7 juli 2020
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Major General Christopher Potley’s regiment of Foot was commissioned in August of 1643, and fought at Alton Church and the siege of Arundel in that year. It was part of Sir William Waller’s Army of the Southern Association.
General Potley had previously fought in the Swedish army.
Some time in 1644, the colonelcy passed to Colonel David Leighton, and the regiment saw action at Cheriton, the siege of Sudley Castle, Copredy Bridge, the siege of Wareham, the siege of Donnington Castle, and finished the year itself under siege at Taunton.
In April of 1645 if formed part of Sir Hardress Waller’s regiment of the new Model Army.
1645 was a very busy year for the Regiment, which fought at Naseby, the siege of Leicester, Langport, the siege of Bridgewater, the siege of Shelbourne Castle, the siege of Bristol, the siege of Devizes, the siege of Lacok House, the siege of Winchester, the 3rd siege of Basing House, and the siege of Exeter.
My chief reason for choosing this regiment was more pragmatic; IO wanted a yellow coated regiment to join my Parliamentarian forces, and there were few candidates. It is not even certain this regiment wore yellow coats, but close enough!
I painted the coats Delta Ceramcoat Mello Yellow , and then stained them with Opaque Yellow. Figures are Old Glory 25’s.
The only reference to the flags of the Regiment ids that it had black flags upon entry to the New Model, and may have worn grey coats by then. Being a man of Order, my regiments have matching flag and coat colors wherever possible.
I couldn’t find any heraldic in formation on Sir Christopher (I thought of black caldrons!), and in the end decided still to be whimsical with green deer, a bit of a reference to his Swedish service.
Information about this unit is from the BCW Project.