Monday, 8 September 2014

The English Civil War - 28mm miniatures

Collecting English Civil War 28mm miniatures.
This is a period of history of which has interested me for  long time, although I have only now been in a position to start two small ECW armies from the early years of the war nominally 1642-1643.

I have painted a lot of ECW minis for customers from various manufacturers though eventually deciding on the 'Bicorne Miniatures' range for the shear amount of variation in figures available and also their size being on the largish size compared to 'Wargames Foundry' or 'Perry miniatures' (the 'Perry miniatures' ECW range I'll use for my future Thirty Year War armies together with 'The Assault Group' thirty year war range).

Anyhow I thought I'd give it a shot and start with a few command bases, Oliver Cromwell early on in his military career when he served in the Eastern association as Lieutenant General of Horse. Note the orange sash worn by officers in that particular army. The Eastern association was commanded initially by Robert Devereux the Earl of Essex (on the painting workbench at the moment) and by 1643 Edward Montagu the Earl of Manchester (I'll try to purchase this guy next).
Oliver Cromwell as a subordinate
a 50mm round mdf base is used for subordinate commanders.
Oliver Cromwell funded a single troop of Horse at this time.

A Royalist commander in full armour.
This is a Redoubt miniatures figure on a Bicorne miniatures horse.
A squadron of  Haselrig's (or Heselrig or Haselrigge) Horse after the majority ditched their cuirassier armour, I think one troop of this regiment still were equipped with full cuirassier armour. 
The flag is the 6th company flag Haselrig's Regiment from 1643.

A Royalist Squadron of Horse, Regiment unknown.

I admit I picked this Regiment for their cool flag.
Each squadron of Horse will have their own flag made out of tin foil and hand painted, the lettering is hand painted as well, my photography skills cannot really pick out the details.

Next in this collection will be William Waller for Parliament and Charles I for the Royalists each on a command base. Also a 'Red' Regiment of London Trained Bands and also a regiment of the King's Lifeguard of Foote.

Cheers for Now,


  1. Awesome work of painting and great miniatures to boot as well!.....

    1. Cheers Phil, the English Civil War is a period that I think has a lot of atmosphere (for political, religious and social reason). I could paint this period for a long time and not get bored because there are echoes of this war still present in the English landscape especially where I live.
      All the Best, Peter.

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    1. Thank you very much Christopher, I'm hoping to post some infantry regiments very soon, Peter.


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