Sunday, 26 July 2020

English Civil War Dismounted Cavalry

In our Stoke Field game I fielded some dismounted cavalry from 2 different manufacturers and just finished painting some from a third. Dismounted cavalry were sometimes used to assault defended positions and, when required, to defend a strong point as well.


For the Stoke Lane game I painted up some Old Glory (OG)figures...


... as well as some Warlord Games (WG) figures from the Storming Party with Petard Team pack:


True to form, the WG figures were finished just a few days before the game and never made it onto the table, as they were trapped in their lodgings and captured.­čśĺ
Just this weekend I finished some Wargames Foundry (WF) minis from the Dismounted Cavalry with Carbines pack and the Officers and Characters pack:

Height-wise the three companies' figures match up pretty well although style-wise they are fairly different; left to right, WF, WG, OG:


The WG figures are more slender and better proportioned, and the detail is crisper as you would expect from a "modern" casting. Both the WF and OG figures are stockier have rather large noggins and hands with the sculpting of the OG figures being particularly dated. The OG figures come with separate right arms but they were in rather poor shape so I used arms from the WG plastic Harquebusier set.  Despite the fine detail and great casting of the WG figures, I think I enjoyed painting the WF figures the most; there is almost too much to paint on the WG minis, an issue I had with the metal dragoons as well. Although that may come across as a criticism, its more of a personal preference and they are still very nice figures.

18 comments:

  1. Nice! I like that you varied the color of the buffcoats. My ECW collection is based upon the LARGE figures of Redoubt, Renegade, and Bicorne. Old Glory ECW figures look small compared to these behemoths.

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    1. Thanks JF. I did a comparison pic of a half a dozen manufacturers (link= https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=76749.msg1540797#msg1540797) and the OG minis do stand out as being quite a bit shorter than 1st Corp and Bicorne.

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  2. Lovely work and all three figures look good to me, although it is quite different when you have to work with them. I don't mind figures with a bit to paint, as long as the detail is clearly defined and you don't have to struggle to pick it out.

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    1. Yeah, for some reason I struggled with the WG figures. Although I had a similar problem with some of their other metal casting, not always.

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  3. I agree with Lawrence's comments - they all look great and I certainly think they work well together. We did the ECW with Essex 25mm figures in the 90's and enjoyed the period. I think we used a set of rules call 1644? Cheers Greg

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    1. I have that set of rules but have never used them. I have 6 or 7 different rule sets for the ECW but we have only used 3 and have been stuck on Pike and Shotte for the last few games.

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  4. Very nice indeed and the different makes are more than passable together.

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  5. A great collection. I do like the OG figures the best thoug!

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    1. They paint fast and are dirt cheap too!:)

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  6. They all look great to me. I particularly like the one aiming the pistol and using his left arm as a rest.

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    1. Yeah, it's a great figure; I don't think anyone else makes one like him.

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  7. Splendid work Cod, looking forward to seeing them 'in the flesh' on the tabletop soon.

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  8. Cracking job on these figures, splendid colors, and details...

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  9. Very nice cavalrymen mate, well done :)

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  10. Lovely looking dismounted cavalry men! I think they all work together rather well, I'm mostly warlord plastic and Essex with a bit of Foundry and Perry thrown in for good measure!
    Best Iain

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  11. Thank you both.

    caveadsum: most of my rank and file are WG plastic but my officers and other specialists are a mix of metal from a variety of manufacturers.

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