Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wiltshire clubmen ....

In the small town of Amesbury north of Sarisbury, locals are meeting to discuss forming opposition to marauding troops from either side - to protect their crops and livestock.

 [The clubmen are done for now, may add a few more. I've tried to make them as generic as possible so they could be re-used for vignettes in story lines or as part of raw or militia units

The ground surface for the 'market place' is a sandstone effect acrylic floor tile from Homebase].

Sunday, 9 November 2014

return via Collingbourne .....

A small body of royalist horse and dragoons had been sent out to scout out potential routes to attempt to get relief to the besieged at Basing House.

On their way back they had blundered into a body of parliamentarian horse, although the royalists had seen them off they had lost some men and worse half of their horses. They made their back skirting to the north of Ludegershall, then across country. On their last leg back to safety they would have work their way round a parliamentarian outpost at Collingbourne Ducis and then over the downs to the royalist garrison of Pewsey; they had been riding double but are now dismounted leading the tired horses ....
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At Collingbourne a parliamentarian officer is out trying to bag some fowl ...
Meanwhile at Fulcher's farm, on the main road south-west, a small picket guarded the road.
The royalists cross the fields ...
then make a dash across the road ....
they are spotted by a sentry who calls out the garrison at the outpost ....
As the royalists cross the heathland they capture the parliamentarian officer ...
As they approach the road by Fulcher's farm, the parliamentarians are closing in .....
close pistol and musket fire ensues ....
some of the men dash across the road ...
they try to get the horses across, losing some ....
a small group of royalists managed to get round the back of farm and force out the parliamentarian picket...
as the main group of royalists dash towards the downs (still with the captured officer), the parliamentarians fire a couple of parting shots; the other royalists get a spare horse from the farm....
then head for the woods and up on the downs. The royalists meet at the top of the hill and make their way to Pewsey without further loss.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Running hard ....

a small number of royalist troops are in the fields to the south of PokeSay not far from Wallingborough (in northern Wiltshire)....

The petard team, ran hard across the open field, with the officer bellowing 'Move it' ...
 they got to the barn and set the petard up against the door; then moved off a bit and fell to the ground to catch their breath. Good work my lads said the officer, have a rest.  They'd been practising for about half an hour and this was the first time the petard had stayed up against the door.

Sir William de Willoughby and his brother check the petard setup...
Sir William is pleased, he turns to the men and tell them that will be enough for the day.  Sir William and his brother walked back through the town to Pokesay castle. On arrival he checked for news of a scouting party sent east towards Basing house - still not back, maybe tomorrow ......

ECW Campaign restarts ....

I've got a timeline for 1644 roughed out and some scenarios sorted; so with my ECW modelling and conversion surge finished - the campaign restarts .....


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Working on some clubmen...

I have been working on some clubmen (brief historical overview here and some modelled in 1/72 here ; some nice ones in 28mm here). Using up the last of my spare figures I have eight so far, I'm aiming to have about 15-20 altogether.


Will need to get some more suitable figures and make up some pitchforks and short pikes before I can do the next batch.

Monday, 27 October 2014

fiddling with artillery ....

I decided I needed some more variety in the cannon used for my ECW games; preferably a couple of lighter guns. So I embarked on a little bit of conversion work.

Raw materials, a 40mm saker (at the back) and a 28mm cannon at the front with a spare gun barrel.
I removed the barrel from the 40mm saker, and replaced it with the one from the 28mm cannon; the spare barrel I then put on the 28mm cannon. Both cannon received new wheels using some small plastic lego ones. Below another saker and the two converted guns...
 Converted guns painted and shown in use in a mixed battery....

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

petard team - conversions/modelling work done

After a couple of good sessions at the modelling desk the petard team conversions/modelling work is now done.

The deployed petard and a chap getting ready to set it off ...