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Field of Glory: Wars of the Roses Batrep

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2018 by Sean

I finally got a demo game of Field of Glory for the client I painted the Lancastrian army for. This was his first game, so we went slow and I pointed out pitfalls and avoided the sneaky tactics (or as sneaky as the English can get with their rather limited unit choices).

I used my Hundred Years War army, standing in as Yorkists, while he played his Lancastrians. To keep it simple, we played a mirror battle, so we both had the same units.

C-in-C Field Commander, 2x Troop Commanders, 3×6 Longbow, 3×4 Footmen/Dismounted Men-at-Arms, 1×4 Knights, and 1×6 Crossbow. The Crossbows were the only difference, as I didn’t field any for my army, giving him a numbers advantage.


We played out 600 points (starter armies, more or less) with a simple terrain setup. The large green patches are some open fields, the small green patch is a forest, and the large beige patch in the rear is an enclosed field. So the table was fairly open, with some good places to hide archers and channel heavy foot and knights.

The battle went slow at first, as expected with FoG. The English army of this era is fairly defensive, especially compared to Continental forces like the French and Germans. However, since we both had the same forces, I decided to be more aggressive; I also wanted to showcase the rules, so I went for a strong plan of attack.


The lines both went forward, eventually meeting in bow range on the flanks. A long exchange led to some damage, with the Yorkists coming out on top dice-wise. The Swiss merc Crossbow got worn down to Fragmented, but then doggedly held on for the rest of the game. Archers on both sides got cut down. By the end the Yorkists had lost a few stands, while the Lancastrians’ left flank crumbled with 2 archers groups breaking.

The Men-at-Arms scrum in the center was a long affair, with the flower of English manhood being cut down in droves on both sides. The Lancastrian knights charged into some Yorkist Footmen, but quickly got overwhelmed, running away. They never had the chance to rally before running off the table. On the other side, a serious run of dice fatigue led to the Yorkists Footmen groups losing several stands, one eventually breaking from stand loss, the other hanging on by the skin of its teeth. The center saw the Yorkist Knights crushing Lancastrian Footmen, cementing their win.

We called the game, but it was pretty close 7-2 Yorkist win (1 destroyed group, 3 broken versus 1 destroyed group).


My opponent loved the rules, so we shall be getting more games in. It was a funny model match-up, with my HYW English (Crecy, 1346) versus the WotR Lancastrians (Wakefield, 1460). My poor troops looked pretty antique compared to the sleek Lancastrians…

Hopefully we shall be able to get the Lancastrian and Yorkist armies I’ve painted on a table together. I love when a battle involves armies I’ve painted.



Field of Glory: House of York

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2018 by Sean

More soldiers of the House of York from the Wars of the Roses! The army I’m building for Field of Glory is roughly half-way done. I’ve finished all the infantry, leaving the commanders and mounted knights.

The first pic is the dismounted Men-at-Arms and assorted Footmen, built as a 6-stand battlegroup. This unit will be more resilient than the 4-stand Lancaster units I built, at the cost of maneuverability. They predominately wear the livery of Edward IV, king of England at the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury. The scheme is similar to the livery of Lord Hastings (shown earlier) but reverses the colors and uses a darker red for the most part. Other colors include Neville and Buckingham, as well as Dacre, Scott, and Kent. As in other groups I varied the colors to make the unit look more interesting.

Since the unit was so important, I had the unit include a command stand, with a unit leader, drummer, and standard bearer with Edward’s standard. To bolster the look, the second rank also has a banner, this time a St. George’s cross.

The second pic is the second Longbowsmen battlegroup, this time bearing the livery and banner of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Gloucester’s livery is the same as his brother Edward, but I didn’t add the yellow edging and extra decoration seen in some of the Footmen. The second rank is made up of archers under service of Buckingham. I posted the Buckingham Longbowsmen earlier.



Alongside the loyal retainers of the crown, we have more mercenaries. These are Pikemen, hailing from the Low Countries (Flanders and the like). The unit is an 8-stand block, fighting in 4 ranks in 2 columns. The unit’s color scheme is much more of a motley compared to the rest of the army, reflecting the mixed nature of the Continental mercenaries. I avoided any real overall scheme. I did favor an orange/white color scheme a little to avoid the unit being too busy.

Taking advantage of the long pikes I had the unit carrying 4 separate banners for decoration. I nicely decorated pike block looks great on a table. The army’s banners are from Freezywaters Flags, rather than the banners of the Lancastrian army I did by hand.

