Sir Bernard Astley's Regiment of Foot

Once I had discovered that a relative was a captain in the Parliamentarian Holland's regiment, I had to represent it. This of course had the knock on effect of causing imbalance in my armies. Hence the King required a new regiment of foot to level this imbalance. So I give you Sir Bernard Astley's Regiment of Foot.

Originally raised as the Marquis of Hertford's regiment, Sir Bernard joined the regiment as lieutenant-colonel in 1643. Sir Bernard was the son of Sir Jacob Astley, sergeant-major general of the King's foot. After the storm of Bristol the Marquis stepped down from the military, Sir Bernard taking command of the regiment.

As the Marquis of Hereford's their highlights include Lansdown and Bristol; under Astley they fought at First Newbury(possibly), Cheriton, Cropredy Bridge, Second Newbury, Leicester and Naseby.

Peachey & Prince have  identified the regiment’s coat colour as white (by a process of elimination), however this relies on some unconfirmed assumptions.

Richard Symonds was a diarist, who just so happened to be a member of the King's Troop of Horse. So he was ideally placed to record events including Cropredy Bridge, Newbury and Naseby. At the Aldbourne Chase muster in April 1644 he noted that Sir Bernard's regiment carried green flags with red charges and illustrated one plain green flag, one with a St George canton and one with a St George canton and red device. The device looks like a hawk lure; a red device on a green flag breaks the heraldic rules of the time (a colour should not be on a colour, nor a metal on a metal).

That's me sold - white coats, and a heraldic aberration for a standard.

I tried a different approach to painting these. Normally I slap paint on quickly, not worrying if I go 'over the lines' as I can tidy everything up at the end. These, were spray painted white, then coloured in carefully.

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  1. Damn lovely... that a re-purposed Covenanter in the second rank of the muskets? :o) Also love that bandaged figure.. very nice!

    1. Thanks Steve. He's from the 'musket standing' pack #68 with a headswap. Been watching Wolf Hall (again) so there are quite a few blew bonnets getting used at the moment as an homage to Mark Rylance's outfits. (Plus my heads pot only really has Scots heads, bandaged heads, and lots of lobster pot variants in it at the moment.)


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