Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Proposed Foot Units

I want to use "real" units, not "imaginary" ones . . . but, of course, we really don't what color the uniforms and/or flags were for most of the ECW.

So I searched for units for which both uniform coat and regimental flag are known . . . even though they might be in differing commands or in different years.

What I've provisionally selected to eventually add to my forces can be seen at left.

The "color" above the commander's name is the coat color as found in one source or another.  Some varied by year, but these are what I'm currently looking at using.

I will not, of course, start out with all of these at once.  In fact my forces may never get to a dozen pike & shot units . . . but this (at least currently) is what I hope for.

-- Jeff

More "Rules" Discussion

Some years ago I wrote a set of wargaming rules for 18th century tabletop combat.  They were for my own use only and we had a lot of fun with them locally.

Their key component was in their "Command and Control / Fog of War" mechanisms.  All Generals and Brigadiers had "personalities' (Careful, Steady, Aggressive and Political) . . . and how their personalities interacted (along with a dice roll) affected how they interpreted their orders once they made contact with the enemy. 

They might follow their orders as intended; or interpret them more timidly or more rashly than intended; or they might just halt and wait for new orders (particularly with a "political" C-in-C). 

Also, whenever their orders are changed, they had an "initiative" roll they had to make before they could interpret and act upon their new orders. 

Together these created a lot of interesting situations on the tabletop.  Also it forced the C-in-C to really consider which Brigadier he assigned to which task and what orders he chose to give them . . . in other words, the sort of command decisions that real generals had to make.

I would like to carry these aspects over to my ECW rules.  But my opponent has been traveling for the past month and I've not had a chance to discuss it with him yet . . . still I do not foresee any difficulties.

My shooting and melee mechanisms were not particularly unusual and seemed to work well (and I think that most rules over-rate artillery's effectiveness in these earlier periods . . . so I've made them moderately ineffective). 

One thing that I do plan on changing from my "Tricorne Wars" is movement (instead of IGO/UGO).  I recently (during an extended illness) played some solo "Victory Without Quarter" rules.  I particularly enjoyed the card-motivated actions . . . but more for brigades than for individual units.

I plan to use a card-activated system.  However it will not have individual units, but only "commands" (i.e., Generals and Brigadiers).  The number of cards they have in the Action Deck will depend upon their individual "Initiative" ratings . . . and, of course, even so the "End of Turn" card can turn up any time.

Also I'm looking at concentrating on the early part of the ECW (say 1642-1645) during which a high percentage of units were rated "poor" and very few could be called "superior" . . . which once again will require C-in-Cs to think about what units to assign to which Brigades.

Anyway, those are a few of the things I'm tossing around.

-- Jeff

Sunday, August 11, 2013

ECW Uniform Colors ???

Do you know what color uniform coat the following Royalist foor regiments wore during at least part of the English Civil Wars?  If so please leave a comment as to which regiment it is and what the coat color was:

(Please note that, as replies come in, I will add a note to those identified)

  • Ashley, Colonel
  • Aston, Sir Arthur
  • Astley, Sir Bernard -- White
  • Bagot, Col. Richard -- Dark Blue
  • Bellasyse, Col. John -- '43 Oxford issue, either Blue or Red
  • Byerley, Sir Anthony -- 1644 possibly White
  • Chaytor, Col. Henry
  • Cooke, Col. Francis -- Blue
  • Darcy, Col. Conyers -- Blue
  • Duke of York -- 1644 possibly White
  • Earl Rivers -- Oxford Blue
  • Fitton, Sir Edward -- '43 Oxford issue, either Blue or Red
  • Lambton, Sir William
  • Lord Byron
  • Lord Molyneux -- Burgandy suit
  • Lucas, Sir Gervase -- Blue coat, White facings, Yellow breeches
  • Marquis of Winchester -- Burgandy suit
  • Strading, Sir Edward -- '43 Oxford issue, either Blue or Red
  • Thelwell, Sir Anthony -- '43 Oxford issue, either Blue or Red
  • Vaughan, Sir Henry -- Red suit, Dark Blue facings
 -- Jeff

Friday, August 2, 2013

Some ECW Figures

Well today some sample Perry Miniatures ECW figures that I'd ordered appeared in the mail.

Perry's Pistol-armed Cavalry
I've read a number of places that they mix well with the Warlord plastics (which have not yet arrived -- so I cannot verify whether they do or not).

By the way, the photos on this page are not mine but are from the Perry website.

Perry's Musketeers Loading
And while the photos might make these appear to also be plastic, the figures I received are metal . . . and very well-cast, sharply detailed metal indeed.  They look very nice.

When the Warlord plastics arrive I will let you know just how well (or not) they do mix.

-- Jeff