The “Don’t Tell Him Pikes” – The first of the Bluecoats or Trained Band reinforcements for the Elizabethan Muster (Militia or Arma-Dad’s Army Home Guard) to see off the Spanish Armadas land invasion threat.
“They don’t like it up ’em!” “Show em the cold steel!” Says Mister Jones ye Butcher.
Also available for the English Civil War 50 years later … and for The Napoleon of Notting Hill 1904/ 1984.
Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog:
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Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures.
I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures.
Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules.
To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...
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6 thoughts on “A Nudge of Pike”
No stupid boys but rather folk who mean business. They have turned out really well and really look the part. Many years ago a friend and I put on a 15mm version of the Battle of Koge ( 1807 Denmark) at a Wargame show in Scotland. The Battle involved landvaern , home Guard like troops, against Britain regulars. I wrote a version of the Dads Army song as if it was written by Danes in 1800. I passed it off as real , a piece of archive material I had discovered and translated. Fun days,
I feel that this song should be resurrected on your blog if you have not already done so.
Musketeers are also done. As you say, no Stupid boys! The local Cornish Muster and Trained Bands including musketeers and bowmen with long distance fire did manage to see off the Spanish ships trying to land at Marazion and St Michaels Mount in 1595 after a slow and panicked response to the Spanish burning of Paul, Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole.
I hope you have some dandy/ incompetent local money lender to lead them backed up by a Sargent with experience from earlier conflicts on the continent. Perhaps an apothecary figure who could remove wounds on the throw of a 5 or 6? An officious local watchman who tells everyone to blow out their candles? The list is endless…
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This is all sounding good – add in some dodgy smuggler bloke with goods in a sack, import export essential supplies. No questions asked.
Puzzled what the melancholic Scotsman and gloomy fellow Celt is doing this far south, predicting Doom.
They look great, looking forward to seeing them take on your red coated Spanish.
The musketeers will soon be joining them …