Category Archives: English Civil War

More Reinforcements – ECW clubmen

Please find below the last unit from my initial order to Piran’s Warriors painting service

These figures are a unit that I have had sitting in my painting pile for about 20 years, in fact I have another unit still to be painted. It might sound that I didn’t like them. The truth is far different, in fact it was this small group of figures and a cavalry unit (in particular a musician whose hat was blowing off) led me to buy Redoubt Miniature English Civil War armies. I was at the Devizes show cira 1999 and Redoubt had a stand and a display of stunningly painted units from across their ranges, but these two units jumped out at me. Like a small child I grapped a catalogue and sat in the corner and drafted a list. 20 years later I have nearly completed the collection. For me, they are the best figures on the market for ECW, most come with separate heads and the cavalry have separate legs and torsoes allowing too many options yet alone poses to mention.

Terry at Piran’s Warriors has done them proud. As before the basing is mine so if you like it thanks, if not do not blame Terry. They are based for my favourite ECW rule set, Victory Without Quarter. Please see previous blog about this stunning free set of rules.

The painting hits the mark and captures the rustic feel I was after. And that was the only instructions I gave. Terry contacted before varnishing to check I was happy with his choices. The remaining units will be off to Terry in time.

Fancy getting some painting done. Terry has offered a 10% discount on your first order if you place it before 1st December 2020 and mention this blog or my name.

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Filed under 28mm, Clubmen, ECW, English Civil War, Free Wargame Rules, Painting Services, Piran's Warriors, Redoubt Miniatures, Traders, Wargame Rules

New Reinforcements – New Figure Painter

A few months ago I was having a tidy up and came across a few regiments that were unpainted and to be honest I did not have any enthusiasm to paint them either. The reason was that they were additional units as my collections in the eras were already large enough but the figures are too good to get rid of.

I decided that I would send them to a figure painter but as my normal figure painter has ceased painting it would have to be a new one.

I was finally tempted by Piran’s Warriors I rang them and spoke to Terry. I discussed my requirement e.g. no basing, gloss and then matt varnish and his requirement regarding unit details. I posted the figures the next day and two days later I received an email confirming arrival.

Two weeks later I had a call from Terry advising me that the figures were next to be painted and had anything changed regarding detail.

Just over a week later I received some pictures of the figures. Perfect.

Two weeks later I was sent an email advising that they were ready and a breakdown of the full costs including postage and packaging. Having paid, two days later the parcel arrived. I have to say that the packaging was very thorough.

I have now based the first two units. These are Redoubt Miniature English Civil War 28mm Trotter cavalry. I asked one to be painted with orange sash and the other with red. Beyond that I asked for a mix of horse colours and uniform from Terry’s imagination.

I believe he has hit the brief perfectly. I could not be happier with the painting or the service. Please note that the basing and flag were my work so if you like it thank you, if not your cup of tea don’t blame Terry.

I hope you like them. I am still basing the other units; Redoubt ECW clubmen and Elite Miniature Napoleonic Portugese. These will be done over the next few days.

I asked Terry if he would be ok with me doing a post. He was happy and having checked out the blog made a very nice offer to any of you out there, including me of a 10% discount off painting costs for your first order, my next. The order must be placed before 1st December 2020. Just mention my blog when you contact Terry.

I will certainly be using Terry again. In fact I have just placed an order with Victrix for some Vikings and Saxons for two small Lion Rampant forces.

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Filed under 28mm, Elite, English Civil War, Lion Rampant, Painting Services, Piran's Warriors, Redoubt Miniatures, Reviews, Skirmish

How Easy Is It To Get Distracted?

The answer in my case is very easy.

Last week was a write off painting wise. Too many other things happening. So I thought I would show you a project/idea i am working on in the background.

A 28mm merchant man, a Fluyt from Printable Scenery. I am hoping to include it in games from Pirates, English Civil War through to AWI at a push. While taking the photos I thought about how to transfer a naval game to the tabletop?

As much as I would love to, I soon had to accept that 28mm is a scale too far as I wanted to ensure maneuvering is part of the game rather than just boarding actions.

I also thought about a set of rule constantly in and out of my thoughts “Lion Rampant”. Could these we used for managing a game with a naval element. This led to me thinking about Pirates!

This started an idea of Pirates starting off with a home port and a small ship with crew. They could raid the high seas or an opponent’s port to get treasures and upgrade their ships and crew. I did not want to do two different scales so 15mm seemed the way to go. So with things thought through I printed off the same fluyt in 15mm.

So this is a project that may or may not develop but shows how easy I get distracted. All I have to do now is find some nice figures. Anybody out there recommend any 15mm pirates?

Below is the 28mm version with a Perry 28mm ACW. Only figure I had at hand. Please ignore the recently made 28mm hedge/20mm bocage for another game in development.

Below is the 15mm version

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Filed under 15mm, 28mm, AWI, English Civil War, Naval, Pirates, Printable Scenery

Random War of the Roses Army Generator

Fed up with balanced games or knowing exactly what you are going to command because you have priced it up to the last point. If so then accept the challenge and throw caution to the wind.

As promised, I have developed a way to generate random armies for you to command or defeat.

While aimed at my rules AYBS recently published on this blog, please feel free to amend the cards to represent any other era or rules you like.

