Saturday, 11 August 2012

ECW progress and plans

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.



Dalauppror said...

Good Luck Stewe with your ECW project, I will followit closely:)

"Victory Without Quarter" was the rules we used for our TYW games some years ago, several members at the club built armys, but we never realy got around playing...a shame...

If I get realy inspired by your project I might pick it all up again.

You can find some pictures of our game here:

and some pictures of my Imperial Spanish TYW army here:

Best regards Michael

fogsoldiers said...

Interesting post. I' m painting Warlord ECW too for Baroque rules. Same basing. Nice miniatures but I use 12 miniatures for an infantry unit. When do you publish your rules? I would be inerested ;-)