Monday, 17 December 2012

RP No 109 NYW/Jacobite Raperees



Recently on the League of Augsberg Fighting Talk forum, there has been a lot of talk about the up and coming supplement for Beneath the Lilly Banners, which concentrates on Ireland during 1689-1691. I can't wait for this to be released!!!!  There has also been talk of individually based figures for a new skirmish based set of rules for the period.
With that in mind I painted up 24 Rapereers, Raper what? I hear you ask???

From our good friend Wikipedia:

Rapparees (from the Irish ropairí, plural of ropaire, meaning half-pike or pike-wielding person) were Irish guerilla fighters who operated on the Jacobite side during the 1690's Williamite war in Ireland. Subsequently the name was also given to bandits and highwaymen in Ireland.

I chose not to base my Raperees up singularly, as with 15mm they can be a little fiddly to handle, (check out my FIW battle reports!) So instead,  I based them up on 20mm round bases, three to a base. I think It still gives them a distinctive skirmish look. 
As no manufacture makes specific raperee figures, I trawled through Essex's website and bought a few random looking Irish and Scottish packs from their Medieval and Renaissance ECW ranges and some packs which are meant to be Monmouth's Rebels.
Only two pics I'm afraid, all the other I took didn't come out at all well!





69 comments:

  1. Very nice Ray! I quite like them on the round bases - it will certainly differentiate them from your rank-and-file.

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  2. Very nice job! They almost look like an angry mob.

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  3. Excellent work, Ray! Looks like one of my family reunions!

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  4. Would hate to tangle with that lot! Nice job.

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    1. They do look a little rough and ready!!

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  5. Great work Ray? Are you all sad and alone and missing Fran???

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  6. Excellent looking "Rapparees", great work!
    Phil.

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  7. me like rebellious types and these are great. Just looked the name up..odd that it was used in the ACW and became a political name.

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    1. Those Irish get everywhere, as Fran so often says!!

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  8. They look excellent. Great use of other ranges.

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  9. Ray, these look excellent. They were pretty effective in the War, weren't they. I'd certainly not want to argue with them!! I like your basing - they really stand out from the rank and file.

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    1. They certainly caused their fair share of hassle for William and his chums!

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  10. Love the new backgrounds in these photos. And in answer to your question two posts back, yes, boobs was only number five. How 'bout that? Think those suckers would be at least in the top two posts.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Oogie Boogie New Year.

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    1. Absolutely!!! And a Merry Christmas and Happy Oogie Boogie New Year to you too!!

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  11. Interesting this new project, very interesting, Ray. I like a lot these models.

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  12. Great mix of characters, the round bases really make them look like irregulars.

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  13. Nicely done Ray, I like the round bases for militia types.

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  14. They look great Ray! The round bases really work.

    Christopher

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  15. Nicely done Ray. Very characterful.

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  16. Great idea on mixing the troops and basing them like that, excellent stuff! I always find my photographing skills insufficient and half of the pictures usually get deleted.

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    1. These came out really bad for some reason, I did take around 20 pics, then pick 5 or 6 good ones, but it was just down to these 2 and they're nit the best either! I should have retaken them, but..............

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  17. We Irish will fight with anything close at hand! Love this motley crew Ray. Where's the mule?

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    1. He's at home, probably playing the play station!

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    2. And dodging marriage....

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  18. Looking good as always Ray. Shame about those other pictures.

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    1. Cheers Brian! Yep! I should have taken more but the kettle was boiling!!

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  19. great work Ray. shame about the other pictures but these do just fine. though I am glad to not game in 15mm. keep up the great work

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  20. Great work there Ray and the basing works so well for them

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  21. Very good substitution of figures, they seem to do the job. I have to pick up those rules one day.

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  22. Rapereers? You're well wide of the mark mate. It's 'rapperese', the doggerel used by Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dog, L.L.Cool J, 2 Pac and the like. Although nicely finished, I'm afraid the figures look nothing like - no bling for starters . . . .

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    1. Damn it!!! I was wondering where them gold teeth and chains were??

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  23. Great job Ray, but I can't believe that these are on 20mm bases - wow!

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  24. Great looking unit - I always have to do a double take on the scale - your work looks so much like 28mm. Best, Dean

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  25. The troops look right at home on their round bases. Nice job, Ray!

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  26. Hey they look pretty active, must've been fun to paint!

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  27. They look good! I like the round bases as it gives them a kind of "irregular" look.

    ... and the mule seems to be gone!
    ;-)

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  28. Mre nice figures and I do agree the round bases sets them off and single basing in 15mm, er no thanks.

    Hope you don't count them towards your tally ;-)

    Ian

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    1. 15mm on single bases are ok, but very fiddly!!!

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  29. Looking very good Ray. Nice work!

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  30. Raper what? Well, they look cool to me. Like round bases as well for guerilla types of figs.

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  31. This is one of my favorite "collections?" you've done so far since I've been visiting. So much to see and admire. My favorite is the dude, a farmer?, with a huge tree trunk in his hands. He is about to kick major butt! Great fun job.

    Are you planting things such as whoopee cushions around work for Fran's return?

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    1. No whoopee cushions, more like a pin cushion on his chair!

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  32. They look great. Like the way they are based.

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  33. Excellent unit, full of character....wouldn't like to meetup them in daylight never mind the dark!

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  34. They look real good I like the round bases as well.

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  35. lovely Ray,

    I have a mate who collects pikes, especially Irish ones from the 1600s to the 1804 Irish rebellion here in Australia.

    I have always thought about doing the 98, now LB rules may push me over the edge!

    cheers
    Matt

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