Monday, 25 March 2013

The Finished NMA Trooper

Here is the next in the series for the Naseby book for the Naseby Battlefield Project and this is a Parliamentary Cavalryman but fought under none other than Oliver Cromwell himself. The New Model Army's elite troops were its Regiments of Horse. They were armed and equipped in the style known at the time as harquebusiers, rather than as heavily armoured cuirassiers. They wore a back-and-front breastplate over a buff leather coat, which itself gave some protection against sword cuts, and normally a "lobster-tailed pot" helmet with a movable three-barred visor, and a bridle gauntlet on the left hand. The sleeves of the buff coats were often decorated with strips of braid, which may have been arranged in a regimental pattern. Leather "bucket-topped" riding boots gave some protection to the legs.

Regiments were organised into six troops, of one hundred troopers plus officers, non-commissioned officers and specialists (drummers, farriers etc.). Each troop had its own standard, 2 feet (61 cm) square. On the battlefield, a regiment was normally formed as two "divisions" of three troops, one commanded by the regiment's Colonel (or the Major, if the Colonel was not present), the other by the Lieutenant Colonel.

Their discipline was markedly superior to that of their Royalist counterparts. Cromwell specifically forbade his men to gallop after a fleeing enemy, but demanded they hold the battlefield. This meant that the New Model cavalry could charge, break an enemy force, regroup and charge again at another objective. On the other hand, when required to pursue, they did so relentlessly, not breaking ranks to loot abandoned enemy baggage as Royalist horse often did.

I have had great fun painting him and enjoyed painting the chap and the horse. There is actually two versions of this, with different coloured sashes and there is a bit of debate over which colour the sash should be, but it should be blue and not tawny. Now can anyone spot the different between these two pictures besides the sashes that is?

New Model Army Regiment of Horse

New Model Army Regiment of Horse

14 comments:

  1. Looks great

    the difference is some form of padding between the breast plate and the buff?

    Ian

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    1. Thanks there Ian and yes its the sheep sheepskin that is missing on the second picture

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  2. I can see the difference just not how to point it out in words. I'd the blue sash picture is lighter in tone. But both look excellent.

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    1. Thanks there Ian and its the sheepskin but you are right about the tone being lighter too

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  3. I can't sre any real difference other than the blue colour PK. Those horses are absolutely gorgeous. An excellent piece of work sir!

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    1. Thanks there Anne and I do like painting horses and I think that I am getting better at them

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  4. Nice work as ever Pete, your stirring my interest in ECW as a period sir!

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    1. Ta mate but dont get into the trap as you well end up with an ECW army that will never be painted, lol, just like me.

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  5. Very, very nice work!
    Phil.

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