Here are 12 pikemen (including 3 command figures) and 16 shotte comprising a "regiment" of foot for play in English Civil War scenarios. These are all Warlord Games 28mm plastic figures. They are wearing orange jackets because I wanted to put a unit (of any gunpowder era) in orange, and this ended up being the one since information on unit colors during the English Civil War is sketchy. The flag is idenitified as "Colonel Fleetwood's Regiment" and a Parliamentarian flag, so I guess this is a Parliamentarian unit (although I will probably downsize the flag by about 50%).
These are based individually on metal washers. I have card with magnet paper glued on which make movement trays.
Parliamentarian officers favored orange sashes and Royalists ones favored red. This means orange might be an appropriate color for a Parliamentarian infantry unit but also means I put its colonel in a red sash by mistake (third from left, front row).
The banner is mounted on an extra thick styrene rod instead of the banner provided on the sprue. It looks like he's carrying a small tree trunk if you look closely but it means the banner won't snap off too easily (as has happened to me before). The pikes are also quite brittle but you can cement them back together in a pinch.
Not a fan of the lack of poses with Warlord Games plastics. You get different hats but that's about all you can really do to vary the poses. The musket poses are either firing or marching/advancing. It'd be nice to have a loading or at-ease type pose to use as the second row behind the firing poses.
DRUNK ON THE STREETS
Napoleon Davis and Chief Barry Join in Debauch
----- DISGRACEFUL SALOON BRAWL
-----Barry Said He Was Running the Town and Viciously Assaulted a Saloon-Keeper. ----- The spectacle of the chairman of the
police commission and his chief of police staggering along the streets in a
drunken spree, shouting curses, brawling in saloons, destroying property and
viciously assaulting unoffending citizens was furnished a number of people the
night before Thanksgiving.Although
Chairman Davis and Chief Barry may have forgotten all the circumstances of the
episode, these are perfectly fresh and distinct in the minds of many witnesses,
particularly the unfortunate victims of their assault.
Thanksgiving eve Davis and Barry started out with the praiseworthy intention of
showing the town that they owned it.After they made the rounds of the saloons and dives, leaving a trace of
overturned beer kegs, bicycle racks and signboards in their wake, and imbibing
all the liquor they could get free, the brought up about 1 o'clock Thursday
morning in a saloon on Morrison street, both ugly drunk, and looking for
Banging the door open, they staggered up to the bar and demanded a
drink.It was furnished them.They they started for the private rooms in
the rear, one of which was occupied by two young men named Mannard and Lenner.
"Who's in this here room," demanded Barry.
"There are two young gentlemen there, chief," said the
bartender, civilly."There are
plenty of other rooms."
"Do' wan' no other room; want this here one," said the chief.
"You'll have to take another."
"I'll do nothin' kind; I'll break door in," shouted Barry,
giving it a vicious kick.
brought the one of the occupants of the room to his feet.
don't know who you are," said he, "but if you want this room worse
than we do, we'll get out and let you have it."
"Looker here, young feller," yelled Barry in a drunken rage,
"I'm chief p'lice, I'll git in there 'n show you who's runnin' this here
town."He threw back his coat and
showed his star.
"Thas' what he is," corroborated Davis, "He's sheef
p'lice. I'm cham'n p'lice. I'll stand 'im back. Don't give no jaw."
juncture, William Anglin, who runs a saloon on Morrison street, near the corner
of first, and the bartender came running in, and took a hand in the melee.
can handle him," said Anglin, andhe made a grab for Barry.The
chief, who is a powerful man, suddenly swung around and smashed Anglin on the
face, breaking his glasses into fragments, and sending him back into the
"Leave me 'lone," he shouted, "I'm chief p'lice.I'll fix these here kids in this
box."He thrust his hand in this hip
pocket, and would have drawn his pistol, had not the barkeeper seized hi and
pulled him back into the barroom.A
crowd had in the meantime gathered, and by the united efforts of every one
present, Davis and Barry were pushed into the street.The next day one of the young men who was in
the box received a note of apology, signed by Barry.Anglin was paid $5 for his broken glasses,
which was a sufficiently large sum to purchase his silence.
