The wonderful thing about our North Star 1672 range is that the figures will do for many different nations armies in the period 1665-1680. This is because it is a time just before uniforms, and the figures are all dressed in the fashions common amongst soldiers throughout Western Europe. This of course includes Britain. The years covered by our range is called the Restoration Period in Britain as it was the time the monarchy, represented by Charles II, was restored after the English Civil War. It was also the genesis of the British Army. Britain, tired of soldiers and war, had disbanded much of it’s forces after the Civil War and Oliver Cromwell’s reign. With the return of Charles II to England in 1660, the units still under arms swore allegiance to the King and became the senior units of the British Army.Some of the infantry regiments: Coldstream GuardsGrenadier GuardsScots Guards1st Regiment (Royal Scots)2nd Regiment (The Queen’s)3rd Regiment (The Buffs)st
May Jackson was a 2.5 Inch RML Screw Gun that was used in Central and Eastern Africa during the late 19th Century/ Early 20th Century. We’ve
Victoria in 1891. In 1893, Rhodes planned to invade the neighbouring Matabeleland. A military column was raised in Fort Victoria for the invasion by Major Wilson, and the Gun joined them. Because of her small wheels, she went in the back of a wagon with a specially designed ramp. She was used in anger during the Battle of Bembesi, and was saved from the disaster of the Shangani patrol with Wilson because her wagon was not suitable for the quick moving force.After the Matabele War, the BSAC guns went into storage. Not all of them fared well, famously one carriage was devoured by termites, but the Gun with new wheels accompanied the 1895 expedition into the Transvaal by the BSAC called the Jameson Raid. The raid failed, and the Gun was taken as booty by the Boers.The Boers turned the Gun on the British in the 2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. She was recaptured by the British South Africa Police at the raising of the Siege of Kimberley.
investigated her history because she is part of the Matabele War 1893, a war that we have designed a range of figures for.A Screw Gun was a 2.5 Inch Rifled Muzzle Loading Seven Pounder Mountain Gun. It was brought into British Army service in 1880. It was designed to replace an earlier 7pdr Mountain Gun. Mountain Guns were developed to get artillery into inaccessible areas of the Empire. The screw gun was so named because the gun itself came in two parts that ‘screwed’ together when it was time to be deployed. The idea was to make it easier to be loaded onto Mules, or in emergencies carried by porters, into Mountains and other difficult terrain.Our gun was named May Jackson by the British South Africa Policemen after a popular Barmaid from Salisbury, Rhodesia.Her history begins in 1891. Cecil Rhodes’ private army, the British South Africa Company, had entered Mashonaland (part of Modern Zimbabwe) in 1890 and established towns and forts there. The Gun was brought up from South Africa to Fort