I'm still amazed how quickly this collection has grown, just six months and I have over 600 painted figures! Due to a bereavement in the family at the Hinchliffe casters I'm still understandably waiting on 35 more figures, mostly musketeers that will enable me to finish expanding the last four Regiments of Foot.
I had the Essex Miniatures 'Cromwell' figure on the painting bench for some time, so spent an enjoyable couple of hours giving him a 'retro' paint job complete with the hooped sleeve doublet reminiscent of illustrations of my childhood when my introduction to the Civil War was two Ladybird Books, 'Oliver Cromwell' and 'Charles I'. Not sure how old I would have been then, but both books gripped my imagination and I never looked back. The movie 'Cromwell' (1970) reinforced this interest and here I am all these years later still learning about and enjoying the English Civil War.
The Essex Cromwell is mounted upon a Hinchliffe horse in order to scale him in with my other command figures as he's quite a chunky figure, but has a wonderfully expressive face 'Warts and all'. Here he is before the just expanded John Hampdens regiment, the flag devices are not correct for this unit but will suffice for the time being.