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Wargames Designs14 Jul 2022 4:45 a.m. PST

After what seems like an eternity this past couple of years I have finally decided that I must get back to doing some of my own projects and look ahead to whatever time I have to play wargames in the future. After much deliberation with what projects I should pursue and which I should sideline I found myself wondering about my favourite wargames period. This took me back to where it all started for me and that was the English Civil War and indeed the Battle of Naseby 1645, a battle which more or less ended the Royalist cause and gave control of England to Parliament.

For a start off I need a pretty large table this being around 18ft wide and 8ft deep given the unit sizes and dispositions. The depth is a bit troubling as who can reach to the centre of an 8ft deep table, but I have a work around for that so a 6ft deep table will suffice with an extended depth where the Royalist reserve is. The terrain is fairly simple with only Sulby Hedges required as a main building project. The armies weren't overly large unless you count the cavalry which numbered at least the same as the infantry, so all in all about 500 foot and 650 horse, with maybe 4 small field guns.

For me the easiest place to start is the Royalist army, I already have most of what it takes to field this so it is well worth looking at this in detail and then assessing what I need to paint or finish off to field the army in full. So, starting off I need to look at the commanders and see how they are looking.

Firstly, King Charles I.
​This vignette of King Charles I and his standard bearers I painted a few years ago and very happy I am with how it turned out.

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Next we have the irrepressible Prince Rupert.
This lovely little vignette was painted for me as a gift many years ago and represents Rupert on his way to Naseby. The figure is of course from Warlord Games and really does look great, but I do have a few other versions of Rupert and would love to see him with a personal standard bearer.

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Prince Maurice.
This is an Old Glory figure of Prince Rupert converted to sit upon a Plastic Warlord Games horse. This is a nice enough figure but maybe requiring the bulky sword blade to be replaced with a nice slim plastic blade from Warlord Games.

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Sir Bernard Astley.
This is again another Old Glory ECW figure and horse, and I do actually think it is indeed supposed to represent Lord Astley, either way it is Lord Astley in my army, it also doubles as Sir Jacob Astley but don't tell anyone. I think maybe one or two foot figures added to the base and he will look fine.

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Sir Marmaduke Langdale.
​I wanted him to look like a no nonsense sort of fellow so I chose a simple Essex Miniatures horse sculpted on a saddlecloth and converted a Trent Miniatures miscast Lord Byron and a head from I think, Redoubt Enterprises. He certainly looks the part and just needs a suitable standard bearer to go on the base with him.

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Well that's it for the main commanders, I now know what I need to do to finish them off to the standard that I require so expect an update fairly soon.

You can find the full story and more pics on my blog: link

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2022 6:51 a.m. PST

Very nice work! God save the King!

KeepYourPowderDry14 Jul 2022 8:41 a.m. PST

Looking good, thanks for sharing

mumbasa14 Jul 2022 12:34 p.m. PST

Rupert needs his dog ;)

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2022 4:21 p.m. PST

Yes, he needs his dog. A few years back I was in a game where I killed Rupert and took his dog.

Wargames Designs15 Jul 2022 1:29 a.m. PST

Alas poor Boye was brown bread by then, one of the fallen at Marston Moor.

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