In the absence of a regular army, the Trained Bands were the only permanent military units in England when the Bishops' Wars broke out in 1639-40 and the First Civil War followed in 1642. The popular view was that the Trained Bands were inefficient, poorly equipped and badly disciplined.
The London Trained Bands were of better quality
thanks to enthusiastic societies of citizens who met regularly during
the 1630s to practice their drill, hiring expert soldiers to instruct
them. In 1642, the Common Council increased the four regiments of the
London Bands into 40 companies of 200 men each, organised into six
regiments and distinguished by their flags: Red, White, Yellow, Green,
Blue and Orange.
I have chosen to depict the Green Regiment - primarily because I painted the flag carried by the ensign green earlier this year! (Pike and Shotte Command Complete). I like it when a unit conveys a story. In this case, the flag is the Major's color and I envisioned the major, a veteran of the wars on the continent, sternly contemplating his command.
All of the figures are by Warlord Games. The "major" and the ensign are from one of their metal command packs and the rest of the figures are from their hard plastic box of infantry. I have gone with the generally accepted and recorded uniform of red coats for the London Trained Band and painted each soldier with the ubiquitous buff coat. The unit is based for my favorite set of ECW rules Victory Without Quarter.