Tuesday, December 10, 2013

15mm Thirty Years War Infantry

Since I moved back in July to a much smaller locale, I decided to shrink my minis accordingly. To that end, I dragged out my old English Civil War figures and went on-line to find some rules for the period. I looked at many sets, including ones I bought a while back and found that they didn't exactly match what I was reading in the battle descriptions I had read. So, I decided to write my own rules.

In researching my rules, I found that warfare from1600 through the English Civil War was fairly consistant. The only technological advance was the slow adoption of early flintlock type mechanisms. So, the main differences were in organization and drill. These could be represented easily in the rules. With this in mind, I expanded my rules to cover the period from 1600 to around 1660.

Now, having expanded my rules I also needed to expand my collection of 15mm period figures. My current collection contains a mix of Minifig and old Mike's Models English Civil War figures. I have enough of this stuff to make two small armies. Being of limited funds for buying game stuff (and generally cheap), I decided to sculpt the figures I needed. That way I could get what I wanted and have a new line if figures to sell. The pictures below are of the figures I have completed so far.

This is an infantry officer wearing riding boots, broad brimmed hat, and sash.


This is the ensign. The flagstaff is a seperate piece. He wears riding boots (pulled up), sash, and broad brimmed hat.

This musketeer can be used for the English Civil War or any of the troops of the Thirty Years war. He has britches loose about the knees with lace protruding., midlength skirts on his coat, and a broad brimmed hat.
This musketeer wears a montero cap. Otherwise, he is similar to the first.

Here is a french style musketeer. He has britches loose about the knees with lace protruding. He wears a cassock and can be used as a King's Musketeer or Cardinal's Guard. The cassock was not only worn by the French, other armies used it as well.
This man carries a lighter musket or a caliver of an earlier period. He has a short cut coat and britches bound at the knee.

This is a typical germanic musketeer with light musket and stocking cap.
Here is a pikeman with back and breast plate with tassets. He's got a morion helmet and britches bound at the knee. 
This pikeman also has a back and breast plate with tassets. He's got a morion helmet and  britches loose about the knees with lace protruding. 
This pikeman is an armored in the standard fashion. His morion has a high crest.
This is an unarmored pikemen He has britches loose about the knees, in the french fashion.
This unarmored pikeman is dressed in the german fashion.
The heads on all of these figures come off. The plan is to mold the heads seperately so that they can be mixed and matched with any body.
Currently, I am sculpting cavalry so they should be my next post. If you have any comments on what should be added to this line, please let me know.


  1. You have created splendid little figures Chris.Some heads with beret would be good for Scots and Newcastle's foote.It is a fascinating period and you will get some super games out of it I am sure.
    I would be interested to hear more of your rules too.
    Good luck with this exciting venture!

  2. I always thought that the ECW range was Mike's Model's best. These look like they should complement them nicely. I'll confess though when I listed the last of my painted and unpainted Mike's on ebay a few years ago I was surprised at the demand after all these years.