Earlier the same night Davis and Barry came out of the Imperial, a
concert dive on Fourth street, between Morrison and Yamhill, and made the best
of their unsteady way around the block, overturning bicycle racks, piles of
beer kegs and everything they could lay their hands on.Every time a bicycle rack was reached David
would kick it over, and order Barry to pick it up and heave it into the center
of the street, which the latter would do with alacrity.The four sides of the block around which they
made their irregular course were strewn with smashed movables, and their course
could be traced a long way by the wrecks, whatever they were able to lay their
hands on.In the Louvre, at Fourth and
Alder streets, their boisterousness soon led to their ejection, as it did in a
number of other places.
reaching the Morrison-street saloon, they made the rounds of the dives and
disreputable houses.It was the night of
Bud Smith's victory at the Multnomah Club, and the street was crowded with
young men, celebrating the event.Nearly
all of these met the drunken officials in their travels. Whenever the latter met any one whom they knew
they stopped and engaged in maudlin conversations, telling with great glee that
they owned the town, and were going to do what they pleased with it.
Several policemen met them, but the only one who had the courage to
advise them to go home was roughly told to mind his own business.At 2 o'clock a county official, who is a
personal friend of Barry, put the two drunks in a hack and sent them home.It was too late, however, to avoid a scandal,
although both Davis and Barry have been spending considerable time and money to
hush the matter up since.
have been no arrests.
Although recent publicity has lessened their patronage, the dives,
dancehalls and like places are still open, and undisturbed by the police.
First and Madison streets, a combination joint is run by one DeMartini, which
is the rendezvous of the toughest element in that section of the city.Downstairs is a bar and a disreputable show,
in which women take part, in open defiance of the law, which forbids womenin the
same room with a bar.Above is a crap
and stud poker game.Here thugs and
toughs congregate in large numbers, and not a night passes that the place is
not the scene of a disgraceful drunken brawl.Policement wander in and out of the place and drink at the bar.
place known as the Imperial, on Fourth street, near Morrison, is nightly filled
with women, who take no trouble to conceal themselves behind the curtains of
the boxes in which they are ranged.A
close inspection of these boxes will reveal the presence of numerous young
girls not of their teens, who have been lured thither before they know the character
of the place, and who have been corrupted till they enjoy the entertainment.
proprietors of the dancehalls in the North End constantly visit such places of
theses in search of women to fill their dives.These men prefer young girls, who are willing to pay them large
commissions to dance in their resorts.Girls whose first lessons in evil are taught in concert halls like the Imperial
invariabley find their way sooner or later to the dancehalls of the North End,
and are associated with the worst element to be found in the city.All such places are frequented by the police,
and not the slightest effort is made to keep young girls out of them.
-Oregonian. December 9, 1897.
Patrick J. Barry was Portland's Chief of
Police from June 9, 1897 to July 2, 1897 (just 23 days!), so the date of this
article (December 1897) and purported date of the drunken foray (day before
Thanksgiving, 1897), both months after the end of Barry's short tenure as chief,
means Barry was carrying on about being "sheef" long after it no
longer being the case (but Barry flashes his "star" to get his way?).Portland's then-Mayor Pennoyer appointed four police chiefs during his term (1896-1898). His
successor, Mayor Mason, replaced the entire police force, its chief, the janitor, and the board
of commissioners, including… Napoleon Davis.Davis knew Mason would clean house and forced each the Portland patrol to
donate $25 a month to war chest to defeat Mason in the election.He collected $2,500 and instead kept it all for his
own personal use "to buy big fat cigars" (see Portland's Finest, Past and Present (2000) p22).
Here are the 13 figures from Eureka Miniatures'
Beowulf & Retinue Set #2 Action Poses (100DAK04).These are cast in pewter, I think.You get Beowulf (up front on the bigger base, 'course), his two bodyguards (the
fellas just behind Beowulf. in full head-to-toe chainmail), a "Germanic" companion with a
fearsome double-handed axe (far left), a shirtless "strongman" companinion (far right), a
"Moorish" spearman companion, a "shield maiden" with sword,
and so forth and so on – basically every figure is sculpted to be a "character"
figure of some sort. A decent number of them rank up very nicely as a
shieldwall. These also rank up nicely with other Dark Age figures so you can
blend a lot of them into other units.The
Beowulf figure makes a great warlord figure for pretty much any SAGA faction,
and the strongman and Germanic companion could easily be champions in an Irish
These were pretty easy to paint given that
almost everyone is wearing chainmail.I
painted these simultaneously with my Old Glory Arthurian Saxons, and it was interesting
to compare the pewter versus the lead figures by Old Glory. I assume it is the
lead which allows the Old Glory figures to have much deeper cuts in their sculpts
– especially with faces and hair.
The Moorish companion is in the back on the above photo. The "shield maiden" is in front of him.