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KeepYourPowderDry10 Jan 2021 11:25 p.m. PST

Today's Monday miniature motivation is the Royalist Captain Sandford's independent company of firelocks: the English Civil War was full of larger than life characters, Sandford was a contender for the title champion of braggadocio link


takeda33311 Jan 2021 2:49 a.m. PST

Oh grand unit! Well done sir!

KeepYourPowderDry11 Jan 2021 4:48 a.m. PST

Thanks Takeda, quite enjoyed painting them, once I'd got the drummer 'right'.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 8:50 a.m. PST

As always, great work! I much enjoyed the background as I have not yet chosen a firelock company to paint for my Royalists.
God save the King!

Tomsurbiton11 Jan 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

Well painted and a fine looking body of men.
For God and Parliament!

jambo111 Jan 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

Good looking unit and a super read, really enjoyed it.

KeepYourPowderDry11 Jan 2021 10:43 a.m. PST

Thanks all

Shagnasty, Royalist firelocks fall into three camps guards for royals, Welsh units, and then three companies who were raised to fight in Ireland.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 12:40 p.m. PST

I have heard of Percy's Firelocks and assumed they were artillery train guards. Other references were to firelock armed troops used for special missions later in the war. Were the Welsh such troops?

KeepYourPowderDry11 Jan 2021 12:58 p.m. PST

There is a bit of conjecture about Percy's being a firelock artillery guard; in reality it appears that they were armed conventionally with pikes and muskets (they would be brigaded with Thomas Blagge's Oxford Brigade as a RoF in 1644, there are a number of Royal Ordinance papers from 1643 specifically mentioning their armaments- pikes, muskets, halberds). I'm guessing that the artillery train guard thing comes from Newcastle providing soldiers to escort a munitions convoy to Oxford, these soldiers would form the basis of Percy's RoF.

The Welsh firelocks (Proger's and Capel's/Watt's) were independent companies. I know a bit more about Proger's having already represented them; Capel's/Watt's appear to have been a garrison company at Chirk Castle (which is beautiful and well worth a visit).

There's the three royal guard companies Prince of Wales', Maurice's and Rupert's; and the three that served in Ireland. None of which appear to have specifically been attached to guard an artillery train.

Timbo W12 Jan 2021 11:24 a.m. PST

Great looking unit Mike and thanks very much for the update on the BCW regimental wiki

KeepYourPowderDry12 Jan 2021 11:46 a.m. PST

Thanks Tim, no worries

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