A couple of weeks ago I showed the first of my rebased English Civil War (ECW) units. Those were the red/orange coated ones. Here are the rest of the pike and shot figures which needed rebasing urgently. Yes, as you can see from the picture below I have another 12 regimental bases here.
With the ones shown in the previous post, I will have more than enough figures for both sides of a ADLG-R battle. In fact, I believe I will have enough for 3 armies armies of the period and I have yet to get to my Scottish forces. Do you see the possibility of a plan here.. 4 armies on a table… hmmm… a. big game may be in the offing here…
As with the previous post on these, there has no ‘new’ painting here. Just rebasing and touching up where I messed up on the basing etc. I would have liked a few more flags in these units but there are just 2 of them in this lot. When I get to painting some more (I believe I do have a few pack of these in the lead mountain) I will need to ensure that I paint some more flags done. Still 2 with flags means those units can be differentiated. That means an easy way to indicate a unit with an included general if nothing else.
Back when they were painted, I purposely did these with somewhat clearly defined regimental jacket colours. I was a re-enactor of the ECW many years ago, and so got that from there as much as anything else. However, just like in real life you will see a mix of shades in the same regiment with some of these figs. Maybe not as much as in real life but a little at least.
The biggest ‘regimental group’ in this set is 3 regiments of blue coated troops. These are roughly based on the blue uniforms of the Oxford army – especially Lunsford’s Regiment of Foot, which became Prince Rupert’s Regiment of Foot. The Prince having a large number of troops seemed fitting, but blue was a pretty common colour for regimental coats, especially on the Royalist side. To be honest blue is really a little under represented in the number of units here, if I am being honest. I likely should have 4 or 5 in the 12 being blue. So when I find the ones still to paint maybe some blue regiments are needed.
After that I have 6 bases of typical coats – two each in yellow, burgundy and green. All three colours were used by both sides, although more by the Royalists. The yellow coats on the figures is quite a ‘bright yellow’ but in reality any colours like that would likely have faded. So, they may well have been described as white after a time in the field as well. The burgundy likely again may have been a red to the descriptions of the period as well. Hey, men even now describe colours pretty basically after all. Just ask me the paint colour of walls and you’ll get my wife rolling her eye’s in no time… It reminded me of this, which I always found funny and oh so true:
Anyway back to the models…
These units can, and will be, split up. But it does make it easier for a side to have specific coloured coats which the other does not have. Then the players do not get confused, even if that could and was a problem at the time. That was one reason for all the flags as it made identification of units easier.
The two flags look very basic but are actually realistic. A typical colonels flag was a single colour and white was common. It was also common for the flags and coat colours not to match, if you wondered. The ordered structure of such things in the later centuries is a long way off at this point.
Lastly, are three units one each with white, black and grey regimental coats. These are all lesser used colours, but at least one regiment is known to have used them. I have to say though that white was more/as popular as yellow. So maybe if I do more I should do some another white regiment as well as some blue ones. All these colours do pop nicely on the table top. All the basing is done a simple manner which should allow for ease of use and it not being too messy.
So there we are. A lot of units ready to try out the rules, which I plan to do very soon!