Friday, 15 September 2017

Colonel John Talbot's Regiment of Foot

Here's Talbot's regiment- the first completely based regiment in 28mm for my "For King and Parliament" collection, for use with the new ECW rules that Andrew Brentnall and I will publish late this year/early next. This is the first of 20 regiments of foot for a planned Salute game. 

It has three stands of 12 minis and a command stand of six. The minis are all Bicornes, beautifully painted by Chris Meacham, and the flags are from Flags of War. The photo is clickable- the detail on the minis is superb!. This is the way I'll base my minis for the game but, because it's gridded, minis can be based in any way that people want; no need to rebase existing collections!

I'll be at Colours tomorrow with Andrew Brentnall, running a big 10/12mm ECW participation game, do drop by and say hello. I'll have these minis (and some more) with me. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

This week I shall mostly be basing ECW....

Here are a couple of quickly snatched WIP shots of the units I'm basing for a table display at Colours*. Above are some artillery pieces which were painted by David Imrie- I've rebased them onto larger bases. Below is Talbot's with an attached frame gun, also by David. Soon, I will need to make some scary decisions about flocking.... colours of grass and extent of coverage.

* We are there with a big ECW game; not sure where though, where we'll be demoing the ECW rules that Andrew Brentnall and I have been writing over the past year.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Colonel John Talbot's Regiment

Here's my latest regiment, part-based; Colonel John Talbot's Regiment, from Ireland, which served in Hopton's army. All the splendid Bicorne minis were painted by Chris Meacham- I just did the flags (which are Flags of War and very nice, indeed). I particularly like this regiment's yellow coats. Pictures are clickable.

I have complete four regiments on bases now, with another two partially based and roughly ten more-or-less painted but unbased foot regiments.

Andrew Brentnall and I are putting on a demonstration game (above) of For King and Parliament at Colours on Saturday week. The game will feature Andrew's impressive 10-12mm collection, but I'll have some of the 28mm units with me and we will be demonstrating the coming "For King and Parliament" rules. Do please come by and say hello!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

King's Lifeguard of Foote, mustered

I've been slowly chipping away at modelling my new ECW army for a hopeful Salute game in 2018; I've just added the wings of shotte to the King's Lifeguard of Foote; I have tried to give an impression of them closed up to fire salvee (although I don't have the perfect poses for this). Photos are clickable.

Some of the minis were painted by Chris Meacham, others by Shaun McTague, and a few by me.

I have worked out that I need to finish/base around three regiments of foot or horse each month before Salute. Gulp.

Andrew (and Ian and I) will be bringing his impressive 12mm Battle of Lessie's Moor game to Colours at Newbury on 16th September, and I'll be bringing the advanced guard of my own 28mm ECW army. If you are around, please call by and say hello- or stay and turn a few cards with us!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

King's Lifeguard of Foot command

I spent a couple of sessions basing up the command stand for the King's Lifeguard of Foot. The minis are Bicornes superbly painted by Chris Meacham. I did the flags- this time by GMB - lovely designs! Starved of banners during my long sojourn in the ancient period, I couldn't resist gorging by using all four. Reminds me of the palio in Siena!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My first tertio

The (clickable) army is forming up; I'm two command stands (and some grout and flock) short of four battalia. Some lovely baggage arrived yesterday, from a certain Mr, Imrie, and I'm currently working on the standards for the Royal Lifeguard Regiment of Foot. Once these are based, I shall put everything away until after Partizan. 

What I've managed, so far, is to prove the concept of the bases and get a feel for how long it takes to base a regiment where most of the minis are fully painted. This turns out to be around a week, assuming a little snagging and the time needed to drape the standards. This means I'll need 20 weeks to base all the foot I have planned, perhaps 15 to base the horse and guns, and at least 5 for terrain. It'll be a busy winter (and spring!) preparing for a Salute game...

Monday, 17 July 2017

First ECW artillery

Here are the first guns for my ECW army; I'll have two to a battery. These are field guns originally painted by David Imrie. I decided to re-base them onto larger bases, to give them a bit more room to "breathe", and so I could add extra crew, a budge barrel and some buckets of water for sponging. 

The guns are mounted on the same bases as I'll use for the horse- they take six cavalry in two ranks. You can see where the magnets fit, and the directional arrow that reminds me which way the minis need to face so that the bases can fit together. Later I have some larger siege guns to base, and a small frame gun that will be attached to a battalia.