My holiday is drawing to a close but in the last week I have been plugging away with the ECW lead mountain and thinking about where to go with the project.
The painting is going well and I aim to finish off the Perry stuff I bought as a royalist army, filling out the gaps with some small additional purchases. This should give me six units of foot, a unit of mounted and dismounted dragoons and six or seven units of horse - alaong with a gun and some generals. These will need some parliamentary opposition so I have bought a plastic set from Warlord. This is just the basic box of 40 infantry to see how they turn out. If I like them then Warlord do good deals on plastics, otherwise I can switch back to metals for the roundheads.
Rules wise I am bringing together ideas from "Victory Without Quarter" for the basics of combat, and some leadership point ideas adapted from Dux Bellorum, along with various other bits & pieces from other rules. However these turn out this gives me some idea of how to organise my armies to produce a gameable collection.
Infantry regiments are based on three 60mm squares, one of pike and command in the centre and two flanking bases of musketeers. These total 20-22 figures representing about 500 men. Horse squadrons have 6 figures based in pairs on three 50mm square bases (150 men or so). Dragoons can dismount two of their bases as a stand of skirmishers - four figures on a 120mm x 40mm base. Artillery are based with a 60mm frontage but I doubt this will be critical. Officers are based on 60mm rounds bases. No base removal will be required in the game, units will be removed as a whole when necessary.
Painting-wise I already had two foot units, a gun and a squadron of horse. To this I have now painted suffcient figures for a greencoated regiment (Tillier's, possibly) and a whitecoated regiment. I now have some scots figures to produce a second whitecoated regiment - these figures will be mixed with those of the first to give two units with a mix of hats, caps and bonnets to give a brigade of Newcastle's foot. I think the collection will end up as a bathtubbed version of Marston Moor, with the royalists haveing units from Rupert's and Newcastle's armies and the oppositin being a mix of parliamentarians and scots. This will also allow me to fight small battles based on the relief of Newark.
Thats all the musings for now. Once I have the remainign whitecoats finished I'll do some basing and photography.