Painting Update!

The Parliamentarian army at Beacon Hill, under Sgt-Major General James Chudleigh (notorious firebrand … he he he), are 95% completed for painting. Still awaiting their base stands so they can be mounted.

In the meantime, I’ve scored a HUGE cache of lead from a fellow LSHM member (thanks Thomas) to flesh out future armies. So what’s in store?

Well next up will be the Royalist army at Beacon Hill, under the daring command of Sir Ralph Hopton. Using most of Bob Giglio’s army list from his excellent scenario books, (click on that link to find his books) I will be painting about 5 regiments of foote, 4 troop of horse, and a troop of dragoons.

After that – will do up an Irish Confederate army. Looking more towards Thomas Preston’s Leinster army¬† rather than O’Neil’s. O’Neil’s is colorful, but Preston survived the war!

Don’t forget game date August 20, at The Game Closet in Waco. See ya soon!



Where I Stand on Bases

Ha ha … you say – (bad puns are not dead – just in critical condition! LOL).

Speaking of bases today because, well, sometimes I’m an idiot. I ordered some magnetic bases from a reputable company (Litko). I thought this would include the wooden top of the base with the magnetic base all cut to proper size. Umm … no my mistake. It was just the magnet sheet material cut to be stuck onto the bottom of wooden bases (not included, but available separate). Moral – READ THE FULL INSTRUCTIONS, Alan! (Wooden bases now ordered).

I played some “Hail Ceasar” with the LSHM guys at the Muster in San Antonio over the weekend. We got talking about different rules sets and basing miniatures for games. The general consensus among most players was that if it was “close”, and number of figures really didn’t matter, then using different basing sizes was a non-issue. At least for non-tournament games. If doing a tournament game, basing per the “official” rules set was a must (due to dramatist personnel aka rules lawyers screaming no fair).

One of the joys of using Victory Without Quarter (VWQ) for ECW is it really doesn’t matter about base sizes, as long as most of the figures match up fairly well. The basing my own VWQ armies, using the author’s suggested figures per base, creates typical infantry regiments of 18 figures – 5¬† musketeers to each side of an 8 man pike stand in a 5/8/5 formation. Looks good, and uses less figures than some games (so more units I can field – YAY!).
Game on comrades, and don’t be a dick!



Game Dates Added!

Ok gamers. Mark your calendars. August 20, 11am at The Game Closet in Waco Texas. Steve Miller and I will be putting on some Victory Without Quarter games there. You don’t have to bring a thing except yourself.

There is also on the site a new page and menu item for any gaming dates of ECW gaming I know about, under the ECW Gaming Dates Calendar page.

See ya then!



The Painting Train is rollin’ …

Wow – even for me I’ve been a busy boy. 4 regiments painted in 9 days. Whew! Will post pictures soon. Painting and basing (when the bases get here – come on Litko!) will be per VWQ rules.

Northcott’s Commanded Shot (Ex Lord Brooks’ Regt)
Sir John Bamfield Regt of Foote(North East Devon Trained Bande)
Sir Henry Rosewell Regt of Foote (East Devon Trained Bande)
Col John Merrick’s Regt. of Foote

In progress:
Col John Wear’s Regt. of Foote
Sgt-Maj General James Chudleigh’s Troop of horse
Capt Thomas drake’s Troop of horse
Capt Alexander Pym’s Troop of horse
Capt John Yeo’s Troop of horse.

Till next time,

ECW Flag Links here

So you want to play English Civil War in miniature. Cool. But where to go to find information on the flags (aka colors) of units?

Well I’m here to help, my friend. I’ve put together my ECW Flag page here to help you in your search. While this page is by no means the final word, or exhaustive, it will help you find some information on those strange and nefarious units that are not just the Lifeguard or Ironsides.

If you have any other link suggestions, please let me know.



Updates to the site

First up, there are additions I’ve gleaned from the Victory Without Quarter forums on dragoons and those pesky rear/flank attacks. The updates are on my web page here in this link .

Also, I’ve started posting pictures of my Parliamentarian army in progress of being painted. You’re welcome to ask questions about the techniques I use etc if you want, but I’m not a professional painter. I’m a wargaming painter! There is a difference.

Until next time,



Painting to a Goal

Currently I’m painting armies for Victory Without Quarter (like that’s a surprise!). The goal being able to field both sides in an engagement so I can run games at local shops or events. For the VWQ rules set, they encourage you build toward actual army/battalia’s organization, which I intend to do.

There will eventually be up to 5 armies in this collection (Early Parliamentarian, Royalist, Scot Covenanter, Montrose Irish, and Irish Confederate.) But one of the things that stymied my projects in the past was doing the army I like the most first. Then, though loss of interest, never finishing the others.

So this time, I’m going to do the armies I like least first. In this case, Early Parliamentarian. For those wondering, I will be building this one based on Sgt-Maj General James Chudleigh’s army at Beacon Hill.

Well – pictures will be provided on the status of this army later. But suffice to say at this point, most of this army is now primed and on a painting stick (I use roofing nails as a painting stick – try it! It works great).