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What Colours To Use?

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The mental images we have of seventeenth century dress are invariably of a dashing cavalier, wearing extravagant clothing and an ostentatious feather in a broad-brimmed hat; or a dour Puritan dressed in black and white. A heavily stylised, but very enduring set of images created by the Victorians. But what was the reality?

Some clothing from the time still exists, although this will, by the very nature of things, have belonged to rich owners. It has been suggested too, that due to interest in the civil wars, that these surviving garments have been fancydress-ified to achieve the romantic nature of dashing cavaliers and their ladies.

One example of surviving clothing items  is a royalist officer's sash in the Victoria and Albert museum which has intricate silver/white embroidery.


A quick trawl around the National Gallery throws up a number of useful paintings. There is a gallery of Van Dyck's, showing portraits of Charles’s inner circle: the colours on display clearly shout …

Edgehill

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Since I visited both Naseby and Marston Moor it was only a matter of time before I went for the hat-trick and visited Edgehill:  but it is a bit of a trek from deepest darkest Derbyshire. A weekend in London gave me the opportunity to have a detour and a break from driving on the way home.

Sadly there is precious little to see as most of the site is occupied by an MoD site and as such is closed to public access.

The battlefield has it's own website which has a good precis of the events of the battle, not the easiest of sites to navigate - the 'visiting' page is particularly useful as you will find direct downloads to a number of walks around the battlefield, including the Battlefields' Trust leaflet and walk.

There have been a number of recorded ghost sightings of armies fighting, so much so that a Royal Commission investigated in 1643 and the commissioners confirmed seeing two armies battling in the sky. A number of  civilian workers at the MoD site also reported sigh…

Five Months Old

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A quick thank you to everybody who has popped by to read my inane drivel / look at the pictures. Thank you too for the kind comments here, on forums and via e-mail. Much appreciated.


Here's a  selfie of me dictating this post to my blog assistant.

This blog was meant to be a way of organising my thoughts and ideas, with the bonus that anyone else interested could share in my research / thoughts. So far in it's  first five months just shy of 5000 page views, with two posts clocking up over 200 views each: Naseby Windmill, and Parliamentarian Foot (which staggeringly is only 8 days old). So I'm guessing one or two of you share my interest.

Royalist Foot

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Yet another of my eye candy posts, consider it task avoidance - I'd rather post pretty pictures on the blog than plaster a wall in the kitchen.

My rationale for my regiments of foot can be found here.

Here are the first six regiments of foot, repressed common men press ganged into fighting for an unjust monarch.

Lord Hopton's Regiment


Colonel John Talbot's Regiment


Sir Charles Gerard's Regiment


Sir Henry Bard's Regiment


Lord Percy's Regiment


Sir William Pennyman's Regiment







Parliamentarian Cavalry

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Here are my Parliamentarian cavalry for your delectation.  There was a previous Parliamentarian  Cavalry post which has been retitled 'Regiments of Horse". This post is pure eye candy, the RoH post now documents my rationale for making my cavalry units the way I have.

Major General Richard Browne's Regiment


Colonel Charles Copley's Regiment


William Waller's Regiment


Colonel John Lambert's Regiment


Parliamentarian Foot

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Another in the latest outbreak of eye candy posts.

My rationale for my regiments of foot can be found here.

Here are the first six regiments of foot, parading in all their finest.

Earl of Essex's Regiment


Colonel Edward Aldrich's Regiment


Colonel Charles Fairfax's Regiment


Lord Robarte's Regiment


Lord Brooke's Regiment


Tower Hamlets Trained Band


Regiments of Horse

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Edit: regular readers will be thinking I've already read this, wasn't this originally a Parliamentarian specific post? It was, but I have decided that it is more of an overview of my rationale behind my regiments of horse. The Parliamentarian units will be documented more thoroughly in a new post, similar to the Royalist cavalry post.

I must confess to having employed a bit of artistic licence with my cavalry units; not as bad as the flouncy cavaliers, and rugby shirt wearing puritans of the 1970 Cromwell film, but enough to have a button counter seeking therapy, or a quiet room in which to rock.

For some reason, known only to my inner self my Parliamentarian cavalry all wear helmets, and my Royalists wear hats. Tosh I know, but that is how I have organised them.

I've gone for a random mix of sword and pistol wielding figures, from the Peter Pig range of course. I've chosen units of sixteen riders, thirteen troopers, a cornet, a trumpeter and an officer. Based in group…