Friday, July 31, 2020

Lord Saye and Sele's Regiment of Foote


 William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye-and-Sele, was one of the key opposition leaders during the English Civil War. He was also a staunch Puritan, and involved himself in colonial ventures, including the establishment of a Puritan settlement in Saybrook, in what would become my home state of Connecticut.


 In August of 1642, he was commissioned to raise a regiment of Foote for Parliament; it reached a strength of approximately 600 men, and fought at Edgehill. In the field, it was commanded by Sir John Meldrum.


The rest of 1642, as best we know,  was spent besieged at Banbury, then at the standoff at Turnham Green, taking of Marlow, and finally fortifying Wokingham.


1643  saw the Regiment participate in the First Siege of Newark; it spent most of the rest of the year around Aylesbury: March: Skirmish at Aylesbury, August: in Garrison at Aylesbury, October: Standoff at Aylesbury. In May 1643, command of the regiment passed to Colonel Edward Aldrich.


 The ECW section of Field of Battle, 3rd edition, uses 2 formations; this is "Shot Forward", and indicates the regiment is deployed optimally for shooting. 


Conversely, this is "Pike Forward", optimally deployed for Melee. 


 The regiment wore blue coats, and carried blue flags bearing lions rampant as a device. I painted their coats using Delta CC Turquoise, which was then stained with Midnight Blue. The re-enactors of this regiment wear coats similar in coloration  (but plainer) to results seen above.


When I painted the regiment, the Lions on the flags made me forget it was a Roundhead outfit, so I used dark red  "Royalist" elements in the accessories, as seen above. If you look st the first set of pictures you'll see I've altered those towards "tawny", by painting/dry brushing over the dark red with Delta CC Poppy Orange. 


In 1644, tjhere was another  Standoff at Aylesbury, then in February the regiment was repulsed from Hillesden House. It returned to the field army in Maym fighting at the Battle of Lostwithiel in August, and the Second Battle of Newbury in October. Also in 1644 the devices on the flags changed from Lions Rampant to wreaths. 


In 1645, the Regiment entered the New Model Army under Colonel Walter Lloyd. 


In 1645, actions included the Relief of Taunton (May),  after which it was besieged at Taunton until July; in the process Colonel Lloyd was killed at Taunton,  and William Herbert was promoted to Colonel. July saw the regiment fighting first at the battle of Langport, and then the siege of Bridgewater. From  August to September it was engaged in the  Siege of Bristol, and then the Siege of Berkeley Castle. Much of 1646 was spent besieging Oxford. 


Information about the regiment comes from the BCW project. Figures are Old Glory 25's. 


Flag for Lord Say and Sele (2nd Captain)

23 comments:

  1. Fine looking regiment of Foote, Peter! I painted this one last year but my blue is darker. For tawny orange, I use Ceramcoat Teracotta.

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    1. Thank you, Jon. Yes, Terracotta would work as a dull orange. I might try it on my next Roundhead cavalry unit!

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  2. Splendid blue shades Peter, great looking troops...and flag!

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    1. Merci, Phil! As I said, the blue is similar to the shade the regiment's re-enactors wear.

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  3. Another excellent unit with an eye catching flag

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  4. Lovely stuff Peter and, as noted above by Sgt Steiner, the flag is particularly eye-catching.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence! The flag is why this regiment finds itself in many wargame armies, I'm sure!

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  5. Great looking troops Peter, set off by a fine Colour fluttering above the men!
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. Thank you, Jason. I hope to put an ECW battle on the table in the next few months

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  6. Great looking pike and shot unit! Good looking flag too!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. Thinking of an ECW battle to do, perhaps for September.

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  8. Nice looking ECW unit and interesting potted history of their activities

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  9. Very cool unit, Peter. I'm always pleasantly surprised at the varied and interesting look the ECW troops.

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    1. My troops are almost certainly more "uniform" in their dress than was the case in reality, but there certainly was a lot of variability in costume during this era!

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  10. It is a delight to see your paint work. Very snazzy regiment. Reminds me when half a dozen roundhead re-enacters with all their gear stowed in see-through mesh bags boarded the underground in London off somewhere to a battle. The passengers waited patiently and cheerfully for them to stow their pikes on the floor under our seats. Nobody grumbled. Somebody held the doors for them so we stayed motionless in the station until all was done. Can you imagine rude New Yorkers so accommodating? Ho ho. Not in a million years.

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    1. Thanks, and an amusing story; no I cannot imagine New Yorkers being that accommodating!

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  11. Isn't it amazing Peter after following you wonderful blog for so many years that for some reason I've never realized you also played ECW. I have very fond memories of my wargames club as a young teenager being invited into playing some games between stalwarts of the period. Gil and Dave had wonderful Minifigs and Hinchcliffe armies and even commanding the "E" class peasants was a thrill!

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    1. Hi Carlo,

      My ECW troops are actually among the oldest in my collection, the majority being "new" Minifigs from the mid to late 1970's. Until recently, they were also among the least used, due to a lack of rules that I liked With "For King and Parliament" that changed, which prompted new additions. There have actually been quite a few ECW batreps on the blog the past few years, and I am eager to try FoB3 for the ECW as well!

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