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


Monday, 26 August 2013

Bethell's Horse


Another new Parliamentarian regiment of Horse - this one is Colonel Hugh Bethell's Regiment. I painted these myself, so they are probably not up to the usual standard. Thanks to Lee for consultancy and spare pots of buff paint(!).

They don't have a flag yet - there are another 3 units of horse coming shortly, so they can all get their flags together. This is not just for time management purposes - it is so hard to get single-coated (i.e. coated on one side) lightweight, photo quality inkjet paper these days that I am now reduced to printing around the edges of old sheets bearing extra copies of Napoleonic flags I've done previously. Thus all at the same time will save paper as well. [Another useful environment-saving and penny-scrounging tip from MSF]

All I know about Bethell is that he came from Rise, in Yorkshire. The family home, Rise Hall, is still standing, though not in its 17th Century form, and is owned by Sarah Beeny - property developer and TV celeb. I read (with interest, naturally, since I am a great follower of celebs) that she and her husband found it a bit large for a weekend retreat (97 rooms), so they have had it smartened up and it is now available for wedding hire.

Rise Hall
How lovely. Please form an orderly queue.

I think I may have digressed a bit there.

15 comments:

  1. They look very well. There's something iconic about that style of helmet. It always brings the ECW to mind.

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    1. After only approx 1000 years, I've found out how to use dry-brushing to produce blackened armour. I may be late, but I'll be up to date when I can shimmy like my sister Kate.

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  2. Beautiful looking unit, bet I can slaughter them with my Royalists lads in my usual unnerving style

    cheers Old John

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    1. I won't take the bet, but we must arrange another game - absolutely.

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    2. Wonder why you won't take the bet :-)),think you'd better explain that to your readers and since our last game my ECW armies have grown somewhat (ok exploded)with multiple buys off Ebay and other sources and my own painting efforts
      too right we need another game, and to help you i now have a very large unit of armoured lobsters that need trouncing

      back to dreaming about MS Beeny

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  3. Sarah Beeny . . . . cor . . . .

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  4. Excellent paint job there Tony (I mean the troops not MS Beeny's renovation)...

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    1. Thanks Ian - there's a bit of pressure to avoid making them look feeble next to Lee's output. The SHQ castings are easy to paint.

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  5. Excellent looking unit and an impressive structure (cue sniggers from the cheap seats) all in one post!

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    1. The tittivation of Rise Hall has been, as you say, impressive.

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  6. A most excellent unit Tony. These 20mm ECW figures are so enjoyable to paint, they really capture the period feel so well.

    Ms Beeny is indeed a very shapely woman!

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    1. Ms Beeny and I both thank you, sir!

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  7. Excellent looking roundheads Tony.

    It seems from the comments that your post brings new meaning to a good looking unit.

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    1. Thank you James. I also received an additional, tasteless effort on the subject of Ms Beeny and buff paint which, in the interests of propriety, got the moderator's thumbs-down.

      Louis, you know what I'm talking about...

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