Friday, 16 February 2018

Musketeers 1684

Gravures de Sébastien Leclerc (1664-1667).

Le Sergent
Le Piquier
Le Général d'armée
Baptiste Blacatz posted these - here are the military ones.
Le Cadet aux Gardes.

Battle of Torrington 1646

Today's anniversary. Wiki

Thursday, 15 February 2018

News from Bruno Mugnai

For the 17th century Bruno Mugnai is one of the best artists there is so I was very interested in his news of a new series of books for the period 1658-1687 published by Helion. This should be useful for readers of this blog so I quote Bruno. 
'In the next month I am going to start the first part of a new project that will keep me engaged for a while. The series has the provisional title 'Armies of the Grand Siècle', and focuses on the period 1658-1687. These are the years of the dawn of the uniform, but they are also the less investigated in Military History. Several Romantic or Modern reconstructions codify the soldier of this age in an unrealistic and repetitive manner, while this was a period very complex and full of innovation, both for clothing and war equipment.
As Netherlands will be followed - obviously - by the French Army, then Spain and Portugal, Habsburg Austria, German States, Sweden, Denmark and others, including the Italian 'earth pots' such as Genoa, Tuscany, Papal States, Mantua, Parma, Modena, the Knights of Malta and Lucca, which will be included with the two 'major powers' Piedmont-Savoy and Venice.
Occasionally, I will publish something about the progress of the work and if the contributions will be in significant numbers, I will open a FB page devoted to this project.
Here you find a preview of the French mousquetaire of 1660, reconstructed after the drawings of Mallet and Marbot, '

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Peter the Great Humbled. The Russo-Ottoman war of 1711

This is a superb book on the disastrous war in the Balkans between the Russian and Ottoman Empires. There is a shortage of books in English on this subject (Great Northern War and related campaigns) so this is a worthwhile addition to the range of available books. Nicholas Dorrell is well-known as an author for this subject and he covers the armies and campaigns well with orders of battles, uniform details and campaign analysis. There are some excellent plates of uniforms by Maksim Borisov. Also colour plates of Russian reenactors are used to illustrate the Russian side. Depicted in illustration are the impressive array of troop types involved, Cossacks, Moldavians, Walachians, Swedes,  and Poles. If you are thinking of wargaming this campaign then this book will be the book to get. Recommended