Monday, 23 February 2009

The high command.

I think like most wargamers i tend to paint the fun stuff first, usually the high command and officer types. The "Very civile actions" rules allow army commanders and officers to move freely around the battlefield attaching themselves to any units as needs be. The officers also have personal characteristics ranging from heroic to bookish to cowardly. These characteristics affect how they command units and armies and whether or not they follow the orders they're given as well as affecting any units their attached to.

For my high command unit i have used a perry-miniatures priest from their crusader range and a mounted scottish commander from their scots of the civil war range. The standard bearer is a bicorne minatures irish pikeman.

Another good thing about doing an irish confederate army is that i can use Alasdair MacDonald aka Macolla the devastator aka Colkitto, as an officer. More famously known for his role as Montrose's lieutenant, he campaigned in Scotland in the hopes of defeating his bitter rivals the Campbells and regaining his lands and titles.
As he was not able to keep control of his ancestral lands he returned to Ireland with the hopes of recruiting a new force to return to Scotland with. While in Ireland he reluctantly took a commission as an officer in the confederate army and died before he could raise a new force and return to his native land.

Now that i've painted some of the fun stuff i really should be getting tanked in to the rank and file!

Friday, 20 February 2009

Welcome to the Irish Confederate wargaming blog.

I have been interested in wargaming for over 20 years now, but have never really finished an army for myself to game with. Most of what i have started has ended up in "bring and buys" or on internet auction sites, which is partly why i have decided to create this blog..... in the hope that it generates some interest and pushes me to keep painting!
Another reason for my apathy is perhaps that i have never found a set of rules that have appealed to me, untill recently. Some friends from Edinburgh have been gaming and running a campaign using the Perfect Captains free "Very Civile actions" rules (A supplement for their Spanish Fury ruleset). These rules seem to capture the "war of the three kingdomes" period quite well and allow for a reasonably quick and enjoyable game.

The rules can be found here at the perfect captains website:-
The Perfect Captain
And my friends site, in which he chronicles his latest games:- Edinburgh Wargames

Having decided on a ruleset and human opponents, i would now have to decide upon an army to field (and have enough interest in to actually want to lift a paintbrush!) With my opponents in Edinburgh fielding english royalist and parliamentarian armies, and knowing there where a couple of covenanting armies floating around at their club my choices were limited.
To limit my choices even further, my friend in Glasgow decided he was going to do Montrose's army, so the last army left which no-one already fielded was an irish confederate army.
Being honest this suits everyone perfectly as all of the other armies, bar Montrose's, were historical opponents of the confederates. It also suited me as it led to researching a new period of history and one not as well covered as the rest of the conflict it was a part of.
All i had to do now was get an army underway!!!