Thursday, 16 November 2017

Mustering the first wave


On the metal basing trays are most of the remaining unfinished regiments of what I am calling the "first wave" which need to be completed by mid-December. When fully based, these will give me nine regiments of foot, one of horse and some combined shot and dragoons. I will then engage in a furious "dash" to finish some more cavalry... Most of the above are red-coated Royalists from the Oxford army, for no particular reason other than they are at the top of the (below) spreadsheet. (Images are clickable).

Phase Two will involve a similar number of infantry regiments and a lot more horse and will be complete by Salute. Phase 3 will involve whatever I have left and commence post-Salute.  I'd like to think I'll end up with at least 30 regiments of foot and 20 of horse.

For interest, below, is a snip of the top part of the spreadsheet which I am using to plan the army. It is surprisingly complex to plan an ECW army when one is using odds and ends of minis from eBay and other sources and not getting them painted one regiment at a time. One needs to match the flags to the uniform colours and the monteros to the Royalists. Above all, I want to have regiments in a similar pose- if the pike are charging, I want the shot to be firing or going in with clubbed muskets, and animated command minis, to give a "vignette" look. I use highlights to track the state of completion of the units. Green is good; but there are not a lot of green units, yet!


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Meeples podcast

I recently had a fine chat with the guys at Meeples about forthcoming To the Strongest! developments and the forthcoming TtS! "For King and Parliament" English Civil War rules, which they have kindly made into a Podcast which you can download from here:-

https://meeples.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/meeples-miniatures-episode-234-for-king-and-parliament/

It is always a great pleasure to chat with Neil, Mike and Mike!

In other news.... I now have 9 regiments of ECW foot on on bases (but not flocked), one of horse, some dragoons and some combined shot. It's coming on well! Alas I've had no time to photograph anything.  :-(

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Heroes in a half shell


A terrible, quickly snatched (clickable) photo, just for Millsy. Hesilrige's lobsters mustering on my new bases for "horse". They  are in the deeper Dutch formation, relying primarily on firepower.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sir Allen Apsley's Regiment

 

Here's the latest regiment for my For King and Parliament project; Sir Allen Apsley's regiment from Hopton's Royalist army. All photos are clickable!

Below, the regiment ready for melee, with the command stand behind. The pike stand are in the red coats, trousers and monteros of the Oxford army- later I will swap them out for some more down-at-heel campaigning minis in grey trousers, in attaching poses.



The quality of the painting on these is stunning; the shot, above, were painted either by David Imrie or by Chris Meacham, who painted the command minis, below. I merely did the flags (again, lovely Flags of War) and based on the new Batbases I designed for the ECW (not yet in the BigRedBatShop). Here's a first; I flocked the edges of the bases. Works really well...


Most of the minis are lovely Bicornes, with some Renegades mixed in. I love the look of the pikes massed behind the command (below).


That's it for now; In a couple of weeks I hope too finish the first cavalry regiment!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Surf and turf


....being Sir Arthur Hesilrige's famous regiment. This is my first ECW cavalry regiment, based around a dozen minis from David Imrie (left) and another 17 from Shaun McTague (right). I have decided to give them all tawny orange sashes and am half way through a repaint. Lots of finishing work to be done!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pub play test


Last night chum Ian and I play tested an aspect of the FK&P rules in our Muswell Hill office- the "Mossy Well", using a "travel set" that Ian has made, on a 3' x 4' 10cm plains mat. Great fun... even though all my troops ran away.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Earl of Essex's Regiment


Here's another regiment arriving at the For King And Parliament muster- my first Parliamentarians, the Earl of Essex's or Lord General's regiment (all photos clickable). They started the Civil War in pretty tawny uniforms, as described on the excellent BCW site.


Mostly Renegade with lovely Bicorne command, these were all painted (or repainted from eBay purchases) by Shaun McTague- I highlighted, added the super Flags of War flags and based on my custom wobbly-edged ECW bases. I was very pleased how the standards appear like they are being waved together in a display.


Above, the command base can be in front at the start of the battle, and moved behind once the shooting starts- the flags look great through the pike. I was also very pleased with how the pike casualties came out- I'm trying to use more casualties in this army.