A note on miniatures: The pike models are one-piece casts. The pikes are attached of course, but have the problem of being long soft metal. I had to straighten and uncurl every one, and as seen in the pics I wasn’t able to get them all sorted right. The mass of pikes looks better in column, which helps hide the odd pike shaft. Other manufacturers, like Old Glory 15’s, use brass wire instead. This has its own problems (attachment and ease of damage) but they don’t get bent easily.

On to the mounted troops!

Wars of the Roses: Storm of Arrows

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2018 by Sean


The House of York grows…Finishing out a few battlegroups for the Yorkist army for Field of Glory.

I completed the Longbow unit wearing Lord Hastings’ livery, with the rear rank wearing the livery for Lord Fauconburg, William Neville. The 8-stand units will hopefully be able to lay down a serious amount of arrows on the table, compared to the smaller 6-stand units I did for the Lancastrian army. I decided to split the larger units into 4’s to allow for some variety of colors. This will also allow them to expand into their own units later.

The second pic shows the rear ranks of the Longbow units. The top is Neville’s blue/white, and the bottom is the red/black of the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham’s archers will back up the rear rank of Gloucester’s archers (next in the queue). The detail pick shows the yellow knot symbol of Buckingham.

Last is a unit of skirmishing Handgunners. These are done as Burgundians, hired/on loan from Burgundy to help against the Lancastrian forces. I’ve seen some opinion that they might not have worn their own colors for mercenary campaigns in England, but I wanted them to be distinctive with their light blue/white and red St. Andrew’s crosses sewn onto their jacks.

Next are the Gloucester archers and the dismounted Men-at-Arms.

Wars of the Roses: York

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2018 by Sean

I’ve begun work on the Yorkist army from the Wars of The Roses for Field of Glory. This will be the opponent force for the Lancastrian army I’ve recently completed. The minies are the ‘starter’ force from Essex Miniatures, so like the Lancastrians the units are restricted to the models in the starter.

The army is based off the forces at the Battle of Tewkesbury, when Edward IV cemented his crown against the Lancastrians. He was supported by his brother, Richard Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) and Lord Hastings. The planned force is ~600 points like the other force I painted.

C-in-C- Edward IV

Sub-commander- Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Sub-commander- Lord William Hastings

Longbow x8

Longbow x8

Dismounted Men-at-Arms/Footmen x6

Mounted Men-at-Arms x4

Royal Guard Men-at-Arms x2

Mercenary Pikemen x8

Mercenary Handgunners x8 (potentially deployed in groups of 4 instead)

Here are the first few stands of the Yorkist army. These are Longbowmen of a couple different battlegroups, testing out some color schemes.

The ranked group are wearing the livery of Hastings, and carry his banner. I have a treasure trove of Freezywater Flags, so will try to use as many as I can. I might go back and add more banners to the Lancastrian force eventually.

The York army will have less variety of color schemes with its battlegroups. Instead of a bunch of disparate lords and dukes, the army is led by three lords with similar colors (red or murry and blue for Edward, Richard, and Hastings). A few other liveries will be mixed into the units to break them up. The single stands here are wearing the liveries of Buckingham (left) and Neville (right). My current plan is to have each 8-stand Longbow unit broken into 4-stand color groups, with a single banner for one of the senior lords. This will also allow them to break up into their own battlegroups if the armies expand to beyond 600 points.

More to come.

Wars of the Roses: The House of Lancaster

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2018 by Sean


The Lancaster army for the Wars of the Roses is done. Except for the camp, all battlegroups are finished. On to the Yorkists!

This is the full 600 point army-

Commander-in-Chief: Duke of Somerset

Sub-commander: Duke of Exeter

Sub-commander: Earl of Northumberland

3 Longbow Archers groups (in Somerset, Northumberland, and Trollope liveries) w/ stakes

3 Dismounted Men-at-Arms and Footmen groups (in Somerset, Roos, and Clifford liveries)

Mounted Men-at-Arms group (no particular favored livery)

Mercenary Crossbow group (being mercs, they have no unified livery)


In designing the army, I picked colors based off the real commands of the Battle of Wakefield. Then I picked good color combinations based on what looked good together. I didn’t want too much unity for the army, as the Wars of the Roses favored units owing fealty to their own leaders rather than a the king himself (part of the whole problem that led to the war!).

Detailed pics of each battlegroup can be seen in previous posts.

