Painting and Basing

The header picture is a portrait of James, Duke of York just prior to his ascension to the throne as James II.

I have been working pretty intently on getting the core of my Scots Flodden army completed but wanted also to get at least one unit of James II’s army at Sedgemoor on a more modular set of bases to see how they are going to work. The painting of these figures was done professionally and were my second Christmas gift from my wife. I added the pikes and flags. Once they are all based (along with the Flodden army as well), I will do all the final dressing of the bases (along with their magnetic vinyl bottoms) as one giant assembly line task.


The First Battalion of the First Foot Guards in various configurations:

Probable Sedgemoor configuration (1685). This is roughly a 2:1 (musket:pike) configuration, little different from the later BCW. A grenadier company is added (rear rank of right flank). The three additional pieces are for alternated configurations.

The same 1685 configuration but with the grenadiers now detached (with their own command) and “line” musketeers taking their place in the battalion.

The battalion in a circa 1690 configuration with a 5:1 (musket:pike) ratio. Grenadiers remain detached.

The battalion can be configured in a post 1700 configuration (no pikes and socket bayonets).

With the new modular basing, the pikes may be deployed in a variety of ways:

Pikes forward.

Pikes rearward

In a pinch I may use the post-1700 configuration all the way through 1746 so I can complete the Jacobite Wars. Both the appearance of the uniforms and the accouterments would have changed noticeably but for wargaming purposes it will save doing a whole new army.


4 thoughts on “Painting and Basing

  1. Looking good! I’ve been contemplating some similar arrangements for a future projected 1672 army. I would love to do Sedgemoor…. I have a copy of Brigadier Peter Young’s book on the battle, with some annotations and a load of photos of the 1985 reenactment pasted inside by the author.


  2. The book that captured me on Sedgemoor was David Chandler’s. Picked it up on a whim soon after it was published because of his Napoleonic histories – have been hooked on Sedgemoor ever since.


  3. Great Christmas gift! I can’t imagine anyrhing you’d enjoy more than a new army already painted. Of course you still make bases and configure the army, but you’ve saved a lot of time. Enjoy!


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