Saturday, 10 June 2017

Musketeers, Dragoons and Cuirassiers.

It's been another productive weeks painting, I'm finding that I can paint these figures surprisingly quickly to a reasonable standard. The 16 musketeers of Essex's Regiment were completed first, followed by the 7 Dragoons and finally the 8 Cuirassiers that I had set aside to form the conjectural Kings Lifeguard of Horse.

First up The Earl of Essex's Regiment, comprising 12 'HI' pikes and two sub units each of 8 'LI' muskets. I used the classic poses for this unit and rather than having a separate command base integrated the command figures into the unit. I may replace the flags with better quality ones in due course.







The Dragoons were given a blue theme with buff coats, probably of a poorer quality than those supplied to the horse regiments. Hinchliffe only made the one dragoon pose, but it's an old favourite of mine and the officer adds a bit of variation. They are based on 30mm 'Open Order' bases.





Finally the Kings Lifeguard of Horse, being wealthy chaps I see no reason why they would not have taken advantage of their access to 3/4  armour, and being a rather 'showy' group of individuals some of the armour has been polished up by adding a few highlights of Liquid Silver. Some of the armour is bronzed for contrast. The command figure holding his helmet is actually a personalty figure, possibly Thomas Fairfax! Cuirassier officer ECWC 10 has been converted to a standard bearer by cutting away his pistol, bending the arm and filing the hand, while the rest are ECWC 9. I should mention the Lifeguard flag, kindly made for me by Tony (Foy) and a wonderful job it is too, it looks perfect fluttering above this A class unit. I could not squeeze them onto the 20mm frontage bases specified by the WRG rules, so went with standard 25mm frontages, no big deal really. I still need to add fuse wire reins at some point.





This coming week I hope to complete another Foot Regiment, John Hampdens Greencoats, these will consist of 12 HI Pikes and 2 sub units each of 10 LI Muskets for a total of 32 figures, slightly bigger than Essex's. I also have another splendid Personality figure to paint, this one's OPC (one piece casting) 36 I think, note the date on the base 1978.



I am also preparing a post on what it was that influenced my decision  to use Hinchliffe figures first time round, at a time when Minifigs were very much the rage, and where I used to obtain my figures.







10 comments:

  1. Your rapidly churning out troops to a high spec, they look great !
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain, and thanks for the WRG rule book, it arrived yesterday and it's surprising how much of it I remember. Much appreciated :)

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  2. Yet more great work, 'Lee. This is causing a massive nostalgia trip for me!

    I'd be very interested to hear your Minifigs views. I also remember how Minifigs absolutely dominated ECW and indeed pretty much every other form of 25mm wargaming by the late 70s. They only ones I ever bought, however, were a few peasants. Their rather stocky proportions seemed quite appropriate for country bumpkins!

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    1. Thanks Matt :) Hinchliffe did not make peasants or 'clubmen' which is a shame, I have been thinking along the lines of conversions, possibly from artillerymen etc.

      One Minifig I do recall well was the infamous tasset wearing musketeer!

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  3. Marvelous! But tempting!

    Reminds me of hours spent 40 yrs ago admiring pictures in the coffee table book "The Wargame" (not to be confused with Grants rules of the same name) and elsewhere.

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    1. Thank you Ross, the castings are an inspiration, I was slightly worried about the condition of the moulds, but Ian Hind has remade the entire range from the originals and they are beautifully crisp and flash free.

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  4. I have just discovered this blog. I have a decent bundle of Hinchliffe and Formost ECW units myself. Some are ex Peter Gilder and Duncan Macfarlane units- see my Glorious Little soldiers blog under ECW - They still fight indeed in the last year these old dudes have had more action than my more "modern" ECW armies.
    Back in the day my first ECW troops were like Wellington Man's mostly Minifigs but later I added Garrison and a lot of Hincliffe. I never really LIKED the minifigs especially the awful "Roundhead" musketeers in full armour with Lobster pot cavalry helmets- you still see the things on ebay.
    Later I added Corvus- which I liked and wish I could get some of now.
    All those old armies went the journey when I had a period of ahem "financial embarrassment" so surrently my 25/28mm ECW armies have Old Glory- no surprise there as well as plenty of older stuff from Hincliffe, and Garrison. Oh a a unit of Les Higgins Jason - which if you look close were the "inspiration" for much of the hincliffe range.
    I note you still use WRG nomenclature- nice to see I'm not the only bloke who still sometimes uses Gush for ECW games.
    I even bought a few very nice but very pricey Empress

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    1. Hello Andy,
      I have had a good look through the ECW posts on your blog, you are a lucky man to own ex Gilder collection figures, I'd give my right arm for a few of those (wouldn't help with the painting though!).I like those Warrior pikemen too. Like you I sold off my first extensive collection when I got financially stuck as a young man, they went to John Tunstil at 'Soldiers' in Kennington, he gave me a very fair price for them. I remember the Minifig musketeer in armour and tassets, I think he also wore a pot helmet! I'll add your blog to list here if you don't mind.

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    2. Don't mind in the slightest though FYI the pikemen you mean I think are Garrison as Warrior is one outfit I have none of - though that may change. The most recent old style ECW unit I painted was Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Horse all from Hincliffe formost figures except for a couple of conversions/

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    3. Andy, you are right, they were Garrison not Warrior!

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