Thursday, 30 December 2010

Recently Painted No 6 NYW Dutch Garde te Paard

At last some units of my own figures, I painted these up last month, but have only just finished the basing. The figures are once again Essex Miniatures, based up for Beneath the Lilly Banners rules.
The units in question are 2 squadrons of the Dutch Garde te Paard, otherwise known as Portland's Horse. They were commanded by Hans Willem Bentinck, who in April 1689 he was created Baron Cirencester, Viscount Woodstock, and the Earl of Portland, for which he is better known.
The Garde consisted of nine companies rather than the normal six as in other line cavalry regiments. They had a normal strength of 630 officers and men, however this number seems to have been maintained on campaign, giving them numbers equal to two line regiments. The Garde fought at the Battle of the Boyne and the Battle of Steenkirke.
They were in the pay of the British from 1688 until 1697 when they returned to the Dutch army..
The two squadrons flags in the photos can be found on my blog, just follow the link below.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Recently Painted No 5 French 9th Cuirassiers

Another recently painted unit, This time we have the French 9th Cuirassiers. Once again the figures are 15mm Essex Miniatures, based up for GdB. I'm having a little trouble taking pictures recently, so apologies as they're not the best photos I've taken.

The Napoleonic era Cuirassiers evolved from the Cavalerie de Bataille in Republican France. This cavalry in turn evolved from the royal cavalry with the reorganization of the army in 1791. In 1792 the cavalerie regiments were reduced to 25, and in 1793 a fourth squadron was added to each regiment. These were the cavalerie regiments inherited by Napoleon as First Consul in 1799.

The 9th fought in many battles during the Napoleonic era including, Austerlitz in 1805, Jenna in 1806, Eylau in 1807, Wagram in 1809 and Waterloo in 1815.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Recently painted No4 Danish Jydske Light Dragoons

Bah humbug, back to work this morning for four lovely day shifts with poor Fran, The Angry Lurker, link, he's not used to these early morning anymore, now he's moved up a pay grade......So I thought I'd put another post on my blog, Fran did his earlier on, while I was doing all the work.

Another of Posties Napoleonic units I recentley painted, this time we have a Danish unit, The Jydske Light Dragoons, the figure are 15mm Minifigs, not my favourite manufactuer but they have a very comprehensive range for all the periods they make, apologies for the photo's they're the best of a bad bunch.

The Jydske Regiment Lette Dragoner (Jydske Regiment Light Dragoons) were formed in 1657 and were one of 4 light dragoon regiments in the Danish army 1813. The regiment wore the classic Danish red uniform jacket and the Casque hemlet with a dark green band. The Jydske Dragoons had dark green turnbacks, collar and cuffs, edged in straw yellow/white. Their buttons were white. Breeches were either darkgrey or white. The total strength of the regiment was four squadrons, each squadron consisting of 175 officers and men. Their horses were smaller than other regiments but were chosen for their hardiness.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Scots Highlander flags at Flodden

More Flodden Flags

The first flag is that of William Sinclair, the 2nd Earl of Caithness, who led the levies from Sutherland and the Orkneys during the Battle of Flodden. The Earl was killed during the fierce fighting.
The second flag is for the clan Grant, who's men were led by MacLean of Ardnamurchan. Hector MacLean of Ardnamurchan was the 9th chief of  clan MacLean and was killed during the battle.
The third flag is that of the MacLeans of Duart.
All these flags may have been carried on the right flank of the Scots army under the Earl of Argyle and the Earl of Lennox.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Recently Painted No3 British/Swiss Roll-Dillon's Regt

Two Swiss units that were in French service before the French Revolution were also taken into British service during the Peninsula Wars. The Regiment de Roll was originally created from the disbanded Swiss Guards in the pay of France. Dillon's regiment was also formed from Swiss émigrés from French service. These two regiments were merged into a single provisional battalion, termed the Roll-Dillon battalion, the regiment was made up of 3 companies of regt de Roll and 5 companies of regt Dillon, hence very unusually the figures in the unit have both light blue and yellow facings.  
I’m not sure of the make of figures and once again they are based up to Posties version of GdB rules.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Recently painted No2 - Napoleonic Dutch 3rd Carabiniers 1815

Another recently painted unit, once again its from the Battle of Waterloo. The figures are 15mm Essex miniatures and are based up for Posties, General de Brigade varient.

The Dutch mounted Carabiniers date back to 2nd (Heavy) Cavalry regiment raised in the 1680s, however they briefly ceased to exist during the period of the Batavian Republic. The Allied order of battle at the Battle of Waterloo included the Netherlands Cavalry Division commanded by Lieutenant-General Jean Alphonse Baron de Collaert which in turn included a brigade of three Carabinier regiments newly raised from the cuirassiers of the Dutch contribution to the Napoleonic La Grande Armee

At Waterloo, the 3rd Carabiniers were in the 1st Heavy Cavalry Brigade which was commanded  by General-Major A.D Trip.
The Brigade consisted of
1st Carabiniers (Regiment karabiniers No. 1) Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel L. P. Coenegracht
2nd Carabiniers (Regiment karabiniers No. 2) Commanded by Colonel J. B. de Bruijn
3rd Carabiniers (Regiment karabiniers No. 3) Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel C. M. Lechleitner

