After an extended period I have finally finished the first two pike blocks for my growing English Civil War collection. These two units are Charles Gerard`s Regiment of Foot and the Newcastle Whitecoats. The main reason I decided on these as my first units are thanks to Iron Mitten`s great research on his blog for Gerard and the Whitecoats came after reading Christopher Scott`s amazing account of their last stand in his great little book The Battles of Newbury. As some of you may have noticed I rarely use "white" anymore prefering and combination of very light grey or heavily lightened linen colours as I feel these provide a much more accurate representation of the cheap uniforms and rough living. This also means that I can have heaps of variation in a unit adding a little more or less white to each figure. Once again very happy with my selection of Renegade although due to the size of the figures it did make for an interesting time basing on a standard 40 x 40 base and I eventually had to increase the depth to 45mm.