ECW Haselrig's Lobsters

Last post of the month, I put in a spurt of effort to complete these before departing on holiday.

I'm obviously showing my age, I lost track of how far through the month I was before posting the workbench post and also how little remained of the month given I would be away for most of the time remaining.

Anyway, I managed to finish the last of my ECW units, this time Haselrigs (or many other spellings) Lobsters, all Warlord figures.

According to the 1737 census of the trained bands there was plenty of cuirassier equipment available, but Haselrig's Lobsters didn't do that well at Roundway Down.

I couldn't find a suitable cornet anywhere but luckily I remembers an old page I had copied from Miniature Warfare so I scanned it and coloured it to look similar to that in the Osprey.

Please use if you find it useful.


On the Workbench - September 2010

Another month has wizzed past, but I am making progress on my ECW army. Only Hazelrig's Lobsters to go with the figures I have got. At some date I will need to acquire some artillery (Renegade?) and Dragoons. I'll also try and fit in some holidays this month as well.

So currently in progress
  • Hazelrig's Lobsters
  • "Russian" Court (Yes I hadn't forgotten about these and they are nearly done)
  • Napoleonic French Army Camp (I undercoated these at a point where I had nothing else ready to do)
  • A few WW2 vehicles
  • Plus a few odd command figures.


  • Napoleonic French casualty markers
  • Two long lengths of city wall (nominally for Peking 1900) and a couple of test Legation walls


ECW North Somerset Horse

At last after two days rain the sky has cleared enough to photgraph my latest unit. It is a couple of troops of horse raised in North East Somerset as part of Wallers army. I thought creating two small units would provide greater flexibility. All the figures, like my last cavalry unit are Warlord plastics.

It has been difficult to find any names, but one troop will be Captain Rawlins of 50 men and horses that Keynsham had to support for 4 weeks at a cost of £70.

The other is a troop raised by John Ashe of Freshford a prominant local Parlimentarian. "He raised, armed and for many weeks paid a troop of horse a company of foote and a company of dragoons for ye service of ye west country, before ye contribution was in anyway settled for ye payment of soldiers in those parts. . . and paid for powder, match and bullet expended by them all, which cost him above £3,000"

The flags (cornets) came from the Dux Humunculorum blog with some adjustment to fit

On the left is the various spare figures that I will use as skirmishers, but I haven't decided how to base them yet.


My Ancient Greek army

For those who like army parades, I was inspired by the articles on Rospaks on the Vintage Wargames blog to have another look at my Greeks.

The whole army

The main body of hoplites

Cavalry and peltasts

Archers and Psiloi

More cavalry and peltasts

Another view of the whole army.

It's a lovely army, if I were painting it now I would put more variety into the colours used. It never does well in WRG 6th so it is hardly used for that. I last used it for some hoplite warfare rules from Slingshot about 6 months ago.


Waller's Foote

Typically, as I get into my stride painting the Infantry I finish all the figures. So here is the last unit Sir William Waller's regiment of foote shown as individual components for a change..
Two different coat colours are recorded for the regiment, blue and yellow, so I went with the yellow to contrast with the other regiments. There is no record of a lining colour I just used red as I felt it looked good.

There is no information on the flags carried so I have given them a fairly generic yellow major's and third company standards

Now to finish the cavalry.