The Duchess of Newcastle later wrote that the men had ‘showed such an extraordinary valour and courage in that action, that they were killed in rank and file.’ It is known that the Marquis of Newcastle himself was probably the last senior Royalist of note to leave the battlefield.
From several thousand (possibly as many as three thousand) men only 30 Whitecoats were taken prisoner.
The book states that several Whitecoats were known have worn red coats but I wanted a more uniform look (no pun intended). Another recorded feature of the regiment is that a number of soldiers wore a cross made from red and blue material on their coat sleeves. I’ve added a few of these onto the left shoulder of a number of the miniatures. For pikemen and musketeers the left arm would be the one generally facing the opposition when in action. This must have acted as both a field badge for friendly units and a mark of defiance aimed towards the Puritan Parliamentarian forces.
I varied the colour of the armour throughout the regiment. There is silver for polished armour, black to represent painted items and brown to represent natural patina. I’ve added brown breastplates as this is often the colour seen being worn be re-enactors. It all helps to add to the variation into what is relatively a plain looking unit.
Number of small modifications such as on this figure where I have removed his tassets (upper leg armour). I imagine this would have been quite common in real life as the protection they offered wasn’t proportional to their extra weight. This simple effect was achieved using a sharp knife and needle files to remove the plates and then smooth down the plastic.
On several pikemen figures I added a snap bag from greenstuff based on the