Thursday, 28 February 2013

How to play Mercs and Merc week on BoW

I have been following Mercs Week over on Beasts of War and it has been rather good. It has given me a real flavour of the game and it has so awesome vids of them learning to play the game which have been very helpful. Still trying to understand the game myself but it does look like a very interesting game and it reminds me of CyberPunk an awful all. Follow this link to find out more.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Shrewsbury Foote

This is the finished, painted version of the Shrewsbury Foot, made up for the "Irish" regiments that fought with the Royalists. The Shrewsbury foot and joined by their commander, Henry Tillier, freed from Leicester on 31st May 1645. The 500 men of the Shrewsbury foot in conjunction with the 500 men of Rupert’s Bluecoats formed Lisle’s Tercio on the day of the battle of Naseby. After much fierce fighting the Shrewsbury foot collapsed only after a final charge by Thomas Fairfax. As the parliamentarians fought their way into the very heart of the formation Fairfax himself killed an ensign carrying a green Lt Colonel’s colour.

I have illustrated the musketeer as he would of appeared on the campaign, so any uniform that was originally worn has been replaced or repaired to give a unkempt appearance. He is armed with a modern matchlock musket which he has probably taken for a fallen Roundhead soldier and the equipment he is carrying again taken from the battlefield. I have to say I am rather pleased with the look and finish of this chap even if Mrs PK thinks he looks like a pirate, I actually don't see it myself.

The Shrewsbury Foote,
Campaign Dress

Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Hedges of Leicester

I have started on the miles and miles of nice, trim, municipal, city hedges and I am think of doing 12ft of them and then see how it goes after that, I am hoping that 12ft is enough but we will see. So far I have managed a whopping 2 and 1/2 foot of the things and thought it would be nice to get for views on them. They are rather simply made from a green scouring pad, from the best and finest modelling supplier, Wilko, cut to a inch tall and pulled to buggery in all directions, painted black, drybrushed green and the applied Noch leaves in two colours, dark and light green, to it. Here are the results and please feel free to comment.

Friday, 22 February 2013

The Shrewsbury Foote

The first one in the series and this one is from the Shrewsbury Foot. The regiment is made up from the remainders of the "Irish" regiments which after long campaigning have been reduced down to one regiment and I have tried to go for a rag tag look of bits of this and bits of that, stuff that he has from or acquired. He is armed with a modern version of the matchlock musket and has his charges in the bandoleers. I have go for the full bearded look of someone who has been on a long campaign. So here he is.

Shrewsbury Foot
Campaign Dress

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foote, The Blew Coats

Here is the finished painted version of Prince Rupert's Bluecoats. This regiment is one of the more famous regiments of the English Civil War  mainly for its last stand at the battle of Naseby where they covered the rest of the Royalists retreat/rout with the Shrewsbury Foot. Needless to say the regiments camer of second best in that action with the New Model Army defeat them and the Royalists on that day and effectively ending the war, even though it carried on for a while after. I have done him as a typical musketeer for the regiment in campaign dress with his lovely blue uniform with a montero cap, one of the more popular caps in the Army of Oxford. So here he is and Mrs PK thinks his face looks like someone out of Harry porter Movies, something I have never seen.

Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foote,
The Bluecoats, Campaign Dress

The Regiment was first raised in 1642 in the county of Somerset by Sir Thomas Lunsford, and was known as Sir Thomas Lunsford's Regiment of Foote. Sir Thomas was captured at the Battle of Edgehill and imprisoned until 1644

His brother Colonel Henry Lunsford then took over command of the Regiment until his death during the Siege of Bristol in July 1643

Prince Rupert then assumed command as he had been impressed by the Regiment's fighting abilities, and appointed John Russell as Lieutenant Colonel to the Regiment. The Regiment was part of the army taken by Prince Rupert north to Lancashire where it took part in the relief of Latham House, the Stormings of Bolton and Liverpool and then marched across the Pennines with Rupert to the Relief of York. They then fought at the Battle of Marston Moor in July 1644 as part of the forlorn hope

In May 1645 they assembled at Evesham as part of the Kings Army, and were involved in the storming of Leicester, this is where Rupert's men are referred to as Bluecoats in accounts of the fighting. Two weeks later the Bluecoats formed part of the reserve at the Battle of Naseby, where the majority of the regiment were slain. The remnants eventually ended up as part of the Garrison of Bristol and were disbanded by the King after Rupert surrendered the city

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Rupert is feeling a little Blew

Here is the next sketch for the English Civil War book that I am doing and this one is going to be from Prince Rupert of the Rhine's Blew Coate Regiment of Foote. I have got for the campaign style of dress as I need with the King's Life Guard and he is uniformed in a similar way to the Life Guard too. Though I have gone for the shirt collars over the jacket look on this one and Montero style hat. As the might of guessed the regiment was called the Blewcoats and I will be painting him with a blue jacket and maybe the same colour trousers, but I will have to see about that. Hopefully I will have him finished tomorrow, so here he is.

