Links to Other Sites of Interest on Early Colonials

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Historical Reference

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Yahoo! Groups
PreContact - Wargaming American Woodland Indian and Mound Builders battles before the arrival of Europeans.
Our Moccasins Trickled Blood - Focuses on Wayne's Legion-era battles, but early Indian wars of all sorts are fair game.
REMPAS - Renaissance and 17th Century gaming. Though most discussion is on the Thirty Years War, from time to time something about the colonies comes up. Check out the files section for information on Brazil and Portuguese Africa!
ColonialWars - Though anything pre-Victorian is off-topic for discussion, strictly speaking, it is a good way to keep abreast of miniatures releases for native, particularly African figures.
Soldados - Spanish Colonial Reenactors, particularly for 18th Century Northern New Spain.

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Colonial Wargamers' Pages
Wargaming - This is Steven Thomas' page. His specialty is Luso-Spanish warfare. For the Americas, his page includes histories, very well- researched painting guides, and some scenarios for the Conquest of Mexico, Colonial Brazil, and Buccaneer actions.
Bob's Page - Bob Beattie's page with pictures of DBR games and a page on miniatures for gaming Mughals.
Tim's Pony Wars Page - Tim Greene's page on American Indian Wars of all sorts, including 17th c. Woodland Indian intertribal wars. Good rule set reviews and pictures of figures.
Making an Aztec Step Pyramid - an article by the highly-skilled modeller David Kuijt.
The Jackson Gamers - A large group in Mississippi that games Conquistadors. Has a good free online rules page.
Terragenesis - A splendid page on building nice wargames terrain on the cheap. Includes articles on Aztec gateway and pyramid.
Spanish Fury! - An extensive enthusiast-run free rules and scenarios page for 15mm late-16th century gaming, with more period flavor I think than any other. 
The Miniatures Page - Bill Armintrout's enourmous recource, with the best mintiatures manufacturers directory on the net.
Chronofus Australian Wargames Scans - A noble and diligent effort to help gamers keep track of Eureka (and other) releases.
Flags of the World - Not strictly a gaming page, but nevertheless a Godsend. Thousands of obscure historical flags pictured.

