The English Civil War (1642-1651) started when Charles I raised his royal standard in Nottingham. The split between Charles and Parliament was such that neither side was willing to back down over the principles that they held and war was inevitable as a way in which all problems could be solved. The country split into those who supported the King and those who supported Parliament – the classic ingredients for a civil war. This blog will record my wargaming journey through the English Civil War using 28mm miniatures.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Oliver Cromwell, Lieutenant-General of Horse and Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester

Manchester's reluctance to join forces with the Earl of Essex and his poor generalship at the second battle of Newbury (October 1644) drew fierce criticism from Oliver Cromwell, lieutenant-general of horse in the Eastern Association. Cromwell denounced Manchester's attitude and leadership in a speech before the House of Commons in November 1644.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

To Defy a King Wargames Rules

To Defy a King are tabletop war games rules for the English Civil War. 

The Rules are designed to give a flavour of the period whilst giving a
quick and easy game. Games can be played with anything from a few 
units up to a full scale battle lasting all day. The rules have been
designed with games lasting 3 to 4 hours using around 10 units per side.

There is a unique force generator using unit cards and army lists that 
use cards for each year of the war. The main unit within these rules 
is the regiment and each regiment is made up of a number of stands. 
Units can be as small as 2 stands going up to as large as 10 stands. 
All dice required in these rules are D6.

Included in the rule book are the rules, army lists along with a 
battle report. You are also provided with a fast sheet and 10 A4 cards 
that provide the unit cards that make up all of the army lists.

The rule book can be purchased direct from the author at:

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

28mm Royalist and Parliamentarian Projects 2014-15

Royalists Horse
Prince Rupert's Regiment (blue coats) - 16 figures
Earl of Carnarvon's Regiment (green coats) - 12 figures
Prince Maurice's Regiment (red coats) - 12 figures
Sir George Vaughan's Regiment (darkl blue coats) - 12 figures
Sir Humphrey Bennet's Regiment - 10 figures

Royalist Infantry
King's Lifeguard Regiment (red coats
- 16 pike and 16 shotte 
Lord Ralph Hopton's Regiment (blue coats
- 16 pike and 16 shotte 
Marquis of Newcastles' Regiment (white coats)
 - 24 pike and 16 shotte 
Sir Henry Bard's Regiment (grey coats)
 - 16 pike and 16 shotte 
Prince Rupert's Regiment (blue coats)
 - 16 pike and 16 shotte  

Royalist Dragoons
Lord Wentworth - 12 figures 
Earl of Northampton - 10 figures 

Royalist Artillery
2 Medium Guns with 3 crew 
1 Light Gun with 3 crew

Parliamentarian Horse
Col. Alexander Popham's Regiment - 24 figures
Sir William Waller's Regiment - 12 figures
Sir Robert Hungerford's Regiment - 8 figures
Sir Arthur Hazelrig's Cuirassier Regiment 10 figures

Parliamentarian Infantry
Earl of Essex's Regiment (orange coats) - 16 pike and 24 shotte
Lord Brooke's Regiment (purple coats)
 - 16 pike and 16 shotte 
John Hampden's Regiment (green coats lined yellow - 16 pike and 16 shotte 
James Holborne Regiment (red coats
- 16 pike and 16 shotte 
Lord Saye and Sale's Regiment (blue coats)
 - 16 pike and 16 shotte 
Sgt Major General Randall Mainwaring  Regiment (red coats lined white) - 16 pike and 16 shotte 

Parliamentarian Dragoons
Sir William Waller's Regiment (yellow coats) - 12 figures

Parliamentarian Artillery
1 Heavy Gun with 5 crew
2 Medium Guns with 4 crew 
1 Light Gun with 3 crew

For this project I will mainly be using the beautiful 28mm ECW range from Bicorne Miniatures. I will hopefully add some Renegade Miniatures for variation if they recommence trading later this year.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Officers and Regiments of Waller's Army Vol. 1 & 2

These little pamphlets contain some interesting information for those 
wargamers interested in Waller's Army. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

English Civil War Gaming Scenarios (Vol 1)

English Civil War Gaming Scenarios (Vol 1) features the following battles: The Battle of Newburn - August 1640, Powick Bridge - 23rd  September 1642, The Battle of Ripple Field - 13th April 1643, The Battle of Whalley - 20th April 1643, The Battle of Roundway Down - 13th JULY 1643, The Battle of Cheriton - 1644, The Battle of Alford - 2nd July 1645, The Battle of Philpaugh - 1645, The Fight for Dumfries and Galloway - 1651, The Battle of Worcester - 3rd September 1651, The Battle for the Capital - 1659. Plus guidelines on English Civil War Uniforms & Equipment. This book also contains 4 pages of ECW colour wargaming flags for 25mm, 15mm and 6mm 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR Campaign Scenarios Vol. 1 - The 1643 Campaign for the South West. Sir William Waller against Sir Ralph Hopton.

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR Campaign Scenarios Vol. 1. Nine scenarios for the ECW: 1643 Campaign for the South-West; Battles of Glastonbury and Chewton Mendip, 12 June 1643; Battle of Stoke Lane, 1 July 1643; Battles of Monckton Farlegh and Claverton Down, 3 July 1643; Battle of Freezing Hill, 5 July 1643; Battle of Lansdown, 5 July 1643; Actions at Chippenham, Rowde and Beckhampton, 8-10 July 1643; Siege of Devizes, 10-12 July 1643; and Battle of Roundway Down, 13 July 1643.

This campaign book is highly recommended regardless which rule system you are using. Copies can be obtained from Caliver Books. 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The English Civil War, 1642-1651: An Illustrated Military History by Philip J. Haythornthwaite

The English Civil War 'Illustrated Military History' first saw light of day as a Blandford Press publication in 1983 - and unlike some of its contemporaries has stood the test of time, being in and out of print ever since. It is perhaps best described as a 'medium weight' volume with greater length and depth than an Osprey publication, but being considerably lighter than some of the academic works. As the notes at the end suggest its sources are a mixture of the better known primary material, and the more reliable secondary publications. 

Illustrations are one of the book's key strengths, being a mixture of new art work and reproductions of wood cuts, engravings, and photographs of objects. The chapters cover the causes of war; armies and organisation; tactics; chronology and course of the wars; uniforms, colours and standards. Its well put together, and my 1984 edition is still going strong after a quarter of a century. Research has advanced since then - but the vast majority of the content remains useful and accurate. 

An all round recommended volume: particularly if you are thinking you may want an economical, colourful, entertaining book which covers as much as possible about the military history of 1642-1651 in 'one hit'. 

Review by Stephen Bull (2007).