Tuesday, 1 May 2012

RP No 70 King James' Lifeguards 1690


My first unit for my expansion of my Allied Grand Alliance army for the Battle of the Boyne, the 1st and 2nd Troop of King James' Lifeguard. The 1st troop was commanded by Colonel Patrick Sarsfield, while the 2nd was commanded by James Fitzjames, the Duke of Berwick, who was the illegitimate son of King James II of England by Arabella Churchill, sister of the Duke of Marlborough. Although during the Battle, Berwick was in effect in charge of both troops.
The Lifeguards were one of the regiments that William III had ordered to disband, but along with a number of other regiments including Horse, Foot and Dragoons, stayed loyal to King James and formed the nucleus of his Jacobite army.
There was a third troop of the Lifeguards that I may add at a later date, these were a Grenedier troop commanded by either Pierce Butler 2nd Viscount Ikerrin or James Butler 3rd Viscount Ikerrin, there seems to be a little confusion as to what Butler it was??


Figures are once again from Essex, bases from Warbases and flags by me!





1st Troop


2nd Troop



57 comments:

  1. I really like them, Ray. I've yet to get into the period, but these make it more tempting than ever. Best, Dean

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  2. Love their positions.. was it any harder to paint between the arms for some of these?

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  3. I always love your horses Ray. Is this the same battle that you had the discussion on the flag on the TMP about. I'm asking because I see our harp on there and I remember the design you'd come up with as a result of that discussion. If this is a new design for that flag, where did you come up with this design?

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    1. Yes it is, there are only a few Jacobite flags known for the Boyne, so they could have had harps, crosses, religious symbols, coat of arms or any number of things on them. But this flag is one that is known, its actually the King James' own standard, whether or not both troops/squadrons had the same flag is a matter of conjecture. I've chosen to keep the same flag, but it would be nice to have a different one for the 2nd troop.

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    2. Thank you for explaining that Ray. The original discussion on this was a good one and had people talking about many possible options for a seperate flag for troops/squadrons and coming up with various designs.

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  4. Good looking troops with a great flag. Strong wind...huh? :)=

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    1. Blowin' a gale Jay, blowin' a gale!!!

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  5. Very nice Ray, not a period I am into but good to see anyway.

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  6. Ray, very cool...you had to go there...whenever I do anything lifeguard I get so confused when it comes to who was who in James II to William III army. If intersted I have some different flags for your cav if you want to mix it up a bit between the two squadrons.

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    1. Hhmm? I love 'em Greg!!!! I have been working on other Jacobite flags myself too, but I'll gladly have yours too!!

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    2. Ray,
      Just sent you an e-mail with a bunch of goodies! Enjoy.

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  7. awsome. lets see some conflict then

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  8. They are nice Ray and it is good to see the true King get his Lifeguard. Very good paintjob and basing

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  9. That's a great period, and it's a very nice unit! Really a good work, I hope we'll see them in a future report!

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  10. Looking good Ray. Not my period at all but still very appealing!.

    Cheers
    Ross

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  11. the photos are coming up a little dark on my end. maybe photograph them against a neutral color?

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    1. Totally agree, I've made the pics a little lighter, I don't usually like to do that because it messes with the colours, but it has improved the pics.

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  12. Great looking unit, lovely bases, but the flags... wow! Excellent work Ray.

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  13. Very, very nice, and if that's some of the stuff you bought at Salute that's fast work too. Love the flags, wish I could freehand that well.

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    1. Afraid not, I'm quick but not that quick!!

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  14. Ah, Ray - what a unit. You've done them justice - they're very fine indeed. Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan and "Ireland's Darling" is one of those figures which steps out of the history of the Williamite Wars in Ireland and just cries out to be wargamed. A really remarkable soldier. And Berwick was pretty interesting as well! So a great regiment, and I'm sure you'll have fun with them on the tabletop charging those Enniskilleners!

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    1. Fran probably will have to do the charging, being Oirish he probably won't wanna play with the Williamits!!!

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  15. You are just a painting machine! And they look great!

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  16. Looks good, about 50 years after my comfort zone,

    Ian

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    1. I had to look up what FTW means, and I'm still none the wiser?????

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    2. "For the win", an expression of agreement with, and endorsement of, a choice or position. In this context, an affirmation of the appeal of Lace Wars era gaming in general, and of your execution of this unit in particular ;)

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  18. Nice work.
    Have you done any articles on how you make your flags?

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    1. I haven't yet, but that's a good idea Dave.

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  19. They look great but the photos are a tad dark.

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    1. They should look a little better now Sean.

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  20. Great looking unit. I especially like the flag

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  21. Great painting on these, finished off with some lovely bases and flags.

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  22. Very nice looking. The picture are a little to dark.

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  23. Very nice "goodlooking" unit! You did it again Ray!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  24. Great looking unit once again Ray! When are we going to see them all as one "Grand Army"?

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    1. Hmm??? I'll have to do just that!!!

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  25. A very nice unit, Ray. Your collection is now wonderful.

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  26. Another excellent unit how many units is that now !!??

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    1. Lots!! Not to sure of the exact number??

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  27. great painting...an impressive looking unit.

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  28. Nice one Ray, a great looking unit, would love to see the whole army

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  29. Another nice looking unit. Good flag too.

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  30. Nice looking figs...I've always been tempted by this period. You doing Monmouth Rebellion too?

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    1. No, not myself, by I painted stacks of them in 25mm for my pal Postie, he's just bought some more figures to expand the units to use Beneath the Lily Banners, have a look in the labels on the left column under Sedgemoor to see some pics of them.

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  31. Looking real good! One of your best!

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  32. nice looking unit Ray, keep'em coming !

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  33. Lovely stuff, Ray. You should get all of your units for this period out for a photoshoot!

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