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  • in reply to: More '98 for The Pikeman's Lament #74835
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    Yeah Victoria the Irish and French are pretty much done.  Mind you there’s always something that could be added.

    The British regulars need more units and there’s my dilemma.  I should field some Militia even though they will likely run away or change sides. To do so I’d have to convert some of my existing Minifigs.  I’m reluctant to do so.  So, I’ll paint some British Regulars next and then bite the bullet and buy some new figures from Irregular for the Militia.

    Like you I’m intrigued to see if this all works on the table top.

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    in reply to: The Zombie's Lament #74827
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    I’d never of thought to do that and it worked brilliantly.  A gripping game.

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    in reply to: More '98 for The Pikeman's Lament #74825
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    Thank you both.  As projects go this one has been fun and easy so far.

    There are a bunch of pike men and some Royal artillery on my blog of you’d like a look.

    '98

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    in reply to: More '98 for The Pikeman's Lament #74782
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    That’s the 70e Demi brigade done.

    '98

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    in reply to: Favourite ancients army in your collection? #74693
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    I’ve not got a favourite one but I really like these 15mm Donnington Sassanids.

    Sassanian

    Sassanids

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    in reply to: The Other Pikeman's Lament. #74654
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    For God’s sake KB its easy.  First cover the floor of a suitable room with salt and taking a Deer’s hoof in your left hand draw a perfect circle in the salt, then light candles at the cardinal points.  Take up your position in the centre of the circle and begin the incantation.  What could be simpler?

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    in reply to: Sikh Wars 28mm Plastic or 15mm Metal #74604
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    Newline are very nice.  Irregular are doing stuff in 20mm too, that might help with gaps.

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    in reply to: The Other Pikeman's Lament. #74603
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    Maybe try Ebay?

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    in reply to: The Other Pikeman's Lament. #74542
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    Check out the Roundway Highlanders very Essex compatible and cheaper.  You can see them here.

    '15

    '15

    The Black Hat cavalry are huge I used them with my Old Glory infantry and they fit well enough.  Their infantry are a match for Dixon but cruder.  To my mind the mounted and foot of the range are different sizes biggies and true 15s respectively.

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    in reply to: The Other Pikeman's Lament. #74529
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    It’s true, unfortunately I said yes.

    My Donnington Restoration 15mm biggies arrived yesterday-very nice.  I’ve a unit of Dragoons half painted.

    Which Manufacturers figures are you thinking of for the ’45?

     

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    in reply to: The Other Pikeman's Lament. #74526
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    Sorting through my lead pile, I’ve found two cannons and 12 pirate gunners for regimental guns! Being a gaming pack rat is paying off! I can also use some of my riderless horses to add to some shot to make a couple of Dragoon units. Now to get them all based and painted.

    It’s the way to go, most of my Mersey Rule School Armies have been assembled from stuff I already had.  Someone should give the lad an award for promoting recycling.

    OB
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    in reply to: More '98 for The Pikeman's Lament #74460
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    Thanks Victoria.

    Yeah they do, very well. Even all three on the same base.

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    in reply to: Forage Caps and Shakos #74241
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    Nice blog Darryl.  Lots of interesting projects not least the Seminole War.

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    in reply to: 'Sparker's Wargaming Blog' #74224
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    Nice range of stuff there.

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    in reply to: An Eastern Pikeman's Lament #74223
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    That all worked for me Graham, great game.  It also reminded me that I have a load of painted OG Turks lying around and doing nothing too.

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    in reply to: The Pikeman's Lament #74140
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    Mike’s Models?  Look forward to seeing them in action.

    Regarding the ECW if you sign up for the QRF Newsletter you get a 10% discount twice a year.  They do have some very nice ECW stuff.

    OB
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    in reply to: Renaissance-era English war horses #73869
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    Mounted prickers were sometimes described as having their feet about a foot off the ground.  Small cuddies indeed.

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    in reply to: Help Pronoucing Gallic Names #73868
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    There have been a number of language shifts over time so you’d need someone like Prof’ JT Koch to mark your card properly and of course we are dealing with Latin versions of Celtic names.  Any way the following sounds like are my guesses.

    That said the C is always hard in Celtic so Verkingetorix would be more like it.  It translates something like great warrior king.

    1.) Aedui could be Aydwei or Ayd-oo-i

    6.) Suebi  Sway-bi might be about right.  We still have Swabians today.

    We have a couple of Bretons posting here they might well shed some light on your question.

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    in reply to: The '98 Rising on the cheap #73700
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    Yeah and saw the RTE/ BBC TV drama series which was a good one.  It seems to have disappeared now otherwise I’d buy a copy.  Year of The French is a very good novel but my favourite from Flanagan is The Tenants of Time. 

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    in reply to: The '98 Rising on the cheap #73664
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    I should say I cut the pikes down Darryl, the original length is the same as the standard bearer.