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Colonial Miniature Manufacturers' Pages
The Foundry - They used to make a line of Elizabethans in 28mm, as listed on Tim Peterson's unofficial page here, which may one day be rereleased. Now they have a new line of "El Dorado" Conquistadors and in Precast Packs, Aztec Eagle knights, "Afro-Caribbean Renegades" (Cimaroons) and Elizabethan "Swashbucklers" (Sea Dogs), all about 30mm toe-to-top-of-head. In addition they make 29mm Pirates and Darkest Africa figues. Generally the bee's knees in sculpting, the earlier the better, but jolly expensive nowadays.
Navwar Productions - Purveyors of Naismith Design 28mm Conquistadors, Aztecs, and Mayans. Rather chunky with few poses, the Spanish make up for it by looking like they have been in the jungle for months! Good detail, much cotton armor.
Regimental Colors - US distributor for Navwar and Naismith.
The London War Room - A manufacturer in Mississippi making 18th-century Spanish including leather-jackets, excellent resin ships' boats with 18th Century sailor crews, an "Off the Beaten Path" range with African animals, cacti, 16th century Tupi and Apache Indians, Hadendowah, Mughals and Marathas. All well-sculpted in 28mm. Also lists the only slightly less-cool 27mm Lyzard's Grin Ashantis, Abyssinians, and Sikhs in their illustrated online catalogue.
Molniya Miniatures - Technically Medieval, their 28mm Timurids nevertheless mix well with the London War Room range for 16th-century Mughal cavalry.
Vendel Miniatures - New English manufacturer making quite well-sculpted 29mm Elizabethan English, Scots, and Irish.
The Quartermaster - Virginian distributor for Falcon Figures UK. Extensive range of well-sculpted 15mm Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, Tupi, Andean Highland Tribes, Chimor, and Tarascans, as well as Burmese and Malay/Javanese. Europeans too! In 29mm they also make French and Indian War Woodland Indians.
      - 25mm French and Indian Wars - A page not linked to the main Quartermaster site but with photos of the Falcon UK Rangers, Indians, and French.
Eureka Miniatures - Home of the Eureka 100 Club. Also 28mm pirates, Powhatan, Eskimos, Dyaks, Maoris, Hawaiians, Aztecs, Mayans, and Pygmies. Good figures, and well-proportioned figures save for the Pygmies, which are caricatured. The Aztecs really capture the character of the Spanish illustrations of the time, and are the best range currently available.
Redoubt Enterprises - Huge selection of Early Modern Europeans between the "New Age," "Three Musketeers," ECW, and Pirates lines, plus F&I War Woodland Indians. Nice sculpting, 32-33 mm. Also make Abbotts Miniatures - 18th Century Pirates and Smugglers, Napoleonic British and French sailors, and Napoleonic West Indies figures, including armed blacks in European clothing, 28mm.
Essex Miniatures - 15mm Armada-era figs and Mughuls, 28mm Eighty Years War Spanish and Dutch, some of their best.
Dixon Miniatures - The French and Indian War and Flodden 1513 ranges have some usable figures. Good quality, save for a few "pumpkin heads" on the F&I War figures. All 28mm.
Wargames, Inc. - A shop in West Virginia that carries Essex and Dixon figures.
Wildly-Inspired Miniatures - A New Zealand company producing 25mm Incas and 15mm Plains Indian figs. Haven't seen 'em.
Ellerburn Armies - sells the old Hinchliffe Renaissance Spanish -- 28mm, low-detail, 1970s figs. Excellent wagons and artillery.
Gladiator Games - Three Musketeers, Norse, and "Skraelings" based on the Micmacs and Beothuks of Newfoundland. Fairly chunky 30mm figures without a lot of detail, but some of the Skraelings are in the unusual wooden slat-armor.
Parkfield Miniatures - Has a range of King Philip's War settlers and Algonquian Indians, separate from its French and Indian War line. Crude, chunky, 28mm figures, but the only ones covering the topic.
Warrior Miniatures - 30mm Armada-era figures from Glasgow. Less detail than some figures, but well-proportioned and cheap!
Silver Eagle Wargames Supplies - carries Irregular animals and generic Renaissance figures & Tin Soldier Aztecs. Both ranges are 29mm, chunky and crude, but well-animated and filling important gaps in other ranges.
Old Glory Miniatures - 28mm Pirates, ECW, Italian Wars (including Spanish figures), late-16th century Wars of Religion, French and Indian War, Filipino Moros, and Hollywood Africans. The Mucovite German mercenaries include some interesting figures too. Detail is generally very good, but anatomical plausibility and historical accuracy vary. Also sell the superb Hudson & Allen woodland Indian village and log cabins.
Grandiosity Books - sells Old Glory figures.
Rafm Miniatures - Very Good "Flint and Feather" range, including Woodland Indians, divided into Hurons and Iroquois, 27mm.
Perry Miniatures - Superb 28mm ECW figures and AWI Woodland Indians.
Conquest Miniatures - 29mm F&I vintage Woodland Indians of specific tribes. Sculpted looking heroic, these are probably the best of this type there are now.
Scheltrum Miniatures - Makes a 28mm line of Dayaks and Malays, one of my favorite ranges, complete with huts, canoes, and a log stockade. Also 17th century Far-Eastern ships in both 25mm and 15mm, 25mm Japanese fortifications, and 20mm Middle Eastern buildings.
J & T Miniatures - Lepanto Galleys, BIG Pirate ships, Houston ox wagons, and some interesting Minnesota Sioux Uprising figures and buildings (Look for "Dogs of the Hot Moon") which I have often thought would make fine rebel mission neophytes, all 28mm.
Minifigs - 15mm Pirates and French and Indian Wars figures. Don't know much about 'em.
Iron Wind Metals - Ral Partha used to make a line of Conquistadores, Aztecs, and Incans in 28mm, but now you can only get them by special order under this name with severe prices and terms. (Sigh.) The Spanish figures are superb, but better suited to the latter half of the 16th century - lots of morions and muskets. No online catalogue but you can e-mail for a printed one.
Crusader Miniatures - The Wars of the Roses line includes some excellent lean 29mm arquebusiers and crossbowmen very well-suited to be early-16th c. conquistadores.
Front Rank Figurines - Again, check out the fine stocky 28mm handgunners from the Wars of the Roses line for Conquistador possibilities.
Haus of Stuff - Complete list of Frontier 25mm Conquistadores, F&I, Seminole, and Plains Indians and Outpost Mughals. Lovely figures, but unfortunately they don't take orders!
Monolith Designs - manufacturer of superb Middle Eastern, African, Aztec, and Inca buildings.
Earthflora.com - maker of plastic plants, some of them ideal for gaming.

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Historical Reference
Calderon's Company - A group in Florida reenacting De Soto's Entrada. Many extensive pages on clothes, arms and armor, tactics, logistics, De Soto's expedition and Drake's raid on St. Augustine, making great use of firsthand accounts, many of which are transcribed verbatim, in addition to strict reenactment reports and photos.
¡Soldados de Nueva España! - More Spanish colonial re-enactors, this time with an 18th century focus. Includes short articles and excellent colour uniform illustrations.
Dutch/Portuguese Colonial History - A multitude of historical pages on specific colonies, particularly in Asia and Africa, 16th-17th c. Lots of articles on fortifications. Check out their bibliographies, which are really stunning!
John Underhill's History of the Pequot War - An exerpt dealing with the attack on the Pequot stronghold transcribed to the web for Richmond college students.
The Society of Colonial Wars in Connecticut - Under the timeline there are articles written over the years by members on those conflicts affecting Connecticut, with a particularly good section on the Pequot War of 1637.
Articles about the Role of the Dutch in the Iroquois Wars - compiled as part of a family history page, but nevertheless very good, well-referenced articles on the "Beaver Wars."

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