The Yorkists army I have planned on the other hand will be more unified, as it will follow Edward IV, his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) and Lord Hastings, who all have very similar livery colors of red/blue or murry/blue. A few lesser nobles will bring some color variation though, such as Neville’s blue/white and Buckingham’s red/black.

Field of Glory: Battle!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2018 by Sean

A pal and I are getting back into Field of Glory! With the interest in the new Wars of The Roses armies I’ve been working on, another player returned to his Medieval French army.  These are pics from our latest battle.


The armies were the starter armies from Storm of Arrows lists, at ~600 points. We’ll get larger games later on.

The English had an inspired CiC, 2 Troop commanders, 2×8 Archers with stakes, 6×2 Archers with stakes, and 3×4 Dismounted Men-at-Arms.

The French were 3 Troop commanders, 3×4 Knights, 3×6 Crossbow, 6 Genoese Crossbow, 8 Peasant Mob, and 8 Voulgiers. They’re not done yet, but painting up fast. The pics don’t do the French justice- they’re amazing in the flesh.


The lines spread out pretty evenly, favoring the left French flank. We rolled most of the terrain to the edges where it wasn’t any help to the English, leaving the center wide open for all those Knights.

Early on the right French flank with Crossbows and Peasant Mobs met English Archers and Men-at-Arms, They came out of it poorly, breaking and running for the hills. The Men-at-Arms turned the flank, eventually breaking another unit of Crossbows. Unfortunately, that was the only real English success…


In the center and right English flank, the French Knights impacted with the English line. It went badly immediately. The English couldn’t roll out of a paper bag, while the French were rolling like rock stars, wearing down the English morale and killing stands.


The Knights barreled over the English line, killing Archers and Men-at-Arms left and right. The center with the English C-in-C broke, cascading into breaking nearby units, while the rest of the line was near breaking or just dying. I called a retreat, since most of my army was either broken or fragmented. Curse you Frenchy!



Wars of the Roses: Henry, Henry, Henry…

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by Sean


I’ve finished the commanders of the Lancastrian force for Field of Glory. It’s Henry’s, all the way down. The three leaders of the force (based on the Battle of Wakefield) are all named Henry, serving the crown of Henry VI.

The commander stands get the man himself, accompanied by a standard bearer. The banners were drawn in Illustrator and then colored with paint before attaching them to the lances of the knight. Each commander also gets a marking on the back to keep track of them in-game, a star for ‘leader’ and number to distinguish them.

The commander-in-chief is Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. His blue/white livery is seen in an Archers and Men at Arms battlegroup, befitting the most important leader on the table. His mount has an elaborate covering, showing off Somerset’s wealth and importance. The standard is a tusked ram/antelope(?), with the gold portcullis also seen in his unit banners and uniforms. In addition to his standard bearer, he gets a herald. I like the late 15th century fashion of jacket or other clothing worn over the plate armor. Obviously this man is not expecting to get into the scrum.

The next is Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. His red/black livery is used by one of the Archers battlegroups. He has a drummer added to his base, potentially as a means to signal his orders to his subordinates. His standard features a lion, with half moons, horn, links of chain, key, and sheathed dagger.

Last is the Duke of Exeter, Henry Holland. I kept his base simple, with just Exeter and the standard. His standard is a signal brazier, alongside sheaves of wheat(?).




In addition to the commanders, I’ve finished the army’s Mounted Men at Arms, the knights. While not the terrors of the continent, such as French or German knights, they’re still pretty impressive on the table. The top of the pic is the battlegroup in formation to fight, since knights only fight in a single rank in-game. The stand on the far left carries the unit’s standard, a basic white flag with red St. George’s Cross, also seen on the standards of the commanders.

One problem of the models was that knights are 3 per stand on a 40mm wide base. They barely fit, and their arms and legs stick out, making lining up the stands a bit difficult. This sometimes means I have to repeat some models so they fit better.

Finally there is the last battlegroup of Men at Arms, wearing the livery of Thomas, Lord Roos. Their yellow/blue color contrasts with Roos’ standard, a red flag with white bougets, apparently a type of water skin. Some wear a red bull’s head on their chests. Despite his importance at the Battle of Wakefield, I didn’t actually depict him with a model. Presumably he’s among his men in this unit. Maybe if the army gets a fourth commander for larger games.

The army is nearly complete! All that’s left is a camp and the army’s field fortifications. Otherwise all done.