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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Volunteer Rifles and New Flags

I have finished the Volunteer Rifleman and I am rather pleased with it. I as you can see I went for the Rifle Green jacket with black facings and silver buttons of a British Rifle regiment. I also gave the chap a Glengarry of the Rifles with a plume or hackle and as the regiment is Scottish I have given it the checked board band with green to mark it as a rifle unit. The trews are in Douglas Hunting Tartan, thanks there to Ray for suggesting that pattern and it works rather well with this.

Douglas Volunteer Rifles, 1938

Also I have done a couple of flags for someone too, these are for his Anglican League force which are based in Chester.



The Aftermath and a new Sketch

Friday night went really well way beyond my widest dreams with about sixty plus people turning up and having a great time. Now it looks like we are going to organise another one for Christmas.

Scottish Republic Volunteer Rifles, 1938
Here is the second sketch for the next Solway book this time about Scotland. I have gone for the semi Victorian/Edwardian look with him. He is wearing a Rifle Green jacket, with 08 pattern, actually its Pattern 1925 Webbing, and he might have Douglas Hunting tartan on the trews.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Planning a Big Eat for my local Community

I know this has nothing to with wargaming but tomorrow night I am planning a Big Eat and Get Together for the local community. As a member of the local forum, in which we try and save our local village, which is a urban village now, for building developments which are out of character with the rest of the village, getting a 20mph zone in place in front of the infant school, stopping developers from building houses on a flood risk area and destroying the local wildlife and getting potholes filled, I am planning an evening where anyone and everyone in the local community to come and share there favourite disks with each other and actually get to know there neighbours. Now I have never done anything like this before and if it is successful and I hope it is, then plan to repeat this every quarter. As you can imagine I am shite scared as I hope people turn up or else I have a ton of meatballs and pasta to eat by myself, lol. So please wish me and the others the best of luck and people will turn up. So if you are in the area please pop in.




Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Devils in Skirts

After just finding that there is a bunch of reenactors who reenact the 3rd Foot and Mouth from Carry on Up the Kyber, Link Here, just what is the world coming up and how much fun at the same time, I have finished the Scottish Militiaman for you viewing pleasure and delight. I rather pleased with him as I think the Cunningham pattern tartan has come out rather well and the rest of him I think works nicely. So here he is

Scottish Jacobite Militiaman, 1938

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Highlander is Coming Along

I am now a little worried by the title for some reason, well there are going to be a couple of disappointed people when they visit my blog, lol. Here is the Highlander Militiaman that I am painting for Si at Solway and the next book the Armies and Enemies of the Scottish Republic. I have gone for the Jacobite feel with the dirk and the claymore, I thought that the Targe was a bit too far. I have settled on Cunningham pattern Tartan, actually suggested by someone of the same name and here he is so far.

Highland Militiaman, 1938

Saturday, 22 September 2012

News of a New Book for Solway

Yes indeed back of the Very British Civil War wagon and the next book for Si at Solway this time its the Armies and Enemies of the Scottish Republic, eat heart out Alex Salmon we beat you to it, lol. To get the whole thing rolling here is the first of the illustrations and this one is of a Scottish Highland Militiaman. He has his Tam O'Shanta on, which I my going to paint blue, he has a dirk and claymore on his left hand side and a kilt, yes Ray more bloody tartan, though I am not totally sure which clan I am going to paint. If you have any ideas on this please let me know, but I might on for Douglas.

Highland Militiaman, 1938

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Finished Renaultque Tank

Yes i have finished the lovely little Pseudo Renault  tank I am very happy with the results. As I has said before it has all the hallmarks of a homemade, home built tank with some crazy mechanic/engineer type saying to himself that looks easy to build and this is the result, so crazy designed boiler plate tanks and I love it. The tank itself is from Akula Armies, a world of dwarves and goblins and the Great War, well worth having a look and at £15 its a steal. The only question is who to give it too. So here it is.






The Duke of Rutland in front of his new tank.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

New Project Heath Robinson

I saw this wee little tank on GWP3 forum and sort of fell in love with it. This a Renaultque RT 17 tank that is a limited run and a steal for £15.00. It is for a chap going by the name of Akula for his weird, ork, dwarves Great War range and I think it suits VBCW as a Home Made Heath Robinson affair of a tank.I still got a bit to do to it but I am rather happy of the camo pattern which is sort of based of the French Great War pattern.



