A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that


Monday, 1 October 2012

ECW - the first Royalist unit of Horse


Finally got my new ECW cavalry unit based and provided with a suitable flag. Lee did his customary super job with the painting, so I am very pleased with them. I have a further two regiments of foot which are almost finished, and hope to get more units fettled and ready for painting by next weekend.

The cavalry figures are by Kennington/SHQ - I really like their ECW cavalry.

This is getting dangerously close to progress. There is a minimum size of army - anything too small and it seems like one of those "abandoned projects" one sees for sale on eBay. I would like to move fairly quickly to about 6 units of foot and (say) two of horse on each side, plus a couple of artillery units and the odd general. At that point it becomes a work in progress rather than a geeky and uncertain prototype. I also have a small resin mountain of very nice (15mm) period buildings from Hovels to paint, so I must get on with that as well.

Here's the new guys, anyway. More soon.

9 comments:

  1. I like Kennington - but I find their horse castings so awkward to clean that I often don't bother.

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    1. Their ECW horses are a cut above their other period horses. I've quite a few of their Napoleonic horses, which sometimes have gaps in the casting and which include a strange pose which is somehow reminiscent of a camel walking. The SHQ ECW horses are so pleasing that I have made them a default house standard - quite a few Higgins, Hinton Hunt and Tumbling Dice cavalry figures are going to finish up mounted on SHQ in my armies.

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    1. Thank you, Matt. Good to hear from you - hope you're continuing to make a good recovery.

      Cheers - Tony

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    1. Thanks Ray. I'm not very fond of caricature-style figures, and these little SHQs have just a hint of Noggin the Nog about them, but they are charming - nothing grotesque!

      I read somewhere recently that ECW units of horse - especially newly-equipped ones with new buff coats (tanned in urine?) and festering saddle-sores on the horses - could be detected a couple of miles downwind. Not a good thought for tea-time, but it stuck in my mind!

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    2. Sounds very appealing, you'd certainly run in the opposite direction if they charged then!

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  4. They look very smart Tony. I've never owned any Kennington figures but those do have a certain charm.

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    1. Thanks Ian - my interest was first prompted by the fact that they are a decent size match for the Les Higgins and Hinton Hunt figures, but they also have merit in their own right. Their foot figures are maybe a little chunky, but I'll mix them in - they paint up well.

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