Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Kings Lifeguard on parade!

The flags for the Kings Guard arrived next day from Wargames Designs, the sheet offered me a choice of 4 different flags for this unit and also included the Queens Regiment of Foot plus Rupert's Regt, for a fiver per sheet I'm very happy with them, all of my units so far have flags by WD with the exception of the hand painted ones.

So here is the unit based and flagged, 40 figures painted over several weeks. Of course Charles I has come out to review them (he in the armour) and The Kings Gentlemen Pensioners also turned out to accompany him. The 'Pensioners' are awaiting a new flag from WD as I messed up the first one, they are for the time being bearing a standard of the Kings Lifeguard of Horse. I went with cuirassiers because (A) I like the Hinchliffe cuirassiers and (B) being men of great wealth and status it seemed reasonable enough to give them 3/4 armour. All are Hinchliffe figures save for the standard bearer on the command base who is a lovely Garrison figure.

This collection has now topped the 600 figure mark including 200 cavalry/Dragoons, but it will continue to grow and underway is the next unit, Lord Brookes Purplecoat Regiment, in keeping with the early war/Edgehill theme. As you can see they are looking somewhat Psychedelic at the minute, but hopefully will tone down once finished! I have also added the Essex Preacher to my Oliver Cromwell mounted figure, I think he looks OK scalewise, slightly larger head/face perhaps but not bad. Following a suggestion by 'Big Andy' I have mounted another Essex personalty figure on a Hinchliffe horse and he fits in quite well too, we shall see once painted.






I intend to print and add a label to the rear of each pike base using Old English font.


King Charles (in armour) and aide. I just might replace him with the Essex version in due course.



The picture that inspired this regiment, Peter Gilders unit.





15 comments:

  1. What a splendid collection...and what a colorful period, superb!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I am painting them slight bright deliberately, as I did 35 odd years ago! But being able to pant each unit a different shade is most enjoyable.

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  2. Huzzah!!
    I bought hat book at a bring and buy recently and it is splendid!
    Alan

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    1. The book was a major inspiration for the project, I love the Peter Gilder units.

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  3. Gorgeous unit and big! How much space does this take up on the table?

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    1. Hi Rob, the short answer is 'far too much', actually 16"! I'm pondering making the musket wings a rank deeper and only 4 files wide, wont be too much of a problem, a little bit of rebasing of some musket bases, but I'll need to paint a load more 'at present' figures, I estimate about another 60 of them.

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  4. Nice job- decent sized unit. I actually own the Peter Gilder unit in the picture though I've always thought it a bit weird that the pikemen are in 4 ranks but the shot only in 2 . This odd formation is now almost standard in ECW games but as far as I can see is not based on a formation of the time but rather the optimum formation for WRG rules!

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  5. Hello Andy, thanks for the comment :) Re the formation, I have been agonising over this recently, for several weeks, and have seriously considered adding a third rank of musketeers 'at present' to give a little more historical depth and balance to the units. Trouble is that would throw out the pike/shot ratio, but I'm still thinking about it. As you say 2 ranks of muskets works with WRG rules and the extra pike depth gains a bonus in melee for supporting ranks. One has only to look at the 'Naseby' illustration to see that musketeers operated in depth too. Still, they are an attempt to recreate a late Seventies wargames army so I might get away with it on that excuse! Good to know you own the Gilder unit, I'm sure I have seen it on your blog?

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  6. All looking good Lee - will we be seeing a refight of Edgehill soon?

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    1. Thanks Ian. I do indeed have a cunning plan to re fight Edgehill in the New Year as a multi player public demo game here in Dymchurch. More in due course :)

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  7. I think Andy's right in that the shallower shot wings are really a wargame artefact to gain the maximum advantage from the rules. As far as I am aware shot files would be the same as pike; if you considered your command figures a fourth rank of pike then the shot could reform 4-deep without needing any more figures. This would give three bodies of equal frontage and look more like the many woodcuts of units form the period.
    As I said in a previous comment that seems to be lost in cyberspace they are a delight - I too have the OSPREY with it's inspirational photos - but look like they take up a lot of space on the table-top - what is their frontage?

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    1. Rob, found the previous comment, above, cheers. When I started this I wanted to recreate the armies as used in the Tyne Tees Edgehill battle. The pikes were deeper than the musket wings, as they are in the Airfix ECW book. But it has started to bother me recently I must admit.Going to need a wide table to field this lot :)
      Lee.

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  8. Oh, these look great, they've come out really well and the bright green base is the perfect period foil!
    Best Iain

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