Sir Arthur Aston’s Regiment of Horse

Regular readers (hello both of you) will be familiar with Sir Arthur and know all about how he earned a spot in the Horrible Histories 'stupid deaths' hall of fame.

His Regiment of Horse were raised in Oxfordshire and the North in 1642 after the Battle of Edgehill; they took part initially garrisoned Reading; they took part in a skirmish at Henley-on-Thames; the siege of Reading; a raid on West Wycombe; a skirmish at Padbury; they stormed Bristol; the siege of Gloucester; a skirmish at Aldbourne Chase; First Newbury; before they garrisoned Oxford. In September 1644 field command of the Regiment passed to Lieutenant Colonel George Boncle who led the men at the relief of Basing House; the storm of Leicester; and Naseby. George was captured at Naseby and his brother Sebastian Boncle took over command. The Regiment continued but their service is not clear; possibly remaining as part of the Oxford garrison.

This is the last of my planned Royalist Regiments of Horse, giving a grand total of 320 figures, which is a heck of a lot of brown paint. I certainly won't miss painting the one piece sculpts, positively hate them. Just the one headswap here: he's been given a secret fabricated from a head wearing a Monmouth cap filed down. If you aren't familiar with the term, a secret was effectively an armoured skull cap worn under a normal hat. There are some images of examples here toward the bottom of the page (before the lion armour pictures).

As these could well be my last Royalist cavalry troop I threw my own colour 'rules' out of the window and gave them black saddle blankets. Reading about Aston I come away with two impressions of him - he was a bit of  a show off (so having black blankets would fit), he also comes across as somewhat self centred (which would suggest he might have been a bit of a penny pincher, so black blankets highly unlikely). But black blankets it is, matching the cornet; plus, they are so small you hardly notice them.


The weather wasn't behaving when I came to finish these figures off, which meant I had to resort to brush on varnish (Vallejo matt). I mustn't have shaken the bottle enough as the matting agent frosted on a couple of figures (normally I use spray varnish and only get frosting when I am a little too liberal with my application). Thankfully saved with the old coat of gloss then a coat of matt trick.

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  1. Lovely looking troop of horse! You've got to get used to lots of brown, painting civil war cavalry!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain, probably why everyone and their dog has Brooke's southern Regiment so they can go wild with a bit of purple


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