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So.. basic tenants... for this project
~ Figures will be 15mm - when I started the project I had every intention of it being 20 or 25mm, but I'll be blunt and say that they really weren't 'ticking my boxes', and I wasn't feeling the love, so 15mm it is, and as I first thought, Peter Pig are the first figures to join the ranks..
~ There will be no plastic.. full stop... it's an aspiration'al thing and now burned into my psyche.. so trust me... there will be no plastic...
...other than that the sky is the limit...
Go To “Game Reports” – what it says on the tin…
Go To “Figures” – figures and model ranges I use…
Go To “Rules” – what rules I have tried, and what I’m using…
Go To “Books” – fiction and non-fiction
Go To ”Armies and Regiments” – a unit by unit view of the project as a whole…
Go To ”Battlefield Walks”
- "Standards of the English Civil Wars" A series of articles was written by Charles Kightly, illustrated by Anthony Barton and first published in Military Modelling [clicky]
- Osprey Elite - "Soldiers of the English Civil War 1: Infantry" [clicky]
- The British Civil War wiki site [clicky]
- Haythornthwaite - Illustrated History of the English Civil War 1642-1651 - link to PDF download site [Clicky]
From the blog some notes articles on the various arms that I made, more as a learning experience than anything else:
- Infantry notes - Swedish vs Dutch vs German methods [clicky]
- Artillery notes [clicky]
- Flags and standards [clicky]
- Dragoons [clicky]
For those that didn't see it on MurdocK's excellent blog [clicky] I make no apology for repeating the following here:
An excellent summation of the post above, and probably a whole lot clearer than my post, on how the Dutch tactical system developed and evolved ..
- Incident at Chudley Bottom..
- "One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 20 - "Fighting Retreat" - Set Up and Game..
Figures/models/ little metal men.. call them what you will
I did a whole load of research into the 20's and 25's when I first started the project, but couldn't like them, as much as I tried. So the project was re-born in 15mm, and was started off with enough figures from Peter Pig to put together 4 or 5 regiments of foot - other manufacturers/ranges will also be considered as I would like this project to be a little like the Marlburian project with recruits from far and wide serving on the table..
Picture following courtesy of Steel Fist Miniatures who have a kick starter running at the time of writing for a new range of 15mm ECW.. the figures are lovely, and one of the sample figures for the new range is far left..
I found this on the TMP page and it is literally worth its weight in gold... posted here completely without permission and all of them copyright TMP user Gallocelt [clicky] except where noted..
|...this is one of mine..|
...and also the cavalry
The miniature representations of the units in the project, and their histories where apt/available..
Click on unit names in the following (where linked) to be taken to the relevant blog post about the unit..
The Royalist Army
- Commander-in-chief: King Charles the First
- Lieutenant-General: Patrick Ruthven, Earl of Forth (who replaced the Earl of Lindsey)
- General of the Horse: Prince Rupert of the Rhine
- Commissary-General of Horse: Henry Wilmot
- Sergeant-Major-General of Foot: Sir Jacob Astley
- Major-General of Dragoons: Sir Arthur Aston
- Master of the Ordnance: Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (nominal)
- Lieutenant of the Ordnance: Sir John Heydon
|Unit Type||Unit Name||Manufacturer|
|Right Wing of Horse: Prince Rupert
|Horse||Prince Rupert's regiment of horse
Prince of Wales' regiment (nominal, the Prince was not a combatant)
Prince Maurice's regiment
Colonel John Innes's Dragoons [clicky]
|Horse||Sir John Byron's Regiment [clicky]||Peter Pig|
|Royalist Foot: Sir Jacob Astley|
|Charles Gerard's Brigade (front line)|
|Foot||Charles Gerard's Regiment [clicky]
Sir Lewis Dyve's Regiment [clicky]
Sir Ralph Dutton's regiment [clicky]
|Richard Fielding's Brigade (front line)|
|Foot||Richard Fielding's regiment (Fielding taken prisoner)
Sir Thomas Lunsford's regiment (Lunsford taken prisoner)
Richard Bolle's regiment
Sir Edward Fitton's regiment
Sir Edward Stradling's regiment (Stradling taken prisoner)
|Henry Wentworth's Brigade (front line)|
|Foot||Sir Gilbert Gerard's regiment
Sir Thomas Salusbury's regiment
Lord Molyneux's regiment
|John Belasyse's Brigade (second line)|
|Foot||John Belasyse's regiment
Thomas Blagge's regiment
Sir William Pennyman's regiment
|Sir Nicholas Byron's Brigade (second line)|
|Foot||King's lifeguard of foot
Sir John Beaumont's regiment
|Left Wing of Horse: Commissary-General Wilmot
|Horse||Henry Wilmot's regiment
Lord Grandison's regiment [clicky]
Earl of Carnarvon's regiment
|Horse||Lord Digby's regiment
Sir Thomas Aston's regiment
|Foot||William Legge's firelocks||.|
|Artillery||Two Medium guns [clicky]||Peter Pig|
The Parliamentarian Army
- Captain-General: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
- General of the Horse: William Russell, Earl of Bedford (nominal)
- Lieutenant-General of the Horse: Sir William Balfour
- Commissary-General of Horse: Sir James Ramsey
- Sergeant-Major-General of Foot: Sir John Merrick (not present at Edgehill)
- General of the Ordnance: John Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough (nominal)
- Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance: Philbert Emmanuel Du Bois
|Unit Type||Unit Name||Manufacturer|
|Right Wing of Horse: The Earl of Bedford|
|Horse||The Lord-General's regiment
Sir William Balfour's Regiment
Lord Fielding's Regiment [clicky]
Col. John Browne's dragoons
Col. James Wardlowe's dragoons [clicky]
|Sir John Meldrum's Brigade (vanguard)|
|Foot||Sir John Meldrum's regiment
Lord Saye-and-Sele's regiment
Lord Robarte's regiment
Sir William Constable's regiment
Sir William Fairfax's regiment
|Charles Essex's Brigade (main battle)|
|Foot||Sir Charles Essex's Regiment [clicky]
Sir Henry Cholmley's Regiment [clicky]
Lord Mandeville's regiment [clicky]
Lord Wharton's regiment
|Thomas Ballard's Brigade (rearguard)|
|Foot||The Lord-General's regiment (two divisions)
Lord Brooke's Regiment [clicky]
Thomas Ballard's regiment
Denzil Holles's regiment
|Cavalry supporting the Foot in the centre|
|Horse||Sir Philip Stapleton's troop of cuirassiers (Lord-General's lifeguard)
Captain Nathaniel Draper's troop of arquebusiers
Sir William Balfour's troop of cuirassiers
The Earl of Bedford's troop of cuirassiers
Sir John Gramson's Regiment [clicky] - NB. Fictional..
