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Field of Glory: The Lions of England

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 6, 2017 by Sean

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve gotten some painting in for my Hundred Years’ War English 15mm army for Field of Glory. The army has been long in the making, started years ago. I had nearly finished it before my gaming group at the time stopped playing FoG, leaving me with little motivation to finish it.  All that was left were the commanders and the camp.

But now I return. I’ve added the commanders and the camp, bringing the army to a close. While I could add some bases for variety (say unmounted versions of the knights or some more archers and barricades), the army is done.

The army is based off the force that was present at the Battle of Crecy (1346) during the Hundred Years War. I tried to follow the actual units and heraldry of the lords that fought there. The bases for the commanders get a simple roman numeral on the front and back and stars to help differentiate them from the mass of troop bases.

The first commander, the army’s Commander in Chief, is King Edward III himself. He sits on his finely armored warhorse, flanked by the flag of England and his personal banner. Like the other banners in the army, I hand-painted the banners based on reference pics. I could have used printed banners, but decided to attempt the painting myself.

Next up is Edward III’s son, the Prince of Wales. While only 16 years old at the time of Crecy, Edward still commanded the 1st Battle, right wing of the army and proved himself in combat. The name of the Black Prince came later. The miniature here is accompanied by a banner man, flying the flag of England, festooned with the ribbon of the eldest son (also seen on the prince’s shield and horse armor). I added an archer to link him to Wales.

The last commander is William de Bohun, the Earl of Northhampton. He commanded the left wing of the army. While he has an elaborate decoration on his armor and horse, I decided to give him a simple pennant with the St. George’s Cross. Along with him I added Richard Fitzalan, the Earl of Arundel (or at least a liege knight).

The final pic is the English camp. All armies in Field of Glory are required to have a counter representing their rear camp, supplies, reserves, etc. I wanted it to look a little busy, the ground churned with activity, with plenty of soldiers moving about. The base has a grouping of tents, along with various guards and servants. I used extra models from the army (English billmen, mounted crossbowman, Welsh spearman, etc.). Since the French were shadowing the English and were blocking their way at Crecy, I figured the camp was set up with some haste; guards stand ready to defend just in case.

French & Indian War tables

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on August 14, 2016 by Sean

As long as I’m posting pics of the progress of my French and Canadian forces for Muskets & Tomahawks, I figured I’d post some pics of some of my group’s recent gaming tables. most of these tables were 4’x6′ (400 points), but the second is a 4’x4′ (200 points)

The buildings used here are laser cut wooden pieces from 4ground from Warlord Games, and the trees and shrubs are a mix of suppliers. The fences are scratch built and resin prepaints. Felt pieces mark out fields and orchard boundaries.

We tried to make ‘organic’ looking frontier settlements, with at least some resemblance to a real farmstead or trading post. The better to attempt to burn down, right? Gives the games a bit more flair than too scattered and random.

These are a few pics of units during some of the games. The Canadians and Marines are from my French force (previous posts) while the Highlanders are from a friend’s British army, though I painted those as well (shown in previous posts).

The big scrum between some French Marines and Highlanders was a decisive point in one battle, with both units crushed from the sprawling melee. After the sides broke off the fight there were only a pair of Highlanders and a single fleeing Marine left. The Marine got revenge though, managing to fight off a British Officer who cowardly charged him in the back, taking the oafish Brit out of action. The losses from the fight pushed the Brits into a Morale card situation, which eventually broke the force (good thing too, since my own force was teetering on the edge as well).

The fourth pic is a 2v1 game, with mine and a friend’s French forces versus a British force. At that point in the battle, units were depleted and scattered all over.

Field of Glory: Armored Might

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Sean

With a renewed interest in Field Of Glory at my FLGS, I’ve returned to my Hundred Years War English force. It’s fun to get back to 15mm and all the heraldry for the army. Old posts feature the rest of the army; these battlegroups constitute the final units for the army, except for the camp and commanders. Like almost all of the rest of the army, they are from Old Glory 15’s miniature line.

The English force is designed to represent the army that fought the French at Crecy in 1346. The commanders will be Edward III, King of England; Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince; and Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. Those will follow soon.

These pics are the English Knights and the dismounted Men-at-Arms.

The Knights were fun to do, following the heraldry of the lords who actually fought at Crecy. A good mix of color, though the English seemed to favor red, white, black, blue, and yellow. They of course fly a banner of St. George. Doing checkers on 15mm models was not easy, but they came out pretty nice.

