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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Montcalms 1757 campaign against Oswego

I had ordered the Osprey publishing book back in April prior to my birthday. The book arrived yesterday August 18!
Once life settles down (ha ha) I shall be working on this campaign.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Updated blog situation

My move back to Nova Scotia has been a bit fluid over the past two years. I'm in the process of buying a new home. Once this gets settled, my hobby may pick up.
As well another August has arrived and my vacation was cancelled yet again. However I may be getting some time off in the fall.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Fort Sackville, Bedford, Nova Scotia



Back in the early 1990s, my regiment, 2nd Battalion 84th Regiment Royal Highland Emigrants had several encampments on this site. It was an interesting place to be and one of the few 18th century historic sites in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The site is now a park, the ruins of Fort Sackville unfortunately were built over by a condominium complex. 



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fort Anne Encampment 2nd Battalion 84th Regiment Royal Highland Emigrants, 2017

 Revillie 0700

dressed for duty

Leena falls in as a soldier's daughter

 lunch in the mess tent 

 Drummer Ian Redden

 Sunday morning change to a militia uniform due to the wet weather

early morning on the parade ground with the Artillery Park in the centre

 Drummer Ian Redden with his pipes

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Uniacke House, Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia

Richard John Uniacke was a successful lawyer, judge and militia officer in the early 19th century. The china in this room was actually the Duke of Kent's! Queen Victoria's father!
The paintings are of his family and eminent members of British society from about 1690 up to when the house was built in 1816

Ian and Leena look around

And play a traditional game which they will use at military encampments.

Fort Edward National Historic Site, Windsor Nova Scotia

Private 45th Regiment of foot. The regiment which built the fort.


The oldest remaining blockhouse of its kind in North America.

Ian and Leena play in the parade ground.
Fort Edward was the Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion 84th Regiment, Royal Highland Emigrants. The last time i had visited the site was close to twenty five years ago. I driven by it countless times while with my family or at work. So it was a nice picnic that we had.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Edward Cornwallis 1749


This statue may be removed soon. I got a chance to take pictures before it was removed.
When i have more of a chance to put up some historical information, I will do so.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Back into reenactment

I'll be deploying with the 2nd Battalion 84th Regiment Royal Highland Emigrants as their drummer.
future piper

practing with my Japanese friend Hideki

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Saratoga Campaign:American push on Sword's House, September 17, 1777

In this action, Gates, sends his army to push Burgoyne's Army back into the Hudson river.

The Americans quickly push off the British and American artillery occupy the redoubts which are in turn overrun by British Light Infantry 
British and Brunswick troops assault on mass

 The Americans attempt to form lines 

which keep being blown apart by concentrated musketry

in the end, the Americans are driven off. The British camp is saved

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

18th Century French Horse

Since I now have some excellent mounted dragoons, I shall have to paint them for the French service as I have a British and a Hanoverian, Prussian force.
Perhaps a new raid game?
Pictures to follow

Saratoga Campaign: Brunswick Dragoon Regiment Prinz Ludwig Ernst

It's taken me close to three years to build this unit due to my move back to Canada and finding a set of Dragoon figures.
Zeveda produced an excellent set which I have used the dismounted figures to build this Regiment.
The Regiment was equipped for mounted service but were unable to acquire horses upon arrival in Quebec in 1776. Thus it fought dismounted for the whole campaign.


From Osprey MAA 39 The British Army in North America 1775-83 (1974,1998,)

The regiment was raised at 1698 and was designated as a dragoon regiment in 1772, and was commanded by Maj-Gen Friedrich Riedesel who was in command of all Brunswick units in North America. Its field commander was Lt-Col. Friedrich Baum who would die at Bennington.
The Regiment had 20 officers and 316 men. It was organised into four troops of 3 officers and 75 men.

The entire regiment was either killer or captured at Bennington  on August 16, 1777

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Jacobite Rebellion Falkirk January 1746

The British line forms up with the Grenadier companies forming the front line.

Loundon's Highlanders and the 43rd Foot form a second line.

Government horse hold the left of the second line.

Jacobite horse begin their advance

The Irish Picquets with Royale Eccossis provide a strong line in support of the clans

The Highland charge begins.

The Jacobite charge hit the British line, but it did not initally break. This caused the Highlanders to fall back in confusion but with the British advance, the Irish units were able to blast a hole into the British line, thus splitting it in two and resulting in the Highlanders pushing home a second charge with caused the government forces to flee. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

King Phillips War 1675 Governor Winslow Attack on Connecticut River

This battle comes from a variety of sources. The inital idea came from the August 1999 issue of Miniature Wargames. In their Renaissance section an article by Simon Lee War in the Colonies: King Philip's War 1671-1676.
Roger Marsters Bold Privateers: Terror, Plunder and Profit on Canada's Atlantic Coast (2004) gave me some more ideas. The rules used were Slitherine/Osprey's 
Field of Glory Renaissance.

 New England troops, a combination of Pike and Shot with some ship guns, prepares to advance on the French and Indians who are blocking the river valley.
A large body of Huron warriors have rallied to try and drive the English from the Connecticut river valley. 

Winslow's force consists of several regiments of militia, most armed with pikes and matchlocks, a few with flintlock or doglock muskets

The French forces however all have flintlocks. They have barricaded their end of the valley with fallen trees and some basic earthworks.

The English artillery open up and smash some of the fortifications to bits. 

This enrages rather than discourages several groups of Hurons who charge out and engage the militia in impact charges.

The miltia pike and shot blocks are unable to make much headway towards the lines.

More and more Hurons rush the militia who are stalled in their advance.

One group is broken apart and slowly cut to pieces.

The first line of militia pike and shot blocks begin to fall back. 

The militia units with more advanced firelocks begin to open fire holding back he surge of warriors

However, it proves to be too little too late

With a broken line and no clear way to break through, Winslow orders a withdrawl. New England may now be open to invasion!