Below you can see the footprint of how things will look, musketeers will be 4 ranks wide and 3 files deep, an officer figure will be included in each rear rank of each wing. I will start with Lord Brookes Regiment as they are currently on the painting bench, then work through the rest one at a time, re-basing where necessary. Bases on order from the excellent Tony Barr at East Riding Miniatures as usual.
I also have a couple of wagons on order, the lovely Hinchliffe horse drawn mortar carrier model and powder wagon.
While I'm waiting for the pikemen for Lord Brookes regiment to arrive hopefully later today I'm going to enjoy myself and paint the Essex Miniatures model of King Charles I you see below. I already have a nice Hinchliffe painted horse ready for him as the Essex horses are somewhat large and chunky, although beautiful castings. He is just so much more recognisable as the King compared to the old Hinchliffe version and I have to say I'll probably do Cromwell too next, another brilliant sculpt, with literally warts and all.
The WRG ECW playsheets I have been working on are about done finally, I just need to work out how to make them available as a PDF here for anybody who wishes to download.
Finally, 'Big Andy' he of Old Glory UK passed on some further information regarding the image in my last post showing the Peter Gilder Kings Lifeguard unit. Andy purchased the unit along with others from Doug C of 'Unfashionably Shiny' blog, who I believe obtained them from the Wargames Holiday Centre some time back. Andy tells me that he added the third rank of musketeers you see himself, and also said the original unit may well have been painted by Tony Runkee not Peter Gilder . Certainly Tony - who had worked with Frank Hinchliffe and Peter Gilder for many years - did a lot of painting for PG of the ECW collection and the French/Italian Wars, who can forget those wonderful plumed Gendarmes that graced the pages of early wargaming magazines? I remember being stunned by the quality of the painting when I first saw them back in the early Eighties and they still look fantastic to this day.
|Tony Runkee's beautiful Hinchliffe Gendarmes, now in the collection of Robbie Rodiss. Painted 35 years ago!|