One of the iconic scenes of the movie “Cromwell” is when the forces of the King and Parliament meet on the field of battle for the first time. Prince Rupert rides up to the King and salutes him, then, on spying the advance of Parliamentary horse, rushes back to his unit and leads them in a mad charge against the rebels, routing them and giving the King his first victory. The Prince is portrayed as ebullient, garrulous, and heedless of the danger of combat (and also played by Timothy Dalton).
Warlord Games’ model of the Prince reflects this aggressive side of the Prince. Mounted on a leaping charger, the Prince is accompanied by his faithful dog, Boye. My variation is mounted on a 50mm base to give me room for the two and to set it off from the run of the mill commander figures. The base was covered with Liquitex Resin Gel, painted with black artist’s gesso, and drybrushed with two colors of craft paint. Woodland scenics provides the grass and clump foliage for the bushes.
But what is the Prince doing leaping over the tallest bush in the area, you might ask? Well, that brings me to a decidedly sore point. I liked the flamboyant nature of the figure and that was the main reason behind my purchase. Much to my chagrin, however, once I cut the pewter from the forelegs, I discovered that the rear legs would bend quite easily. I had to resort to drilling a hole in the center of the innocent mount’s stomach and adding a pin which would reach to the base and keep the mount from bending repeatedly during play and eventually breaking. I added the bush after determining that the pole dancing horse did not look as good as I thought it should.
Other than that quibble, I like the figure. It painted up easily and Boye graciously acceeded to having gesso lathered on and then drybrushing for the final effect. I attempted to paint the horse as a dapple grey. The initial coat was a light grey with darker grey faded in through the forelegs and hindquarters. I then spotted the same area with an off white. This was followed with several thin washes of grey to dull down the contrast between the white and surrounding areas.
All in all, this makes an excellent addition to any gamer’s ECW army (I have one friend that has three of them to denote his brigade commanders in his Protestant Thirty Years War army!)