|Left Wing of Horse: Sir James Ramsay|
|Mixed||24 troops of horse
400 commanded musketeers amongst the horse
300 commanded musketeers and dragoons in the hedges
|Artillery||Two Medium guns [clicky]||Peter Pig|
Undecided at this point - though I own (but have not read, as I hate reading rules!)
- Warhammer English Civil War
- “For King and Parliament”
- "Forlorn Hope"
- "Wargamers Guide to the English Civil war" by Bill Protz
- Black Powder "Last Argument of Kings"
I have put them up online so help yourself...
English Civil War Rules [clicky]
Comments are welcome by the way, and I will put a permanent link in the project page (listed in the side bar).
The rules originate from Will McNally's Seven Years War [clicky] set, which I guess in turn originate from his AWI Rules [clicky], so herewith I officially state I copied these wholesale and profligately from Will [clicky] and the Wrexham Wargames Club, but have treated them barbarously and turned them to use in the War of the Spanish Succession, and now the English Civil War. I think I have been using the AWI rules for getting on for 30 years now, certainly 25... the Seven Years War rules I modified almost 14 years ago, so these rules have longevity... I like them - they are clean - they have a (very) satisfying firing/morale mechanic, and I like the charge/melee mechanic... the older I get the simpler I like my rules, while not losing period flavour 'natch...
A virtual bookshelf
- "The Last Roundhead" and "The Deceightful Light" .. a review of two novels bought to my attention by one of the other Bloggerati - and damn pleased they did.. very good..
- Cheriton 1644 by John Adair [clicky] - I did a lot of research, and also on the Battlefields trust website, and the information boards at the battlefield itself tended towards the "northern position", Adair argues (very well I have to say) for the "southern position" - 8/10
- Edgehill - The Kineton Fight - 1642
So leaving all the usual history stuff to one side (as wargamers I would say we all have a rough idea on why the English Civil War was fought) this book is about the first major engagement (yes there were some skirmishes and minor engagements before, but this was the first big battle) not only substantial research on the timetable of the actual battle (who was where and when and why), but the bigger benefit to me was the earlier chapters on each of the major arms - cavalry, infantry and artillery - their equipment, training and weapons at this stage of the war with some commentary on how these changed as the war progressed..
So we learn that at this stage of the war Parliament would have had better equipment (access to London and the main armaments factories and arsenals), which in turn lead to a higher proportion of musket to pike (2:1 or better compared with 1:1 or 3:2 for the Royalists), and that Pike would have worn more armour at this stage of the war (it tended to be worn less as the war progressed, due to improved musketry, and the weight)
Both sides had armies that were pretty new to the game. Largely raw, and poorly trained, but leavened by experienced NCO's, officers and gentry that would have had had recent experience on the Continent either with Gustavus in Sweden, or the Thirty Years War in mainland Europe, and some of them would have fought in the Bishops Wars [clicky] a few years before. The authors (Christopher L. Scott, Alan Turton, Eric Gruber von Arni) have a very good chapter on the two major deployment/tactical types - the Swedish and Dutch systems - and the differences between them.. a chapter I feel I'll be coming back to again to refresh my memory from time to time.
This site is very good [clicky] on the difference between the two (and on a huge number of other subjects to do with the English Civil War!) but basically the Dutch System was older, more basic (deeper ranks and chequer board deployment) and more easy to learn (and was used by Essex and his Parliamentarian army at the battle), the Swedish System (fewer ranks, diamond pattern deployment, and more complex firing methodology) was newer and controversially was adopted by Charles on the advice of his battlefield commanders (Rupert).. possibly one of the deciding factors in his losing the battle given the paucity of training his infantry had?
All in all then I thought the book was a belter, and an excellent primer to the early armies of the English Civil War.. time will tell if subsequent research comes up with contradictions, but I thought it was very good.. Steve the Wargamer rates it 9/10..
- Cheriton - my local battlefield - more than a few visits..