|Pure nostalgia - the genius of Rick Scollins.|
But I digress, this time round I could not justify having the Lobsters in my armies as my focus has been The King's Oxford Army and The Earl of Essex's Army, but as I really wanted some cuirassiers I decided to represent The King's Gentlemen Pensioners, somewhat conjectural, but being wealthy men of status mine are wearing elaborate 3/4 armour. I had painted 8 of them back at the start of this project, but this week got round to painting 4 more including a trumpeter conversion, so that they can be drawn up 'Dutch Style' 3 deep on the table as surely cuirassiers would have been. The flag was a second attempt at fitting the 'Wargames Designs' Pensioners standard, the first went horribly wrong and ended up tearing! I reordered it and made a better job this time, still not perfect but acceptable. Lining up the tails is the tricky bit.
The trumpeter is made from the cuirassier trooper body (ECW9), with the head and trumpet from EWC4 'Heavy cavalry trumpeter. I'm quite pleased how he turned out, the trumpet arm was a neat fit after a bit of trimming and filing and the head went on well, and he adds a touch of individuality to the unit. I should add that the original unit was just a single troop of horse so mine is somewhat large but I'm OK with that.
I should add here that at some stage I intend to work through my cavalry and add reins where required from flattened solder. I'll use Superglue for this job, a trial go proved a simple thing to do. I think Hinchliffe were the only manufactures who did not cast on the reins, although latter horse codes and the Foremost range included them. The advantage is they can be taken right up into the bridle hand which gives a more realistic finish
I also took the plunge and replaced the King Charles figure on my command base with the Essex version simply because it's such a nice model. He fits very well alongside a Hinchliffe General and a Garrison figure bearing the Royal Standard, I think they make a nice little group.
Pike and shot unit number 10 have also now been finished, the white coats you see below. This means all 10 units are of 40 figures, I will get a group shot at some stage because all 10 together make for an impressive display. Thanks to Rob and Andy for giving me the shove to expand them, it's been well worth the effort.
My intention now is to add some extra cavalry figures from the 'Foremost' range, but on standard Hinchliffe horses, and to paint the next pike and shot unit as mentioned before, a London Trained Band unit in non uniform coat colours. I also want to add some more baggage wagons and limbers for the artillery. The piece below was purchased ready painted from - of course - Hinds Figures (link) for £35.00 which I consider a bargain in terms of how long it would take me to paint the model myself. I'm really pleased with it, the paint job is great and I love the little guy carrying the heavy barrel! I only needed to paint over the textured base to match it with the collection.