Friday, 1 December 2017

Biting the bullet!

Well, the die has been cast and I now have on order from Ian Hind another 60 odd musketeers 'at present' together with additional officers to create a third rank for all of my musket blocks. Going to involve a fair bit of painting - a labour of love - in order to bring my 10 Regiments of Foot to a standard 12 pikes, 24 muskets plus command figures, but I know it will be worth it and should be finished before the New Year.

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!



8 comments:

  1. I feel a tad guilty about the extra painting you're now faced with but the three deep shot wing looks great - really differentiates them from standard 2-deep horse and musket era wargame units. I look forward to seeing the first unit when complete, although I'm already green with envy over your troops.
    I like the idea of putting Essex figures on Hinchliffe horses, not only do they look good but the 'dynamic' Hinchliffe horse style will make them blend in well.

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    1. Hi Rob, don't feel guilty at all, it had been bothering me for some time that the shot wings were too shallow! I looked at many images of ECW wargame units and the 2 rank pike and shot format was pretty standard, and as pointed out to me previously that could represent 6 deep formations, but it just does not look right compared to contemporary illustrations. Anyway, I'm into it now and no regrets.

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  2. Well, you've done a much better job on the Essex commander than I have, I think I'm going to have to repaint him! Shot look great that deep too.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain, I spent about and hour painting just that one Essex figure, most enjoyable. Extra work on the shot going to be well rewarded I think :) Btw, love your French/Italian Wars (?) armies, they look most impressive.

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  3. The Essex General looks really good on the Hinhcliffe horse. -I have a number of Essex cavalry but with a couple of exceptions binned the horses- well melted them down and turned them in 40mm TYW shot actually- I'm just not keen on their horses swaybacked and sometimes with legs of different leangths. but the cavalry figure look fine on Hincliffe or other "saddle on the man" horses. I have a bundle of OOP Old Glory horses which I like and also some of the splendid Hincliffe Foremost horses as well. Esses riders work well on all of them.

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    1. Hi Andy, funny thing is I could not get standard Hinchliffe cavalry to fit that particular light horse code, but the Essex figures fit very well!

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  4. A very brave thing to do, Lee, but I'm glad you did. The results will be absolutely stunning.
    Best wishes
    WM

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    1. Matt, having done the first unit I can say that it's very much worth the effort, the deeper shot wings look much better and I only need paint an extra 8 figures per unit so it's not that bad!

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