28mm The Earl of Newcastle's Regiment of Foot.And so back to the painting bench after a sojourn of 16 weeks travelling around the countryside culminating in my moving to a new house.
I'm now restocking my First English Civil War Armies starting with one of the more famous Royalist foot regiments, one of The Earl of Newcastle's Foot Regiments. Present during the campaigns of the First English Civil War in the North it was destroyed almost to a man at the battle of Marston Moor 2nd July 1644, this is one of the regiments I haven't tackled until now.
Famously waring the traditional English traditional white coats equipping the English armies since medieval times, until replaced by the Red coats introduced by the Parliamentarian New Model Army.
I'll have to add some blue bonnets later with green stuff cos the Earl ordered several thousand blue bonnets for his army in the Scottish manner, I'm guessing that means over sized soft woollen bonnets.
The miniatures are produced by 'Bicorne Miniatures' and painted by yours truly in Humbrol matt enamels, artists oils and acrylics, and finished off with matt varnish. I just managed to acquire a batch of Testors dullcote matt varnish, huzzar; flipping hard to get over here in the U.K. sometimes.
The Flags are GMB designs, folded and glued together with PVA with the folds wrapped around a handful of spare paint brushes to give the flowing in the breeze effect. Tassles, cords and flag tops acquired from Front Rank, I'm going to try Bicorne flags points next to see what they're like in comparison.
A few notes on the colour scheme.
Firstly my Royalist ECW regiments have crimson sashes so they don't clash with any red uniforms in the rest of the Royalist army under construction. I tend to have muted breeches grey being a adequate neutral colour which won't clash with the colour of the coats, outer stockings grey, inner stockings where shown a clean white colour. The coats are undyed white wool a bit of a creamy colour. The coat lining, cuffs and collars cotton white in colour, the shadows of which show as very light greys.
Basing plasticard 2mm thick (80 thou), textured with filler and small grit, tea applied with PVA glue then flooded in greens and dirt colours, after various drybrushing tones applied, finally having 2mm grass tufts added.
Anyhow, The Earl of Essex's Foot Regiment will be next, I'm just waiting for some 100mm pikes to arrive from North Star miniatures. I have some buildings on the construction/painting bench and I have a inclination to paint some ancients up.
All the Best,