Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wardour Castle falls ....

Sir Warwick Hunt had secured Sarisbury, but his forces were stretched. He had garrisoned Wilton nearby to command the approach to the city from the west; Romsey to keep a link with Southampton; and Stockbridge to hold the river crossing on the road to Winchester. Much to his delight Longford castle, a fortified residence, a few miles to the south-east of Sarisbury had surrendered.

He had just heard of the plight of Wardour , 15 miles to the west, whose small Parliamentrian garrison had been under siege by Royalists for a some weeks. A small body of horse sent to help had been turned back.

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Events at Wardour were developing.... a small piece of artillery kept up an intermittent bombardment
 The defenders fired the odd musket shot in return ...
 The royalists had brought in some miners from the Mendips, who had been tasked with mining the castle walls. The officer in charge of the works reported to the siege commander that all was ready ....
 The mine is set and goes off right under the curtain wall of the castle ...
 The curtain wall fell and the royalists moved in on the small keep, the defenders with no hope of assistance and nearly out of food surrender .....

a small victory for ye Kinge

Friday, 22 August 2014

Duel behind Boar's Head ....

An argument led to one royalist officer impugning another's honour - with all the troops crammed into limited quarters in Wallingborough, this sort of thing was bound to happen - - only one way to settle it ... a duel (drawer of first blood wins) ....
 The chap in the green drew first blood, satisfaction was obtained ......


Friday, 18 July 2014

A piece of artillerie ...

Nearby to Wallingborough, Sir William de Willoughby watches as a newly acquired culverin is about to be fired....
 [new items: Sash&Sabre culverin and 3 crew]


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Supplies for Wallingborough ....

A small body of royalist horse escort a train of supplies to Wallingborough ....



[ I've re-done the basing for my mules and pack ponies, also replacing the drovers which had tricornes with some generic figures suitable for 17C & 18C]

Friday, 27 June 2014

Royalist foot on the move ...

Sir Marmaduke Fenwick's regiment of foot, which had mustered at Bradford-On-Avon, marches to Wallingborough to join the rest of the royalist forces assembling there.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

More parliamentarian troops move towards Sarisbury....

Passing through a small town ....
Dragoons move forward down the road....
Sir Warwick Hunt and his officers discuss the route forward ....
while the rest of the troops pass through the town...

Friday, 13 June 2014

Sir Hippisley-Cox's regiment of foot.

Sir William de Willoughby has been busy re-organising the royalist foot. With his own regiment mustering at Pokesay, he has come up to Wallingborough to inspect Sir Hippisley-Cox's regiment of foot.
[This grey coat regiment is the first of my re-organised regiments of foot that I've completed - with some repainted additional figures left over from combining other regiments].