Monday, March 18, 2019

The Earl of Northampton's Regiment of Horse

The Earl of Northampton raised this unit of Horse in 1642, and it served with the Oxford army until 1646. One source says the regiment wore green coats, so I went with that.

The Colonel, the 2nd Earl of Northampton, was killed in action at Hopton Heath in 1643, the title and the regiment then passing to his son .

The exceeding useful British Civil War Regimental wiki  says the unit had blue coronets with blue and white fringes, but I liked this flag better, with the green field complementing the coats.

The motto on the flag is an insult to the Parliamentarian commander, the Earl of Essex, "whose wife was notoriously unfaithful".

My color printer remaining uncooperative, I printed out the flag in black and white and then painted over the design. The flag is from the Dux Humunculorum blog; there quite a few more ECW flags on his blog.  (Somehow the inscription makes me think of a political figure and his alleged pastimes in Moscow, but we'll leave it at that!). 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Oliver Cromwell's "Ironsides"

Surely there can be few more famous regiments of Horse from the English Civil War than Cromwell (later Fairfax's) "Ironsides". From a troop at Edgehill it grew to a double sized regiment and more over time. 

They are known to have worn red coats. I have used Orange/Tawney sashes for the officers etc, although white sashes may have been more likely, especially later in the ECW.

The "coronet" carried by this unity is that of Captain Robert Swallow's troop. The inscription reads "Ascendia Cura Sionis" (? possibly "Incendia") - "Burning with the Care of Zion."

From 1642 to 1645 the regiment saw extensive action, including the battles of Grantham, Gainsborough, Winceby, Marston Moor, and 2nd Newbury.

I didn't mirror image this flag due to the effect upon the text. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lord John Byron's Regiment of Horse

Sir John Byron was an ardent supporter of the king. he served as Sheriff of Notinghamshire in 1634, and MP from the same region in 1624 and 1628. he had no children, and upion his death in 1652, the title passed to his brother Richardf, who was the ancestor of the famous romantic poet, the 6th Lord Byron, "Mad, Bad, and dangerous to know!"

He commanded a troop of cavalry during the Bishop's War, and raised the first regiment of Royalist cavalry in August 1642. His regiment fought at Edgehill in 1642. 

Byron and his regiment distinguished themselves at the battles of Roundway Down and 1st Newbury in 1643, Sir John commanding the cavalry wing in both battles. He was created a Baron by the King at the end of the year. 

In late 1643, he became Filed Marshal in charge of the Royalist forces in Cheshire, Lancashire, and North Wales, gaining the nickname "Bloody Bragadaccio". He fought at Muiddlewich, Nantwich, Marston Moor,, and Montgomery. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

John Hampden's Regiment of Horse

John Hampden was a key opposition leader in Parliament. He raised a regiment of green coated Foote, but evidently may also have raised a Troop of Horse, which I have raised to a Regiment!

The men chiefly came from his estates in Buckinghamshire. I have them mounted, far too uniformly, but in my usual toy soldier fashion, on Roan steeds. 

Hampden and his men fought at Edgehill and the siege of Reading. Hampden was mortally wounded in action in June of 1643. 

These are Old Glory 25/28 mm figures, "Cavalry in buffcoats and helmets, charging", with an extra officer from the "High Command" set. That way I can get two small regiments of 6 each by using the 10 figures in the set, plus a couple of extra officers. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

French Napoleonic Army - my 8th Infantry Division

These are a set of "class photos" of the "early Imperial" French infantry in my army. 

The "early French in Bicorne and campaign dress" Fusiliers I painted a few years back have been united with the early Grenadiers and Voltiguers I painted in January. 

The 4 units of Ligne combined with the early Legere in side plumed shakos make up one French "Division" in my organizational scheme.

I have sufficient additional lead to raise another Division in Bicorne, etc., which would be the 9th. It is only now that my French army exceeds the number of Ligne units that  my original  forces (largely Jack Scruby figures) had when I started re-doing my French Army, starting a little over 20 years ago!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

John Talbot's Regiment of Foote

This is the third (and last, at least for now) of my new ECW units of Foote. 

Talbot supported the King with his Yellow coat regiment.

Like the others of this group, this regiment wears Montero caps. 

Of course I couldn't resist a flag with dogs on it; in this case, Talbot hounds!
This unit has their "Twelve Apostles" and some other highlights in dark green, well, just because!

I used Delta Ceramcoat "Straw" for the jackets - I think it is just right without being too garrish!

Flag for the unit., once again modified from some internet images. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Snappy Nappy 1814 Campaign in a Day - Sunday April 28, 2019

 Napoleon and his staff are returning from Soissons after the battle of Laon,
 by Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier  (Image from Wikimedia commons)

La Patrie en Danger!

