Friday, February 27, 2009

Fuss 'n' Feathers

I have yet to add the commander and standard bearer to the unit.

I'm glad to see the back of those guys!

The Kings men

I like this Gentleman and his loyal green coated retainer.
Lets make a few Roundheads roll!

God save the King!

A unit of Royalist horse ride forward.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Join the que! Get in line! Wait your turn!

With every copy of Wargames illustrated my eyes grow bigger, there is so much to choose from these days. It is becoming harder to stick to a chosen theme at the moment.
The English Civil war seems to be dragging me away from my poor old Tommys while on the horizon Phalanx's of Macedonian pikes can be seen. What makes it worse is the fact that many companies are slashing their prices daily, this just adds to the temptation. However, I have made my choices and will stand by them......for now.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (Secundus, Feb 1999).

Friday, February 20, 2009

Time for Tiffin

Where's that Tea?!

To add variety, I added some tea mugs to a few backpacks. Also to disguise the amount of duplicate figures, I stuck clumps of grass to some of their helmets.
These are all Crusader Miniatures, which after a lot of looking around, I thought where the best on the market. The chap with the Thompson is from Bolt-action Miniatures.

Brits Abroad!

I thought it was time to post an up date on my good old Tommys. So here they are, tired and weathered but still hanging in there. I have yet to give them some Company support in the way of vickers machine guns and mortars. However, I have included a few extra sub-machine guns in case they need a little extra fire power in a certain scenario or two.
"Anyone fancy a cup of tea?"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Times are a changing

I see this week that Renegade Miniatures have included all their ranges into their crazy regiment deals. 24 figures for £11.95 I can't quite believe it. I hope this is the start of the great price slide within the industry use little folk have been waiting for. I just wish Bicorn would follow suit.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Royalist Horse

A couple of classic civil war troopers join the throng. Although the Regiment of Horse I am painting is classed as Meduim (buff leather armour only), I intend to add a couple of heavy armoured troopers in there to add variety. To keep with my Royalist theme, I have given one of the troopers a blue doublet under his buff leather coat.

These are Dixon figures mounted on Foundry horses.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Royalist Horse

About eleven years ago I bought two Civil war armies from Dixon. The Infantry are pretty bad but I have to say the cavalry figures are really quite good and have amazing detail on their armour.
The Renegade figures may be cheap but none of them have the classic lobster pot helmets of the Civil war, so I thought I'd enlist some of my old forgotten figures back into service. The Dixon horses were replaced with ECW Foundry ones to improve the look of the unit slightly. I am still waiting for my Renegade army to arrive and couldn't wait to get painting and so had to start.

The Sealed Knot (Britain's foremost re-enactment society for ECW) dress there Cavaliers in blue doublets, buff coats and red sashes so who am I to argue with those who live the life 24/7, mine will follow the same rules. I have also found lots of Ref for Royalist cavalry wearing blue sashes as well as red, after a little research I have concluded that these must belong to Prince Rupert's cavalry forces. I would be interested If anyone out there could help with this matter.
Thanks to films and Victorian paintings our views of the two armies can be split into dashing, fuss and feathers Cavaliers and staunch, bible bashing Round heads, in fact the two armies were pretty much the same in all but the sashes they wore around their waist.