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.|