Monmouth and the Lyme Independent Company

The header photograph is by Paul Hockey from the lovely Taunton Garrison re-enactment site.

As I continue to work on various projects I wanted to clear my workbench of a few things which have been primed and on their painting sticks since sometime before Christmas. The painting and basing took four or five hours at most and I wonder now why I didn’t just get it done a few months ago. Such is the life of the solo wargamer who has not the pressure of getting ready for a group game and (like me) is easily distracted by – well – everything.

Monmouth’s army naturally needs officers to lead it with the most indispensable being The duke himself. To this end I first finished off a special command base to represent Monmouth on the table top.  He was considered (even by his contemporary detractors) a handsome devil and, as the bastard son of Charles II, well use to power and wealth. He was also a very capable soldier, but not always blessed with similar skill in politics.

Below, Monmouth (clothed in his favorite purple) is seen peering through a spyglass as one of his officers points out various landmarks. The local fauna seem undisturbed by the great man’s presence:


A reverse view shows a cornet holding the personal standard Monmouth chose for this adventure. As shown in the header picture it is of Leveller sea green (an interesting choice!) emblazoned with the words, “Fear Nothing But God”.  A junior officer holds the duke’s horse, a dappled grey with purple and gold furnishings:


After landing at Lyme Regis, Monmouth began forming foot regiments by taking the in-coming recruits and assigning them as quickly as possible so drilling could begin. The men of his host town wished to form an independent unit, which the duke gave leave for them to do. It was small (prehapes 100 to 150 men) and is shown below as the Lyme Independent Company:

Monmouth's Lyme IC 1

For wargame purposes in Baroque they are formed up as open order musketeers:

Monmouth's Lyme IC 2

The next portion to come for Monmouth’s army will be the Yellow Regiment, whose figures I am beginning to clean and modify.