Friday, 7 March 2014

RP No 156 Percy Kirke - Donnybrook here we go!


My Donnybrook adventure has officially started!!

 My first figure is a free figure I was given with my first order of Warfare Miniatures. I've painted him up as Percy Kirke, the figure is entered into Curt's Challenge in the bonus Favourite Character round, so if you haven't voted get on over and do so. I don't think he'll win any prizes, as the pics I sent in were quite bad, mainly because I finished painting him up just before the deadline and photographed him at 4:15 in the morning!! But he'll earn me the 50 bonus points at least. He will be getting rebased as soon as I get my order of to Warbase's, when I email it off that is!


 In 1666 Kirke obtained his first commission in the Lord Admiral's regiment, and subsequently served in the Blues. In 1673 he was with Monmouth at Maastricht and was present during two campaigns with Turenne on the Rhine.
In 1680 he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel, and soon afterwards Colonel of the 2nd Tangier Regiment. In 1682 he became Governor of Tangier and Colonel of the Tangier Regiment. He distinguished himself greatly as governor, although he gave offence by the roughness of his manners and the wildness of his life.
On the evacuation of Tangier, Kirke's Lambs (so called from their badge) returned to England, and a year later their colonel served as a brigadier in Feversham's army. After Sedgemoor the rebels were treated with great severity; but the charges so often brought against the Lambs are now known to be exaggerated, though the regiment shared to the full in the ruthless hunting down of the fugitives. It is often stated that it formed Jeffreys' escort in the Bloody Assizes, but this is erroneous.
Kirke was considered by King Charles II as a candidate for governor of the Dominion of New England when it was in the planning stages in the early 1680s. King James II formalized the appointment, but withdrew the appointment over the controversies surrounding Kirke's role in the suppression of Monmouth's Rebellion.
Brigadier Kirke took a notable part in the Glorious Revolution three years later, and William III promoted him. He commanded at the relief of Derry and made his last campaign in Flanders in 1691.






67 comments:

  1. Dominion of New England would've been cool.
    Nice work on the figure, Ray!

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    1. They may be happening at a later date Alex!

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  2. It sure looks good and who does not love free figures!

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  3. Nice brushwork,handsome basing, and free figure to boot! Outstanding!

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    1. Cheers Jonathan! Free figures are always good!!

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  4. love it, such great movement!

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  5. 4:15 in the morning? Um, no thanks. I couldn't even figure out how to turn the camera on at that obscene time. He came out great, Ray.

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    1. I was at work, hence the time, otherwise I'd have been snoring my head off!

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  6. Great looking figure Ray . I am looking forward to seeing a Donnybrook game on table.
    Cheers, PD

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  7. Very nice, and practical gamewise

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  8. Great looking character, Ray. I love this part, "...gave offence by the roughness of his manners and the wildness of his life." :)! Don't we all, don't we all.

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  9. Interesting personal story...by the way... nice painting work :-)

    Marzio.

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  10. He's a fine looking fellow Ray and up to your standard I believe.

    Hey don't feel bad, I've not won any prizes either. But I do get loads of honourable mentions. It's sort of like getting Miss Congeniality in the Miss America contest. It's like they're saying "Honey, your sweet, but she's got better boobs"

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    1. I've had a few mentions like yourself, but the quality of work has been mental!

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  11. Yawn...boring...let's move on!

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  12. A great figure, and very nice painted!

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  13. Very nice Ray - a lovely figure and an interesting character!

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    1. Thanks Al, he was a charmer, I suppose you would have to be with a name like Percy!

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  14. Great painted figure!
    PS: do you have other colours as red? If so, please use them! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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  15. I rather like him, Ray! The horse is pretty nice too, looking forward to seeing the rest of your warband for Donnybrook!

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    1. Me too David, not sure if I'll get the chance to add anymore for a while.

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  16. Great looking figure Ray. Sounds like he was a bit of ruthless chap.

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    1. I think he was just one of the normal chaps for the times.

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  17. Well done Ray the figure looks nice.

    Christopher

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  18. Ah Kirke - 'baddie' in the BBC TV serial 'The Pretenders' (kids' TV 1972). Brilliant series and really good baddie. Glad you've done him justice. :O)

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    1. Never saw the programme, wonder if you can get it on DVD??

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  19. I say thats nicely done there Ray and I cant wait to see how your faction comes along. I love this game and I cant decide which faction to go with

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    1. If I didn't already have the Moors, I think I'd have painted up the Darian adventure, its just so different from the norm!

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  20. Kirke sure was a character. Be warned I have been thinking of Donnybrook recently.... that's a very bad sign.... I'll have Fran yawning at me soon as well!

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    1. Fran can yawn as much as he wants the miserable sod! So what faction takes your fancy then Clint, I can see you doing the Cultists???

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  21. Really nice Ray - I'll watch this project!! Donnybrook fever truly has taken over lol

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  22. Oh yes, I see ow this might be a "bad picture"... Hah. Great job, I really dig that figure. You did it good. congrats on the points!

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  23. My word, there's a lot of comments here. I had something to say but by time I reached the end, I forgot what it was.

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