Painting Interlude

Before getting back to Balleyeasca I decided that I needed to finish up several of the projects, in various states of completion, that have been clogging up my work bench. Having gotten 136 cavalry figures back from the painting service I still needed to organize them into several units (16 squadrons), mount them on bases, and add flags to all the cornets. In my basing system four combat pieces (one of which is an integrated command piece) comprise a squadron and two (and sometimes three) squadrons make up a regiment:

Horse - Howard 1 - Based

The horse regiments are generic, designed to be used with any faction (although the lancers would be more limited in their deployment). The flags are entirely fanciful and have no relation to historic flags other than the general look.

I then finished up my third Anglo/Irish foot regiment, Sir Robert Stewart’s (which will also be assigned as the Derry garrison):

R Stewart Derry

The command pieces had been completed earlier, one of which (with musketeers initially from Coote’s) are present as the Derry relief force at Balleyeasca. The green and white color scheme of the standards is the scheme used by Bruce’s regiment rather than Stewart’s. Stewart’s is one of three regiments planned to represent the Lagan Army in Northwestern Ulster.

Sir Charles Coote’s Anglo/Irish regiment (which can be either the elder’s or the younger’s) was completed earlier but I wanted to show it also:

Coote

Coote’s had flags of tawny and green. Tawny is usually interpreted as an orange or tan but I decided to use a brighter yellow. Coote (the elder in particular) was famous (notorious) for his commitment to “total war” concepts and his harshness in dealing with Catholic insurgents.

A few final additional explanatory (or apologetic) notes:

“Anglo/Irish” is a collective term for a number of sub-factions (“Old English”, “New English”, “New Scots”). At the time the Confederation Irish often referred to them as “British”. “Catholic” and “Protestant” is also a fault line but the more I read the more exceptions I find. In fact, Ireland is a very confusing place and It will be often possible that Anglo/Irish regiments will find themselves on opposites sides.

All Anglo/Irish forces carry the cross of St. George even those that are strictly Scots (as is the likely situation at Balleyeasca). This is done to separate them from the Scots Covenanter army sent to Ireland from Scotland. They also uniformly carry gyronny pattern regimental flags (again with no basis in reality).

Finally my use of “Derry” (rather than “Londonderry”) is NOT a political statement. Derry is an English alliteration of the Gaelic name of the place (“Oak Grove”) which comes from time out of memory. My limited experience in Ireland is that even most Protestants in the north (exclusive of hard core Unionists) refer to the place as “Derry”, this in spite of all the road signs saying “Londonderry”.