The dismounted Men-at-Arms are similarly armored and marked. All the 4-base battlegroups have a standard, including the standard of Edward III, The Black Prince, St. George, and the one here, the banner of Thomas de Beauchamp, the army’s Marshal at Crecy. This gives the army more color and variety, plus makes it easier to tell battlegroups apart on the table.

Saga: In His Name

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2016 by Sean

 

My warbands for Saga gain some spiritual guidance in the form of a Warrior Priest. The miniature depicts a bishop or abbot or other high-ranking cleric of England, armed and ready to fight the enemies of the church (or at least his church). The figure is from the Defenders of the Faith set from Gripping Beast. I chose the most armored monk with the best forthright pose. He got the sword out of the pack. A built-up base and a shield and banner finish him off. I based him on a 40mm base, thus allowing me to field him as a Warlord Priest if I wanted. His humble color scheme is completely off-set by the banner.

The banner is sourced from Anglo-Saxon icons, with a checker pattern border framing a portrait of Jesus, done in the style of Saxon art. The portrait was free painted, using the simplified color blocking of that style. I did exaggerate the line work to make the banner more visible from a distance. On the base behind him I also added a shield, with a proper Saxon cross design.

 

The Welsh for Saga have been done for some time, but a few games have shown the power of standards in the game. With that in mind, I figured I’d add a banner man to my Welsh force. Here he is posing with a group of Welsh fighters. The Standard Bearer will be able to stand in as a Teulu or a Priodaur (Hearthguard or Warrior, respectively). As he won’t be able to fight, his weaponry was irrelevant, so I decided to give him a bow to further make him stand out.

The banner is based on banners I’ve sourced online. I free handed the imagery, with Celtic-style swirls and simplified knotwork bordering a huge cross. I might return to the knotwork later, but it works. I’m working on more banners for the Welsh and Anglo-Danes, so will feature them eventually. The Anglo-Saxons already have their dragon-banners (sculpts from the Wargames Factory plastics, added to every unit for flavor, or for game effect should I want them).

Highlanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on November 27, 2015 by Sean

 

More Highlanders join the King’s forces for Muskets & Tomahawks.

I’ve completed 2 units of 10 Highlanders (20 men) plus an Officer. These men have blue bonnets and blue cuffs, collars, and ascots/scarves. The first pic shows the second finished unit.

The client wants even more Scots for his army. So to help break up the monotony of color, and to help him separate units on the table, the next 2 units of 10 and their Officer will have yellow cuffs, collars, and scarves. A couple of that color scheme are in the second pic. Otherwise they’ll follow the color scheme, including that lovely tartan that I’m totally not sick of by now…

More to come.

The King’s Highlanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on October 15, 2015 by Sean

Kilts and bonnets in full display, the Highlanders muster forth. I’ve completed 10 Highlanders for Muskets & Tomahawks, which is enough for a basic small force. I divided them up to show them in detail, alongside a group shot. It also shows a common gripe I have with leader-type models: while everyone is pointing their muskets to the left, he raises his pistol to the right, which makes him seem to fighting some other threat. It does make him stand out, but also makes posing him for a group shot look a bit jarring.

The models themselves have a common uniform, but have enough variety between them to keep it interesting. The unit’s coats have different cuffs, trim, and collars, some going fully decorated, while others are pretty simple. Some have leggings, while others have some nice plaid socks. More to come!

For King and Country

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on October 6, 2015 by Sean

Muskets & Tomahawks is a newer game moving through my gaming circles. 18th Century skirmish in the backwoods of North America during the Indian Wars and so forth. I’m not as familiar with the time period as I am with Ancient or Medieval, but the game seems fun and easy to get into.

This Highlander from the English army is a test model for a client. He wants a whole force of this guys, so I wanted to get the colors down. I had to figure out how to do the tartan justice on a 25mm model. Going by my Welsh from Saga, I can do plaid. But can I do this nicely involved and regular pattern, and most importantly, can I do it on 20+ yahoos? Hopefully I can…

This fellow’s regiment (platoon?) has the ubiquitous red coat, but also wear blue bonnets, with blue cuffs and collars where applicable. The regiment’s tartan is a regular green divided into squares, with a blue at intervals between the green crisscross. This model has leggings, but most simply have socks (those will have a red/white diagonal plaid). On to the rest of the force.