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Marston Moor terrain, photos and OOB etc

Well at long last all the terrain is done. Pics are below followed by a part set up with what troops are currently available. It gives an impression at least. Am wondering if more cavalry are needed to make things look meaty but it has all been proportioned out so will assess after the first refight.

Various shots in random order thanks to the new updated google blog mechanics that i have no idea how to use at present. Ruperts Blewcoats are right down at the bottom of the page. Spot Tyldesleys, Newcastle, Byron and other assorted brigades.

Forces almost finished. Below are mainly the Parliamentary foot with Tillier and some Newcastle regiments also included.

Marston Moor Order of battle using Field of Glory rules; 1/3/12

These lists have been prepared based on troop numbers contained in the Osprey, Peter Young and Stuart Reid books. York Archaeological Trust also supplied some information. In simple terms one troop base is the equivalent of approximately 100 men (50 per figure for cavalry and between 25-35 for foot).  

I have also kept loosely to the proportions mentioned in the army list books to ensure superior troops don’t dominate.

Cavalry have been kept where possible to 4 bases per unit. This works well for the Parliamentarians but the Royalist unit sizes seem to have been a little smaller. This appears to work well on the west flank where Royalist units are equal in quality to Cromwell’s chaps but somewhat more brittle.

Royalist and parliamentarian foot units varied in size from 250 to 500 so whilst the figure unit size is generally consistent at six bases I have assumed that the fighting capability of the unit is reflected in its grading under the rules.

Scots foot regiments were around 750 strong so are probably under represented in base numbers but again I have taking their overall fighting capability to be reflected in the unit grading.

Generals listed will be used in the game. All are troop commanders to reflect their limited ability to control matters outside their immediate vicinity. All these rankings have yet to be play tested.  

West flank- Royalist right flank/ Parliament left flank

Commander Byron(first line)
Urry (second line)

Generally all
Cavaliers, armoured, superior, pistol impact, pistol melee.

First line
Byron (300)         3
Urrey (300)         3  - average to reflect his turncoatability
Vaughan (200)   2
Trevor (300)       3
Second line
Tuke (200)           2
Molyneux (300)3 – average pistol impact, sword melee; for variety’s sake?
Tyldesley (300)  3
Leveson (200)    2
Rupert (400)       4

Commanded shot (500) 2x 2 average muskets

First line Cromwell
Second line Vermuyden
Third line Leslie

Generally all  Determined Horse, armoured, superior, pistol impact, pistol melee

Eastern Association horse
First line
Cromwell (800)                 2x4
Second line
Vermuyden (350)            4
Manchester  (700)           2x4
Fleetwood (400)               4 – average; for variation
Third Line- Scots
Leslie (350)                         4 unarmoured, poor, pistol shooting, pistol melee
Balcarre (350)                    4 unarmoured, poor, pistol shooting, pistol melee
Kirkcudbright (350           4 unarmoured, average, light lancer, impact, swordsmen melee

Commanded shot (500) 2x2 average musket

Frasers Dragoons (500) 3



I have mixed things up for a bit of variety. Newcastle’s army has been given a mixed rating to ensure the individual regiments are not too powerful. Sources also talk about Rupert putting his best troops in the front line and keeping his rawer troops in the second line. The large regiments were noted as forming up in two bodies apparently.

The commanded shot guarding the ditch will be represented by detaching musketeers from the main regiments and then reattaching them again when/if they retire.

Overall Infantry Eythin
Rupert’s infantry Tillier
Newcastle’s infantry Mackworth
Rupert’s front line Broughton

Reserve/overall command

All foot average unarmoured musket/pike unless stated

Newcastle’s army
7 regiments  (3500)         7x6                        4 superior  3 average 
Cavalry – Cavaliers, armoured, superior, pistol, pistol
Blakiston (500) 5
Widdrington (400) 4
Newcastle’s lifeguard (40) 1

First line
Rupert (1000)                    2x6                         superior; the senior regiment in the army
Byron (500)                         6                             
Warren (500)                     6             
Tyldesley (1000)               2x6
Broughton (1000)             6
Ernley/Gibson (500)        6
Tiller (1000)                         2x6                         superior; veterans and for variety
Second line
Chaynor (500)                    6                              poor; for variety
Frescheville/Eyre/Millward (250)              2
Chisnell (500)                     6                              poor;  militia and for variety

