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By smacdowall, Oct 29 2016 05:40PM

Back in mid September Gary Kitching hosted a magnificent re-fight of this first major engagement of the English Civil War. A number of things got in the way of me writing it up but suffice it to say it was a clear morale victory for those of us supporting the King's righteous cause. `it was a day filled with glorious cavalry charges which swept the rebels away. Even if some of their foot remained on the field, the Earl of Eseex and other notable rebel leaders were captured. No doubt after a nice discussion with the King's inquisitors they will begin the error of their ways and come to once again support the King's divine right to rule.


The Parliamentary commanders look on glumly as they see the fine array and noble bearing of the King's trooops.



The King himself took an active part in the day, encouraging his loyal subjects to great deeds.



On the Royalist right, our cavaly made a fine sight as they cut their way through rank after rank of rebels.



It was to beexpected that good men of gentle birth with many years service (Minifigs from the 1970s) cut through the fanks of heretical ploughmen mounted on old nags and put them to flight.



Our brave cavaliers chased the rebels into Kineton which soon became fillled with panic stricken refugees.



Knowing that God favours the righteous the Royalist commanders had every reason for luck to be with them.



Indeed, with Rupert and his dog Boye leading the men on the right, good luck indeed came to favour the brave. The supersticious puritains were heard to cry 'witchcraft' as they fled the battle. A cowardly parliamentarian shot poor Boye and at that moment the King's army's luck began to turn.



On our left, Lord Wilmot's men encountered great difficuly as the came to close with the rebel horse while being raked with musketry. Our foot too had a hard time of due to the plentiful supply of shot and powder which had been commandeered by the rebel artillery train.


In the end, with the Earl of Essex's capture and utter collapse of the rebel left, there could be no doubt that it had been a glorious day. That a few peasant farmers remained on the ridge was surely a matter of little consequence.




By smacdowall, Jan 17 2016 04:56PM



Next month I will be staging a re-fight of the Battle of Ramilles -- perhaps Marlborough's greatest victory. We will be using a 20 x 6 foot table with every battalion and squadron represented in 15 mil.


Having just gone through the orders of battle and matching them up with the available figures I can draft in from 5 players, I realised that we had a rather gapping hole.


None of us had any Gardes Suisse and there were three battalions of them on the French side. While a few substitutions will be unavoidable I could not imagine having no Swiss guards at all so I hurriedly sent off an order to Caliver Books for some 15mm Minifigs.


Minifigs?


Yes Minifigs. I have some Dixon and Blue Moon units but I still think Minifigs look the best when painted up and deployed on the table. Furthermore they have a huge range of figures including a Gardes Française model with lace on his coat and ribbons on his shoulders. This was just what I needed for a suitably impressive looking Garde Suisse.


After years of painting only 28 mil the miniatures looked incredibly small and I wondered if my ageing eyes would be up to painting them.

In order to pick out the detail to aid painting I first gave them a very thin wash of raw umber over the white undercoat. This was a trick I learned when painting 6mil figures and I find it also helps greatly with all smaller scales. I usually don’t bother to do this with 28 mil figure
In order to pick out the detail to aid painting I first gave them a very thin wash of raw umber over the white undercoat. This was a trick I learned when painting 6mil figures and I find it also helps greatly with all smaller scales. I usually don’t bother to do this with 28 mil figure


After my first sitting I now have the base coats and buff belts done.



I have also painted the white lace on their coats which was made much easier by the fact that the models have the lace marked out on the coat.


Next step will be to do the blue linings, breeches, waistcoat and shoulder ribbons. But that can wait for another day.







By smacdowall, Jan 11 2015 03:20PM

I have added a second Spanish Tercio and a couple of guns to my 17th C collection. Once again the vast majority of figures are old Minifigs that had been languishing in a box for the last 40 years or so. Once or two new Perry's have been added and all of the figures have been spruced up.



By smacdowall, Jan 3 2015 05:04PM

Well, despite my best efforts, I spent most of the Christmas holiday stuck firmly in the 17th Century. I have decided to build up armies for the Franco-Spanish conflict at the end of the Thirty Years War and beyond. I think I will take the Battle of the Dunes as a starting point as it has English on both sides and allows the use of English Civil War units to flush out the armies as the French and Spanish get built up.


Here is my first Spanish Tercio using my old 1970's Minifigs spruced up with a few Perry figures. I mixed in the Perrys in order to blend in some units of newer, larger figures later on.

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