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 ...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Petard team starts to take shape ...

The two chaps carrying the petard,
the arms need filling out, rest of the team is coming along nicely. Have to make up the petard as well.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Preparations for next phase of campaign....

I've been trying to sort out some sort of linked scenario set, including some historical events, to finish off the 1644 year. This is still  a work in progress but I have made a start.

I've obtained a copy of 'Sieges of the Great Civil War' by Young and Emberton,
Nice little book with a good summary of some of the major sieges in the civil war.

For new additions to the forces of both sides I've been sorting through my remaining spare figures; have made up two units of commanded shot,
I also put to one side items to go towards conversions for clubmen, including 3 figures to represent the more well armed of them
Having a few pikemen leftover and some spare heads and other parts, I was looking for something to do with them. Warlord Games make a 28mm petard assault team,
so I'm going to try to replicate this in 40mm; will post some piccies of this modelling exercise as it progresses.

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.

---oXo---

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]