Friday, December 12, 2014

Sedgemoor 1685 Re enactment pictures

Wow! The Kings Life Guard of Horse Sedgemoor period
I spoke with a very nice chap called Alan at the September 2014 Partizan show in Newark. He was very interested in Warfare Miniatures cavalry models. He asked lots of questions about equipment positions and I remember, quizzed me hard on why sword scabbards sometimes appeared to sit at odd angles! I explained that was the way we had glued them on and not the way they were cast. He was happy with that!
Officer and trooper, Royal Dragoons 1685
Alan, I was learning, was a horseman. Not just a horseman but a serious re-enactor who reconstructed the forces of the Monmouth Rebellion. His group's project sounded absolutely fantastic and he was kind enough to share some truly excellent photographs which he has kindly allowed me to share with the Blog members.
The Duke of Monmouth at the original George Inn, Philips Norton
So, here are some really wonderful and atmospheric shots of what appear to be truly accurate re- enactors of both the King's and the Duke's followers. Inspiring stuff and linked indirectly to a new direction for Warfare Miniatures... keep visiting!
WLOA21 Royalist Cavalry Officer
WLOA35B Earl of Oxford's Regiment - Royalist Horse

WLOA57 Earl of Oxford's Command
WLOA11 Royalist Grenadiers - skirmished at Philips Norton
As it stands, the Warfare Miniatures range allows for every Royalist regiment to be represented and many codes are ideal for the Monmouth Rebel Army including use of WLOA34 Enthusiastic Cavalry for Monmouth's own cavalry. Some other Warfare codes suitable for Sedgemoor refights:

WLOA34 Rebel Horse

WLOA18 Battering piece
WLOA10 Royal Dragoons accurately recreating Alan's picture above


  1. Out of interest, which scabbard angles did he think were odd, Barry?

  2. Stunning pictures, Wow indeed. Personally very interested in the Monmouth Rebellion, grew up very close to where the infamous Judge Jeffries was born. His portrait hangs (no pun intended) in the National Trust property Erddig Hall on the outskirts of Wrexham.

  3. Splendid, beautiful photos and minis!

  4. Stephen, Alan was uncomfortable with any angle which was much off the vertical ie; hanging straight down. He seemed very interested in this and said they had done a lot of work on it.. not sure what that meant. I suspect if you were bumping along on a horse and something was bouncing against your thigh it might find itself at a multitude of angles in the space of a few seconds.. but then again, I don't ride a horse if full 17th century war gear so I know nothing!

  5. Thanks, yes I'd agree with that based on my own donkey walloping - not that I've tried it in late seventeenth costume either lol

  6. Just received some more excellent pictures from Alan today so I will be sharing them shortly with a little more of an overview of his group and what they get up to - the new pictures are really nice!

  7. Interesting side note concerning how stuff would be worn in real life. When I was a 78th Highlander, at the Halifax Citadel, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I had heard of "trotter pains" when wearing the Trotter pack. The bloody thing was uncomfortable! The straps were so tight, I could never actually put my own without one of my squad mates helping me. Once you had to wear one on sentry duty, or when leaving the fort for public events, it really came into it's own as something we all loathed!


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