Friday, 18 December 2009

Not quite SYW but...


My apologies for the long gaps between posting here but behind the scenes I've been busy with various flag projects, some paid; one project is British flags of the late 17th century and War of the Spanish Succession (snapshot of 2 such flags attached) for a friend. No prizes on offer but it will be fun to see if anyone recognises them. :-)

I do have plans to do more on this blog but shortage of time and energy are the enemy at the moment. I'll post more here as soon as I can; hopefully next will be more Saxon SYW heavy cavalry, a Saxon uhlan and some more hussars of various nations, as I'd like to squeeze more mileage out of my hussar template since it was a lot of effort to create it!

17 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

I don't recognize the flags, but they sure look cool! And nice to know your hard work is being rewarded by some paid gigs!

Capt Bill said...

Sir David, Glad to see your still kicking! Although I haven't posted lately myself, it is rumored your Foreign legion has cleared the Barony of Alesgarden of all the dreaded invaders. I'll be posting photos soon...Bill

Bluebear Jeff said...

I do like these older turn-of-the-century style English flags . . . i.e, before they became "British".

Thanks, David . . . and may you have a wonderful holiday season and a marvelous new year.


-- Jeff

David said...

Thanks, FB. :-) Yes, they do have a simple elegance to them. I think. And yes, it is good to get some money for creative work!

Cheers,

David.

David said...

Hi Bill,

Thanks; and good to hear from you too. :-) I'm so pleased that my command has been so successful - look forward to the pictures and report soon.

Thanks again for the honour!

All the best,

David.

David said...

Thanks, Jeff - I quite agree about the flags. I feel they become rather too standardised and (dare I say it) a bit boring when they're all union flag plus regimental flag of pretty much the same design except for the details.

Hope your holiday and 2010 are very good too. :-)

All the best,

David.

Steve Turner said...

More great work David. You never fail to amaze. Please don't stop.

Steve.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Agggh... I can't wait any longer, I give in, I give in, which regiments am I painting next????? :o)))

David said...

Thanks, Steve T! Will keep plugging away - even if slowly. :-)

Cheers,

David.

David said...

Hi Steve the W! OK, I'll reveal the identities: Top, Captains' standards Duke of Beaufort's Regiment and Bottom, Captains' standards Earl of Bath's Regiment. Now you know which regiments to paint next - if you can find uniform details... ;-)

Cheers,

David.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Excellent work David - I hope to use them soon...

The Earl of Baths regiment was commanded by Lieutenant General William, 6th Baron North & Grey and numbered 580 men at Blenheim where they served in Rowe's Brigade under Lieutenant General John, 1st Baron Cutts of Gowran - I've just finished one of the other regiments in the brigade (I'm painting all of them) so your flag is timely indeed!! As to uniform?? Well - this looks good.. though it disagrees with Grant..

http://www.baccus6mm.com/includes/howto/gnw_wss/britain/images/brinf2.jpg

The other regiment is more difficult to find... I know that there were raised in 1685 by Henry, Duke of Beaufort, to quell the rebellion caused by the landing of Henry, Duke of Monmouth, in Dorset, and were known as "The Duke of Beaufort's Musketeers". At the *time* of Blenheim they were commanded by a man called Stanhope- they had red coats/yellow facings... no battle honours for the War of the Spanish succession (their first is Dettingen) so it looks like they were doing garrison somewhere....

David said...

Thanks for the very useful and interesting background on those regiments, Steve.

What were the other regiments in Rowe's Brigade, please?

Thanks.

Cheers,

David.

David said...

Ah - just spotted the list of regiments in Rowe's Brigade in your blog posting of Friday 18th!

Cheers,

David.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Hi David - yes I'm working my way through them one at a time! :o))

I use this as my source - although it's Wikipedia I believe that the chap who posted it also posts to the Blenheim Yahoo group, and writes for the Pike and Shot society so he knows his stuff....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_order_of_battle

David said...

Hi Steve,

Thanks; yes, Wikipedia can be very useful, although it's wise to be cautious about it!

The problem with British units from that period is the way regiments change name with every change of colonel - it can make tracking a particular unit so frustrating!

Cheers,

David.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

David - agreed - may I direct you though to the single most useful site I have found on the entire web that deals with such things???

This site has the history and lineage of almost all british regiments, including colonels... I've not found a regiment yet that isn't listed!

http://web.archive.org/web/20051229200530/http://www.regiments.org/

The site is now sadly defunct, but I would urge any and all to download a copy by any and all means as soon as possible before it disappears completely..

David said...

Thanks, Steve. I'll grab that site as you suggest!

Cheers,

David.