Sunday, 7 December 2014

From Millsy - ECW Royalist Dragoons (124 Points)

Hi Everyone!


I'm off and running in this year's Challenge with some historical miniatures in 28mm scale. These are two x 12 figure units of dismounted Royalist dragoons - Sir Arthur Aston's (in red) and Colonel Henry Washington's (in blue). These are Bicorne Miniatures, although Washington's has a couple of very old school Essex thrown in to make up the numbers.

Aston's uniforms were relatively easy to research and I found a number of references to red coats. Some said red breeches as well but I've gone for a mix of neutral colours as I generally do for this period. The cornet (flag) is hand-made and painted but is something more of a guess. There are very few documented reference for dragoon flags in general and even fewer that clearly identify the regiment. What we do know is that Aston raised regiments of both horse and foot and used a white cross motif on a black background.



Washinton's uniforms were a much bigger issue and I found nothing at all describing colours. In the end I went with a blue which was a common colour in Royalist armies. Oddly enough the cornet was easier to find info on and I located a couple of references to a plain white colour, to which I've applied a hatched edging that was typical of many. Again this is hand-made and painted, something I do with all my ECW flags.



Later on in the Challenge I'll be presenting a mounted version of Aston's dragoons. Now that Renegade Miniatures are back in production I might be doing Washington's too but we'll see.

Cheers,
Millsy


From Curt:

Ooh, wonderful stuff. I'm sure these horse-whallopers are a welcome addition to your growing collection, Mr. Mills. Beautiful. I love the punchy red and blue that you've gone with and the tall drums look very fine indeed. 
I'm also happy to hear that Renegade is back in production. They offer some wonderfully chunky figures in their ranges. 

And let's give a few more points for the hand-done flags. Great job!

27 comments:

  1. excellent location on the bases of figures provides an excellent expression

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  2. A stellar first entry and all in 28mm! That colour combination is most excellent and makes these figures pop. Well done!

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  3. Well you can have that one for Stevie G. Nice work mate already looking forward to seeing the mounted units. 8-)

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  4. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Really dynamic set.

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  5. Welcome to the party Millsy.. Lovely stuff.

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  6. This is going to be a really hard Challenge! Great painting work, very nice colours.

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  7. Those are two great looking regiments. And TWO REGIMENTS. Nice work.

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  8. Looking very nice Millsy! I too was really happy to see that Renegade was back in production as their ECW in conjunction with Bicorne was and is the best on the market.

    Christopher

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  9. I am so glad to see that my fears were unfounded! Excellent work, Mr Mills, even if they are on the wrong side of history...
    ; )

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  10. Great stuff. Not just a cracking paint job but I love the composition of the bases as well. Not just four minis stood clumped together (as I do mine) but the extra space afforded by just having three minis per stand, has been used to give each one some extra dynamism. Superb :-)

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  11. Fabulous work! As Blaxkleric already pointed out they do look very dynamic and the bases are very nicely done too.

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  12. Thanks everyone. It's great to be on my way, especially as I have a fair distance to travel!

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  13. Great start on the challenge! And a mighty large one at that too especially with your painting quality!

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  14. Always happy to see some ECW figures, especially when they look that good

    Ian

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  15. Great colours and those figures really do pop out with the bright colours - really nice!

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  16. Excellent job with these dragoons!

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  17. Very colourful. Clean and smoothly painted. Nicely based. All producing two great looking units.

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  18. Lots of bright colour and what a big bunch of points to notch up. I better get to it.
    cheers

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  19. I really appreciate the level research that you're obviously putting into your units. For me, that's always part of the fun of doing historicals, and I've definitely gone down similar rabbit holes of trying to find obscure banner details or what have you. The care really comes through in the painting and basing!

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    1. It's part of the fun for me too and one of the main reasons I game historical periods. I often find myself reading on the same periods / theatres I'm currently painting. It helps with the background and keeps me interested.

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  20. Great addition of background information about these units! Great work on the figures and they have some great poses!

    Greetings
    Peter

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