Today, we have a teaser for a forthcoming project! After the success of Two Splendid Lines, the 6mm regimental-level American Civil War game, I'm currently researching and planning a similar game (as yet nameless) which will be an English Civil War equivalent.
Players will take command of a battalia of pike and shot, and have to use them in concert to defeat an enemy battalia. Unlike most P&S era games, where the two are lumped together and just treated as one all-arms unit, in this game each wing must be ordered separately to work together.
I'm a member of Colonel Overton's Regiment of Foot (as my Facebook friends will know from my semi-regular pictures), so when I ordered the 6mm Baccus figures, I decided to recreate our distinctive New Model Army red coats. Their opponents will probably be either Irish or Scots - to be decided.
They were a pleasure to paint, and I have ambitiously decided to try and recreate the regiment 1:1 scale, so several hundred men are represented. This currently equates to 24 men per stand (30x40mm), and 12 stands for the regiment - nearly 300 in all, which is an average size for a regimental battalia.
A big part of this project was the research. There's a lot of material on ACW drill available, because of its popularity in US reenactment circles, and its relative proximity in history. Much less is written down for the ECW, but I was helped with a research trip to the National Civil War Centre in Newark, where I was allowed to use a first edition (1620) copy of Animadversions of Warre, a contemporary drill manual. The feeling of using a real military manual for my research, that might well have been used by an officer in the Civil War is quite indescribable.
Anyway, teaser picture as promised! The finished regiment - apart from being based - will have four more bases of shot on the flanks, and also some stands representing colours, officers, sergeants and other assorted regimental bigwigs.
You also get to see what colour my spare bath towel is. Maybe they're marching across the Irish Sea.