Sunday, 26 May 2019

Prince Rupert and Boye

Here is Prince Rupert and Boye the war poodle at Marston Moor. I love the animated Warlord poodle model. Prince Rupert was painted by Shaun Watson.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Marston Moor preview

Here are some shots of Andrew Brentnall's stunning 12mm Marston Moor scenario for For King and Parliament. The table is 15' wide, with over 3,000 miniatures We hope to have this at Partizan and perhaps some other shows, this year as a participation game. The (clickable) photos and italicised text are by Tim Thompson, thanks Tim!

"Last Wednesday I took part in a fabulous refight of Marston Moor put on by Andrew Brentnall using his 10mm troops that many will have seen in pics or at shows. There were (IIRC) some 3,000 figures involved and, very roughly, an absolute ton of units. It was very much what Andrew had in mind doing when he co-wrote "For King And Parliament" with Simon.

Six of us played the game with me being the experienced one and most of the others either having played only a game or two or none at all. Andrew umpired/taught the rules. Once again we could see just how effective the rules are that you can fight such an enormous game with novices and still get to a conclusion in a reasonable amount of time.

I commanded the infantry of the forces of Good which were a mixture of Scots and English with commands scattered all over the table. Andrew assures me this is historical but I suspect he was seeing what he could do to wind me up.   😀  To be fair, the Royalist infantry seemed to be similarly mixed up.

Andrew had set the Royalist breakpoint at 40% as standard but decreased the Good guys to 35% (but did not tell us until after it was all over). As is usual in a big game, I can tell you roughly what transpired in my sector but have only the vaguest idea of what happened on the flanks. Suffice to say that the infantry lines ground each other down but at the end of the day I still had a good solid line. The cavalry on my left had gained the upper hand but had taken heavy casualties whilst the cavalry on my left were all but gone. I felt that we were overall getting the advantage when suddenly we ran out of victory medals! Oh no! The Baddies had won. What sort of message was the Lord sending to his faithful servants who had been singing psalms most of the day?

So, a really good game, played in the best of spirits with a lovely lunch supplied.

Many thanks, Andrew, here's to the next one!"  Tim Thompson

Note how Andrew has delineated the Moor in the green, with the cultivated fields in ochre.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Soggy Bottom 1643 Scenario available!

In case you missed it on the TtS! newsletter, I've recently published Andrew Brentnall's super "Soggy Bottom 1643" scenario. Soggy Bottom is the large battle that I took around the UK show circuit this year, and very fine it looked, too!

Set in the county of Borsetshire, the scenario follows the Parliamentarian defeat at "Lessie's Moor" (another splendid scenario by Andrew, available for free download). Aid arrives for both factions, and a battle to decide the fate of Borsetshire is fought near to the usually quiet village of Soggy Bottom.

Both scenarios have been written for use with the popular "For King and Parliament" rules, but could easily be adapted for use with other sets of English Civil War rules. You can download them for free from here!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Spare Flagdude flags

I have a load of beautifully animated ECW flags from Flagdude in the US, that are surplus to my needs.  They are quite lovely- they look like silk flapping in the wind.  There are 18 flags which would cost USD108 plus postage (and duty); £48 including UK postage? Or I'd consider swaps for painted ECW, Williamite or WSS minis, or open to other swaps.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

More horseys!

I promised to add a couple more units for Sunday's SELWG For King and Parliament game, and here they are (clickable, of course).  These two regiments were relatively quick to recruit, since I just needed to paint up four minis, from scratch, and retouch another fifteen or so, to match some pretty minis I bought on eBay. The front regiment is Skinner's Kentish Horse and the rear regiment, Twistleton's, all cropheads.

You can see I'm using my cavalry Batbases, each of which take 6 minis, which I like to think of as a troop of around 70 horse. I've used my patented BigRedBatGunk basing material; the next step will be to flock it, later today, and then I can add tufts later in the week. These two give me a total of sixteen regiments of horse, representing some 4,000 ECW horsemen. I need at least ten more regiments for my projected Salute game. :-/

In other news I seem to have started an entirely new project in a different period, of which more, anon!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Soggy Bottom is coming to SELWG!

