Wednesday, 2 April 2014

ECW command

Last Friday night a few of us met at John's for games night. We played a couple of 600 point mid-war games of Flames of War as we are thinking of entering the NICon (North Island Convention) tournament in June. It is a one-day series of five games which will be perfect for those of us that have tribes that we can't escape from for a whole weekend.
No photos of the games as I forgot my camera, but my Italian list did very well, beating John's list containing Grant tanks and air power and then pulverising (he might have another word for it) Michael's Maori infantry supported by Shermans. I'd organised a draw for 10 gamers, but unusually we only had four people turn up, so we didn't count points.
We played two rounds and then had a bit of a chin-wag while I pulled out John's 28mm ECW army. He bought it off Mark down in Taupo a couple of years back, and we've never played with it. It is a beautifully painted and based Royalist army made from Old Glory figures for the Warhammer ECW rules. I took a note of how much there was of everything and then came home and did some calculations. I have a Parliamentarian ECW army here thanks to Dan's generosity, mostly of Foundry figures, but including a couple of bags of Old Glory. I worked out that if we used the 1644 rules, John could reduce the size of his pike contingents, band them together and put his commanded musketeers wit hthem to create 2 new units. All that would be missing would be the command element. So the last two nights I've painted the command trying to mimic the same one-colour black-line style that Mark used. This is not my usual style by any stretch. It usually annoys me when any black undercoat shows through on my figures, but I have to say that the results are quite pleasing.
The Blue command advancing to battle.
And the Red command. I still need to touch up the eye on the standard bearer.
In order to have a good amount of cavalry I figured we needed another two regiments, so I've cleaned and undercoated two Foundry regiments to paint - soon! I'll be painting these in my usual three layer style I think, as I'm not donating them to John to go with his army like the figures above - they will be the first painted units of my Parliamentarian Army.
Hopefully we'll get a game of 1644 in soon!



  1. Excellent work, love the colors and the faces...

  2. They look great. I can't help but be reminded of the musketeers with blue vs red troops.

  3. Back to ECW! I still have my Parliament forces gazing at me from the display cabinet from our brief attempt at WECW...