Monday, 15 January 2018

From IainW: ECW Horse and Commanders (170 points)

So here we have a unit of horse for the war of the three kingdoms, also known as the English civil war. Eight monster troopers, all Essex figures, to start with. I like them, they're a little retro, cutting edge in 1986, so almost yesterday?  They're also about the same size as warlord plastics and I have happily mixed both manufacturers in the same unit in the past.  There are also a couple of Perry heads, warlord hats, pistols and hammer added. 

They currently have the flag of William Waller. I'd like to do Cropredy Ridge one day as I've often camped there and to be honest in the past drunkenly stumbled around it (it's a music festival you sit out in the rain /sun, drinking real ale all day, with music - it's fun!)  









The horses are a bit long but they're OK.  I've got a few more units to do at some point. 

Next up are a few command stands. One Perry, one Foundry and the third a mix of Perry and Essex. 








The first command stand I might use as Waller for Cropredy or maybe Montrose, although I would have to start another 17th century army for that! The next command stand is Oliver Cromwell - a nice figure and companion piece to last week' Charles the First. The final command stand is a portly Perry officer and at the moment the flag is Fairfax's but it just slips on and off. I was disappointed I couldn't find a house I liked in either Fairfax or Cromwell road when I was looking locally, so I shall need to do "Black Tom" at some point too I guess. 

Finally three battalia commanders for my Covenanters  The Covenantor army is pretty much complete but I've had Essex and Wallenstein commanding so these are replacements. 








Nice Perry sculpts with a little light conversion on a couple of them, the one with the burgonet would make a nice Swedish officer. I've been meaning to move onto the Thirty Years War anyway! Sixteen mounted figures and one dismounted gives me a total of 165 points towards my total and towards the Renaissance Duel. 

All the best, Iain.

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These are great, Iain - and a perfect complement to last week's Royal submission.  I can see the troopers gracing the field in any of the Civil Wars, accompanied by the various commanders.  Once again the Foundry and Perry figures are serving you very well, and I can see some very nice conversations there to make the units splendidly unique.

And, gosh, how much better it must be to have a Covenantor unit led by a Covenantor officer!  I can imagine much relief in the Grassmarket once the correct Officer is appointed, instead of the Earl of Essex or Count Wallenstein.  Your fine Covenantor officers will, I'm sure, be up to the task of leading your ranks of hodden grey to victory in any refight of 'Bloody Dunbar' (or is that tempting fate?).

Awesome work, Sir, and 170 points (adding a few for the various conversions, additions and flags) to boost your points total on the long march towards Victory and our Renaissance Duel!

23 comments:

  1. Very nice horse and commanders Iain :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, very kind of you.
      Best Iain

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  2. Thanks Sydney, I will endeavour to hang onto your (no doubt very well turned out ) coat tails in the renaissance duel!
    Best Iain

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  3. Lovely ECW figures Iain. I can remember when those Essex figures were new, and how much bigger they were than the other figures around at the time! They still stand up well. I think you need Montrose's army.

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    1. Thanks Peter and to be absolutely honest I do already have a Montrose army to paint!
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  4. Great work Iain! I really like those Oliver Cromwell and Covenanter officer stands. Ace stuff.

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    1. Thanks Curt, I'm happy with the command stands.
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  5. Excellent work Iain, great to see some cool cavalry.

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    1. Thanks Greg, that's very kind of you.
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  6. Sharp looking bunch of horse troops, Iain! I like your idea of shifting the group with different commanders....and now I'm looking forward to the foray into the 30 years war looking forward to seeing some more troops in blue and yellow galloping forward with Adolphus!

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    1. Thanks David, yes I'm looking forward to Adolphus, it'll be after Montrose but by then I should have enough to do both sides with just command and the odd unit!
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  7. Very nice stuff indeed! That basing really brings them out.

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    1. Thanks Jamie, I think your right the basing really helps.
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    1. Thanks Christopher, very kind of you!
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  9. Iain, these are lovely figs - and the proper side as well! Looking forward to seeing more of this army. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Evan, I'm prepared to admit I have leanings to this side even if I'm doing both!
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