Sunday, 16 September 2012

Winter of Discontent in Leicestershire and Rutland VBCW38


Here is a recap on all the exciting going on in the VBCW world of Leicestershire and Rutland. As the winter is coming in 38 the positions have become a little difficult for the socialists in Leicester and the Anglican League at Laude Abbey, but the Duke of Rutland and his reluctant Allies in Lord Quenby's Catholics have been good taking the initiative and advancing on the city. Below is an account of what is happening so far. 

What follows is the position for Leicester and Rutland. I hope it fits into the background as I have tried very hard to keep it within the boundaries of what has been written before. As it stands the city of Leicester is in danger of falling to the Edwardite forces of the Duke of Rutland and his Belvoir, pronounced Beaver Brigade as BUF and Royalists, but there is the socialist leagues to the north at Nottngham and west in Birmingham which might intervene to at least save the coalfield but also the manufacturing centres on Leicester. So Rutland is totally under the control of the Duke forces, being a very conservative place, loyal supports, seeing themselves of the Heirs to Richard III Legacy, this can be seen in there Flags:



To the west of the country I see the City of Peterborugh being a small but import Anglican League Bishopric and to the south I see the county of Northampton split rather like Leicester with the industry towns of Corby and its steel making, being very much Socialists with some Scottish Republican elements, lay population of Scots living there, Wellingborough and Rushden with its shoe manufacturing again being Socialists as I do Northampton but Northampton should also have a large Catholic force as it has a RC Cathedral and a large Irish population living in a part of the town named Semilong and in the shadow of the Cathedral. The rest of the county and towns like Towcester, Banbury, King Norton, Newport Pagnell are Royalist as is most of the countyside.

The one thing around Northamptonshire and Leicestershire is that they are crissed crossed with a canals that link to most parts of the county with the Grand Union Canal and the links to other important canals, rivers and waterways, meaning that trade can flow between various parts of the country.


After the socialist council in the city of Leicester had risen up and defeated the BUF  after trying to getting there boot the Leicestershire front when a little quiet with a stalemate or truce happening in the county. The socialist were happy with the north and the north west, defending the coalfield for the Socialist League and the Royalist were happy from the south and east, including the county of Rutland, with the rich agricultural lands they held. The Anglican League held a small but important strip of land centred around Laude Abbey which lies between the bishopric of Peterborough and Leicester and is used as a secret training camp of the Anglican Leagues.

Red = Socialist; Blue = Royalists; Purple = Anglican League
Things started to hot up in the area when the King landed at RAF Wittering to visit the Duke of Rutland. The Socialist League from Leicester and the Anglican League from Peterborough raced to the area in an attempt to capture or kill the King. This action caused the Duke of Rutland, a close and loyal friend to plan an offence against the city of socialists and there Anglican League supports. The plan was simple to cut the supply routes to the east by capturing and holding the important crossroads at Houghton on the Hill, but before this plan could take place another set of circumstances appeared.

A VIP, no names but code named Alex, is at the Old Hall Manor having a rest and a recruitment drive for funds and arranging a meeting for some of the heads of the various factions on the area. Now being rather close to the city of Leicester, the Fosse Way  and the A6 news has got out of a private meeting between this VIP and a couple of the factions and the others have decided after many days looking for this VIP and meeting to put a stop to the meeting and arrest the people attending. So the village of Queniborough is resting happily unaware of the forces coming to it. Luckily, for the VIP the actually forces are still not sure of actually who it is they are after, what forces they having at their disposal and who else is coming to "investigate".  The fight was a bit of a debacle which the VIP getting away along with the various local faction leaders and all forces returned back to there starting areas.

So the Duke of Rutland when back to planning the attack on Houghton on the Hill but also used his “specials” to route out all socialist and Anglican League spies and informants, doubles he’s own spy and informant network especially in the city of Leicester and spread disinformation about catching the city council off guard. The Duke of Rutland also “enlisted” the help of Lord Quenby and his Catholics forces which lei around Quenby Hall and the village of Hungerton and Quenby. The Duke used these to keep up the pressure on the Anglican League at Laude Abbey keeping them occupied with Lord Quenby’s forces and not realising the build up of the Duke’s forces until it was too late. 

