Friday, 25 February 2011

new from waterloo italy


Sunday, 20 February 2011

WARRIOR MINIATURES AND THE battle of turnhan green

The Battle of Turnham Green occurred 13 November 1642 near the village of Turnham Green, at the end the first campaigning season of the First English Civil War. On the battlefield, the engagement resulted in a standoff between the forces of King Charles I and the much larger Parliamentarian army under the command of the Earl of Essex. ecwessex.gif (27481 bytes)WARRIOR
However, in successfully blocking the Royalist army's way to London, the Parliamentarians gained an important strategic victory because the standoff forced Charles and his army to retreat to Oxford for secure winter quarters.

After the Battle of Edgehill (23 October) King Charles captured Banbury (27 October) and was greeted by cheering crowds as he arrived in Oxford on 29 October. Charles' nephew and cavalry commander, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, swept down the Thames Valley, capturing Abingdon, Aylesbury and Maidenhead, from where he attempted to capture Windsor, although he failed in that attempt because of Parliamentary strength there.ecwdragoon.gif (24674 bytes) After this, many officers wanted to open peace negotiations, contrary to Rupert’s desire to carry on to London, but the king agreed with the officers and so the Earl of Essex managed to overtake them and reach London with his Parliamentary army by 8 November.
On the 12 November Rupert with a large cavalry detachment stormed Brentford and then proceeded to sack the town. This action encouraged those Londoners who feared for their property to side with the Parliamentarians.On 13 November Essex's army, with the London trainbands and other London citizenry, assembled as an army of about 24,000 on Chelsea Field. They advanced to Turnham Green in the vicinity of the main body of the Royalist army.
The Royalist army of 7,000-12,000 was short of ammunition and probably too small to attack the 24,000 strong Parliamentarian army. Also the King was advised that to engage such an oddly assorted army containing what was obviously a large contingent of armed civilians (namely the Trained Bands under Philip Skippon), would not endear him to London, and it was too early in the war for the Royalists to contemplate taking London without the support of a sizable part of London's population.
With the end of campaigning season close at hand, Charles decided not to press the issue and withdrew. So after a slight cannonade, the Parliamentarians secured a victory without engaging in the battle, which was fortunate for them, as many of their number had never seen a battle before and were not used to army discipline formations and deployments.
John Hampden, with something of the fire and energy of his cousin, Oliver Cromwell, urged the Earl of Essex to turn both flanks of the Royal army via Acton and Kingston; experienced professional soldiers, however, urged Essex not to trust the London men to hold their ground, while the rest manoeuvred. Hampden's advice was undoubtedly premature. A Battle of Worcester (1651) was not within the power of the Parliamentarians of 1642. In Napoleon's words: "one only manoeuvres around a fixed point" and the city levies at that time were certainly not, vis-à-vis Rupert's cavalry, a fixed point.
Charles (once more contrary to Rupert's advice) retreated back up the Thames Valley towards Oxford (losing the possible chance for a flanking movement through loyal Kent), where Charles set up his headquarters for the rest of the war. Never again during the Civil War would the Royalists come as close to capturing London and without London they could not win the war.
20mm English Civil Army only £7.50 + £1.50 postage
50 Piece 20mm English Civil War Army pack
Consisting of
  5 Cavalry Riders
5 Horses
2 Standards
2 Drummers
18 Pike
18 Musket
Suitable for Royalist or Parliamentarian
25MM ARMY Foot 70p each
CWF1 Pikeman, standing, Morion
CWF2 Pikeman, at push-of-pike, Morion
CWF3 Pikeman, standing with Partizan, soft hat
CWF4 Sergeant, advancing, halbard
CWF5 Musketeer, firing using fork rest
CWF6 Musketeer, standing at ready
CWF7 Scots pikeman, advancing
CWF8 Pikeman receiving, Morion, Cuirass, Tassets 
CWF9 Musketeer, standing priming pan 
CWF10 Drummer (assorted heads) 
CWF11 Officer, soft hat, pointing pistol 
CWF12 Officer, soft hat, waving flagstaff 
CWF13 Pikeman, standing, coat (assorted heads) 
CWF14 Pikeman, at push-of-pike, tassets (ass. heads) 
CWF15 Pikeman, at push-of-pike, long coat (ass. heads) 
CWF16 Musketeer firing, no rest
CWF17 Musketeer priming, no rest
CWF18 Dragoon, kneeling firing
CWF19 Pikeman cuirass, standing, soft hat
CWF20 Sergeant-at-Arms shouting
CWF21 Pikeman jacket, advancing, soft hat

Cavalry £1.40 each inc horse
CWC1 Cuirassier, firing pistol
CWC2 Trooper, three barred lobster helmet, sword and Carbine
CWC3 Dragoon 
CWC4 Herald (Trumpeter) 
CWC5 Cornet (Standard) 
CWC6 Essex (Use as mounted officer) 
CWC7 King Charles 
CWC8 Cromwell 

EA1 English Civil War Culverine £2.50
EA2 English Civil War Canon Royal £3.50
EA3 Gun Crew £3.50 


my collection coldstream guards cornwall

my collection. heathrow airport

this is...well gawd knows where i got it but anyway this is a new wargames blog. can you help out in sending photos in and ideas of your stuff? if you are a company get in touch with your photos and i'll publish them. this is my girlfriends blog but she doesn't use it so i am.sometimes she puts an article but very rarely. i took this with a sony cybershot that has 5cm macro.on the right of this is an ad for a 28 pound taxi to heathrow, check it out cos normally its 50 quid. click the ads to support this page.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

my collection

25mm elizabethan of unknown origin photographed by myself with cyber sony compact. this camera is great for macro

Friday, 11 February 2011

great fort idea


 a brilliant set for 54mm wargaming by dorset

Terrific street characters from The Foundry but overpriced