Monday, March 20, 2017

Charles Gerard's Regiment of Foote

My apologies for the delay - as these have been ready for some time.. been a mite busy painting bigger things [clicky]

First of the units for the English Civil War project - these are Charles Gerard's Regiment of Foote


According to my research they were originally raised - probably in early 1642 - as part of the Earl of Derby’s forces in Lancashire, where they were present at the siege of Manchester in September, and at Edgehill (which is the the basis for this project) in October.

Deployed for receiving horse - hedgehog...

At Edgehill (where they numbered approximately 740) they were part of Charles Gerard's Brigade (along with Sir Lewis Dyve's and Sir Ralph Dutton's regiments) which were positioned on the front right of the Royalist deployment...

Picture courtesy Google Books


By all accounts they did sterling service anchoring the Royalist line at a time of most need


In November they were present at Turnham Green, before going into winter quarters as part of the Oxford garrison at the end of the year.


Tumbling Dice figures - 18 of them... 

On to Parliament next - one of Charles Essex's Brigade, I think (so Sir Charles Essex's regiment/Sir Henry Cholmley's regiment/Lord Mandeville's regiment or Lord Wharton's regiment)

More details here:

http://www.battleofedgehill.org/edgehill-battlefield-map/index.html
http://bcw-project.org/biography/charles-gerard
http://wiki.bcw-project.org/royalist/foot-regiments/col.-charles-gerard-oxford

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

1:1 scale English Civil War...

Spotted this on eBay..  all I need is a little help from Ernie, and the job's a good'un .. 

17th Century pikeman's armour - original not a copy..





If I have it right, there should still be time to get a bid in for a few days...  stunning!  Items details here [clicky]

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Arab dhow complete...

So just over a year after I first started the build [clicky] the Arab dhow is complete.. I suspect they don't take a long as that to build a real one... 

Quite pleased though..  I really couldn't justify spending the cash for a proper one and this was fun to make..


Masts are a bamboo barbecue skewer, and a plant pot support from some pot plant the current Mrs Steve the Wargamer got for Christmas, and which had now handily died..  sail is printer paper, drew the pencil lines on, then painted with Windsor and Newton Chestnut ink...


Hull and masts spray coated black, and then successive coats of mud brown in lighter and lighter shades..  the deck cargo came from one of my spares pots..

The intent with the crew (who are Peter Pig 15mm)is that the two bases will form one whole unit for the rules I use when they come storming ashore, commando-like, as a raiding party..


...so... somewhere in the Sudan, on the Nile just above the third cataract, an Arab dhow with it's crew of Dervish has nosed aground and sent a raiding party to the nearest village for supplies...