After a burst of activity over the weekend, the third of five Ebor cavalry units now joins the army of King Charles XII. I have already mentioned all the information I have about this regiment, so here are the images. Next up, I am doing the three gun crews, which should not take too long as it does not involve horses in any way, shape or form!
Monday, 26 July 2021
Saturday, 24 July 2021
I have decided to do a post whinging about how overseas retailors determine the postage they will charge we benighted colonials, as there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.
I have recently made a number of different purchases, none of them huge, and have found the postage rates charged vary greatly, as per below:
Victoria Miniatures US – Heads at cost of $US8 – postage $US10
Col Bills UK Various figures at cost of £45 - postage £12.60
Brigade Game US Various figures at cost of $136.50 - postage $18.55 (special deal if you buy over $125 worth of figures)
Anvil UK heads at cost of £3.50 each set - min postage £10
Statuesque Miniatures - heads at cost of £4.60 per set - min postage £4.85
Caliver UK - about £35 worth - post FREE!
So the main issue I had was with the minimum £10 Anvil had on their checkout - I would probably have only bought one set of their heads at £3.50, but I refuse to pay more for the postage than the product costs, so bought three sets! (I had this issue with Wee Wolf in the US recently - I wanted to get three mounted figures in total at $25 I think - and the minimum postage was around the same - making them very expensive figures which I did not purchase)
I understand international shipping costs something and I also realise the USPS rates have increased significantly since the US strong armed the international postal union but lets be honest, 8 or 10 28mm heads in resin could be placed in bubble wrap and sent in an ordinary A4 envelope for a fraction of the cost of most of these.
OK moan over!
The more astute of you may have realised the reason for the subject of this post is that I have made little progress on the second batch of Swedish dragoons. With this unit, I have taken some advice from my gaming friend Andrew and painted the horses first - but it does not seem to have speeded things up noticeably! I took a couple of images to show progress - with the first six, I undercoated the horse and rider separately, painted the horse, then attached the rider and painted him in situ. This time, I attached the rider then undercoated both and am now painting the horse before starting on the rider. I am not sure which method is better - how do others paint their mounted troops?
The first coat
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Here are the first six figures of the green coated Bohusland Dragoon Regiment of Charles 12th's Swedish army. Chosen for their unique uniform (it seems they spent the entire war stationed in Sweden, so would not have done a lot of fighting against the Saxons or Russians, presumably, but we wont let that small details prevent us from fielding such a stylishly attired unit! The three command figures are again spread over these two bases and also chevroned in a V shape formation.
Sunday, 18 July 2021
After what seems a VERY long time, I finally finished my second twelve figure unit of Ebor Swedish cavalry.
Friday, 16 July 2021
Thursday game this week at Julian's - Chris, John and I joined our host as we pitted my Covenanters (finally representing...well...Covenanters!) against Julian's TYW Swedes, representing Montrose's Royalists. The scenario chosen by Julian was the battle of Aberdeen, 13 September 1644.
The Battle of Aberdeen
The Covenanter government of Scotland had entered into alliance with the English
parliament and had entered the war in England in early 1644, the Scottish army having a
significant impact in the campaign for the north of England. In response, following the
royalists’ dramatic defeat at Marston Moor (Yorkshire, July 1644), the King appointed the
Marquis of Montrose as his military commander in Scotland. On 28th August 1644
Montrose raised the royal standard and with little more than 2000 troops fought a campaign
in which he had won a series of dramatic successes in the Highlands against the Covenanter
Montrose began a campaign intended to present such a threat to the Covenanter
government that they would have to recall Leven’s army from England and thus swing the
balance of the war there back in the royalist favour. In Scotland he might even, in the long
run, manage to topple the government and install a regime favourable to the king.
Montrose’s first objective was to establish a secure territorial base upon which he could
sustain a long campaign. Though outnumbered, his forces achieved their first victory at
Tippermuir. This forced the Scottish government to recall some, but not the bulk, of the army from
England, and other troops from Ireland.
From Tippermuir the royalists marched east towards Dundee. There they were rebuffed and
so pressed on northwards towards the government controlled city of Aberdeen.
Various local forces had been called to Aberdeen in early September to counter the threat
from Montrose. Though not all turned out, the government army was substantially stronger
than the royalists. They held the Bridge of Dee, forcing Montrose on the 11th September to
ford the river near the Mills of Drum. First, he called the government forces to surrender
but they would not. Instead, they deployed south west of the city, in a strong location
adjacent to Justice Mills. The troops deployed astride the main road (the Hard Gate)
approaching from the south west along the top of a steep scarp overlooking the point at
which the main road crossed the How Burn or Justice Mills Burn.
The government deployment is not clear from the documentary sources but Raid
suggests Balfour deployed the bulk of his cavalry on the left flank where the scarp was far
less steep, with the remainder on the right flank, adjacent to Justice Mills, with musketeers
holding the Justice Mills itself. They also placed several light artillery pieces in front of
the infantry and held several buildings and walled yards on the sloping ground. The royalist deployed to the west of the burn with infantry in the centre and cavalry on the wings, each
supported by about 100 musketeers. A few light artillery pieces were placed to the fore.
After an artillery exchange the government cavalry made ineffective, poorly coordinated
attacks on either flank. An outflanking infantry move by the covenanters, via a sunken lane,
on the royalist left was effectively countered. The well drilled royalist infantry used good
tactics to defeat the right wing covenanter cavalry attack. In the centre the royalist infantry
attack now cleared the buildings held against them and after a hard fight for some time,
they followed up the firefight with a charge that in hand to hand fighting soon broke the
inexperienced Covenanter infantry in the centre. The Covenanter reserve was also then
broken. In all the action had lasted less than two hours .
While the covenanter cavalry escaped, in the rout a significant number from the broken
infantry regiments were killed. There was then extensive plundering and far worse
atrocities by the royalist troops in the town itself.
But the royalist forces soon had to retreat north westward towards the Highlands because
the Marquis of Argyll with substantial forces was advancing to counter the royalist threat.
The royalist army under Montrose comprised mainly Irish troops for following Tippermuir
many of the Highland forces had dispersed. But they were more experienced and under a
very capable commander. The Covenanters under Lord Balfour, who had limited
experience, combined two regiments of regular troops with a substantial number of local
levies, the latter lacking battle experience.
Royalist: 1500 foot; 70 horse; several light artillery
Covenanter: 2000 foot and about 500 horse; several light artillery pieces
There is limited evidence of the losses both on the battlefield and in the town but Marren
suggests that the losses on the covenanter side tend to be over emphasised while the royalist
losses are under played