Giving a Charles II James or Williamite twist to Warlord Games Epic Battles Pike and Shotte 15mm ECW figures

Dutch Wars, anyone? Dutch landings at Sheerness? Redcoats with big floppy hats?

I already have 15mm Peter Laing ECW figures, so what should I do with these individual musket armed figures from the Warlord Games Epic Battles Pike and Shotte ECW box?

Can we extend their redcoat use into the Interregnum and Restoration through to the Dutch Wars?

How they started out …

See the first Redcoats to be finished at:

Crossposted from my Man Of TIN Blog Two, 3 June 2023

Warriors and Weapons Of Early Times by Niels M. Saxtorph

Following Alan Gruber’s post today and mine yesterday on Preben Kannik’s Military Uniforms Of the World in Colour,

here is a bit more background biographical research on another of these Blandford colour classics which led further into the Danish Resistance and the Occupation of Denmark by the Germans in WW2:

Preben Kannik – The man behind Military Uniforms Of The World in Colour

Who was Preben Kannik, (1914-1967), the man behind the classic reference book Military Uniforms Of the World in Colour?

Why would some of these uniforms have been very familiar to him?

Find out more at my post on Man Of TIN Blog Two:

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 29 May 2023

RIP Tony Adams of the Woodscrew Miniature Army

RIP Tony Adams the late Commander Of the Woodscrew Miniature Army

Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.

Sadly here is a post all about my chats and exchanges with Tony, crossposted from my Man Of TIN Blog Two

Coronation Tailors on the BBC TV and BBC IPlayer

This is the closest I have to a King Charles III figure, bought at some expense from Hamley’s recently in January from an underwhelming display of toy soldiers. It’s really a mounted Scots Guard Officer.

It obviously will replace the Young Queen Elizabeth II riding figure on parade.

Farewell, ma’am.

Amongst my uniform books I have a 1937 Players album of cigarette cards of the 1937 Coronation. The album I think was a gift from my late Dad. It gives a glimpse of how things were done and how the various coronation staff dressed just over 85 years ago.

One of the roles shown are the Royal Regiment of Archers; coincidentally this week amongst a small parcel of figures which arrived from Alan ‘Duchy of Tradgardland’ Gruber was a battered Britain’s version of one of these archers to repair and restore or make new. I shall post pictures of this figure and the album when completed in the next few weeks.


I have seen almost no Royal / Coronation TV programmes so far, having been somewhat over-Royalled last year with parades and programmes for both The Queen’s Jubilee and her Funeral.

However I did enjoy Coronation Tailors: Fit for a King on BBC2 and BBC IPlayer, this week, tailor Patrick Grant’s look behind the scenes of military tailoring for the Coronation, amid the pressure of work cutting new or repairing old uniforms, replacing the QEII cypher with CRIII in time for the Coronation:

Some extraordinary military parade and band costumes for such roles as Drum Majors, Guards and Life Guards,

how the costumes were made in a London factory,

the mill in Yorkshire where the red cloth comes from,

the historic records of each uniform for each regiment,

even regimental mascot coats.

It also showcases some of the last people in Britain / alive who can make such things as special lifeguard helmets using 17th century tools.

Worth watching even after the Coronation event.

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 5 May 2023

Historic Rural Churches Of Georgia book review

A fascinating book of Southern states American history told through one of its important buildings – the rural church. Reviewed here:

That’s the last of my Christmas money spent on this beautiful photographic and history book.

Crossposted from my Man Of TIN Blog Two (progression / overflow site).

Bicycle Troops – The Cyclist March 1945

Bundling up past WW2 project items to pass on, I came across this interesting advertisement for scarce rubber tyres from Firestone Tyres in The Cyclist magazine March 1945.

The Cyclist incorporated for wartime paper rations as pages into Geo. Newnes Practical Mechanics magazine).

This gives an illustrator’s idea of what the Second Front “over there” looked like with a couple of months to go before VE Day in May 1945.

Bicycle troops, dispatch riders / Military Police, field ambulances, jeeps and army trucks / lorries, ruined buildings, barbed wire (bad for tyres).

The cyclists with haversacks have rifles or possibly Sten guns.

The jeep has a snorkel.

Storm clouds or smoke on the horizon?

These perilous “forward areas” of timbered buildings do not look very Italian Front, much more British or France / Germany / Northern Europe.

The morale of this story: you can help the war effort “over here” by looking after your precious rubber tyres and “Keep all tyres properly inflated“.

Artist: initials ING near the rubble on the right?

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 7 October 2022

Blog Post Script

Danish Bicycle Troops the April 1940 film

Morse Code signals, monoplanes, spies and submarines – Canadian Girl Guides 1942 WW2

A remarkable story of Canadian Guides in WW2:

An interesting gaming scenario?

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog, 12 /13 August 2022

The Volunteer Inn

One of a number of Rifle Volunteer or Volunteer named public houses glimpsed on my travels over the last few years – this one in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK.

This uniform looks to be Napoleonic rather than Mid Victorian Rifle Volunteer, as befits a Regency seaside town.

Blog crossposted from my Man Of Tin Blog Two (my progression or migration site for when Man Of TIN Blog one reaches its free 3GB Max after 5 to 6 busy blogging years).