Wednesday, 31 October 2012

RP No 97 NYW/Jacobite Sir Maurice Eustace

Another foot regt for my Jacobite army, only two more to go!!  That will make 12 infantry regiments in all making 3 brigades of 4 or 4 brigades of 3!
Once again information was very hard to come by.
Sir Maurice Eustace’s foot,  had 13 companies which was the standard size in the English Army establishment and were raised in the Leinster area. They were present at the Seige of Limerick in 1690 and at Ballymore Fort in 1691, they were not listed as present with King James’ army at Cookstown on 24th June 1690, just 1 week before the Battle of the Boyne, so may not have been present there. They are listed as being present with the army at the Battle of Aughrim, but its not sure if they actually fought there.

I found this little snippet of info and thought I'd include it:

The History of the County of Dublin
 By John D'Alton
In 1688 Sir Maurice Euctace, son of the Chancellor and grandson of William Fitz John Euctace of Castlemartin, was Col of the 19th regt of foot in King James’ service at Derry, while in the last Parliament convened by that monarch James Euctace and Maurice Euctace were representatives for the borough if Blesssington.
A remarkable inquisition  of 1990 states, that Francis and Oliver Eustace  had been in actual rebellion in 1689, and after that Battle “in English called The Battle of the Boyne”, departed with Richard Earl of Tyrconnell, William Earl of Limerick and other traitors and malefactors, then in rebellion, to other rebels and traitors beyond the river, “in English called the river Shannon” and there continued, &c. And the jury thereupon found their possessions as the consequent right of King William.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

RP No 96 - NYW English 1st troop Horse Grenadiers

In November 1687, the Horse Grenadiers were separated from the Horse Guards as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Troop of Grenadiers, one for each of the four existing troops of Horse Guards. As with the Horse Guards, the captains commanding the troops ranked as Captain and Colonel. The 4th Troop was disbanded in 1689, together with the Horse Guards troop it accompanied, after the abdication of James II.
The Horse Grenadier Guards fought at the Battle of the Boyne, under the command of Hon. George Cholmondeley, then a lieutenant-colonel in the 1st Horse Guards. One of the Guards was reportedly the first casualty of the battle. They then saw foreign service during the Nine Years' War, fighting dismounted at the Battle of Steenkerque.
 In 1693, the three troops were amalgamated into one troop, and renamed the Horse Grenadier Guards,  Cholmondeley was made Captain and Colonel. Another troop, the Scots Troop of Grenadiers, was raised in 1702 as part of the Scottish Army, associated with the 4th or Scots Troop of Horse Guards. These became part of the British establishment in 1709, and the Scots grenadiers became the 2nd Troop of the Horse Grenadier Guards, the English troop becoming 1st Troop.
The figures are from Essex and I still need to paint up the unit dismounted, just one base of 5 figures. Check out Essex minis new website, its tons better than the old one!!!

Lastly I'm very pleased to say this is my 300th post!!!  

Friday, 26 October 2012

15mm Walking Dead Survivors & Zombies - For Sale

Rick, Carl and Lori Grimes

I've been painting up a variety of bits and bobs and periods to sell over the last couple of weeks, as well as my own stuff. My first items for sale are these 15mm  figures by Khurasan Miniatures. 11 Walking Dead Survivors and 20 Zombies.
 I've posted the Survivors on Ebay HERE, for £16.99 and the Zombies HERE for £24.99 so if your interested please make a bid.
Commissions undertaken, if you want figures painted then drop me an email to for a quote.

Carol and Sophia Peleteir and Daryl Dixon
Dale Horvath and T-Dog
Andrea, Shane Walsh and Glenn
The Survivors
The Walking Dead

Monday, 22 October 2012

RP No 95 NYW - Dutch Brandenburg foot

The regiment was raised in 1673 by Ahasverus von Lehndorff, a nobleman from eastern Prussia, for Dutch service. They were probably composed of mainly of Poles. In 1676, Lehndorff quit Dutch service, William’s cousin, the son of the Elector of Brandenburg.  Prinz Albrecht Friedrich von Brandenburg,  was then given command of the unit, although he never commanded them in the field during the NYW as he was only a year old when he became their Colonel!! In the field they were led by Count Ernst Wladislaus von Donhoff.
Regt Brandenburg along with regts Nassau – Saarbruken and Carlson/Groben/Auer were placed onto the English Establishment on the 1 January 1689 until 31 December 1697, when they were returned to Dutch service.
At The Boyne the regt were part of the Duke of Schomburg’s 2nd brigade along with their fellow Dutch regt Nassau – Saarbruken and the English regt Hanmar’s.
The figures as per usual are from Essex, the bases are from Warbases and for a change the flag is not mine, it’s from Flags of War.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

25mm FIW Skirmish - A Raid on Blackrock

Last week myself and Fran played a  game of Posties new FIW skirmish rules that he's made up, they're quite a simple set of rules but made for a real fun game. Most of the figures are from Redoubt Enterprises and some even belonged to the Lurker himself before he through a paddy and sold them to Postie!

The game started with a duel, the winner could chose the sides, either The Colonials or the Indians.

 The duel finished with Francis laying in agony from a shot to the chest, which he later died from! he he!
And I chose the Indians........

 Fort Howie
 The Colonial homesteads

We've tried a different approach for the report on this battle, it's more story like, 
check out Fran's blog for the Settlers side of the story.

I am Askook the leader of my tribe, more white men have
 invaded our land, they must be destroyed. While my first warband led by my son Rowtag sneaked through the woods his son-in-law the idiot Hurrit tripped and fell, firing his musket. This alerted the settlers to our oncoming attack and our surprise attack was no more.

Rowtag sent the musket armed braves out to attack the settlers as quickly as they could, 
while he led 3 warriors Powwaw, Nootau and Hurritt around the back and side of the first building.

Machk (in the white coat) kills his first ever white man.

I, Askook then led my warriors out to attack on the other side of the village.

Brave Makkapitew was shot and died outside of a barn, while Rowtag and Nootau chased a little one.
Powwaw tried and failed to catch a pig.

After killing his first white man, Machk takes his first scalp.

 Another two of my braves join the ancestors, Brave Abooksigun. and Brave Keme.

It is not going as planned, Brave Makhk is also shot.

The white men are all running back to their fort, but they are good shots, 
Brave Togquos joins the ancestors.

Chansomps and Nosh fire at the white men, while trying to take control of the wagon laden with supplies.

Another white man falls, while Achak tries to kick in the door of a house.

Rowtag decides to leave the little one to Nootau's bow and tries to catch a pig himself.

Nootau, is killed by a strange shaped gun.

 Pajackok, moved to the cover of a tree but was still shot down.

 Finally our shots hit true, two white men fall, as they run to the fort.

 Another white man dies at the hands of my braves.

 The Warband move out to take scalps, and claim another white man's life.

 I fire the building, they will pay the price for killing my braves.

 Kestejoo takes control of the wagon and starts to lead to back to our village.

 After capturing the pig and some food, Rowtag's warband advance.

Segenham and Taregan move up and  Taregan fires his musket.

More Scalps are taken.

 A last white man joins his gods.

We have gained plenty of supplies and killed and scalped many white men, it is true 
we have lost too many braves so it is time for all to return to the village, after the successful Raid on Blackrock.

 Contractual shot of Postie taking a picture of me!