And practising deployment .....
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Down among the hedge men ...
And practising deployment .....
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Artillery Train Additions ...
1. Artillery Limber and horses
The picture below shows the limber (GHG20), draught horse (KSHG55), artilleryman seated on draught horse (KSHG58).
If you are going to buy any of this range then the limber and draught horses are worth it (each code item is ~£9.00 each. ouch !)
2. The foot figures
Below we have on the left an Irregular Miniatures 40mm for comparison of size and from left to right ..
Dismounted cavalryman and blacksmith (KSHG63)
Artillery Soldier (KSHG54)
Artillery Officer and Soldier (KSHG59)
A picture of my large cannon (Call at Arms 1/32nd scale, ECW range - War Cannon No 13 ), with the new figs ...
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Dragoons - ready for their uniforms
All figures are Irregular Miniatures; with a couple of spare Sash & Sabre heads finding their way onto a couple of figs. I had a small head swapping session to ensure the mounted troopers of each regiment had the same heads as the dismounted ones - bit mad but worth the effort. I've also converted some musketeers to be dismounted dragoons by adding rolled down boots with green stuff.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Dragoon Command Stands
Friday, 5 December 2008
Civilians ? (various figures)
To provide some scenic additions for a campsite or siege, some bits from Irregular Miniatures renaissance range (Woman with spoon; cauldron over fire and roasting spit).
Saturday, 29 November 2008
A Pastoral Scene ?
The Parliamentrain trained band ignore the solicitations and other attractions offered by a local tavern as they march through a small village.
[figs: Soldiers - Irregular Minaiatures; Ladies - Black Cat]
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Dragoons - Officer anh Horse Holders
Firstly a converted soldier holding flaming torch, I cut off the torch and replaced it with a halberd, modelling a replacement hand.
For my dragoons I wanted at least one man dismounted holding a horse; so a marching musketeer and an engineer were converted; added cuffs, boots rolled down, belts with apostles, plus a musket. I put a Sash&Sabre head on the marching musketeer. Front and back view below ...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Eye Candy ...
Link to pic at UK Old Glory Website
Friday, 7 November 2008
The Dragoons arrive
Friday, 31 October 2008
Campaign Overview Map
- Malmesbury has been renamed Wallingborough, held by the royalists
- Salisbury has been renamed Sarisbury, held by the parliamentarians.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
List of my ECW Reference Books
- The English Civil War, by Maurice Ashley
- The English Civil War - by Peter Young and Richard Holmes
- Beef, Bacon and Bag Pudding; Berkshire in the Civil War - by David Disbury
- Travellers Guide to the Battlefields of the English Civil War - by Martyn Bennett
- The English Civil War 1642-1651, an Illustrated Military History - by Philip Haythornthwaite[Good book with plenty of uniform info]
- The English Civil War Armies, Osprey Men-at-Arms series
- Soldiers of the English Civil War (1) Infantry, Osprey 'Elite' 25
- Soldiers of the English Civil War (2) Cavalry, Osprey 'Elite' 27
- Matchlock Musketeer 1588-1688, Osprey 'Warrior' 43
- Ironsides, English Cavalry 1588-1688, Osprey 'Warrior' 44
- English Civil War Artillery 1642-51, Osprey 'New Vanguard' 108
- English Civil War Fortifications 1642-51, Osprey 'Fortress' 9
Also a film worth watching to get the flavour of the times - Cromwell
Haselrig's Lobsters - Standard
Setting up a Campaign Map
Since I can get detailed maps of the area I'll use these for terrain info. I'll have to generate a map for movements. Wiltshire in the period had a number of castles/manor houses so opportunities for sieges etc. The roylalists will hold the north of the county and parliament the south.
I've decided on;
Mounted - Officer, Ensign and 9 troopers (11 figs total)
Dismounted - 9 foot figures, the Officer and Ensign remain mounted and represent the horse holders.
Figures to be used will be from Irregular Miniatures 42mm renaissance range:
LRE5 Dismounted Dragoon.
