By late March, the regiment was in Brechin with Lieutenant General Ballie, but with Montrose’s sack of Dundee it was placed under Hurry, returning north to Aberdeen. Here the regiment mutinied over pay and clothing, before marching out for Auldearn.
Along with Louden’s Foote, Lothians regiment formed the right flank of the front line and initially where successful in driving in the royalist line. However, as the fighting bogged down, confusion with the cavalry guarding the flanks ensued, as Royalist reinforcements arrived. The cavalry wheeled in the wrong direction, and got entangled with the infantry, disrupting the formations. As with Lawer’s, Lothian’s were singled out for special treatment by the Irish on account of their Ulster experience and lost over 50%. Two of its captains, Sir John and Sir Gideon Murray fell.
The remnants of the regiment retreated first to Inverness, before returning to Aberdeen and then Dundee. Over the next two years, the regiment continually was a candidate for amalgamation with other units. Although eventually built up, it was finally disbanded in 1647.
This was the last big regiment to be painted but I wanted a wee change from the usual hidden grey. Some of the regiments the Scottish Government sent to ireland were clothed by the English Parliament, using red cloth. However, this would have been replaced as it got worn out and would have been a bit washed out.
To get this effect I made sure that about a third of the regiment was in grey's, but the balance would be painted with red jackets. One of the big things I've tried to avoid is making the units too "bright" - you see a lot of ECW armies painted up like early 90's GW models - to uniform and way to clean. So just like the hidden grey and the scot's bonnets, a mix of tones were selected to give the unit a weather-worn feeling
The Pike shows the range in tones pretty well, with the madder red providing the dull tone and a scarlet giving some of the reds a bit of zing. Some armored pike provide a different feel and help break up the uniformity of the poses from the standard Scot's.
As with most of the standards I had to be creative - the Earl of Lothian was a Kerr, so I took the blazon sun emblem from their crest and used that on the colonels colour.
When I started out, I kept on feeling it looked like the sun at the start of the TellyTubbies but it came out okay in the end.
As with the last few units, I've made the bases into mini vignettes with officers, halberd armed sergeants, dead and musicians.
The later must have picked up the flute when he was in Ulster, probably as an apprentice...