Sunday, February 1, 2015

28mm Royalist ECW Army on Parade

The mighty army of his most Royal Highness Charles I,
by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

I've been promising for some time to get my entire ECW army out and photograph it so people can have a gander. Well, this afternoon I finally got round to it. Just setting things up took the best part of 90 minutes but when you look through the photos you'll understand why. Photographing something of this size without the benefit of a studio presents a range of challenges and overall I'm pretty happy with the images despite that.

In total there are 12 commanders (mounted and on foot), 68 horse, 252 foot, 4 guns and 12 crew. In unit terms it is 2 x lifeguard (1 in cuirass), 4 x regular horse, 1 x mounted dragoons, 2 x dismounted dragoons, 5 x pike and shotte, 1 x clubmen, 4 x artillery and a bunch of command including the King, Rupert (and Boye!), Edmund Verney, a Scout Master, Master Gunner and others.

The miniatures are predominantly Renegade and Bicorne but there's also Foundry, Redoubt and even a few Essex mixed in. Every single one was painted by me, many of them during Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge over the last 3 years. Cheers Curt!

Anyway, enough blather. Time to let the photos do the talking. Remember to click for the full sized images...




























I hope you've enjoyed the photos. Please leave comments. The hits are all very nice but it's the interaction with our followers that makes this all worthwhile. :-)

Cheers,
Millsy

48 comments :

  1. Wow! That is a fabulous looking army Millsy and a great achievement to get it all done. Great to see everything together.

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    1. Cheers Tamsin. About time I kept my promise :-)

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  2. Outstanding Royalist spectacle, Michael!

    Are you hard at work on a matching opponent for this fine collection?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan. No, I'll leave that to my mates. Between them they have a decent sized force of bad guys.

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  3. That is a stunning collection, really inspiring. I love how you took the pics outside to get great background and natural lighting. That takes ages but WoW! Well worth the effort, thanks!

    I blame you for my immediately going off to order two ECW starter armies, though not being as talented as you I am going with 6mm!

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    1. Thanks Paul. I love the smaller scales for this period too. I'll likely do two opposing armies at some point in 10 or 15mm too...

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    2. I've been back to this post more than a half doze times this weekend - just Awesome!

      Do you have any recommendations for background readings and details of different units?

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    3. Hi Paul. Glad you've enjoyed it mate and thanks for the feedback. I've had a blast putting it all together and am really enjoying the PBEM campaign I'm running at the moment.

      I've read really widely on the period since was in my mid-teens so my knowledge is an accumulation from all sorts of places. The Osprey books of different flavours are a good start as always, as as the various re-enactment sites of individual regiments plus the Sealed Knot and the English Civil War Society.

      The BCW Project (http://bcw-project.org/) is very good and provides a great in depth primer. I used their biographies quite a lot when researching units and their commanders.

      If you can, get your hands on a copy of By The Sword Divided on DVD, made years ago but still a brilliant series and packed with inspiration. It reflects the small scale of many of the engagements of the war well and goes into a lot of the background and the brother vs brother side of things in depth.

      I'm happy to talk endlessly about this stuff so if you want to take this offline contact me directly using the gadget on the RHS.

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    4. Thanks for all the great tips and advice mate, most appreciated and I will indeed drop you a line soon

      Guess what I'm watching on YouTube at the moment... Surprised you don't have a unit of Lacey's Troop in your army!

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  4. Outstanding pictures! Each of them is amazing : photo, army, minis, deatils, all is perfect! Congratulations...

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  5. What an impressive achievement! Congratulations on a very fine looking army!

    Christopher

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  6. Most impressive army, and lovely painting. Are you going to do the good guys to fight them?

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    1. Thanks Springinsfeld. Good guys? These ARE the good guys!

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  7. That's a fantastic looking army, Millsy! Want one. I love the big units with the multiple standards...

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    1. Cheers Simon. Believe it or not but that was a display of restraint :-) Some of the extra colours are so I can field the sleeves of shotte as commanded shotte. The ones on the round bases are pure self-indulgence though :-)

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  8. Most impressive army arrayed, Michael! I love the outdoor photography too - and a lovely yard to boot!

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    1. Cheers Dean. A few people have commented on the yard. It's a good job I mowed the lawn beforehand! :-)

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  9. Awesome. Enough to nip this parliamentary democracy fad in the bud.

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    1. Thanks Martin. Yes, this should sort out those folks who dispute the King's right to rule in his own demesne.

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  10. Thank you, sir, for the wonderful display. It encourages me to keep painting. I have a similar number of foot finished and based . . . but no mounted yet . . . *sigh* . . . but your display is very encouraging.

    I look forward to seeing more of your campaign games and hope that you thoroughly whip those nasty guys who would ban Christmas . . . for if Christmas were banned how else would we acquire the toys that we so cherish?


    -- Jeff

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    1. Thanks mate. I was hoping you'd see this as I know you are also a stalwart King's man.

      I'm following your stuff closely and look forward to seeing some horse. A proper Royalist army needs loads of them. You spend a lot of time yelling at them to stop chasing the Cropheads and come back after all. :-)

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  11. Very very impressive! What a wonderful looking army! Great work Millsy!
    YNWA.

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  12. Wow! That is a lot of well painted lead!

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    1. Thanks Ken. It is all lead too, no plastic here. It weighs quite a bit!

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  13. Bloody hell, that is one amazing army - such a pity they are deployed in the service of a tyrant and his evil advisers!
    ; )

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    1. Cheers Ev. You know the solution. I'm willing to paint em, you just have to buy em. :-)

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  14. Superb to see in all its glory matey..

    I have just the tune for you ... "Unchained Melody"

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  15. This is an epic achievement! If you weren't a slave to the brush, you might even retire to the Old Painter's Home after this. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Monty. Can't be giving up the painting mate. Idle hands and all that...

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  16. Woooow!!!! this is epic! Fantastic painting work! Cheers!

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  17. Wonderful collection. I love to see armies laid out like that. It must give you a great sense of achievement.

    So where's the Parliament? :)

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    1. No Parliament here sir, only stalwart King's men. And yes, it does rather! :-)

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  18. Just superb. I am getting rid of all my potential big battalion armies as I will never paint them but won't be ditching ECW!

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  19. Amazing work! Nice to see them all in a group shot after seeing them previously painted up individually!

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  20. Now that's what I call an army! Nicely done.

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  21. Wow great work. I hope my royalist force im currently working on looks half as good she its done. I know it wont be as large.

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