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Recently painted No1 Hanovarian Breman and Verden Hussars 1815

Over the past 6 months I’ve painted quite a few figures; unfortunately most of them don't belong to me. They belong to my megalomaniac mate Postie, who has a figure collection to die for. I've taken a few photos of some of the units I've painted and will be posting them from time to time.
The first unit in question are the Bremen and Verden Hussars, commanded by Colonel Bussche, they were part of the 1st Hanoverian Brigade commanded by Colonel Albrecht von Estorff, during the Waterloo Campaign of 1815. The Breman and Verden Hussars were not present at The Battle of Waterloo; they were posted on the Allied right flank, at Hal, 13 Km from Waterloo, under the command of Lt/General Lord Hill 2nd Corps. The Brigade also included the Prince Regent’s Hussars and the Duke of Cumberland’s Hussars. The Duke of Cumberland’s Hussars were detached and were present at the battle, as the French cavalry advanced towards them they turned tails and fled back to Brussels. Later after the battle their commander was discharged from service.
The figues are 15mm Essex Miniatures and are based up to Posties version of General de Brigade.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Flags for Scottish Lords at the Battle of Flodden

"Not more flags", is all I'm hearing from my wargaming pals, granted its from the ones who don't have figures or ANY interest in the Battle of Flodden or Henry VIII's French campaigns. So just to please them all I thought I'd put some more flags on. Hopefully there's more people out there who like the flags than not!!
All the Lords in this post fought in the centre battle under the direct command of King James IV.
The flags themselves are taken from online sources, some from descriptions from the approxamate period some from coats of arms, so once again may not be 100% accurate. If anyone notices any mistakes on my part let me know and I'll try and put them right.
The first flag for today is that of Lord Herries. Andrew Herries 2nd Lord Herries of Terreglas was outlawed in 1507 and 1508 for killing George Sinclair of Highfield, but was pardoned around the  12 Dec 1508 on the intercession of the Queen of France. He was killed at Flodden.
The second flag belongs to John Maxwell 4th Lord Maxwell.  The Maxwells were an ancient family from the Scottish Borders, whose chief seat was at Caerlaverock Castle. His notoriously assaulted Robert Crichton, 2nd Lord Crichton of Sanquhar outside the court house in Dumfries in 1508 where Crichton was holding assizes, he seems to have got away without being punished. Maxwell also lost his life during the battle.
The third flag belonged to Lord Innerwick, Alexander Hamilton the 3rd Lord of Innerwick died at Flodden. I struggeld with this flag, but found an obscure text about his coat of arms, I couldn't find any info about the man himself.
The fourth flag belongs to Lord Bothwick. Now he has confused the hell out of me, I've trawled the internet about William Borthwick but found lots of conflicting info, I'm not sure whether he was the 3rd of 4th Lord or was killed at the battle. The Borthwick officail website, Link,  says he was the 3rd and was killed at Flodden, while other sites say the 3rd Lord died in 1503????
The last flag belong to Lord Sempil. John Sempill, 1st Lord Sempill of Eliotstoun was the founder of the collegiate Church of Lochwinnoch and was created Lord Sempill in the Peerage of Scotland around 1489. He was killed at the Battle of Flodden in September 1513.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Scottish Earls at Flodden

The three flag in this post belong to three Scottish Earls who fought in the centre battle under the command of King James IV. The flags are speculative and are taken from their coat of arms, so they may not be 100% accurate.
The first flag is for David Kennedy, 3rd Lord Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassillis, (pronounced Cassels). Cassillis was a Scottish peer, the son of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy. Invested as a Knight on 29 January 1487/88 by King James III, he wed Agnes Borthwick, daughter of Sir William Borthwick, 2nd Lord Borthwick, before July 1489. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Lord Kennedy between 1508 and 1509. Shortly thereafter, on 9 August 1509, he married his second wife, Margaret Boyd, daughter of Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran and Princess Mary Stewert of Scotland. Cassillis died while fighting at Flodden.
The second flag belonged to John Douglas, the 2nd Earl of Morton. Morton was the son of James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton and Princess Joan of Scotland, Countess of Morton, daughter of James I of Scotland. He became earl in 1493, upon his father's death. He was succeeded by his son James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton after he met his end during the Battle of Flodden.
The last flag belonged to William Leslie, the 3rd Earl of Rothes. Rothes only succeeded his elder brother George in March 1513,  he had considerable trouble in making good his title to the family inheritance; and before his difficulties with the Crown were removed he was killed at Flodden.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

English Flodden Flags

 Four more flags for the Battle of Flodden, the first two are both my versions of pictures from Hobilar No 53. The first flag is for Lord Molyneux, who fought in Stanleys battle on the left flank of the main battle commanded by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey.
The second flag is for Maurice Berkley the captain of the Mary George, he commanded 200 marines from his ship. he was placed in the right side of the vanguard commanded by Edmund Howard.
The third flag is my version, so may not be 100% accurate of the flag of The Bishop of Ely, James Stanley. His men were commanded by his son John at the battle. They were on the right side of the main battle commanded by Lord Dacre.
The last flag is the flag of the city of York militia who were in the centre of the main battle commanded by the Earl of Surrey. Once again this flag is not 100% accurate and is my version from a description in the Battle of Flodden Osprey book No 168 and the modern York coat of arms. If anyone knows of any mistakes made please let me know, comments always welcome good or bad!!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Scots flags for the Battle of Flodden 2

Three flags for you in this post, the first belonged to, John Lindsay, the 6th Earl of Crawford, he was the son of  David Lindsay the 1st Duke of Montrose. He was in joint command of the centre left at the Battle of Flodden 1513, and fell during the battle.

