Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Seasons Greetings & 'Retro' Cromwell!

Seasons Greetings to you all and a big thank you to those who follow and comment on this blog. In the New Year I really need to get some games played, plan is to base some small games on the scenarios from One Hour Wargames with maybe just half a dozen units per side to begin with.

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.







14 comments:

  1. The Ladybird book is pure nostalgia. I often think that the Lion Rampant books do so well because they have similar artwork and that must surely tick a box.

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    1. Hi Norm, sorry for the delay in replying to comments. Something about that particular Ladybird book really caught my imagination as a child, the artwork somehow drew me right back in time!

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  2. That Cromwell is suitably impressive! I'm looking forward to seeing your troops in action next year.

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    1. Hi Ian, I now have two Cromwells, a Hinchliffe and an Essex, both have a certain charm of their own but I do like this Essex character.

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  3. The hooped sleeves are great for that old school feel - and a Ladybird as a painting reference is brilliant! I never had Cromwell but the images from Richard the Lionheart, Henry the Fifth and Nelson are indelibly etched in memory. I always wanted the Warwick the Kingmaker book but never got one - maybe I should stalk eBay.
    Have a Merry Christmas and may Santa bring lots of reinforcements.

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    1. Hi Rob, they can still be found on eBay, I may try for the Cromwell Ladybird myself, purely for the nostalgia of the illustrations. They must have kick started a lot of children's interest in history.

      Happy New Year to you.

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  4. Merry Christmas, Lee - regards to Oliver!

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    1. A belated Merry Christmas to you too Tony. New Granddaughter arriving and my car written off has made for a lively couple of weeks!

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  5. Ah the Rugby shirts of childhood! I have a few of my "retro" ECW collection painted that way and in my re-enactment days you did occaisionally see such thigs. Not only that you sometimes got hit over the head with the plastic prop swords used in the film Cromwell- quite a few of which semm to have ended up in ECWS memebers hands back then.

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    1. Hi Andy, I have been re watching not only 'Cromwell' but also the BBC series 'By the Sword Divided' both are great nostalgia and an interesting contrast. The latter remains surprisingly good from a historical point of view.

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  6. Agree that the Ladybird artwork is primary inspiration.... Excellent work on this project, well done and compliments of the Season to you.
    cheers
    Mike

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    1. Thank you very much Mike, and a Happy New Year to you too.

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  7. Lee, from reading your other blog it sounds like a permanent move to Spain? Hope it all goes well, but must admit to being a bit disappointed as I was hoping we might meet up for a game with your ECW armies or my toy soldiers. Are you moving to somewhere close to any battlefields in Spain? I did do a tour some years ago and there are plenty around - in fact with your ECW 'bent' you should read the 'Last Ironsides' for local period flavour.

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    1. Hello Rob,
      Sincere apologies for the delay in replying, as said above things have been hectic last couple of weeks. Yes, Spain will be a permanent move, but it will be around March when we go once all is settled here in the Uk. We are moving to Alicante, mainly for the climate but also for a change of lifestyle. I still plan to arrange a 'big' ECW game before we go and will keep you updated on this:)

      Happy New Year and I will look out for 'Last Ironsides'.

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