When Houghton of the Hill being an important crosswords for the city of Leicester Socialists and the Anglican Leagues of Laude Abby with routes to the north and the Socialist League of Nottngham, east to the Bishopric of Peterborough and there Anglican League allies and to the south and the socialist manufacturing factures of Corby, Wellingborough and Northampton.

The Duke’s assault on Houghton was complete and during the night following the attack forward elements of the Duke’s BUF and Royalist forces captured the villages of Thurnby and Bushby and Lord Quenby;s forces captures the villages of Scaptoft and Borough Hill, putting pressure on the Anglican League at Laude Abbey. With the capturing of these sites artillery has been brought up and a slow bombardment of the city has started to happen and the city has requested help of Loughborough and the Social League of Nottingham.


Red = Socialist; Blue = Royalists; Purple = Anglican League; Yellow = Catholics
Map of Northamptonshire
Red = Socialist; Blue = Royalists; Purple = Anglican League; Yellow = Catholics
Map of Leicestershire and Northampton Winter 38
Red = Socialist; Blue = Royalists; Purple = Anglican League; Yellow = Catholics

Clubmen Standard

One of the things I have been luck with with this project about the War in the Three Kingdoms is I have come across some interesting things which I never knew about. One of the funniest things I have come across is one of the clubmens banners or flags with this motto on

"If you come and take out Cattle
We will give you Battle"

I say funny and I no it is not and could of said a millions and more since so I have illustrated the head of the village carrying this banner into battle.


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Clubmen

Now during the English Civil War or more correctly the War of the Three Kingdoms, not everyone went off and fought for the various armies up and down the countries, so chaps stay at home to tend the crops, perform civic duties, not needed, etc and when an army came into the area these men and women banded together to defend their livelihood from the troops trying to feed themselves, clothe themselves and what not. So here is my first illustrations of these and I think I have captured them at else.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

An Irish Officer of Foote

He is the officer for the ramble that is known as the Shrewbury Foote or the Irish Regiments in the Army of Oxford. These troops were usually brigaded together and started live as six separate regiments but by the time of Naseby they were down to three after being bloodied at Marston Moor and were final cut down at the battle of Stow. Brave men with a hell of a fighting rep, Cromwell's man took ever opportunity to reign on them and if they captured one they would hang the poor sod. This officer is wearing the latest of European fashions, no English fashion in Ireland for some reason, lol, and has the look of a hard fought, seasoned campaigner but its what you think that counts.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Next Illustration an Irish Cavalryman

As the closing date on the book draws close, this weekend I still have a plate of Clubmen to do, but I have started on them. Now this means that I have finished the Prince Rupert's Irish regiments and I have. I have to say I am very happy with them, but more blooming Irish I here you cry, you came never have too much of the Irish, lol. This chap is a Cavalryman with his leather buff coat, that has seen better days and a iron skull cap to stop those blows on the old nogging. I have to say I am very happy with this chap.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

I am Spartacus

Taking a little change in direction for the moment, one of my favourite things or some reason or other is Gladiator games and Gladiators. I think it has a lot to do with be dragged up in Britain's oldest recorded town, Colonia Claudia Victricensis Camulodunum or just plain Colchester for the likes of me.There is archaeological evidence of settlement 3,000 years ago. Its Celtic name was "Camulodunon", meaning "the Fortress of Camulos" (Camulos being a British god equated with the Roman Mars). This name was modified to the Roman spelling of "Camulodunum". Anyway I digress a bit there, when growing up with all the Roman walls and stuff about, finding a Roman coin in the back garden, I dreamt of Gladiators fighting in Colchester and now they have fought the arena, which is cool. So I have got around to painting some gladiators which has been great fun and here there are for you. Sorry of the history lesson.


Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Fighting Irish

Its bit a little While but now its back to the Irish. Yes continuing on from my English Civil War illustrations the next ones are the "Irish regiments in Rupert's Army. There were six regiments in all, all came over from Irish, but they may not be Irish they could be English fighting in Ireland, but where more than likely Irish as there are reports of the being hanged for be Irish by the Parliamentarians and a few accounts of them speaking in a different language. I have tried to capture the hard fighting nature of these troops by making them fight over some loot, general untidy and ragged look and a general rough look. I hope that I have got it.

