Thursday 4 July 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: Royalist Foot 11 and 12


Colonel John Taylor's Foot (white flags) and Jacob Astley's Foot (blue flags).

Saturday 22 June 2024

28mm Perry Plastics FPW 1870: French Infantry (2)


I've done a third battalion and made a change to the flag arrangement. Previously I just had the flag on the second battalion (as was historically correct) but now I have added flags to all battalions. It is a question of what looks good to me and 'looking good' sometimes has to trump what might be historically accurate. The notional regiment has turned into the 50th Regiment too as I have decided to press on with this project and paint eleven battalions for this army. The mounted officer is Marshal Canrobert but I will be using him as General de Brigade Montmarie.

Monday 17 June 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: Royalist Foot 9 and 10


John Talbot's 'white' regiment and the 'yellow' regiment of Colonel Bernard Ashley.

Sunday 9 June 2024

28mm Napoleonic Russians: IR Kazan


Here are two new battalions for my Russian army. I've done four battalions and I showed these a year ago (Tchernigovsk and Staroskol Regiments) so we are progressing with the second brigade. I choose which regiments to paint based entirely on the flags and these are from Flags of War.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

28mm ECW Royalist: Horse regiment of Prince Maurice

Again here we have figures from 1st Corps as mentioned previously. I decided to do a horse regiment belonging to Prince Maurice as, although he is less dashing that his more famous brother Prince Rupert, he may well have been a more able general. He also had an independent command at times. I'm not sure if I will continue this project in 28mm or not.

Sunday 2 June 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: Royalist Foot 7 and 8


White regiment of the city of Oxford and a fictional regiment with green flags.

Thursday 23 May 2024

28mm ECW Royalist: Foot regiment of John Belasyse, 1st Baron Belasyse


I am not sure why I got drawn into ECW in 28mm, given that I am currently on a long run with Epic scale, but I was curious about the figures from 1st Corps and wanted to look at them. I bought a foot regiment and one of horse too. Here is the foot regiment – a 'blue' Royalist one.

Belasyse was a rich man who raised six regiments of horse and foot soldiers at his own expense. He was a catholic who married three times and fathered six daughters. He lived through the reigns of both Charles's and James and died in 1689. He looks very splendid in his portrait dated 1636.

Sunday 19 May 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: Royalist Foot 5 and 6


White regiment of Sir Henry Bard and the red regiment of Sir Ralph Hopton.

Wednesday 8 May 2024

28mm SYW French: Royal Dragoons


So this is the first of the two Dragoon regiments to finish off my French army. I have used the same figures which work fine, differences being mostly resolved by paint. The other one will be Caraman. Thanks to Frederic Aubert for the lovely flags.

Sunday 5 May 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: Royalist Foot 3 and 4


The purple regiment belonged to Colonel Bagot and the green regiment to the Earl of Northampton. I have followed the lazy principle of using the flag colour for the coat colour. There is no justification for this but it will give a colourful looking army. I try to mix in a few brown coated men in with them for variety too.

Sunday 21 April 2024

12mm Epic Scale ECW: King's Lifeguard and Prince Rupert's Foot Regiment


A new project is afoot! Well actually quite a few regiments of 'foot'. Here are the first two Royalist regiments and we will be doing 14.

Friday 12 April 2024

28mm SYW French: Tallyrand Cavalry

This is the last of the Horse regiments (so 9 in total) which, using French nomenclature, are classified as cavalerie légère or light Horse. I will also be doing two Dragoon regiments to finish off the left wing. The Talleyrand coat of arms was red with three golden lions rampant so I have given the musician a red coat.


Saturday 6 April 2024

28mm Perry Plastics FPW 1870: French Infantry


Here are the latest FPW French infantry from the Perrys. I have painted two battalions, the first and second of a notional Regiment. The Eagle and flag are carried by the second battalion. They are nice figures but the coats are so voluminous that it's quite hard to fit all the figures on a stadard plastic green base.

I posted a Prussian battalion back in August 2021 and actually I prefer the poses of those figures although the French uniform is quite pretty. The Perry uniform quide is, as always, useful but not detailed enough concerning the kepi so I have posted here a more detailed picture of the kepi from a reproduction company in France.

Friday 29 March 2024

28mm SYW French: Noailles Cavalry

Another regiment of Horse done. This is the 8th out of the nine planned.

As for the musician, the house of Noailles' coat of arms was red-yellow so the coat might have been a combination of those two colours. Equally, it might not. There are no sources and this is an 'educated' guess.


Wednesday 20 March 2024

28mm SYW French: Henrichemont Cavalry


I'm slowly plodding my way through these French cavalry regiments and this unit finishes my second brigade and the right wing.

Sunday 3 March 2024

28mm SYW French: Conti Cavalry

This was a 'Prince de Sang' Regiment as the Conde-Conti family was a part of the larger Bourbon family. They used their own livery of sand with light blue as per the infantry drummer picture attached.

This is the 6th regiment finished for my French army.


Friday 1 March 2024

Friday 16 February 2024

28mm Hessians: IR12 Erbprinz


This regiment had 'Sang de Boeuf' coloured facings or Bull's blood, a very dark red. The lovely flags are from my friend Frederick Aubert, as are all my Hessian flags. Figures are largely from Black Hussar. I have almost finished the Hessian infantry. Just one grenadier battalion to go and the two battalions of IR7.

28mm Celtic archers


Metal figures from Wargames Foundry.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

18mm Danish Livregiment Kyrasserer


Here I have used my favourite cavalry sculpts for the SYW – the Eureka figures designed by Mike Broadbent. They are big figures and are not compatible with other so-called 18mm cavalry ranges but I think they are perfectly in proportion with infantry. Cavalry horses from, say, Blue Moon, are ponies by comparison.

I have used Austrian cuirassiers which are close enough for Danish cuirassiers. All I have done is snip off the Imperial oat leaves that adorned their tricornes. They wear the cuirasse front-plate in black, light blue facings with leather coloured straps and gauntlets.

Four squadrons totalling four hundred men. A fine and elite regiment mounted on Holsteiner heavy horses which were in much demand throughout Europe.