Remnants of the late wars

Remnants of the late wars

After nearly four years of meandering through various battles on the Celtic Fringe during the mid Seventeenth Century, I have added to and rebased my armies at least a dozen times, tried my own rules and a half dozen others and changed the way I set up my battle table more times than I care to think.

I have, in the Autumn of 2018, fully committed to For King and Parliament as my only rules set. I have a terrain system that I like and may finally have adopted a basing plan that seems  to work. For a compulsive person who often perseverates on redoing everything over and over again, often to little purpose, this is progress indeed.

When Charles II disbanded the army of the late Commonwealth he (wisely) saw to it that each soldier was fully paid for his service, then, with very few exceptions, he dumped them upon the generally unsympathetic population of the Three Kingdoms to fend for themselves. Although they were now free to make a living as they chose, most knew only the trade of arms and in the coming months and years fell on hard times. In C. H. Firth’s magisterial work, Cromwell’s Army, he cites several examples of ballads of the period that engage the theme of “soldier turned beggar”. One in particular sticks in my mind. It begins, “in Red-coat rags attired I wander up and down, since fate and foes conspired, thus to array me…” Hence the name of the blog.

While I greatly admire those among the wargaming hobby who make exquisite miniatures that play on terrain that looks like it could be found in Model Railroader, I am an everyman wargamer (and solo besides). I play with adequately painted soldiers on stylized terrain (and becoming more so as the years past). I try to present the gist of certain battles as accurately as I can but much is interpretive and my interpretations change over time.  Most wargamers are like me, I think, just trying to have a good time while capturing the spirit of a certain period or genre.  Setting up fast, playing fast, taking down fast. What gets seen and expressed here is the tip of the iceberg that is my gaming life.

in early 2019 I have taken the decision to expand the scope of this blog a bit. I am pushing back the starting point to 1455 to be able to do the War of the Roses and then come forward through the 16th c to the early 17th c. in the Three Kingdoms of the British Isles:

Venn of British Isles


I have covered these additions, somewhat, in my other two blogs and therein lies the problem. I maintain all three blogs adverisment-free and this is becoming more expensive to do of late. I recently upgraded In Red-coat Rags Attired to a full commercial site, not because it will ever be such but because I want the unlimited media storage and many of the tools associated with such a site. The other two blogs will be discontinued over this next year and some of the posts there will be brought here. I will likely also start to do posts about One-Hour-Wargaming in various period at this site as well.

When I am not being Guillaume d’Guy (my nomme de faux-guerre) I am Bill, a retired pastor and former analytical chemist, living with my lovely wife (and the occasional cat or two) on the eastern slopes of the hauntingly beautiful Allegheny Mountains.

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lasted edited February 13, 2019

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    • In the history of the world soldiers have always been celebrated during a war but after, except in a few cultures, they are reminders of things people would like to forget or totally ignore – until they are needed again. Many of our hobby magazines and shows run fund drives for Combat Stress Appeal in the UK and Wounded Warrior Project here in the USA. While we deal in fantasy most of us comprehend the reality behind it.


  1. Your 3-bar pot is a nice original example and dates to about 1660-70. By now the tail and peak were being made from very thin metal to compensate for the very heavy skull to resist improved firearms. The skull is flat as the metal was too thick to work into a raised comb. The cheek pieces would have been suspended from the rivets between the visor and tail.


    • Edward – thanks for the detailed comment on the 3-bar pot helmet, yours are the best date estimates that I have had. I really need to get the rest of my small collection posted up, your additional comments would be most welcome.


  2. Just a quick thank you for you and your blog which has inspired me to extend my Civil War gaming to Ireland and Scotland also.


  3. The aforementioned redcoats were also sent to kill and be killed as the kings mercenaries tin the portugese wars of liberation … like their descendents who helped liberate the south american colonies of spain their role now alas forgotten ……


  4. Excellent website. Just one question. Have you found any brigading information for Kilsyth and Alford? Both sides. Thanks

    Jonathan MEdmans


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