Medium artillery 2 pieces on right flank near Rupert/Byron

Rupert’s lifeguard cavalry (150) 2 Cavaliers, armoured, superior, pistol, pistol

Overall command Leven
Lord Fairfax
Manchester’s infantry Crawford
Scots frontline Baillie
Scots second line Lumsden

All foot average unarmoured musket, pike unless otherwise stated
Manchester’s army
Manchester (1053)          2x6         superior- veterans and senior troops
Russell (660)                       6
Montague (418)               6
Pickering (524)                  6
Hobart (662)                       6
Crawford (671)                  6

2 x medium artillery on left of/behind Manchester

Constable (250)                                6
L Fairfax (250)                    6
Bright (250)                         6              poor- reflecting low strength
Overton (250)                    6              poor – reflecting low strength
Dodding (250)                    6              poor- reflecting low strength
Thornton (250)                  6              poor- reflecting low strength

15 regiments all 750 strong approx -  15x 6            11 - average, unarmoured, musket, pike
Loundon                              poor- reflecting performance
Buccleugh                           poor- reflecting performance
Dudhope                             poor- reflecting performance
Erskine/Scotscraig           poor- reflecting performance

East flank Royalist left and parliamentary right flank

Commander Goring
First line Langdale
Second line Lucas

All Cavaliers, armoured, superior, pistol, pistol
Porter (50)                          1
Lucas (700)                          1x4         1x3
Eyre(240)                             2             
Frescheville (160)             2
Carnaby (200)                    2
Dacre(800)                          2x4

Washington dragoons 500            3

Commanded shot 2x2 average muskets

First line Tom Fairfax
Second line Lambert
Third line Scots Eglington

3000 horse 8x4
Horse average, armoured, pistol impact, pistol melee
Lord Fairfax       
Tom Fairfax        superior to reflect performance
Charles Fairfax

Morgan dragoons (500) 3

Commanded shot (500) 2x2 average muskets

Right flank and centre looking from the Parliamentary side. There's a possible article in Miniature Wargames at some point soon hopefully!!

The project for 2012 is to recreate Marston Moor 1644 in 25/28mm, with every regiment present, using Field of Glory rules.This means a figure scale of approx 1:30 for foot and 1:50 for cavalry. The aim is to demonstrate the battle at the Scarborough Wartorn show next June (weekend of the 30th June). Figures have been purchased and painting is underway. I will be looking for people to come and join in the battle on both the saturday and sunday.

More posts to follow as things progress and Ian Bailey of the Sealed Knot supplied the following info.

Marston Moor is a huge subject and a lot of the evidence is either partial or contradictory (quite common in the ECW!).

Perhaps the best thing I can do is steer you towards some of the better secondary sources:  -

General Marston Moor/ECW works: -

“All the King’s Armies” by Stuart Reid (publisher Spellmout ISBN 1- 86227-028-7.  The appendices to the Marston Moor chapter are v useful re the various whitecoat regiments and Rupert’s Irish regiments)

“Marston Moor 1644” by Peter Young (publisher Roundwood Press ISBN 1-900624-09-5)

“Ensignes of the English Civil Wars” by Stephen Ede-Borrett (publisher Gosling Press ISBN 1-874351-17.1)

“ECW Flags and Colours” by Stuart Peachey and Les Prince (publisher  Partizan Press ISBN0946525846) – this one really is a little gold mine of info

For the Eastern Association

Regiments of the Eastern Association Vols 1 and 2 by Laurence Spring (Stuart Press – ISBN 1-85804-120-1)

Europe Had No Better Soldiers – the Army of the Eastern Association and the York Campaign 1644 by Neal Gray (publisher Partizan Press ISBN 978-1-85818-607-8) not cheap but good copy of eye witness accounts and some very interesting plates including cavalry cornets.

For the Scots

Scots Armies of the C17th- 1. The Army of the Covenant 1639-51 by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press ISBN  0946525501)
2. Scots Colours by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press  ISBN 094652550- 1)

Another good source are the wargames rules “Forlorn Hope” – the appendices at the back (that make up about half the rule book!) are an excellent snapshot of ECW troops appearance and individual army lists may help you particularly with regard to the Northern Association, Newcastle’s Army and the Scots.

A good source if you want to buy any of the above is Caliver Books which also happens to be the home of Partizan Press! Dave Ryan the owner is a mine of info on the ECW and may also be useful to talk to at the various wargames shows Caliver attend.


  1. Hi Paul, did find your blog just now. Excelent source for my project! Thanks! Dirk

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