I was going to write a brief history of the "Confederate wars" or "11 years war" but i'm feeling really lazy and others have done it allready! So a link to a timeline of the confederate wars can be found here:British civil wars
This website also gives information about some of the battles and major events of the confederate wars as well as the English civil war in general, both North and south of the border on the British mainland.
Another interesting website out there is Scot Wars. It contains lots of information on Scottish military history and mentions some of the battles and personalities from Scotland involved in the Confederate wars. It can be found here::Scot wars
And finally. The blog that inspired this blog and made me want to pick up a paintbrush and actually do some painting!!! (thank you!) ::Project Auldearn 1645
This blog contains information on Montrose's campaigns in Scotland and the covenanter forces deployed against him. It also has lots of pretty pictures of very nicely painted miniatures, definitely an inspiration if you need to kick-start your own painting!
I should mention some of the reading materials i've been working my way through recently. I was going to say trawling but that's probably quite harsh, it's just if i'm reading then i'm not painting!
A great source of information on the irish confederate armies is:
Confederate Catholics At War 1641-49 by Padraig Lenihan (published by Cork University Press)
This detailed book gives tons of information on the armies, battles and sieges, as well as the political and financial problems faced by the Confederates.
Scottish Covenanters and Irish Confederates byDavid Stevenson (published bythe Ulster Historical Foundation)
This book is more about Scottish-Irish relations at the time of the English civil war, and in particular the Scottish armies in Ireland.
The Anatomy of a Siege: King John's Castle, Limerick 1642 by Kenneth Wiggins (published by The Boydell Press)
This book is about, funnily enough, the siege of King John's castle! Again tons of information about Irish siegecraft.
And wargames illustrated no.145 (October 1999), which has a 5 page article on the confederate wars by Sean Sweeney. It has some illustrations of flags and coronets which have been useful.
Other inspiration recently has come from a few films i've picked up from Amazon and Ebay.
Allthough not about the confederate wars (or even the english civil wars) they are in roughly the same period and have some rather good battle scenes!
1612 - A Russian film. Unfortunately my copy has no subtitles and my Russian is non existant but the small skirmish and final battle scenes definitely make it worth a watch.
Alatriste - Staring Vigo Mortensen. Very Gory and violent in places and the final battle scene of "Rocroi" with it's push of pikes is really nicely done, allthough it's a shame there weren't more extras involved.
Potop (aka The deluge) - A Polish film set during the 30 years war period which has some nice battles and lots of cannon!