Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Researching and wargaming the wars of 1560-1660

Interesting blog - check it out

Thursday, 15 June 2017

New from Helion books

‘Hey For Old Robin!’ was the cry of the Earl of Essex’s army during the First Civil War as, contrary to modern popular belief, Robert Devereux was well-liked by the men he led. This book fills a gap in the literature of the Civil Wars, taking up the challenge to write a new history of Essex and his Army and examining the often-repeated view that he was a cautious dullard with little military skill. The two authors Christopher Scott and Alan Turton, both well known published military historians, present a more balanced view of Parliament’s first Lord General, bringing him out of the shadow of Cromwell. In doing so they are not afraid to bite the bullet of period and modern criticism of Essex as a strategist and tactician, as well as his reported failings as a man. Based on primary research, including site visits to scenes of his triumphs and disasters, they trace the story of the early campaigns, beginning with Edgehill, then Brentford and Turnham Green, the relief of Gloucester and the retreat to Newbury, the Siege of Reading, the Thames Valley Campaign, the disaster of Lostwithiel and the rebuilding of the army for Second Newbury. Whilst they leave the detailed examination of the various battles fought by Essex and his men to more specialist books, they tell the story of each of the campaigns and share their thoughts on Essex’s problems and his decisions and actions. They also examine how the armies were constituted, officered, recruited and maintained, as well as its reductions and transfers. In separate chapters they describe Essex’s Foot, the Horse, the Dragoons, The Artillery and The Train, dealing with what the army wore, what it was paid, what weapons it used, the flags it carried and how it was organised, operated and fought. All this is set within a sound understanding and appreciation of the background of the seventeenth century and Essex’s place in the socio-political zeitgeist as well as period military thinking and practice. Illustrated with a wealth of seldom-seen contemporary engravings of Essex’s officers and friends and newly commissioned maps, as well as uniform and cornets & colours plates, this work is of great use to anyone with an interest in our civil wars including academics, local historians, re-enactors and wargamers.
Paperback 248mm x 185mm 256 pages 53 b/w ills, 8 colour drawings & photos, 17 b/w maps

Thursday, 1 June 2017

MARS Compagnie te Voet

Het afdanken der waardgelders door prins Maurits op de Neude te Utrecht, 31 juli 1618 (Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot, 1625)

 Translated The guards are dropped off at the Neude in Utrecht by Prince Maurits, July 31, 1618
Wiki on the artist
I have to thank Mark Allen for finding this. There is a great deal going on in ths painting it's really worth pumping it up full size.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

Daniel Defoe Memoirs of a cavalier (1720)

 Memoirs of a Cavalier; or A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Years 1632 to 1648. Written threescore years ago, by an English gentleman, who served first in the army of Gustavus Adolphus, the Glorious King of Sweden, till his death, and after that in the Royal Army of King Charles the First, from the beginning of the Rebellion to the end of the War

Work of fiction set in the 30YW and ECW. Download for free here

Get this full audiobook for free:
Duration 8 hrs and 57 mins

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Anton Batov's Great Northern War Art

There is some great artwork on this site. Worth having a look if you like good illustration like me.  This stuff is epic as it should be.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Christian IV of Denmark

by karel van mander iii 
Mark Allen posted this on FB and it impressed me as such an interesting portrait. Wiki

Royal Armouries Winged Hussars show

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Night March to Sedgemoor!

5-6 July 2017

To mark the 332nd anniversary of the battle of Sedgemoor the Battlefields Trust has teamed up with St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland to offer a unique opportunity to recreate the Duke of Monmouth's dramatic night march  across the moor from Bridgwater to Westonzoyland.

Our night walk will end at St Mary's Church where the vicar has kindly allowed a limited number of participants to spend the rest of the night.

Everyone is welcome to join the walk but those wishing to stay in the Church MUST register first. A donation of £10 per person towards the information centre in the church is requested. Please bring warm clothes, camp beds, bedding etc

10.00pm: meet at St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland for a briefing. Drop off bedding.
c11.00pm: Transfer to small number of cars for drive to starting point of walk outside Bridgwater.
c2.30am: Arrive at St Mary's Church
c9.00am: Depart. Lifts for those who have left cars at Bridgwater.

To register please visit


Friday, 19 May 2017

The Troop at Audley End

Recreating cavalry from the period of Charles II.  Thanks to Photosm for the photos

Gruppo Storico Carlo Emanuele II (Venaria Reale)

 I realised I haven't featured this Italian group before and with them being one of the best Louis XIV period groups out there. Facebook page here

Pike and Shot PC Game

Looks good -  a strategy game recreating the battles of the Thirty Years War and English Civil War. Details here
Review here
  Promo film for upcomiing campaign version showing game play here

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Late 17th early 18thc Swedish troops

Found this blog with some interesting photos of Swedish of the GNW era.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sealed Knot this May Bank Holiday

The SK are at Charlton Park Estate near Malmesbury. Website here

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Matrix Games - English Civil War

The Sealed Knot just posted about this imminent pc game that they were involved with. Sounds intriguing, Website

Fontenoy 1745

So today is the anniversary of this famous battle. There is a new Osprey coming out in a week or two - looks good.

May Bank Holiday

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Musketeers 1684-5

From Alain Manesson Mallet's treatise on the art of war [1671-72], second edition, Paris, 1684-85

Pikeman 1671

Allain Mallet, “Les Travaux de Mars,” 1671

Friday, 5 May 2017

English Civil War Dragoon

There are some great things happening in the world of the English Civil War and one impressive group is Aston's Dragoons (Royalist)
 Sir Thomas Aston's Dragoons and webpage here
 They say  
Study of an Aston's Dragoon ( in Marching order) c1644.Part One:
Aston's is about experiential living history, so we played around with differing items of tack and equipment, as we develop our "campaign" impression for the troop based period images, references, and working "guesswork" as to what was likely to be needed for a dragoon in the field. We are rather pleased with the over results. Everything the individual Dragoon has been attached to his mount, with as you will note, leaving him in a "light fighting order" (apologies for the modern phrase ) with nothing to encumber him.
The Cob mount at 14.3 hands high, is the perfect Dragoon horse. He has both rations of hay and provender as well. The Rear mounted "Leather bag for his Necessaries" is taken from a period illustration and follows the recommended details for as laid down by the Kings orders. The Sling to his firelock is based on a number of illustrated hunting scenes and has proved a success every time we are mounted. Overall, we think this is a reasonable impression and we are, to say the least, happy with the results.

Facebook page - here

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

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

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