Covenanter/Government

Since taking the decision to use Impetus:Baroque wargaming rules I have started adding army lists to my army organization pages. Where possible I will use the lists provided by D&P Publishing but some of my applications are specialized so I have need to create a few of my own. I also add a bit more specificity to the unit type codes.

baroque-ircra-covenanter-units

The above list will will be used for the Bishops’ Wars (for both Covenanter and Scottish Royalist), the Home Army ( Montrose’s principle opponent and the two field armies (Ulster and England) during the time period shown.

Original notes on Scottish Covenanter  forces are below:

I have ended up painting 288 infantry (48 combat pieces) and 54 command figures (27 command pieces) to assemble as many as nine regular foot regiments for the Scottish government army to cover the period from 1638 to 1652. I also added 15 militia command pieces (20 figures total) to allow for a reasonable force of city militia/fencibles/levies. A set of three command pieces and a varying number of combat pieces allows for a great deal of flexibility in building up historic or fictional units. The militia command sets can be assigned to regular combat pieces or to a collection of various civilian combat pieces to give a fair approximation of the quality (or lack thereof) of forces in home service.

My full Covenanter army deployed for battleThe photo above shows a possible layout of the entire Covenanter army (foot) – Nine line regiments supported by five militia/levy units (around 6200 men in 1:15). The units are labeled by the default name associated with the ensigns displayed (see Command Pieces for more details).  I associated several of the ensigns (the color scheme at least) with their historic units BUT many liberties have been taken. In any wargames that I do it is unlikely that the regiment on the board will have ensigns resembling those of the historic unit. Still and all, I’m satisfied with the overall look.Covenant Regular Line Regiments

The figure above shows the pair of flags that appear on each regular regiment’s senior line command piece. I maximized the color schemes of the regimental flags for easy recognition on the table top. As much as possible I tried to get a mixture of regiments that served in all three theaters (Scotland, England, Ireland) across the time period of interest. Some of the figures (mainly Pendraken) were modified with green stuff to make plaids, a few had their heads changed around a bit (although at this scale that would be difficult to pick out). While I used hodden grey (Vallejo 70.987 – medium grey gives a nice, butternut base) for starters, there are at least ten other shades used. Additionally about twenty-five percent of the figures are in red (Delta Napthol Crimson) to one degree or another. These are done to suggest a known service dress for some of the regiments in Ireland.
Covenant Militia RegimentsThe militia line command pieces each carry a set of ensigns with the white on blue saltire in the canton. These are wholly without historic basis but allow me to easily create any militia type unit (including some Scots/Irish units in Ulster) for service in any year. Despite the lack of historicity, I do think they have an  appropriate “look and feel”.

As of this posting (8/25/2015) I have no plans to add more foot pieces to the Covenanter army.

In addition to the various generic field command pieces that can be used with any army, there is one custom field command piece for specific use with the Convenanter forces:

Covenanter Field Commander

This piece is usually used to represent the Commanding Officer of a Covenanter army and could easily represent, Leven, Baille, Munro or even Montrose (in 1638 – 40).

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