A Bunch of Old Willies .....No, now wait a minute - Titter ye Not! . The above is not another bash at the OFW crowd- far from it In fact both of the titles refer to the nearest I have to a regiment of Suren ECW figures. By the standards of todays knowledge they are a bit odd. Over armoured pikemen and musketeers in the costume of the 1620s, or earlier- taken straight out of De Geyn and frankly a bit too posh for the soldiery of the 1640s. More like the well of chaps who were members of the various "Military Gardens" or Artillery Societies of the pre- Civil war dats than the rank and file of the Oxford army or Essex's Parliamentarians..
Nevertheless they are pretty enough and worth the painting- so I did. partly to illustrate the diiferences in knowledge between "back in the day"- these are at least 40 years old if not considerably more- and now.
|Title picture? These 3 musketeeers are holding little batons in their right hands- presumably supoosed to be ramrods.... just out of the picture is the orchestra they are conducting ...
|A single Willie on a horse !- the only "ECW" mounted Suren I currently have. He would fit well into Early TYW armies but is decidedly old fashioned by 1642
|The rest of the unit- all of which are Old Willies!.