Hello all, finally got my firelock company finished. I based this unit on the Royalist Captain Sanford's firelock company based in Ireland and then returned to england in late 1643.
As described by Hopton "bold, hardy men, and excellantly well officer'd"
but then he adds...
"verie mutenous and shrewdly infected with rebellious humour of England" - Sounds good to me!
I figured they may well have thought of themselves as 'special' and above the common infantryman - they were carrying the latest technology after all! - so I decided to make them as individual as possible by adding 'a feather in their caps' on some and utilising the metal montero/caps/hats accesory pack.
I gave them a 'uniform' of a green jacket but for variety I have used a number of shades of green (darker = newer?) and varied the colour of both trousers and leather equipment.
I also decided to convert a number of figures to add variety, using the plastic firelock arms on both the pikeman and muskeeter figures from the royalist infantry box as well as the firelock box.
The one on the left is a muskeeter body. So is the second figure but has a metal hat and to get the musket fairly horizontal I had to cut away some of his pouch. The third figure I think is a pikeman body and the figure on the right is a firelock figure but the left arm has been straightened. They all took a bit of bending/heating up/filling to get them to fit but they all came out ok - don't you just love plastics!!