After having been distracted by 40k for about ten years, I've decided to return to my first love, historicals. I've begun building an army of Scots Covenanters from the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and I thought I'd enlist your collective help to keep the project moving along. So here goes.
Rather than sticking rigidly to a particular order of battle, as the gents at the excellent Project Auldearn blog http://auldearn1645.blogspot.com/are doing, I am going to make a "best of" Government army that will include my favorite regiments from various phases of the conflict. I've never done any historical gaming, just collecting, and I haven't yet gotten a hold of Warhammer ECW yet, so I just going to concentrate on the miniatures for the time being.
And now, the pics!
Sir Mungo Campbell of Lawers' Regiment
This splendidly named regiment first saw action in Ulster prior to 1640, and by the time the Marquis of Montrose began to cause trouble it was a hard-bitten, veteran force. At Auldearn in '45, they fought ferociously against Mac Colla's Irishmen and refused to retreat in the face of the Royalist counterattack, during which the regiment was cut to ribbons and Sir Mungo killed. Reformed by Lawers' relative, Sir James Campbell of Lawers, the regiment suffered heavy losses at Dunbar in 1650, holding firm in the face of the English assault and dying where they stood.
Five pikemen in various stages of completion. I'm using Warlord Games' Covenanters, with which I'm very happy. Each soldier is meant to look unique. Though equipped in the Lowland manner, Lawers' regiment was composed of Highlanders, having been raised in Campbell lands in (I believe) Perthshire. There will be plaids and beards scattered around, as is the case with the fellow second from the right.
Some more infantrymen, pre-primer. I'm pleased with how the pikeman's dashing facial hair has turned out.
Contrary to popular notion, there were plenty of Highlanders fighting for the Government against King Charles, especially from Clan Campbell and the Northern Clans. Some were formed into short-lived regular regiments, like the Earl of Seaforth's northern levies at Auldearn, while others fought in the traditional manner.
The bow was still widely used in the Highlands and proved useful in pitched battles. These Warlord Games archers also carry muskets, after the contemporary Stettin illustrations of Highland mercenaries on the continent. The three on the left will be included in the sleeve of archers for the Earl of Seaforth's regiment, while the three on the right will be part of the regiment of 500 Campbells with axes, bows, and guns that fought under Duncan Campbell of Auchinbreck at Inverlochy in '45.
This is the "Highlander Hero" model, also from Warlord. His bare chest and shredded-wheat abs seemed silly, so I'm trying to make him decent by sculpting on a shirt and plaid. My GS work is a bit crude, though. He will either join the Campbell regiment or the contingents of Grants and Frasers that fought at Auldearn.
The pics were done on the fly and may have come out a bit odd - sorry about that.
Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.