Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Thirty Years War - Swedish Blue Regt

As I mentioned in previous posts, I've decided to resurrect my TYW project a little this year.

First up, Darrell Hindley painted these figures for me a few years back, and I've finally got round to basing and flagging them.
Flags are painted on linen.




 
All this 17th Century lark had me thinking over the past few weeks...
 
Many moons ago I saw the Sealed Knot (or ECWS) perform a display in Coventry precinct before holding one of their musters at Coombe Abbey the following day.
As a 13-14 year old (ish), I was transfixed, and always fancied a go.
Until recently, that wasn't possible, but I've decided (37+ years later) to give it a go. Well, you're only here once, eh?!
 
Oh, and before I hear the howls of derision about middle-aged men dressing up and playing at soldiers, don't worry, I've heard it all on another forum.
It amazes me that wargamers (many of whose girth means they haven't seen their own deployment zone in decades), pour scorn on other hobbyists, but are aghast and infuriated when the press/ media/ general populace don't take them seriously.
But that's me just getting on my high horse - something I won't be doing in my re-enacting! Although I have joined a Royalist Dragoon Regiment.
 
Watch this space...
 

13 comments:

Conrad Kinch said...

Phil, I hope you enjoy your new hobby. It's great to see you posting here again and even better to hear that you've joined the stout hearted cavaliers.

tradgardmastare said...

Go for it I say!
Do let us know how you get on.
Alan

Bluebear Jeff said...

Have fun, Phil . . . THAT is the important part.


-- Jeff

Neil said...

Great job painting the flags on linen.

Bedford said...

Hurrah!

It's great to see them based up and kitted out with their colours!

They do look rather good even if I say so myself :>)

Darrell.

El Grego said...

A very nice looking unit!

And, best of luck to you, trooper! There is a 'company' of 16th-cent. re-enactors locally; I have been intending to watch them, from a distance of course, during one of their monthly meetings. The missus might have something to say, however! Still, maybe someday...

Phil said...

Thanks for your comments guys.
Yes, Darrell (Bedford), they finally got done! You did a great paint job on these.
Phil

Chris Gregg said...

Very nice figures, flags and basing. If you look half as good as this in your new uniform, Phil we will insist on seeing the photos on this blog.
Chris G
http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

andy said...

Hi Phil! As a re-enactor with the SK for 20 + years, can I say welcome to a mad but wonderful hobby! The great thing about re-enactment is that you can play with big AND small toy soldiers ALL year round! See you on battlefield sometime this summer!
Andy

http://haveacare.blogspot.co.uk

Phil said...

Thank you Andy for the warm welcome to re-enactment. I'm looking forward to it with trepidation and eager anticipation in equal measure!
Chris- we'll see how I look before posting any pictures on this blog of my battlefield exploits!
Phil

Graham C said...

Phil,
Enjoy yourself I never had the courage to take up arms even though I was tempted on many occassion

David Jarvis said...

Phil,
Make ready,
Give... fire!!!
Wonderful Swedes beautifully painted and based. Enjoy life in the 'Oxford Army'. Reports of that notorious rebel, the Earl of Essex, doe say he intends to brave the field.... :)
Dave

Anonymous said...

Beautiful regiment Phil, love the sculpts

Paul