Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Montrose Irish, Warlord Games - Part 2

I've finally managed to take pictures of the Warlord Games Montrose Irish command group. I actually finished painting these figures a few weeks ago but I've been on my hols. The main group can be seen in this previous post: Montrose Irish part 1.
Commander
Commander
Drummer
Drummer
The flags supplied in the box set are, I believe, all conjectural. Seeing as they are Irish and not wishing to waste the opportunity for a cliché my brother opted for the green flag.
Ensign
Ensign
Ensign
The ensign originally carried an integral moulded metal flagstaff. I think Warlord must have realised that this pole was too flimsy as the box contains five metal pike although there are only four pikemen in the set. After removing the soft metal flagstaff I drilled out a hole though the figure’s hand and replaced the flagstaff with a cut down metal pike. I can understand why Warlord provided the figure complete with flagpole as the majority of people purchasing the set probably don’t to want to mess around cutting, carving and gluing metal models but I think it’s worth the effort (there’s nothing worse than having a droopy flagpole).

Warlord print their free flags on the relatively thick paper of the information leaflet that comes with the box set. Whenever I've tried to make the flags appear windswept I've found the papers creases and the white paper shows through the printing. In order to cover up these I paint, or use a wash, to fill in the cracks.

I also paint the edges of the flag with the appropriate colour so that the white line of the paper is no longer visible. 
Sergeant
Sergeant
I've just returned from a holiday up north (Carlisle, Edinburgh, Newcastle and York) where we saw numerous sites and artefacts associated with the Marquis of Montrose himself. I hope to post a separate article detailing these soon.

I recently purchased the Warlord miniatures of Alasdair 'The Devastator' MacColla and the Highland hero which I'll add as and when they're painted (but don't hold your breath).

7 comments:

  1. Very, very nice painting. I love the colours you've used on the drummer, he looks superb!

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  2. Excellent painting! I just started in this hobby and I've noticed that many use black primer. I assume that you do too. I haven't been able to find black primer, only gray. Would you suggest the gray primer, covered with black? After my current project of painting Clare's Dragoons & O'Brien's Foot, who were Jacobites in the Williamite War, I hope to do the Montrose Irish Regt. I'm having trouble finding what the uniforms of King James II Jacobite Army were, or if they even used uniforms. Also haven't been able to find what banner the Clare & O'Brien units might have flown.

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  3. Really good work! Especially on the Officer and the Drummer. Montrose's Army is a fascinating subject, both historically and visually. If I ever get to finish my Parliamentarian and my Royalist armies, Montrose's force will be my third contingent!

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  4. Those are bloody beautiful, you can't beat a bit of Irish,

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  5. Thanks for all the comments as always.

    @Gael Ridire,

    Grey primer will work just fine.

    The Jacobites aren't really my 'period' (neither is the ECW strangely enough) although I do find them increasingly interesting.

    The links below am be of help.

    http://www.irishregimentsandhistory.com/#/the-irish-brigade/4549768619

    http://www.mts.net/~homenic1/vaubanner/28mm.SYW.html

    "28-7YW-FFI-5 French Foreign (Irish Regts.): Bulkeley, Clare, Dillon."

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  6. Brilliant painting skills sir!

    Cheers Rich.

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