Sunday, 31 December 2017

More ECW's for the New Year!

I now have 8 of my 10 regiments of pike and shot completed at 40 figures with the additional rank of muskets and extra standard bearer added. I'm currently working on what will become Charles Gerards regiment with those distinctive blue and yellow flags. On the subject of flags I am very tempted to replace the existing ones with GMB flags, simply because the GMB flags are so colour rich and really stand out. Won't be cheap though to replace 20 flags, but could just prove to be the finishing touch.

As I work through each unit I'm taking the opportunity to add a bit of extra highlighting here and there, and adding a small touch of white to the top of each of the apostles to represent the cords from which they were suspended. Below is the last unit I completed, The Earl of Essex' Regiment in tawny orange coats, (I did a short stint with Essex's in the Sealed Knot, and a nicer bunch of people you could not meet!). I brought the coat colour up a shade for impact and am really pleased how they turned out.








Once Gerard's are done I will only have the final whitecoat unit to do. Going forward I have placed another order with Hinds Figures for more Hinchliffes as I'm keen to do a London Trained Band regiment next. I'll be using the same pike codes and head conversions as I did for my Kings Guard unit to create the look of a suitable wealthy looking bunch of individuals with quality rivet decorated pike armour, and the musketeers will be in sleeveless buff coats! There won't be a uniform coat colour, but instead a mix of deep blues, reds, dark greys etc. I have also ordered some figures from the 'Prince Ruperts Charge' range, these I think are 'Foremost' figures and very well animated, these will be used to pad out my 'Royal' Horse regiments.


Images from the Hinchliffe web site at Hinds Figures Ltd.

On the subject of conversions I plan to do a bit more in future, even a simple head swap such as that below can create a nice individual figure. This guy will be the additional standard bearer for Gerards, the arms have been bent and his head swapped for that from an officer. At just 90p per figure its no big deal bending and chopping them a round a bit, turning heads etc.



11 comments:

  1. Lee hopefully you got my appreciative comment on your latest ECW post. I was going to comment of your FIW game but you don't have a 'name' option for publishing so cut and pasted it below:

    Looking forward to the account of how this [the FIW game] plays - 'Come on the Redcoats!'. I'm not familiar with the rules you're using but have had fun with the similarly simple 'Loose Files and American Scramble' set by Andy Callan and freely available on the Interweb.

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  2. As the above asked me to prove I'm not a robot and the previous comment just disappeared when I hot publish I guess the first one went astray...

    What I had wanted to say was to express my appreciation of the lighter tone you've shaded the Essex's with - using a less orange tone plays to my preference for restrained palettes, Likewise I love the 'posh' standard bearer - I enjoy cutting up and mix 'n' matching Hinchliffe figures but the results aren't always as inspiring. At the risk of spurring you on to incur more expense I do feel a GMB flag would top this figure off a treat. That said the move to 3-deep shot, while costing you time and money - is a triumph making your army REALLY look the part (if you're a woodcut fan like me).

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    1. Hi Rob,
      Not sure whats going on with some comments going astray but I'll reply to the two I have here. Thank you for the comments re Essex's, I must admit they do stand out as one my favourites so far. It's been worth every bit of painting to bring the units up to a solid 40 figures, I'm much happier with them now. Next job is going to be to magnetise all of the bases.

      You mention Andy Callan's 'Loose Files and American Scramble' rules, I played many AWI games with those and really enjoyed them before I sold off my 15mm figures some time ago. I tried again with the Perry Plastics but found them quite frustrating to put together! The Hinchliffe AWI's do look good still though.

      The FIW report will be up shortly with more explanation of the rules I used, which worked well. I'll reply to your email separately, but those ECW's look fantastic.

      Cheers for now,

      Lee.

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  3. This has turned into a truly excellent collection Lee, well done!

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    1. Thanks Ian, it's as if this has been just what I had been searching for through all those previous projects, they are my Pride and Joy!

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  4. Essex's regiment look great, looking forward to Gerards regiment I like their flag!
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Iain, Gerards flags are flying, the pike block is finished and I'm now painting through the additional musketeers.

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  5. Yes the Price Ruperts charge figures are Foremost- Gilder sculpted and marketed by Hincliffe. My Queens regt of Horse are all and most of Sir Thomas Tyldeslys horse are Foremost. Although a tad bulkier thay mix in well with Hincliffe and not too badly with Old Glory as it happens

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  6. Must say they are very nice figures, you can see how Gilders sculpting style has evolved. On the subject of Old Glory, can I ask how the old 25mm ACW moulds have held up? I am giving serious thought to a new 'Going back to' blog, this time recreating my Old Glory armies! I really liked the 'marching' poses with various equipment options, the slim figures and wonderful faces.

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