Advancing Royalist foot- love that Gyronny!
Various chums will be helping me to bring "Soggy Bottom, 1643", the TtS! For King and Parliament demonstration game, to SELWG at Crystal Palace on Sunday 21st October. If you'd like to play in either the morning (11:00AM start) or afternoon (1:45 PM start) please drop me a line at simonmiller60 at 

Essex's regiment- or the "Smashing Pumpkins", as mate Shaun calls them.
Here are some more pictures, taken by chum Ian Notter at Colours. All the images will expand if you click on them.

Two battalia of the King's Lifeguard of Foot advance, with clubbed muskets. Salveeee!
Sometimes, the larger ECW regiments would arrive at the battlefield in enough strength to form more than one 5-600 man battalia. Above are two battalia of Lifeguard, which have some of the finest flags of the war. On other occasions several under-strength regiments might have to be combined to form a single battalia.

The Parliamentarian line
I confess to a regrettable preference for painting Royalists. Nonetheless, my Parliamentarians are gradually catching up in numbers, and, next year, I hope to double the size of some of the regiments so they can each form two battalia. One day I'l love to do Naseby, and recent research indicates that there were a heck of a lot of New Model foot.

Thomas Ballard's Regiment
Above, one of my newer regiments, mostly painted by Shaun McTague. As with all of my units they are mostly Bicorne with a few Renegade and Redoubt mixed in.

Parliamentarian "Dutch" horse
If you come to SELWG, you'll see that I am experimenting with teddy-bear fur. One can achieve some very realistic effects with it, especially with my wobbly-edged bases which sink right into it.

Each time I run the game, I try to add another unit or two. This time I plan to add another regiment of horse, as part of a big expansion of my ECW cavalry over the winter, for a planned Salute game. The ratio of horse to foot in the ECW is astonishingly (and inconveniently!) high, especially for the Royalists- consequently I find that I "need" another 200 mounted minis for my planned game.

Anyhow that's it for now- I hope to see some of you at SELWG! It's always a great show, and my last of the gaming year. Not too crowded, but crowded enough, with some cracking historical games and one of the last of the "Bring and Buy" stands.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Soggy Bottom - the Royalist Right

Here are some pictures of the other wing of our recent game at Colours. Again, these were taken by Ian Notter. All the photos will enlarge when clicked-upon.

Above, Colonel Skippon directs his command from a field outside Soggy Bottom. Skippon (close-up below) is a splendid mini painted, I believe, by David Imrie. 

His wing included four regiments of "Dutch"-style horse, including Sir Arthur Hesilrig and his famous London Lobsters, below.

The red-cornetted "Dutch" regiment, above, seem to be focussed on the mobile rations to their front. The flock of sheep absolutely stole the show, I hope that 1st Corps sell a load of them! Below, they are charged by the more-aggressive Royalist "Swedes" of Sir Horatio Cary’s Regiment of Horse. "Cuckolds we come, indeed!" I was delighted with the Sherpa grass I used on this wing- the scalloped edges of the bat bases sink into it and are rendered almost invisible.

Finally, here's a shot along the Royalist line - that's Sir Jacob Astley's Regiment in the middle ground and Henry Tillier's, beyond. The eponymous marsh of Soggy Bottom is on the right, defended by Major Undertaking's commanded shotte (below), a hard-fighting bunch of n'er-do-wells, if I ever saw one.

That's all for today! Photos of the centre are to follow in a few days time. If you missed the photos of the left wing, you can find them here.

In other news, I have just re-supplied the shop with lots of things that have run out. In particular, I include a new mat that I am calling the "The Ginormous One", which is designed for those playing "For King and Parliament" on a 12" grid in the grand manner.