Prince Rupert's Blew Coates
English Civil War

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The King's Life Guard of Foote

Here is the finished illustration of the King's Life Guard of Foote. I have to say I am rather chuffed with the way it has turned out and especially like the face on the chap. I have aim for a naturally red tone for the uniform and hat and I am very happy with the result. Tomorrow will see the start of another illustration, this one will be Prince Rupert's Blew Coates. Well he he is.

King's Life Guard of Foote,
Campaign Dress
War of the Three Kingdoms

Friday, 15 February 2013

^The Start of Something New

Here is the start of a new illustration project for a book which I cant not really say that must about yet. What I can say it is a book on the English Civil War and a rather important battle and hopefully the money raised from this book will help to raise the profile of this battlefield. Anyway here the start and this is a Musketeer from the King Lifeguard. He is uniformed and equipped in the typical well of someone from the Oxford army, with a rather simple but effective webbing with the bandoleers that normally you would see around the musketeers chest. Tomorrow I hope to have it finished and painted and then on to Rupert's Blews. Anyway here is a picture of him.

The King's Lifeguard,
The War of the Three Kingdoms,
Campaign Dress

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cor Blimey, Scarper its the Fuzz

Here is the next unit on the Humberstone Militia Series and these are the local bobbies. I am not totally sure that they called them the "Fuzz" in the 1930s though, but I have painted these lovely Paul Hick's sculpts having Musketeer Miniatures, they are actually the Royal Irish Constabulary in there Irish War of Independence range and one of the chaps is from the IRA command set in the Free State Uniform, painted too as a copper, he is the one with the shotgun. Beautiful figures and I tried my hardest to get the colour of the uniform correct. These were actually quite nice to paint, a nice easy uniform with little in the way of detail, which made a very nice change. Included in the unit are two, rather well known detectives from Mutton Chop Miniatures, which I have painted in a sort of tweed suits and pinstripes. I think the whole unit looks rather nice and I most get some more bobbies soon.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Bishop of Leicester's Guard

Continuing the Humberstone Militia series the next up is the Bishop of Leicester's Personal Guard. These chaps armed uniformed in the blue serge uniform of the British Army Parade Dress which they acquired from the Leicestershire regimental stores. Then the uniform had cuffs and collars added in pale blue, the colour of Canterbury and armed with Long Barrelled Lee-Enfield Rifles. With the Bishop of Leicester being a believe of the Anglican League cause he allied himself rather early with the Leicester City's Socialist Council as it is better to fight the Edwardite forces from a position of strength and fight with rather than against the city. These fellows have been at the forefront of some the attacks against the King's forces, being some of the best troops the city has, but this is more down to believe in a cause than any real military training. Everyone in the unit is a Great War veteran though and this has helped the unit in the past. So here they are.

The Bishop of Leicester's Guard

The Bishop of Leicester's Guard

Also here are the first prints or rather test prints of the Event Cards for Went the Day Well for the June Partizan game. I have printed then on 220 gram card and they seem to have the right "feel". I have to say that I am rather pleased with the way they have come out and though they are not exactly aligned, something I have now sorted, I think that they fit the bill. There are sixteen different cards which should be more than enough and I am going to get a slightly heavier card and try then out to see if there is any real differences.

Event Cards for WtDW for Partizan

Event Cards for WtDW for Partizan

Friday, 8 February 2013

New Little "Home-made" Tank

Here is what I can only describe as a home made version of the Renault RT7  light tank. I have admit that when I first saw this tank I fell in love with it as to me it sums up what VBCW is all about. I visioned that a inventor/mechanic had worked on this for a few months, basing his work on the French Renault tank and came up with this. Made from a tractor the chap worked on it until he has put enough armour and rivets in it until he had this tank, armed with a smooth bore gun and a Vickers MG it is set to travel the battlefield looking for targets.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Roads of Leicester, A Work in Progress

I am trying to make some roads maybe for the Partizan game but for other games too and this is a tester for them. I know I have made the road to wide and the next time I will be making them about two thirds of the width, but thats what trail and error is for. The actually roads are vinyl floor tiles from a company called Wilko and they cost £3.00 or so for a pack of six and come in white. Now these tiles have a pattern or texture on them rather like cobblestones or the surface of the road and are quite flexible but firm. I from done two different colours, one to represent a tarmac road surface and the other that was meant to be cobblestones but looks more like a dirt track. What do you think the Tarmac or the Dirt road or both?

The Vinyl Tile

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Completed Leicester Trenches

I have completed the trench works for the Partizan game, all six foot of them. I have to say that I am rather pleased with the way they look especially when laid out on the tabletop. I have taken some pictures of them in "action" so to speak. I cant wait to see them in action specially when laid out with the rest of the table.

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