Sunday, 2 August 2015


Here are the Roundhead cavalry in all their glory. Haselrigg's in the foreground, Waller's in the centre and the Bristol and Devon horse in the distance. 

Sir Arthur Hazelrig's regiment of horse. The famous 'lobsters' so called because "they are couvered in bright iron shell." 17c cuirassiers are my favourite troop type in history.

Sir Arthur himself, sporting a rather nice savoyard helm held in his hand. Figure by Langley models, he is considerably larger than his 54mm troopers, but I'm not too fussy about scale.

Hazelrigg's cornet

The Bristol horse, Major Hercules Langrish's regiment. I painted these chaps up to look like the roundheads in Witchfinder general.

Langrish's cornet 

Sir William Waller's own regiment

Waller's cornet (Fructus virtutis- The fruits of virtue )

Captain William Carr's troop (Carr served with Colonel Robert Burghill and led the second wave of cavalry down the slopes of Lansdown at the Royalist army, putting the cavalry to flight. Richard Atkyns a Royalist cavalryman who recorded the battle in his memoirs said
"...this was the boldest thing I ever saw,for a party of less than 1000 to charge an army of 6000 horse, foot and cannon in their own ground at least a mile and a half from their body."

Carrs'cornet (Pour la verite- For truth)

Captain George Thompson's troop of the Devon horse

Thompson's cornet (Veritas erit victrix- Truth will be the victor)

There seem to be a lot of Parliamentarian cornets recorded for Waller's army and I had a surfeit to choose from, whereas the Royalist list was a bit thin. Hopefully next posts will be showing the completed armies en masse.


  1. Fabulous!, they're going to look fantastic in action.

    1. Thanks Paul. should be able to do the battle by September....it is going to be used as a teaching aid for the oldest son's first history project next school year.

  2. can't wait to see the battle too...

  3. Excellent and very impressive.
    Great to see some Parlimentary Cavalry and some forces of Sir William Waller.

    1. Thanks Lee, and thanks for following! I am a dyed in the wool Parliamentarian . When this is finished I'll be all hands to the pumps on Oldhammer stuff....can't wait to get stuck into that.

  4. Me too, I am a supporter the (Good Old) Parlimentary cause.

    My ancestor was a Colonel in the Southern Association here in Sussex and the South and was involved with Sir William Waller.

    His name was Harbert Morley (sometimes listed as Herbert), who raised a regiment for Parliment, and took part in the Sieges of Basing, the Capture of Arundel, and a few other engagments. He also failed to recognise and capture Charles II after the Battle of Worcester. He was known as the 'Crooked Rebel of Sussex'.

    I am from the minor branch of the family, from the second marriage of William Morley (in the later 1500's) and who build Glynde Place. The older branch of the family took over (and then lost) the Estate, whilst we were imvolved in the Weald Iron industry, and early modern Sussex, before moving to Kent, London, and returning to Sussex in the later 20th Century.

    I like your blog and had a look through it properly the other night. I have nejoyed looking at the English Civil War posts, and am looking forward to seeing your Oldhammer stuff as well.

    1. How wonderful you can trace your family so far back....and to a stout Parliamentarian too with a great moniker (I bet he never lived down losing Charles II ).Glad you like the blog...my fantasy stuff is over at

  5. Nice array of horse; like the cuirassiers