Sunday, 7 May 2017

Musketeers - ECW - Sir Robert Cooke's Regiment

Well that's been a while!  A longer break from blogging than expected but I am back.  I had prepared a battle report several months ago, but I just could not face making the map from the software I use - I just don't use it enough to ever get to know it properly. So after attempting to sit down and produce something and failing, in the end I deleted what I had and decided to start afresh with my latest painted pieces.  Far easier than producing a battle report!


This unit represent one block of musketeers from Sir Robert Cooke's Regiment of Foote.  The Regiment was one of Waller's in the Western Army and fought in many of the actions in the West Country, either as detachments or as a regiment.


The uniform is hypothetical, but a good washed out looking red/russet gave a suitable campaign look and looks believable enough for my liking.  The contrast of the men with the officer's more expensive red uniform is deliberate.


This is the 2nd block of musketeers that I have done for this unit. The pike are currently on my painting desk and as long as my Perry Samurai figures don't arrive too quickly, I should crack on with those shortly.

The figures are 28mm and are from the excellent Bicorne range.  In a departure from the usual 'battle ready' poses which I usually like, these are marching as you can see.  The pike have their weapons over their shoulders also marching too and I will post pics of these once I have competed them.  This pose should make a nice contrast to the other troops that I have so far.


I started these last week as I went on holiday into the mountains of Wales for a week. I took all my paints and many of my modelling tools, and I spent my perfect week, walking, reading and painting.  Just what I needed!   I read Brigadier Peter Young's Cropredy Bridge book which was very inspiring and ensured that I put lots of effort into these fellows.


 Most of the paints used were from the Foundry Triad paint system and gave very satisfactory results.


A few close ups below.






 I usually paint the name of the unit beneath the stand.  I don't know why I have until now been so averse to using printed labels instead.  I think I assumed that it would make the magnetic base fail to stick to its travelling cases, though it actually makes little difference.  Once I found 'Old English' as a script then I knew that the labels had to be done!


Well now, that didn't take too long to publish!  Hopefully another posting soon - I have been busy painting.

14 comments:

  1. Cracking musketeers Jason! The Bicorne ECW range is excellent.

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    1. Hello Cyrus, Thank you for your kind comment. I do love painting Bicorne ECW figures - very crisp details to paint.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  2. Very nice figures. Officers in the ECW probably wore a more expensive civilian clothing. This was not necessarily in the units coat colour.

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    1. Hi Simon, Thanks for your kind comment. My other officers so far are in blues and greens for this unit, but I thought I would be daring and risk a colour clash :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  3. Outstanding details on these beautiful minis, congrats Jason!

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    1. Hi Phil,
      It's always good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comments.
      Best wishes
      Jason

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  4. Very nice work! I also like Bicorne and mix in Renegade as they perfectly together.

    Christopher

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    1. Hi Christopher, I'm glad you like them :-) Yes, I think Nick Collier sculpted most of the ECW range for both Bicorne and Renegade. There is a definite sculptor change with some of the later Bicorne ECW figures though I think they still fit in very well.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  5. They look great, Jason!
    On the labels, a bit of advice the late Charlie Sweet gave to me 40+ years ago - also include your name and the date that they were completed. He was right!

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    1. Hi Peter, Great to hear from you.
      I'm glad you like the troops too. :-) That piece of advice you gave is very interesting - I have been mulling it over all evening since I read it. What a great thing to do! I was going to keep my blog as a log of the dates that I achieved completion of a unit, however, so many things come and go on the internet you can never tell how long something like Blogger will last for - then all my records will just disappear! I think the date and my name on the label is a superb idea and I will start doing that so thank you for that wonderful tip.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  6. Amazing models, you even blushed up their cheeks, I can't hold a candle to your skin painting.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments. I've just looked at your painted models on your blog and I thought yours was impressive.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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