I have done versions for Peninsula War , ECW and AWI eras. I am currently working on versions for ACW and WW2.

Hope you enjoy them.

WOTR Random army generator

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Filed under American Civil War, American war Independence, English Civil War, Medieval, Napoleonics, Scenarios, War of the Roses, Wargame Rules, World War 2

Victory Without Quarter QRF

As promised a while ago, here are the QRF I made up. I know the rules are only a few pages long but when playing it does make it easier to find obscure bonuses etc. that are described in the passages rather than the tables. We have made a couple of changes to some distances, but you can alter these back if you wish.


Reference sheets

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Filed under Demo Game - Edgehill, ECW, English Civil War, Free Wargame Rules, Wargame Rules

Edgehill The Game

Saturday the 4th May arrived and fully loaded up we went to Legionary.

The venue is great, plenty of free car parking only feet from the entrance. More importantly it had a café on site which was serving hot food from 8am. Great food and great value.

We had reserved a 10’x6′ table. This would be the first time we had seen the table set up fully as my wargame table is 9’x6′. We were one of the first to arrive.

Royalist right wing

View from Royalist right wing

Royalist Left wing

View from Royalist Left wing

The boards are TSS with our own roads styled on to them. A lot of people commented on the trees so maybe I will make a few more and show you how to do it on a later blog.

All the troops were then placed.

Turn 1.

The game got off to a nervous start on both sides. The Royalists deciding to try and hold the centre by moving their infantry forward. The Parliamentarian right wing cavalry advanced  as did the Royalist right wing cavalry, up to support the artillery.

Turn one

Turn one

End of turn card stopped any thoughts of any other moves.

Turn 2

Both armies cavalry were lucky and their cards came out soon. Both moved to within charge range for when they are next activated. For now the artillery exchange shots. No real damaged except one crew of a Royalist gun became shaken.

Then the event card came up………………… next artillery piece activated goes low on ammo.

Royalist artillery was the next activated card. They fire at heavy cavalry to their right, causing a hit and with  the unit failing a morale check they retired towards the rear. First real success to the Royalists.

Royalist artillery

Royalist artillery

Both armies continue to move towards each other in the centre.

Turn 3

Only the centre foot on both sides get activated. A fire fight starts.

Both sides exchange fire

Both sides exchange fire

Turn 4

Confidence was growing on both sides with the cavalry chomping to get involved.  The infantry in the centre were all trying to advance to contact and casualties were starting to mount.

Surgeon helps patch them up and send them back

Surgeon helps patch them up and send them back

A deterrent for those who try to run

A deterrent for those who try to run

Turn 5

Prince Rupert sees his chance. The artillery has softened up the cavalry for Rupert to charge. He just needs to be activated. Event card- next leader to be activated has slipped from the saddle and misses the turn. Next card, you guessed right, Prince Rupert.

Infantry are now in melee, with the Royalists coming off slightly better.

The fight in the centre

The fight in the centre

Parliamentarian centre with artillery support

Parliamentarian centre with artillery support

Parliamentarian right wing cavalry gets engaged.

Parliamentarian right

Parliamentarian right

Turn 6

Rupert gets his chance. In he charges and inflicts enough hits for a morale check, they flee but Rupert checks his morale  and does not follow up. Right wing looking good for the Royalists.

Parliamentarian right wing hits Royalists left but both fight out a draw.

Centre still continuing.

Turn 7

Royalist right wing victorious. Royalist and Parliamentarian cavalry still slogging it out on other flank and infantry in centre starting to turn 90 degree as Royalist right win but left side fall back due to casualties.

Due to the end of show this was the last turn.

Mutually agreed that neither side had a decisive victory but Royalist would probably have held the ground.

In conclusion.

Everybody seemed to like the game and the rules raised a huge amount of excitement. I was very happy with it all. I loved the rules as they gave a great feel and with no casualty removal which were great for a demo.

Please find below a selection of other shots from the day.

Most of the photos  are from the camera of Paul Davies. A big thank you.



Preparing to make a quick exit if all goes wrong


Parliamentarian Centre

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Me on the right and my best mate Brian

Me on the right with my best mate Brian

if interested here is the OOB

OOB for Edgehill

Hope you like them and I am already thinking about next year! I am thinking some sort of medieval battle but AWI might prevail.

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Sorry it has been a while since my last update. I have been busy preparing a game for my local show, Legionary in Exeter. Link please pop along if you can as it is a great little show on the way up.

The game I decided to put on is a 28mm version of Edgehill. A bit ambitious when you are the only person with the collection.

So I need:-

28+ regiments of foot (min 500+ figures)

12+ regiments of horse (min 160+ figures)


Scenery for 10 x 6 table

Once the show is over I will update you on the game with plenty of pictures etc.

The rules I will be using is a set I discovered on the web and really like. They are called Victory Without Quarter (VWQ).

Victory Without Quarter rules

I will also be updating with quick reference sheets as well as a few local rule changes.

That is it for now. Back to basing……………..

Just over 3 weeks to go.  Already thinking about next year’s game if people like this one. What will it be  War of the Roses, Peninsula Napoleonic, Scottish Independence Wars, American War of Independence or World War II. More on these eras from me soon.

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April 10, 2013 · 8:56 pm