Here are Kirke's Lambs, more formally known as the Queen Dowager's Regiment of Foote, hard-bitten veterans of the Tangiers garrison. There was nothing lamb-like about their behaviour after the battle of Sedgemoor, when they ruthlessly hunted down fugitive rebels and executed .The historian Lord Macaulay describes the eponymous Colonel Percy Kirke as "a military adventurer whose vices had been developed by the worst of all schools, Tangier.... Within the ramparts of his fortress he was a despotic prince. The only check on his tyranny was the fear of being called to account by a distant and a careless government. He might therefore safely proceed to the most audacious excesses of rapacity, licentiousness, and cruelty. He lived with boundless dissoluteness, and procured by extortion the means of indulgence." He was personally responsible for ordering the hanging of at least 100 rebels. He famously promised to spare an innkeepers life if his daughter slept with him. She did, but in the morning awoke to find
I've been very busy painting and basing, recently, too busy to post very much, although I will catch up. But here is a WIP shot of the Royal Dragoons, for a future Sedgemoor project. They are North Star 1672 minis, very nicely painted, mostly by chum Steve Spence, although I couldn't resist painting a couple, myself. They are nice Copplestone-sculpted minis, with a fair few variants, and (very conveniently) North Star have recently begun to extend the range with some new dragoon command groups and rumours of Spaniards.*I've decided to go with the dragoons as a 24-man unit which (at least for Sedgemoor) will operate in two halves, on the wings of the Royal army. I also plan to do the unit dismounted, with all 24 horses and horse holders. Raising a regiment of dragoons is a serious commitment, and not for the fainthearted!*Some grenadiers in furry hats, with firelocks, would be a splendid addition, Nick :-)
Oh look, yet more Donnybrook!!!!I do like it when you can have versatile figures, and that's exactly what these are.The figures are from Reiver Castings, and can be purchased here.For the princely sum of £11 They can and hopefully will be used in the following armies.Monmouth's RebelsKing Phillip's War Militia&Irish RappareesThese 10 bad boys were worth 5 points each so earned me 50 points.
Surprise Surprise!!!More Donnybrook shenanigans!!!I bought these 50 Warfare Miniatures last year at The Other Partizan wargame show,from Mr Beneath the Lily Banners Hilton himself. These are very multi-purpose figures and are something that were missing fromthe late 1600's figure range. Dixon's and Reiver do have similar figures, but not in this many poses. And this is only the start, there will be more poses from Warfare minis!!I mainly wanted these figure to use as Militia for Bacon's Rebellion or King Philips War in America,but they will also be used as Rebels in the army of the Duke of Monmouthat the Battle of Sedgemoor. And also they can be used for as either side in Ireland in the Boyne campaign.There are 30 Musketeers and 20 Pikemen/SythmenI do have another 10 Pikemen to paint up, but I've only just bought some different weapons for them to hold, hopefully they'll be painted during the Challenge???These 50 x 25mm figures earned me a very nice 250 points to add to my tally.Which at the moment
Another entry from me today and yes its more Donnybrook!!!These figures are from a set from Col Bills called 17thc Soldiers FarewellHere's the original look of the figures, obviously they're ECW figures, butI did a bit of snipping, filing and gluing. Adding a bit of greenstuff, making cuffs andelongating coats.To change them from ECW to soldiers from the 1690'sI'm very pleased how they turned out to be honest.These Col Bill's figures should earned me 35 points lifting me upinto 9th....yes 9th place!!!