This is my English Civil War Project page.

I procrastinated long and hard before starting this project because, as is usual for most these days, I am stupidly busy with family, work, sailing, and stuff.. so probably no different to most ... but, I have an enduring interest and fascination with Black Powder warfare, and there are a number of English Civil War battlefields in my fairly close proximity, and I've had an interest in the war (or rather wars) itself for years, so in the end this project was inevitable..!

So.. basic tenants... for this project

~ Figures will be 20mm or 25mm as my eyes are no longer up to 15mm (I can paint them, but when you have to put on your reading glasses to see them on the table in all their glory then enough's enough! If I did go 15mm though, then Peter Pig would have have been it without a doubt...)

~ There will be no plastic.. full stop... it's an aspirational thing and now burned into my psyche.. so trust me... no plastic...

...other than that the sky is the limit...

Sections:

Go To “Game Reports” – what it says on the tin…
Go To “Figures” – figures and model ranges I use…
Go To “Rules” – what rules I have tried, and what I’m using…
Go To “Books” – fiction and non-fiction
Go To ”Armies and Regiments” – a unit by unit view of the project as a whole…

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Game Reports
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Figures/models/ little metal men.. call them what you will
I already know that some of these are not going to be for me... I'd need a fourth mortgage for the Empress figures as beautiful as they are... at the other end of the scale, the Warrior, while super cheap, are very (very) basic... What did surprise me was the (relative) affordability of the Perry figures - cheaper than Minifigs?

Been in touch with Sean at Newline Miniatures and he has no plans for a range.. shame, as that would have been a "no brainer" for me...

Click on the images (which are links to the manufacturers own images/page) for a bigger view, click on the makers name to go to their relevant page..

Infantry Cavalry
Maker Figs Price Price/figure Figs Price Price/figure
Tin Soldier UK 1 £1.00 £1.00 - -
I like the look of these.. no cavalry in the range...
Empress 4 £7.00 £1.75 2 £8.50 £4.25
Cast in solid platinum I believe....
Empress Battalion Pack 28 £39.00 £1.39 12 £40 £3.33
Foundry 8 £12.00 £1.50 3 £12.00 £4.00
Sculpted by the Perry's before they left...
Renegade 8 £12.00 £1.50 3 £12.00 £4.00
Not sure about these...
Bicorne 8 £11.00 £1.38 3 £11.00 £3.67

Like these very much.... a front runner... look at the character in these
Dixon 1 £1.30 £1.30 1 £3.55 £3.55
Bit cartoon'ish? Not for me...
Dixon (Battalion Pack) 24 £29.95 £1.25 12 £39.95 £3.33
Essex 1 £1.20 £1.20 1 £3.15 £3.15
Like him - business'like, not flashy...
Minifigs 1 £1.20/1.30 £1.20/1.30 1 £3.00 £3.00

No mistaking these..!
Perry 6 £7.00 £1.17 3 £8.50 £2.83
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Remarkable value but I'm not sure these are ticking my box...
Old Glory UK 30 £25.00 £0.83 10 £25.00 £2.50
Possible....
Tradition 1 £0.95 £0.95 1 £1.90 £1.90
Vintage... undoubtedly has gravitas, but .. no... I guess modern tastes change....
Warrior 1 £0.70 £0.70 1 £1.40 £1.40
Big heads, spindly ankles..?
SHQ (20mm) 4 £3.00 £0.75 3 £5.00 £1.67


The SHQ website is perhaps one of the clunkiest I've ever come across... not only do you have to guess how many figures come in a pack, but they also have no pictures of any of this range, so this was nicked (hopefully with his blessing) from the Figure Painting Therapy [clicky] blog.. superb painting... another possibility....

Redoubt 1 £1.40 £1.40 1 £2.90 £2.90
These come with separate heads....
Redoubt Regiment Pack 24 £30 £1.25 - - -
Les Higgins 1 £0.40 £0.40 1 £0.95 £0.95
This is another of the classic ranges and made available via the Vintage Wargaming site - picture courtesy The Plastic Pellise... can't argue with the prices, and the figures are elegant...  I have some samples on the way...

Picture courtesy Foy's Prometheus in Aspic blog... given the paucity of pictures of the Tumbling Dice and SHQ figures this is richness indeed - to be honest what I think you see there, will be the figure ranges I use in the project..

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The miniature representations of the units in the project, and their histories where apt/available..
Give me time..

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Rules reviews/comments

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A virtual bookshelf

So leaving all the usual history stuff to one side (as wargamers I would say we all have a rough idea on why the English Civil War was fought) this book is about the first major engagement (yes there were some skirmishes and minor engagements before, but this was the first big battle) not only substantial research on the timetable of the actual battle (who was where and when and why), but the bigger benefit to me was the earlier chapters on each of the major arms - cavalry, infantry and artillery - their equipment, training and weapons at this stage of the war with some commentary on how these changed as the war progressed..

So we learn that at this stage of the war Parliament would have had better equipment (access to London),which in turn lead to a higher proportion of musket to pike (2:1 or better compared with 1:1 or 3:2 for the Royalists), and that Pike would have worn more armour at this stage of the war (it tended to be worn less as the war progressed, due to improved musketry, and the weight)

Both sides had armies that were pretty new to the game. Largely raw, and poorly trained, but leavened by experienced NCO's, officers and gentry that would have had had recent experience on the Continent either with Gustavus in Sweden, or the Thirty Years War, and some of them would have fought in the Bishops Wars [clicky] a few years before. The authors (Christopher L. Scott, Alan Turton, Eric Gruber von Arni) have a very good chapter on the two major deployment/tactical types - the Swedish and Dutch systems - and the differences between them.. a chapter I feel I'll be coming back to again to refresh my memory from time to time.

This site is very good [clicky] on the difference between the two (and on a huge number of other subjects to do with the English Civil War!) but basically the Dutch was older, more basic (deeper ranks and chequer board deployment) and more easy to learn (and was used by Essex and his Parliamentarian army at the battle), the Swedish system (fewer ranks, diamond pattern deployment, and more complex firing methodology) was newer and controversially was adopted by Charles on the advice of his battlefield commanders (Rupert).. possibly one of the deciding factors in his losing the battle given the paucity of training his infantry had?

All in all then I thought the book was a belter, and an excellent primer to the early armies of the English Civil War.. time will tell if subsequent research comes up with contradictions, but I thought it was very good.. Steve the Wargamer rates it 9/10..




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