Better go and see how much is in the warchest before I place an order for the metal.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Battle at Hoveton
Meanwhile Sir William de Willoughby royalist army had received some reinforcements so he moved down the valley from Wrinkleham and was on his way to Chipping Creaseton. Near the river crossing at Hoveton the two armies met ....
Using the river as a secure flank both sides deployed ready to do battle. Two views of the initial deployment - royalists at the back of the table, parliamentarians at the front.
The nearby royalist foot regiment rout after a stiff volley by the parliamentarian foot and the presence of the cuirassiers on their flank.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Making the ECW Unit Cards
1. I wanted some cards which were reasonably robust and larger than the size of a business card. I decided on using those from a standard pack of playing cards (rather than buying special blank cards).
2. Next thing I did was to identify a standard inkjet sticky label size that would fit over the playing card. [Avery J8173 - 10 labels]
3. The playing cards then had blank sticky labels put on them; these were then trimmed off.
4. I set up a single page document with 5 columns; two blank cards to each column. Making sure when printed that each 'card' would come out on a label.
5. A picture of each unit is added to the card; the picture size is then adjusted till the card layout is correct again - this can be a bit fiddly. I do a batch of 10 cards in each print; each unit having one 'for Parliament' and one 'for ye Kinge' card. A batch of 10 cards is printed onto a page of sticky labels, labels are then placed onto the cards.
6. If I just want to do one card, I just print the page; cut out the 'card' and stick it onto a playing card covered with a sticky label.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
All units have a 'For Ye Kinge' or 'For Parliament' card, this allows units to be on either side in different scenarios.
Friday, 29 August 2008
I've indulged in a couple of 9 litre 'really useful boxes' (available from http://www.reallyusefulboxes.com/ and other suppliers), these are just right. Made of clear material you can see whats in them and I can get about 5 regiments of horse or foot into one box.
The boxes can be stored in the cupboards under my gaming table.
Sunday, 24 August 2008
New Regiment of Foot - Bluecoats
6 Regiments of Foot
4 Regiments of Horse
4 Artillery pieces
Looks like it's time for another battle..
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Additions to the Artillerie
Next two more field guns from Irregular Miniatures; the crew are mostly Sash & Sabre with a couple of Irregular Miniatures with Sash & Sabre heads.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Pokesay Castle and it's garrison
The royalist commander Sir William de Willoughby arrives back home at Pokesay Castle with an escort of horse.
Meanwhile the garrison is carrying out some exercises from the drill book ...
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Pokesay Castle 7 - the base
Its made up of a 3mm MDF base with a raised up centre section for the castle made of foam board and cardboard; with the edges covered in stone paper. The moat was done by painting it brown with green bits and then spraying it with a few coats of varnish.
The ramp to the bridge has yet to be finished. Some small pieces of foam board have been stuck on to keep the buildings in place.
Next job is to build the walls and assemble all the bits together.
Friday, 25 July 2008
Pokesay Castle 6 - the Keep
Monday, 21 July 2008
Pokesay Castle 5 - main range of buildings
Firstly a view of the outfacing side -
And the side facing the courtyard ...
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Artillery - big guns
Friday, 4 July 2008
Artillerie on the move
For Pokesay Castle I've nearly finished the main range of buildings, theres a door and some steps to add - photo to follow later when completed. The Keep is ready for finishing, but it needs some changes to make it look a bit chunkier.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Pokesay Castle - 4, Gatehouse completed
Having got the shade of my roof tile paper right, I painted the timber beams. For windows I used a dark grey and put 'leaded' widnow lines on. The overall effect has captured the look I wanted. I made the gates so they could be removed and replaced with two open ones.
The gatehouse done I then stuck tile paper onto the roofs of the other buildings. Having finished that I realised I hadn't added the chimneys, a minor modification for later.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Limbers for Guns
As you can see the small Lego wheels and a single horse look just right pulling a gun.
Ideally should be a team of horses but what the heck, modeller's licence !