Monmouth’s Army

With the completion of the Green Regiment (and their friends), Monmouth’s army is all but complete. Even though I have again set up the battlefield for Benburb using the new terrain fractals, it was hard to resist seeing what this new army looked like all put together. Consequently, I borrowed Derrycreevy ridge to play the part of the Mendip Hills and took some group photos:

monmouth's army view 3

monmouth's army view 2

monmouth's army view 1

I sat and stared at the Black Duke’s army – table-top wargamers spend a lot of timing doing that – just staring at our handiwork – noticing every missed  brushstroke – but also imagining them going into action!  As I stared at the Great Man’s army I realized that had it not been for a few missed chances – some rather poor choices – and worse, indecisiveness at precisely the wrong time – he might have pulled it off!

If everything had fallen right and he caught James’ army by complete surprise – the plungeons found and the Bussex crossed – the Royal Army might have been defeated in detail. Then everything would have changed. The countryside would have been alive with rebellion and the bulk of the gentry and even some of the aristocracy might well have taken up arms to join the new Protestant king.

So I began adding a number of my collection of civilian pieces. First a rush of laborers, apprentices, serving boys and miners joined the march (shown on the left):

Monmouth's enhanced arrmy 2

Hardly a firearm among them, but sturdy lads, with cudgels, pruning hooks, picks, axes and shovels – and as the militia fled before them (or came over to them) they would become increasingly better armed.

Of even greater importance, the landed gentry, deep of pocket and rich in manpower, brought out – everybody – still with many improvised weapons but over a third with their own firearms. Three such near regimental sized groups are shown in the foreground below:

Monmouth's enhanced arrmy 3

Monmouth’s army has near doubled in size (with more coming by the hour). With the village of Rowberrow behind him, he now looks east toward London and his destiny:

Monmouth's enhanced arrmy 1

Opposing him will be the remnant of the militia, the remainder of the Royal Army pulled from every nook and cranny, and the doughty (but likely unenthusiastic) London Trained Bands.

Such an alternate history scenario has probably been done before but it will be fun to do again – my way.




11 thoughts on “Monmouth’s Army

  1. Stirring stuff 🙂

    You’ll be pleased to know Kirkes Regt. got their call to arms last night, and the next in the queue will be on the sticks for muster this evening!

    Nathan / JTP Painting


  2. The pages of history are filled with “what ifs” in every era. It was interesting to see your imaginings as shown by the new civilian characters taking part in the battle.


  3. I love the big 28s also and hard to beat at a show since you can generally tell what period is in play from 10 feet away😀
    I like the 10’s because of the maneuver space created.

    Thanks for the update Nathan! I have two regiments of militia on sticks to paint with two more to do – then I’ll move on to Berbers/Arabs/Turks for Tangier and indigenous warriors for a King Philip’s War. – it never ends! Incidently, how do you feel about painting some Elizabethans?

    Bonnie, thanks. As I look around the wargaming world, cleverness abounds. Sometime, somewhere, we will find something…😀


  4. A fascinating ‘what if’ project. I do like 10mm for the pre-modern period, as it gives a much better feel for armies en-masse.


  5. Thanks A.J.
    I agree, you can put 10mm in masses and still keep some of the individual detail.
    I also thing that on the normal wargaming table (say 6′ x 4′) you can have battles with a fair number of units without looking cramped or crowded.


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