Saturday, 1 October 2011


I picked this book up a few weeks ago when driving the Oxfordshire village of Charlbury. I called in at the tiny but excellent Evenlode Bookshop, which had an eclectic mix of fascinating literature  http://www.evenlodebooks.co.uk/

This is about the life and times of a renegade Royalist James Hind, who was quite the popular hero in his day, running rings round the officers of Parliament and robbing them with impunity. A fascinating read with plenty of potential for ECW scenarios.

 also Welcome aboard Ray. Thanks for following.


  1. No probs!! It looks an interesting book.

  2. Looks an interesting read...
    I have the Paul Elliot book too and it is a wonderful read indeed.I wish there was something as inspiring for the ecw.

    BTW Do you know Paul Isemonger's "English Civil War a living History" - a book full of reenactment photos which came out around 17 years ago?

  3. Hi Alan, yes I used to have the Isemonger book, and if I remember correctly, I am in it as well! Back in the glory days of re-enacting with The Fairfax batallia. Paul Meekins the bookseller graces the cover charging in a montero cap.

  4. A Robin Hood / Mandrin type -always popular! And inspirational for swashbuckling games.

    Btw the results of your 'What to paint next?' poll are not published, but if I may still...
    18th C. Imagi-Nation first: no project can be so personal, so your brainchild, so *yours* than an Imagi-Nation. And each is *unique*, an endemic species living only in your brain, your PC hard drive and then on your shelves and on your blog. And for several reason the 'Lace Wars' represent the period par excellence for such creations.
    1/72 offers a wider choice, and there's also the point that, if you (or a friend) don't have some contemporary historical army to fight, eventually you'll have to design *two* 'hereditary enemies'.

    The armies of the Hyborian Age: exciting but difficult. I know at least one such project on the web. The major difficulty, once sure about how Howard 'visualized' each warrior type (not always obvious: I saw in passing bloody flame wars about this topic on Sword & Sorcery forums!) is the lack of very suitable miniatures. The (3?) 'dedicated' ranges or OOP (Garrison, still available?), and Howard based his description on the popular images of ancient / medieval warriors *of his time*, the same still used in the 1st 'Funcken' (All Ages vol.1) and Saxtorph's 'Warriors & weapons of early times in color': i.e. basically copied on late 19th C. reconstructions. Corresponding miniatures existed in the late "70, but since the images of ancient / medieval warriors have drastically evolved, and with them the gaming figurines available.

    An amusing project I saw on the web was a 'Horse & Musket' version of the world of Conan... Seems 'off the loop' for the time being.

    Now, you could very well *combine* a 1/72 18th C. Imagi-Nation with 1/72 Cthulhu, re. this '18th C. Strange Aeons' project. Indeed '18th C. Horror / Pulp' offers a lot of potential.

    Unsolicited verbiage, I know...

    Best regards,

  5. Thanks for your interest Jean-Louis. The question was rhetorical really, so I haven't done a poll on it, as I tend to flit from period to period.

    My imagi-nations are brewing slowly and I am aiming for a 1720-30s look so I can use earlier figures, with big wigs.

    The Conan figures I have put aside so far are mainly the Revell Saxons and Celts (a few poses in each box) which are completely historically innacurate but look just like those 1920s German illustrations of noble barbarians with huge belts and fur skirts.

    hopefully I will get some done soon and post them up. Once again thanks for your comments. Keep them coming