,000 men (mostly regular cavalry) supported by 2,000 Tatars and led by hetman Wincenty Gosiewski over a Swedish-Brandenburgian army of 6,500 regulars (nearly half of them infantry) reinforced by 800 Lithuanian-Polish cavalry of prince Boguslav Radziwill and led by prince Georg Friedrich von Waldeck.

The battle was portrayed in the Polish movie "Potop" from 1974:

Monday, 3 April 2017

The English March

One of the most important beats to learn as an ECW drummer is the English March. Both sides used it. Unfortunately there isn't one on Youtube so maybe someone who knows it could make a video? Here's a link to the music and some of the history.This page has some useful things for ECW drummers

Exercise with shield and pike 1618

Here for all you drill fans. Thanks to David Evans for finding this.

De exercitie met schild en spies: de soldaat brengt de spies met twee handen weer in positie, 1618, Adam van Breen, 1616 - 1618

By Fire and Sword

I first posted about this ruleset in 2012. Since then it's grown considerably and it has got my interest again.

English Civil War drummer

This is Andy from Devereux's. You could say he's a veteran as he started in about 1975 when he was a mere lad.
He's returned to the ranks recently and got his kit uptogether - he says 'monteroe by Ian Dicker and jump coat by Barbara Robinson, both of the 1642 Tailor; singlet, shirt and breeches by Peggy's Necessities; hose by Gwyneth Munroe; shoes by Sarah Juniper; drum by Marcus Music; sword by the Two J's; snapsack by me :)'

Saturday, 1 April 2017

William and Mary cap

Embroidered mitre cap bearing the cypher of William and Mary flanked by thistles c.1690.National Museums Scotland

Parliamentary Infantry English Civil War

More of Nicholas Devereux's regiment in the ECWS this time from the 1993 book The English Civil War Recreated in Colour Photographs by Honeywell and Spear. Devereux's website

Friday, 31 March 2017

Devereux's pikes c1987

This was when I was in the ECWS in the pikes. Devereux's are recruiting for the coming season - FB page here

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Portrait of an officer

"Portrait of an Officer" by Michael Dahl (1690-1695) in the Royal Collection, UK - From the curators' comments: "The sitter could be a member of the family of Frederick, Duke of Schomberg (1615-90), but cannot be identified with any certainty. The sitter is an officer, wearing a red coat with breastplate over it, a sash with gold fringing at the waist; right hand holds a baton, the left on his sword hilt; a cavalry action appears in the left background."

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wenceslaus Hollar pictures of the Tangiers garrison c1669-73

A detailed drawing of Major Palmes Fairbome aged 34 and wearing Full Dress. Made by the distinguished artist Wenceslaus Hollar during a visit to Tangier in 1669, and incorporated by him into a large watercolour in the Print Room of the British Museum.
Here for more
If you want to find out more about the Tangier garrison then this account by Halkett is worth reading.