An 1814 Snappy Nappy Campaign-in-a-Day
by Russ Lockwood

In January of 1814, the 300,000 troops of the Armies of Silesia and Bohemia flowed over the frontiers and into France, chasing the battered remnants of Napoleon's army. Outnumbered and outgunned, Napoleon yet believed his fortunes could change.
Behind the scenes, diplomats negotiated the fate of the Emperor and his Empire. Spain teetered on accepting a peace that would secure France's southwestern border and end the British offensive over the Pyrenees. Meanwhile, the Austrians, Prussians, and Russians squabbled even as Schwartzenberg, Blucher, and Alexander pursued their not yet vanquished foe.

A New Grand Armee
Napoleon issued new orders to call up troops -- 936,000 conscripts to fill out decimated units, 150,000 National Guardsmen, and recalling old veterans to the colors. He counted on an upswell of French patriotism to help toss the foreign troops out of France. With a battlefield victory or two, Napoleon would once again be in a position of strength when it came to negotiate another peace.
History, however, would find only an estimated 120,000 conscripts who answered the call. Despite flashes of maneuvering brilliance and a half-dozen rapid victories against various parts of the Armies of Silesia and Bohemia, the odds proved too great for Napoleon. Paris ultimately fell, the marshals ended their support, and Napoleon was sent off to Elba.

Napoleon's maneuvers during the 1814 campaign in France

1814 Snappy Nappy Campaign-in-a-Day
For SnapCon VII, we present the 1814 Campaign-in-a-Day using the Snappy Nappy rules. A dozen tabletops represent the area roughly from Paris to Verdun, with up to 22 players and 3 army C-in-Cs as commanders of the campaign. Unlike most miniatures games, the table edge is not the end of the world -- Players move their troops across the terrain, often from table to table, praising (or cursing) the fog of war about what lies on the next table over.

Map of the Theater of War (for illustrative purposes only, almost certainly NOT the map that Russ will be using!)

WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2019. Briefing starts at 10:30am, campaign starts at 11:00, and wraps up by 5pm.

WHERE: The Portal, 60 Hilliard Rd, Manchester, CT (next to Hartford, CT)-- a full-service game store with a back room and 20 tables, more tables in the main area, and a three-story hobby store across the street.

COST: None. No fees. Free parking.

RULES: Snappy Nappy. Beginners welcome. Rules taught. Each player is a Corp commander. Each unit is roughly a brigade.

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself and other gamers. We provide all troops, terrain, charts, and so on.

SIGN UPS: We ask that you sign up in advance so we know how many to expect. Walk-ins are welcome, but first signed up, first served. :)

If you wish a particular command (French, Prussian, Austrian, or Russian) or even a particular C-in-C (Napoleon, Blucher, or Schwartzenberg), or no preference, e-mail me direct: 
Russ Lockwood

I recommend Peter's blog BlundersontheDanube (Google it) for recaps of all previous Snappy Nappy campaigns in a day.
I also recommend heading to Alan's Snappy Nappy Yahoo Group for 10 years worth of SN discussions, errata, and so on. You'll find the SN Quick Reference Sheet with all the charts.
And, I recommend heading to Little Wars TV for their review of Snappy Nappy -- they used a multi-table campaign game for their evaluation.

WRINKLES: We always put in a wrinkle or two for greater fog of war. For example, game commanders and units are often swapped so you can make your own plans.
Here's another one: For this SN Campaign, Napoleon's call to arms was more successful than it historically was… Another? Sorry, that will be revealed at game time…

HISTORICAL COMMANDS adapted for the game:


* Napoleon C-in-C: ?
* Mortier (Imperial Guard): ?
* Ney (Young Guard): ?
* Victor (II Corp): ?
* Marmont (VI Corp): ?
* MacDonald (IX Corp): ?
* Gerard (XI Corp): ?
* Oudinot (VII Corp): ?
* Pully (XVI Corp): ?
* Pacthod (XIV Corp): ?
* Rusca

* Blucher C-in-C: ?
* Olssuliev (9th Russian Corp): ?
* Scherbatov (6th Russian Corp): ?
* Lieven (11th Russian Corp): ?
* Tuchkov (10th Russian Corp): ?
* Yorck (1st Prussian Corp): ?
* Kleist (2nd Prussian Corp): ?

* Schwarztenberg C-in-C: ?
* Wrede (5th Bavarian Corp): ?
* Gyulai (3rd Austrian Corp): ?
* Frederich (4th Wurttemburg Corp): ?
* Colleredo (1st Austrian Corp): ?
* Wittgenstein (6th Mixed Corp): ?
* Rajewsky (Grenadier Corps): ?

(Put '1814 SN Campaign' in the subject line)