Rawdon Raises an Army, Part One

Thomas Grove - After playing a game of Beneath the Lily Banners/The War of Three Kings I was hooked. Now to create my own army.

I really enjoyed Arthur Rawdon's force from the scenario we played so I decided I would stick with the Cock of the North. In reality Arthur's military career didn't last long. But pulling from Clarence's and Barry's alternate history I'm going to soldier on with him and rewrite his exploits. Well he isn't the best commander so maybe exploits is the wrong term...

As you can see my army will consist of 4 units of foot and 4 squadrons of horse. Though these are mostly poor (Raw) militia units. I have purposefully picked this army for the challenge of trying to get them to survive and hopefully do what I ask once in awhile.

Sir Arthur Rawdon and Captain Hugh Magill

My army will be made up mostly of Warfare Miniatures. However there are some Perry, Foundry, and Copplestone miniatures mixed in for variety. Most of the army is made up of hastily recruited militia and I wanted a ragtag look for my units.

Major Henry Baker

Rawdon will be the army commander, with Magill and Baker as personalities commanding their own units. That should take a little pressure off Rawdon as undoubtedly he will want to be at the head of his huge dragoon regiment.

Ah the poor foot taking casualties even in bare metal. ;)

Baker's Regiment

Where have our pikes gotten to? I'm going to wring that supply clerks neck!

Rathfriland Country Companies

Forward boys we must take that causey!

Forlorn Hope

Magill's squadron looking nice and professional.

Magill's Squadron

Oh the poor rural companies of Loughbrickland and Dromore. Can they stand to face the enemy?

Loughbrickland Country Companies
Dromore Country Companies

Rawdon's shiny new regiment, 3 whole squadrons.

Rawdon's 1st Squadron

Rawdon's 2nd Squadron

Rawdon's 3rd squadron - Will we be in reserve all day?

You might notice a few bonnet's mixed in for variety. I got the idea from this post...

As if this all wasn't enough there are the numerous Scots county or city Militia companies or even a potential trip across the sea to Ireland where these men could maybe even be used for some Ulster Scots volunteers on either the Jacobite or Williamite side. Men of Carrickfergus perhaps or even the notorious Redshanks of McDonnell!

As you are reading this the whole army is primed and I have started on painting all the horses, so updates will hopefully follow very soon...

(Editor: You can check out more of Thomas' projects at Give 'em Lead. If anyone else has an ongoing project for BLB or Donnybrook and you'd like to see your work featured here in a guest post get in touch with me at quindiastudios@gmail.com)