Games and Models

For King and Country

The English Civil War in a box!

I last got to grips with the English Civil War on the tabletop in the late 1970s. Then it was WRG rules and the Airfix guide, both by George Gush. The figures were Minifigs and painted in the traditional 1970s rugby shirt style hoops on the sleeves. I sold the figures but kept my interest in the period.

Seeing the Warlord Games plastic figures I was tempted again. Seeing their starter pack of rules and figures at a bargain price I gave into temptation!

King and Country Box
King and Country Box

What do you get in the box?

Well, it’s a bumper box of blokes for sure! A good mix of foot and horse, all in plastic. The advantage of having them all at once is it allows mixing of hats and arms. The rule book is very nicely produced, clear to read, enjoyable battle accounts and has a nice common sense tone to it.

You don’t get the bases and flags that you get in the indiviual boxed sets. Having to buy or make bases does take away from this being the English Civil War in a box set. If flags and bases were included this would be a fantasitc starter set instead of just a really good one.

Box contents
Box contents

Getting gluing

The one drawback of the infantry sprues is they only have just enough hats for all the figures. Swapping arms and mixing in hats from the firelock armed figures rings the changes. You also get a spare figure on the infantry sprue and I am using them for sergeants and extra drummers with spare bits from the command sprue.

Assembled figures with hat swaps
Assembled figures with hat swaps

The figures fit well in the main. I did find a bit of extra glue helped fill any gaps.  I use liquid plastic glue on the figures and tube plastic glue for horses which tend to have bigger gaps.

More hat swaps and a sergeant
More hat swaps and a sergeant


By Rick Lawrence

Making models and playing tabletop games since the late 1960s, and still enjoying it! Now working in heritage and dabbing around with photography, with quality cafe time when I can.

3 replies on “For King and Country”

Do you get Cromwell and Charles I? My introduction to the English was Civil War was via “By the Sword Divided”. My father was surprised that I picked the side of Parliament early on. It took some serious Googling to find the name of the series – I am now tempted to buy it on DVD

Sadly not but they do a nice set of personality figures, including Rupert and his dog Boy. My plan is to paint the plastics and treat myself to some personalities.

I’m a Parliament man too!

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