Guess what??, yet another two squadrons of Horse for my NYW project suddenly appeared in the finished box the other day, much to Richard's annoyance! Poor Richard is having trouble keeping up with me painting his French NYW figures. Which is not his fault really coz I get a lot more time to paint then he does, also his other projects have been calling him, "finish me finish me". So I think its a 25mm French Hussar unit for the Revolutionary wars first for him or maybe re-basing his Franco-Prussian armies that he's been promising himself for the last 3 years.................
Anyway on with the figures, these fine looking fellows represent the Dutch Horse No1 Heyden/Ittersum.
The regiment was originally formed in 1665 as a regiment of Judges they were dissolved in 1668 and reformed in 1671 and were maintained by the state of Gelderland. In 1683 they were commanded by Frederick Willem, Baron de Heyden, after his death at the Battle of Fleurus in 1690, Henrik van Ittersum tot Nieuenhuis became their commander, finally in 1696 Frederick Christiian van Reede, Baron Aughrim became their commander.
The regiment was included as part of William III's invasion force and was sent in Ireland, they were present at The Battle of the Boyne and the Battle of Aughrim. After this date it gets a little sketchy, but they were definitely at Steenkirke and Fleurus.
Once again the figures are Essex, and bases from Warbases, they are based up for the excellent Beneath the Lily Banners 2 ruleset. The blue flag is from Warflag, while the oval shaped one is from Warflag with a little help from me!! Both flags date from 1696 while the regt was named Aughrim, as there is no info on previous flags, I've had to use a little artist licence, so apologies before anyone says anything!!!
Hopefully next week myself and Richard may get together for another test game, pics to follow as and when.