Sunday, 18 February 2018

The King's Lifeguard of Foot writ large

Chum Ian came round yesterday and took some photos of my burgeoning ECW collection. Here is King Charles' Lifeguard of Foot; I strongly recommend clicking on it for a larger view!

This is a big unit I put together just for fun; it is composed of most of the miniatures from four battalia of my "Oxford army". It is daunting to thing that, even so, it only contains around a third of the number of men in a historical ECW battalia. At 50cm wide, I fear it is too large to be practical for the gaming table.

All of the minis are lovely Bicornes, painted by Chris Meacham, David Imrie, Shaun McTague and myself. They are based in twelves on my ECW Batbases (which I really need to get in the shop!). The flags on this one are GMB.

The For King and Parliament rules themselves are close to completion; we have started the final proofing and I hope to get them out to a printer in two to three weeks, so on target for Salute.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Wargames Illustrated interview

An inteview with the very fine chaps at Wargames Illustrated, about the coming rules... and some shots of the demo game we played with them in December. The minis are looking very fine, if I say so m'self!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Colonel Hampden

John Hampden was a Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire- one of the five who fled when the King raided the House and trued to capture them. A prominent and respected Parliamentarian politician, he also served in the field as a colonel of the famous greencoated regiment of foot which he raised from his Buckinghamshire estates. He guarded the baggage at Edgehill, commanded a brigade at Turnham Green and participated in the siege of Reading.

In 1643, whilst away from his regiment, he volunteered as a common trooper to join a force of cavalry that were engaged in the pursuit of a raiding Royalist force led by Prince Rupert. At Chalgrove Field, on 17th June he was severely wounded in the shouder, possibly as a result of his own pistol exploding. He died of his wounds six days later, and was sorely missed as a moderate politician who nonetheless managed to remain on good terms with the more militant Parliamentarians.

I have based him as a colonel for King and Parliament where he will lead a brigade of three or four regiments. The Bicorne mini was painted by David Imrie, I believe, and I've placed them on one of my new circular batbases. Now I need to get his regiment based up...

Friday, 2 February 2018

"Swedish"-style horse

Here are a couple of regiments of "Swedish"-style horse for the coming Salute game. "Swedish" tactics were introduced from the continent and promoted by Prince Rupert. Three ranks deep, "Swedes" would charge aggressively, reserving their pistols for the moment of contact. Many rules refer to them as "gallopers", although they would more likely charge at a "good round trot". Initially only the Royalists fought in this manner, but in 1644 the Parliamentarians had also adopted it and both sides fought in the same manner.

These are Redoubt horse that I bought ready painted (and got a few more painted, to match). I don't like them quite as much as the Bicornes I generally use- that said, some of the minis have great character and animation and the sizes are broadly compatible with Bicorne. Funnily enough, whilst writing this, a third Redoubt regiment that I'd bought on eBay and forgotten about, just arrived in the post.

One thing that I do feel strongly about, is adequately representing the unusually high ratio of horse to foot in some ECW battles. I intend to base a LOT of horse; up to 500 minis. :)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

"Dutch"-style horse

Here's the first unit of "Dutch"-style horse for For King and Parliament (click to enlarge).

Most likely Parliamentarians, these are drawn up in similar depth to Friday's Lobsters. I chose to use standing horses as the early-war Parliamentarians often stood to receive the Royalist charges with their carbines and pistols.  I want another three similar units, so that I can do Roundway Down.

Thes minis were mostly (superbly) painted by David Imrie and Chris Meacham and the unit is certainly my finest cavalry regiment, so far. Again they'll be drawn in in three troops with small intervals in between. If you are planning to game using the rules, there is no need to use this many miniatures!

PS most of the minis are Bicorne (there are a few TAGs amongst them), and the cornets are from Flags of War.

Friday, 26 January 2018


Here's the one and only regimental-sized force of cuirassiers in the English Civil War, Sir Arthur Hesilrige's famous London Lobsters (please click on the photo for an enlarged view). 

This regiment was built around a core of 12 minis I swapped for with Saxon Dog, with the additional minis painted by Shaun McTague and finished by me. They are on my new ECW Batbases (which I really must get into the shop!).

The lobsters fought in deep formation, relying principally on firepower. At Roundway Down, they were overcome after a stiff fight. Their subsequent rout took them down a precipitous slope and many were killed; they were, later, reformed but probably without the expensive cuirassier armour.

In For King and Parliament, cuirassiers receive a +1 on their save when in melee or shot at (except by artillery!). I should explain that there's no need to use this many minis to represent a unit, it's just my megalomania striking (yet again!). On the table there will be intervals between the three troops.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

...and I'm back.

All through the wintertime, I've hid myself away painting and basing for the Salute ECW game, whilst finishing the forthcoming "For King and Parliament!" English Civil War rules, with Andrew Brentnall and others including (but far from limited to) Millsy and Ian Notter.

Here are some lovely Bicorne minis (clickable photo) painted by the highly talented Redzed. Charles I (holding map) and Sir Edward Walker are discussing dispositions for a forthcoming battle, whilst the young Prince of Wales looks on. In attendance are various flunkeys and some dismounted gentleman pensioners. The standard isn't intended to be the Royal Standard; Sir Edmund Verney will carry a larger version of that, on a separate base. The minis (and the colour schemes) are based on a lovely illustration in Philip Haythornthwaite's excellent "The English Civil War, 1642-1651: An Illustrated Military History." There is every chance that they will make the cover of the rules....

The base is one of the new command Batbases with my famous wobbly edge.