|The Horse, with Activation card and Shaken marker....and random barrels!|
The choice of Captain Hynde as a name was purely random - with all my 'unit' and character names, I've just gone with what sounds good. I wanted these units to be fictional and flexible, so I can use them for any actions of the NMA between 1645 and 1660. (I have, however, prepared a pack of Donnybrook cards for use in a different ECW action that are very much based on fact, but that will be a project for the future.) The figures are all Perry Miniatures, from packs ECW22 and ECW23.They've got a slight angle on the castings, but I can't work out if this is due to them getting bent slightly, or being sculpted like this, appearing to be 'on the move'.....I quite like the latter idea, and it certainly adds an air of motion to the figures. The shaken marker is from ECW12, and more about this chap (and others) can be found here:
|A close-up of the unit Shaken marker.|
The figures were painted up using my usual mix of Wargames Foundry and Games Workshop paints, working from a black undercoat. I used WF Buff Leather 7 on two of the cavalry, and Rawhide 11 on the other. This added a bit of variety to the unit, and it's clear from pictures of Buff coats of the period, that there's lots of difference in shades. I also used Deep Brown Leather 45 quite copiously for boots and equipment. I have to admit that this colour is becoming one of my favourite Foundry colours - there's just enough of a variety in the shade, main and highlight tones to give a nicely balanced and realistic feel. The horses were painted using the Bay Brown 42 and Charcoal Black 34 shades. I was slightly apprehensive about painting these chaps, as horses always seem to be daunting, but in the end, it wasn't too bad. I guess that this is another advantage of skirmish rules, as you don't need too many figures.... as long as you don't want to game with a Mongol horde army! I'm still not convinced about my ability to paint black confidently, but I'll keep persevering and trying new shades or methods.
Once the horse were completed, this meant that my basic 4 point faction for Donnybrook was complete. In a future post, I'll detail ways that I'm going to expand on this, but for now this will do. These chaps have had a mixed bag so far in games - they do fairly well most of the time, but at Partizan they swept round a cart in a dramatic fashion to take on some Scots musketeers, only to meet a sticky end! They did look good though! These figures were painted between March and September 2015.
|Here come the Ironsides...|
Thank you for all the positive feedback, both here and on other forums - it's good motivation to finish off this project, and to share more pictures and ideas. In the future, I'll add some more information about the historical background of my forces and the Dunbar campaign. To close, here's some more pics of the figures, both on their own and in action. Next up will be some scenery and 'fluff', then I'll move on to the Scots! See you soon.
|Have they been seen off?...|
|No! Flee for ye lives!...|