The second flag is for William Hay the 4th Earl of Errol. who also fell during the battle, he was among with the Earl of Crawford and the Duke of Montrose in joint command of the left centre during the battle.

The last flag in this post belonged to Matthew Stuart, the 2nd Earl of Lennox, he was along with the Earl of Argyle in joint command of the Scottish right during the battle. Their command contained mainly highlanders led by their own clan chiefs. Lennox was killed during the battle.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Scots flags for the Battle of Flodden

Both of the first two flags belong to Lord Robert Keith, Master of Marischal who was born in 1483 in Scotland. He married Lady Elizabeth Douglas some time before January 8 1505.
Lord Keith was involved in the Battle of Flodden, in 1513. There seems to be a little confusion as to whether or not he was killed at the battle. 
I think you can all guess the third flag!

The last flag is for William Graham, Earl of Montrose, He accompanied James IV on his invasion of England in 1513 and was killed at the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513, together with his brother, George Graham of Callendar, and his brother-in-law, Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Flodden Flags - Lord Scrope of Bolton

Lord Sir Henry Scrope, 7th Scrope of Bolton fought at The Battle of Flodden commanding the Swaledale and Wensleydale contingents.

A contemporary poem was written about Sir Henry Scrope, 7th Lord Scrope of Bolton:

Lord Scroop of Bolton, stern and stout

On horseback, who had not his peer

No Englishman Scots more did doubt,

With him did wend all Wensleydale'

From Morton unto Moisdale Moor;

All they that dwelt by the banks of the Swale,

With him were bent in harness stour,

From Weresdale warlike wights did wend,

From Bishopsdale went bowmen bold;

From Coverdale to Cotter-end,

And all to Kidton causeway cold,

From Mallerstang and Middleham,

And all from Mask and Midleconby;

And all that climb the mountains cam,

Whose crown from frost is seldom free,

With lusty lads and large of length,

which dwelt at Semerwater side,

All Richmondshire, its total length,

The lusty Scroop did lead and guide.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Battle of the Spurs - Duke of Buckingham and Lord Bergavenny

Two more flags for the Battle of the Spurs, in 1513, this time we have standards for Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham and George Nevill the 3rd Lord (A)Bergavenny.
From June to October 1513 Buckingham was a captain in the English army in France, serving with five hundred men in the 'middle ward.'
In the expedition into France of 1513 Bergavenny took a prominent part. From June to October he was a captain, or rather general, in the king's army, and landed at Calais on 30 June. He filled the same position from May to August in 1514, and he was rewarded in 1515 by the grant of the keepership of Ashdown Forest.
I've added another flag to this post, I was advised that the flag of Lord Bergavenny was wrong. The flag below is not an exact copy of the flag shown on,, but it keep in with the size and style of the flags I've already made. So If anyone finds any mistakes or can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Marquess of Dorset' s Flags for The Battle of the Spurs

 In 1512, Thomas Grey, the 2nd Marquess of Dorset led an unsuccessful English military expedition to France to reconquer Aquitaine, which England had lost during the Hundred Years' War. Ferdinand of Aragon gave none of the support he had promised. While Ferdinand delayed and tried to persuade Dorset to help him to attack Navarre instead of Aquitaine, the English army's food, beer, and pay ran out, many took to wine and became ill, and the army mutinied. Back in England, Dorset had to face a trial.
 In 1513, he fought at the siege of Tournai and the Battle of Guinegate (also known as the Battle of the Spurs), and fought again in 1523 in the Scottish borders. These all gave him chances to make amends for the debacle of Aquitaine. To help Dorset in dealing with the Scots, he was appointed Lord Warden of the Marches, restored to the Privy Council, and became a gentleman of the chamber.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Earl of Northumberland's flags - The Battle of the Spurs 1513

Henry Percy, The 5th Earl of Northumberland fought for Henry VIII in the  War of the League of Cambrai (1508–1516) and at the Battle of the Spurs in 1513. The first flag is from the War of the Roses, so it may not be 100% correct, the second flag is taken from the front cover of Osprey's, "Henry VIII's Army", Men-At-Arms No191. If its good enough for Osprey, its good enough for me!!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Lord Dacre's flags at the Battle of Flodden

Two more flags for the English at the Battle fo Flodden. They both belong to Lord Darce, the warden of the English West March. At the battle Lord Dacre commanded the right flank of the English army, his command contained approx 1,800 foot and upto 2000 Border horse, including a troop commanded by the notorious Bastard Heron!