The Fighting Irish

Friday, 7 September 2012

A Modern Day Matthew Hopkins

Now being dragged in North East Essex, there lots of history, areas and talks on the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins. Then after watch Rory's Bloody Histories about him it started me thinking at a Witchfinder General type of character, going around terrorising the population with his small army, dispensing justice, for VBCW. Now do you think that there is room for a character like him? With faction what you see him being a part of? Any views or ideas?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Part Two of the Battle of Houghton on the Hill

Okay a little later than I thought I would be but here is part two. We join the action after lunch, when weird happening well happened. More on this later. The situation is that The Catholic forces of Lord Quenby, Royalists, is holding the village from SFF, Leicester Socialists, who are assaulting the village with the Humberstone Militia, also Leicester Socialists starting there march on the village. In the centre the Duke of Rutland's Own British Union of Fascist Company, Royalists were marching in support of the Catholics, with the Sons of Rorkes Drift, Royalists fighting the Leicester Anglican League helping the Leicester Socialists.

Duke of Rutland's Own BUF, DROBUF, marching toward the village in support of the Catholics.

Lord Jerwood's DROBUF come under fire from Ook's SFF.

Meanwhile in the centre of the village the Morrismen carried on dancing and drinking Rington's Tea, as all hell breaks loose around them.

Lord Jerwood's DROBUF gather and again attack the SFF.

Mrs PK's Morrismen enjoy a lovely cuppa of Rington Tea. Yes this battle had a sponsor, can you guess who? You can buy a pack of this lovely tea from Mrs PK's General Store and a lovely cake from Mrs Ook's new Bakery. If you need to post your letters, parcels and good there is Mrs Smillie's Post Office.

One of there surreal moments as balloons start to fall from the sky leave Smillie asking for an Ice Cream.

The Humberstone Militia march towards the village of Houghton to flush out those Catholics with support from a Croydon Armoured Van.

Those defiant Catholics still holding the village and pouring on murderous fire at both the SFF and the Humbo Militia.

The SFF taking cover and rest from the Catholic firs from the village of Houghton.

Waiting for the 57 bus. Ook Enterprise's Bus Stop and I so want one.

Again the DROBUF march toward the SFF in support of Lord Quenby's Catholic forces.

Still holding the village of Houghton the Catholic forces of Lord Quenby fight off attack after attack from the SFF and the Humbo Militia.

The Humberstone Militia supporting the SFF try to gain a foothold in the village gaining some success.

Ook, the commander of the SFF, smiles with approval as the Humberstone Militia, commanded by Burnin' Coal, cause heavy casualties from the Catholics forces of Monsewer Carpaud.

A rare photo of the PanzerKaput with Ook and Lord of Jerwood for company. Lord knows what is wrong with PanzerKaputs face, its a strange illness.

A sad sight as the SFF after a very hard day fighting start to pull down from the village. But a section still hangs on it there.

As the SFF pull back the Humberstone Militia with their new Colours flying press the attack into the village now supported by the Anglican League. In the meantime the rest of the Anglican League are being hard pressed by the balloon wielding Smillie and his Sons of Rorkes Drift.

Let them eat cake, with Mrs Ook being too poorly to supply the combatants with cake Monsewer Crapaud provided us with this lovely French cake and also Mr and Mrs Burnin' Coal supply lovely traditional shortbread,  yum yum.

Meanwhile the DROBUF are still regrouping behind the cover of the wall, thanks to the fire laid down on them by SFF.

The bane of the SFF, Lord Quenby's Catholic mortar team in a commanding position.

As the last attacks go in to try and take the village of Houghton, the Humbo Militia advance under fire from the Catholics, while in the centre the Sons of Rorkes Drift gain the upper hand over the Polish forces of the Anglican League. But it looks like Lord Quenby forces are holding.

As the Humberstone Militia advances toward Houghton on the Hill it proves to e a village too far and the Socialists retreat back to Leicester.

Now the Duke of Rutland's forces have a foothold on Leicester and during the next few days they bring up its artillery to start its bombardment of the city. Now thats another game.
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