The King’s Lifeguard Regiment of Horse

When you think of a 'lifeguard' you think of a group of soldiers whose job it is to protect an individual. So the two King's Lifeguard units are a little bit of a misnomer. The Lifeguard of Foot were effectively just the King's Regiment of Foot, The same can sort of be said about the Lifeguard of Horse. 

For actual protecting the King duties you need to look at the Gentlemen Pensioners. The Gentlemen Pensioners still exist as the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-ArmsThe King's Lifeguard of Horse should not be confused with the Gentlemen Pensioners, they were completely separate units. 

The King’s Lifeguard Regiment of Horse, served with the Oxford Army throughout the First Civil War and were led by the King's cousin Lord Bernard Stuart.

Raised in Yorkshire in 1642, they were in the thick of the War from the very start being present at the Siege of Hull; Edgehill; the siege of Gloucester; First Newbury; Cropredy Bridge; Lostwithiel; Second  Newbury; the relief of Donnington Castle; Kidlington;  Leicester; Naseby; Huntingdon; Rowton Heath where Stewart was killed; besieged at Newark, being present until the surrender of the town; then they were besieged and surrendered at Oxford.

They carry a cornet that was taken by the Earl of Essex's army sometime between 1642 and 1644. It is not definitely identified as one of the King's Lifeguard's cornets, but this appears highly likely based on it bearing a crown and the royal cypher.

By 1643 the Lifeguard were being issued with harquebusier equipment; which suggests that they weren't equipped as harquebusiers prior to that. Which is a good enough excuse for me to bling them up as cuirassiers (and provide a karmic balance for my Royalist Army as Parliament's have Hesselrigge's lobsters).

Rowton Heath was a bleak day for the Regiment and Charles in particular, not only were the Royalist Army driven from the battlefield, Lord Bernard Stuart was killed.

As well as mourning his cousin, Charles was also to mourn his "musician in ordinary for lutes and voices", William Lawes. Lawes composed many notable musical works, and at the outbreak of war joined the King's Life Guard of Horse (which was supposed to keep him out of harms way). Sadly he was "casually shot" during the rout from Rowton; Charles would institute a special mourning for Lawes bestowing upon him the title "Father of Musick".

These are straight out of the bag - the troopers are the old two piece cuirassier casting which have been replaced by forward shooting one piece casts. I much prefer the pose of the two part casts, they look much more three dimensional in comparison to the current sculpts, plus give more options for variety (six potential poses as opposed to just three). The officer and ensign are both single piece castings - the officer has had the unsightly infill underneath his pistol arm removed. Such a shame they don't make a pack of deaths head helmet heads. 


I've tried to add a little more variety by employing three different armour paint schemes: 103A  bronze barrel dark, 105A blackened barrel dark, and 105C blackened barrel light (all Foundry colours).

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