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University Centre Hosts Major English Civil War Conference

A MAJOR English Civil War Conference is set to return to the town’s iconic Rowley’s House building and University Centre Shrewsbury base on Saturday, 10 September. Supported by official event partners the Pike and Shot Society, and organised by one … Continue reading

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English Civil War: The Commission of Thomas Else, 1659

By Stephen Ede-Borrett Extant Army Officers’ Commissions from before 1660 are rare and, as far as I am aware, the example shown here is the only surviving example dating to this period, the last year of the English Commonwealth. After … Continue reading

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“A Rabble of Gentility”? – The Northern Horse, 1644-45

By John Barratt General George Monck once described the Royalist Horse in the English Civil War as  a “rabble of gentility”. It  was (even in the closing stages of the war) a rather sweeping generalisation, but the men who perhaps … Continue reading

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Is that actually an English Civil War ‘Lobster Pot Helmet’? asks Stephen Ede-Borrett

We have all (I am sure) been there – the country house, the castle or the Museum – and seen, or had pointed out to us, the ‘Lobster Tail Helmet’ (hereinafter just simply referred to as ‘helmet’, or this blog … Continue reading

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Pendennis Castle and Sir John Arundell – By MJ Logue

Of all the names associated with the siege of Pendennis Castle, Sir John Arundell is perhaps the most renowned. In his seventies, Arundell was a formidable man – despite certain reservations expressed by his peers that he was perhaps no … Continue reading

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The Making of a Paper Soldier by Illustrator Peter Dennis

How does Illustrator Peter Dennis design a beautifully-crafted rank of paper soldiers, like these? Find out below in his step-by-step guide.     Step One: I draw the strips at 200% size onto pre-printed ‘cells’ (an animation term I’ve adopted), on … Continue reading

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Battle for Britain: Your Questions Answered…

If you haven’t yet discovered our Battle for Britain ‘paperboys’ or if you have questions about how they are made, do not fear… Illustrator Peter Dennis answers your most commonly-asked questions in this latest blog instalment. Q) What scale are … Continue reading

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Our ‘Paperboys’ march into the fray at Salute 2016

Salute 16th April: Andy Callan is pictured setting up another round of the War of the Roses starter game (due out later this year), which is played on two sheets of A4 squared ground that you can print from the … Continue reading

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Wargaming: Join our new ‘paperboys’ and enter the paperworld with illustrator Peter Dennis

Welcome to this new forum for ideas and images associated with the Helion & Company Ltd series of Paper Soldier books Battle for Britain.The first title: Wargame The English Civil Wars 1642-51 is being launched this weekend at Salute 2016,  … Continue reading

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Lost and found: An artillery train at Shrewsbury Castle in 1659 by Charles Singleton

I was passed this document whilst at a lecture given by Professor Malcolm Wanklyn. He had come across it whilst doing work on the Parliamentarian officer list for Shropshire. It seems rather large to be stored at Shrewsbury, which by … Continue reading

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