York and Marston Moor

York, as the country's northern capital had an important part to play during the Civil War. The siege, Rupert's relief of the siege and the resulting battle of Marston Moor have a lot to offer the wargamer.

But what is there to visit and see in York that will interest the Civil War aficionado?

Unfortunately, very little. There is a walking trail of the city walls which were reinforced and damaged during the siege; Clifford's Tower was garrisoned; the Yorkshire Museum has a fine collection of coins and siege coins from the period, not currently on display; the Castle Museum has a fine collection of arms and armour from the period too, but unfortunately very little of it is on display (a cuirass, a lobster helmet and a buff coat). Maybe there is just too much history and archaeology in the city!

A walk around the city walls gives good views of the city, the red tower (currently being renovated) area saw most of the ''interesting" action from the siege.

The defin…

Museum of London

Located near the Barbican visitors to London probably overlook this museum in favour of the bigger national museums.

There is much to see in this museum which charts the history of London from prehistoric times when hippos bathed in the Thames, through to modern times when dinosaur sized fatbergs block the sewers. What is of interest to those interested in the Civil Wars is their small 'War, Plague and Fire' gallery.

Small selection of arms and armour, plus Cromwell's death mask. General artefacts from the period, particular emphasis on the Great Fire.

The Wallace Collection

If you find yourself at a loose end, with a couple of hours to spare when in town, this gem of a place really does deserve your attention.

Originally a private collection housed in a building that belonged to the family that collected the items, the house is located in Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. If you find Selfridge's, it's just behind there.

There are a number of formal rooms housing a considerable collection of paintings and porcelain. Highlights include Frans Hals' "Laughing Cavalier". For the wargamer or militaria buff there are a number of galleries which are stuffed from floor to ceiling with arms and armour, including one gallery solely devoted to Renaissance weaponry. These galleries are a pleasant change from museum exhibitions which have been redesigned to be 'interactive' and 'child-friendly'; I love the almost Victorian way in which exhibits are displayed. The other bonus is that if anyone ever accuses you of hoarding - here is the e…

Baggage Train

Thanks to Streeter it is 'the law' that every ECW army must have a baggage train. Well it is in my house at least.

Museum Miniatures make a comprehensive range of wagons and carts, so they were my first port of call. As with their limbers their drovers are nearer 20mm and tower over my Peter Pig figures, so they were discarded and replaced by Peter Pig dragoon horseholders. I also bought a pack of marching musketeers to randomly place next to my carts and wagons to give even more of an eye-candy appeal to them.

Completely unnecessary, but you have to admit they do add a little extra something to the battlefield (and on occasion a useful scenario goal).

I have duplicated baggage trains so each side has a hay cart, water wagon and two baggage wagons. I decided not to put visible identifiers on the figures, so whilst there is a Parliamentarian and a Royalist train, if needed I can have one mega train.

Naseby windmill

It's all that Streeter's fault: if you have read the other posts on this blog (well done, congratulations for still being here 😉) you'll know that Streeter's engraving of Naseby has held sway over my imagination for most of my life.

A major landmark on the engraving is the windmill, long since gone, the site it stood on is now where the memorial obelisk stands. So, as you can imagine I've unconsciously been looking out for a suitable 15mm representation. Well I think I've found one.

Can't remember how or why I found the site, but I do remember bookmarking it.
Ironclad Miniatures make a windmill for the Russian front which I think is fairly representative of the Naseby mill. Obviously I am only talking about the main body of the windmill, the base isn't quite right, a more accurate one shouldn't be too difficult to scratchbuild.

The windmill comes in four resin pieces, and a sprue of the sails, ladder etc.

After much thought I decided how I would re…

In praise of small things

As my cutting mat can testify I am a bugger for knocking paint pots over. So anything that could help me not do this gets my vote.

Found this on fleabay, a paint pot holder. Clearly knocked up by some whizz with a 3D printer, it happily takes Foundry/P3/Cd'A pots and Games Workshop pots. Just need to remember to use it all the time!

Footnote: cutting mats clean up really well if you put them in a dishwasher on a hot wash, paint and glue just scrapes off easily.


Every battlefield will have villagers, probably running away very quickly. My ECW villages are populated from a number of sources.

First off the offerings from Peter Pig; there's a trio of useful packs - scarecrows and  villagers, sprinkles, and clubmen

Matchlock Miniatures have an impressive range for the ECW, their figures have quite a bit more meat on them than the Peter Pig figures, and from time to time have sporadic availability. They have a really good selection of  'characters'. I have chosen their Witchfinder, ratcatcher and surgeon packs.

Every so often fleabay throws up a gem. Here's a little vignette of Matchlock's regimental agitator, musketeer with chicken, and musketeer with pipe. All I've done is rebase them. The unknown cart is particularly nice.

Freikorps 15 (yes still available) from TSS have a useful camp followers pack which match Peter Pig figures really well.