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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2015 8:51 p.m. PST

Although I haven't finished my TYW Swedish army, I'm planning a small Covenanter force.

I know how Covenanter infantry is always portrayed: bonnets, hodden grey, no armour.

Is this just a wargaming stereotype of is this uniform appearance accurate? Would any regiments be better/differently equipped?

Also, Covenanter cavalry: would they be uniformed or in a range of colours?

Pictors Studio03 Jul 2015 9:05 p.m. PST

Some of them had red coats they got from England. But they were probably no more uniformly uniformed than anyone else at the time so throwing in the odd lighter grey or off-white jacket or trousers wouldn't be wrong.

Militia03 Jul 2015 11:03 p.m. PST

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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2015 6:47 a.m. PST

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Oh Bugger04 Jul 2015 7:15 a.m. PST

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Supercilius Maximus07 Jul 2015 12:54 p.m. PST

Donald – I think one regiment had black/very dark brown uniforms after being issued clergymen's clothing as uniforms.

The red-coated regiment was a unit that had been sent back from Ireland and did not have a good reputation.

I know you use FoG:R rules, and under those, the Covenanter army list includes compulsory "poor" foot regiments. I use the Foundry "Quagmire" palette to denote the "average" foot regiments and the Foundry "WW1/2 British Uniform" (ie khaki) to pick out the poor units.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2015 2:17 p.m. PST

Thanks, SM.

That's a good idea re: colours.

Desperate Dan03 Nov 2023 12:46 p.m. PST

To Supercilious: the black clothing was reputed to be issued to Campbell of Lawyer's regiment, it being made from clerical cloth. But it's only a rumour.

KeepYourPowderDry09 Dec 2023 12:30 a.m. PST

Hodden grey was pretty much standard (coat and breeches). A handful of exceptions Bucchanon's wore blue in 1639; a couple of regiments returned to Scotland after fighting in England and had red coats; then of course the old chestnut of the Ministers' regiment in black (no evidence for it whatsoever I'm afraid, nice story so mine are in black for a bit of difference). King's Lifeguard of foot (3rd ECW) had red coats issued, current Ch3 finally paying the outstanding bill in 2008.

For full details see here link

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Dec 2023 7:09 a.m. PST

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KeepYourPowderDry11 Dec 2023 12:39 p.m. PST

Thank you

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2023 12:21 p.m. PST

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KeepYourPowderDry12 Dec 2023 8:05 p.m. PST

Couldn't possibly comment 😉

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pikeman66617 Mar 2024 4:44 p.m. PST

Nobody has mentioned mud. Covenant soldiers were doubtless liberally coated with mud. Nobody should look like their clothes just came from the cleaners!

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2024 1:23 a.m. PST

KYPD- I've been using your site to plan my latest units- an excellent resource!

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