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    Yeah, Duffy is the lad you want, great stuff.

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    in reply to: The '98 Rising on the cheap #73650
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    I’ve high hopes of it been a fun one Victoria and thanks for the kind words.

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    in reply to: Battle of Benburb 1646: A Second Refight #73571
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    I’d be broadly in agreement with the thrust of that.  Two things though, discipline in the Army of Ulster was severe and getting sufficient weapons had been a long and difficult task.  Anyone shortening their pike would likely have been hanged.

    Lances were a great way of arming your cavalry if money or armour and weaponry was short. If you had access to pistols, buff coat, pot helmet and maybe breast and back you wouldn’t bother as that assemblage gave more tactical options, including hitting power.  If you had little or none of that Lancers were the answer.  A one trick pony but one that couldn’t be ignored.

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    in reply to: Battle of Benburb 1646: A Second Refight #73551
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    Pike shortening drove Generals mad they were always complaining about it. They knew it could lose a fight.  For the Pike men who had to lug the things about it was a different matter.  They liked to reduce the weight and unwieldiness given the chance.

    At Benburb this doesn’t seem to have been a factor. The Scot’s pike were bought shorter and the Irish one’s were bought first class, modern and full length. You can find the detail in Cassaway and Hayes-McCoy.

    As to unarmoured Lancers. I’ve no doubt the Irish wore whatever armour available whenever they could, but mainly they had none.  The main point was that charging Lancers really upset fire arm cavalry -if you miss they are on you, with greater reach.  Armoured or not it was a different type of engagement.  

    How you might model that without unbalancing a game seems tricky to me.  Phil Barker went for inferior status minus 1 for shorter pike and I guess with Lance V Fire arms if they manage to close they win.  

     

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    in reply to: Battle of Benburb 1646: A Second Refight #73521
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    While we are on the subject there is also the Pike issue.  The Irish pikes were said to be longer with a diamond shaped point and the Scots ones shorter with a rounder point.  This apparently gave the Irish an advantage in combat.

    OB
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    in reply to: Battle of Benburb 1646: A Second Refight #73453
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    It is an interesting one.  Further to Guy’s points.  The Scots were very tired and their infantry and artillery contented them selves with firing at long range.  Their cavalry attempted two charges at opposite ends of the the Irish line.  Both were repulsed.  

    When the Irish advance came they did not return fire until they were within ‘pike length’ and then fell on. IIRC, the Scots  deployment meant their infantry were defeated in detail as there was not enough space for all units to fight at once.

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    in reply to: Battle of Benburb 1646: A Second Refight #73399
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    Good to see this one played, and twice at that.

    You might be interested to know the Irish cavalry were Lancers in the Spanish fashion rather than Reiter in the Dutch one.

    Badly under equipped with pistols compared to their Planter and Scots opponents they had earlier requested breast plates from their General Eoin Ruadh instead he gave them lances and trained them to charge home.

    OB
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    in reply to: British Yeomanry Foot wearing Tarleton #73233
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    Thanks very much Whirlwind that’s just what I needed.  I want to paint them like the first pic but suspect I should go with the second one. 

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    in reply to: The Men Who Would Be Kings #73128
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    Thanks for the comparison pic.  Tin Soldier Boers for me.

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    in reply to: Reasons You Game #73087
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    Yes, the story telling is good.

    I’d share Zippy’s view too.

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    in reply to: More Lion Rampant #73085
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    Looking good.

    Bite the bullet KB.

     

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    in reply to: The Men Who Would Be Kings #73084
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    Thanks Victoria, Tin Soldier Boers, I like the look of them.  How would you say they fit with the Irregular Zulu?

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    in reply to: The Men Who Would Be Kings #73072
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    Very nice, what figures are those.

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    in reply to: Historical gaming trend? #72920
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    It’s interesting to see how many folk here no longer buy the various magazines.  I stopped doing so in 2000.

    OB
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    in reply to: More retinues for Lion Rampant #72911
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    Very nice, some Garrison Genoese Crossbows there I think.  Lion Rampant is great for getting old figures back on the table.

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    in reply to: Tiger Men #72879
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    Cheers KB.

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    in reply to: Tiger Men #72803
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    Thanks, You’re very welcome.

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    in reply to: Sherman and Johnston; match and rematch #72713
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    Yes, first rate post Vtsao.  Chancy business battle, ain’t it.  It makes me want to get my ACW armies out.

    OB
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    in reply to: How do you see me on TWW? #72708
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    You, imo, have the balance just right, you’re about and we all know who you are but you don’t grandstand or engage in attention seeking antics.  The moderation is all anyone could ask and the occasional innovation is duly noted and appreciated.

    OB
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    in reply to: Band of Brothers… or Nest of Vipers? #72520
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    Good post and by no means untypical of many an army.

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