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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 IV.

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. 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.



Field of Glory: Men-at-Arms

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2018 by Sean


More Lancastrians arrive to fight for Henry IV! For King and Crown (until we change sides, maybe)!

I had to pause on the Lancastrian army for Field of Glory for a bit as I waited for the Litko bases to arrive. Now that they’re here, the army continues. These are some of the Dismounted Men-at-Arms and Retinue Billmen, as well as one stand of the Mounted Knights.

Following the color scheme convention of the Archer battlegroups, the Billmen have a single color scheme associated with each group. Armies in this era tended to wear the livery of their lords or cities/villages, rather than individualized heraldry of their own. I based the commander models and battlegroup colors off the forces at the Battle of Wakefield. I opted for as much variety as I could, using as many different lords as I could.

With that said, the first MAA group wears the livery of Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. This is the same as one of the Archer battlegroups. I decided that since Somerset was the commander-in-chief of the whole force, he would have multiple groups in his colors. His blue/white scheme was offset by a variety of colors to break up the repeated poses. I painted Somerset’s banner with the portcullis and chains. A simplified version of the portcullis shows up on a few billmen’s clothes.

The other Billmen group is in the colors of Lord Clifford, another important baron on the Lancastrian side. His white and red colors certainly contrast with Somerset’s group. His banner was also hand-painted. The little marks on the chests of some of the billmen is a simplified red dragon, one of Clifford’s symbols.

Finally, here is a single stand of the Knights. They wear mostly undecorated armor, without any personal livery. Their mounts also wear heavy armor. An interesting detail of the decoration of the time was the bright colors the forces used, including coloring the hafts of their halberds, billhooks, and lances.

More to come. The force is nearly done.

Field of Glory: Arrows and Bolts

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2018 by Sean

I’ve had a good round of painting lately, so have gotten a lot done for the Lancastrian English army for Field of Glory.

Featured here are the third Longbow archers battlegroup and a Mercenary Crossbow group.

The archers are Retinue Longbow under Andrew Trollope, the army’s third commander, one of the Lancaster cause’s great strategists. His livery is green and white, with a white stag as his emblem. The archers follow the same coloring convention as the previous groups, with a mix of patterns using the livery colors plus additional colors to break it up. I decided to go with Trollope over Lord Clifford for the third commander because I wanted the Longbow units to be easily distinguishable on the table. Clifford’s colors are white and red, too close to Northumberland’s colors.  I included a detail of the white stag some archers wear on their tunics.

The second unit is the Mercenary Crossbows. These are foreign fighters from the Continent, not in direct service to any lords or nobles. Thus they have no common livery or unit colors, instead using a wide mix of colors and patterns. I did opt to sprinkle in a bias of yellow/black, the colors of the Swiss canton of Uri. The Swiss were always in demand during the time period, so it fits. And as before, it allows for easy identification across the table.

I’m not too happy that the Crossbowmen I got for the unit were all the same sculpt. The monopose is annoying for stand-based minies. I did try for variety with a little more staggered formation on the bases, as well as the colors. I also decided to create a ‘command’ stand for the unit, to show their separation from the proper retinue troops. A Swiss mercenary captain in Uri colors, accompanied by a man-at-arms with a big ax (plus crossbowman) finishes off the unit.

The medium foot for the army are done now. All that remains is the Mounted Knights (4 stands) and 3 groups of Dismounted Men-at-Arms (12 stands), as well as the 3 commanders.


War of the Roses: Longbow

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

I’ve finished the next battle group of Longbow archers for Field of Glory. Like the previous post before, these are for the Lancastrian army from the Wars of the Roses.

In this case the battle group is in the livery of the second army commander, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. His colors are red and black, with a crescent moon symbol. As with the Somerset group, I varied the colors up enough to add some diversity but still kept it unified (both for visual interest and for ease of identification on the tabletop).

The second pic shows details. The Northumberland group shows the crescent moon icon worn on some of the archers’ chests. Some wear the icons across their backs instead.

In addition, I went back to add some extra decoration to the Somerset group. Somerset’s livery bears a yellow gate portcullis icon. I sprinkled a few of those throughout the unit. I did have to simplify the portcullis somewhat (we are talking 15mm here after all).

Next on the painting desk is the third Longbow archer group and a Mercenary Crossbow group. The Longbow will either be in Lord Clifford’s livery (white with red details and dragon icon) or Andrew Trollope’s livery (green and white with stag icon). I might leave one of the other for when the army gets expanded to 800 points. The other option is mixing the two liveries amongst the unit.

The Crossbow, being Continental mercenaries, will have much looser livery colors. They will have a lot of random colors; however to avoid too much of a motley, a substantial amount will be wearing the yellow/black colors of the Swiss canton of Uri. Once more, this will help identification on the table.


Field of Glory: Wars of the Roses

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2018 by Sean


In an effort to get Field of Glory played around my area again, I’ve been trying to sell the game to other players. Sometimes if you want to play a game, you have to paint all the armies…

Two players have decided they want to play the sides of the Wars of the Roses, one doing Yorkists and the other Lancastrians. The armies will also be used for ‘generic’ Late Medieval armies for other opponents. I am doing the Lancastrians army, using the starter army from Essex Miniatures.

The army planned out comes out to 600 points. I based it loosely off the army that fought at the Battle of Wakefield (1460), where the Lancastrians crushed the Yorkist force, killing most of the Yorkist leadership, including Richard, Duke of York. I figured the army could represent the House of Lancaster at one of their zeniths.

Field Commander (CiC)- Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset

Troop Commander- Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland

Troop Commander- John Clifford

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Mounted Men-at-Arms x4

Longbowmen x6

Longbowmen x6

Longbowmen x6

Mercenary Crossbowmen x6

Stakes x9

If we expand the army to 800 points, some potential units could be Currours, Town & Country militia Archers, and maybe cannon. I might also add Andrew Trollope as another Troop Commander. When I get around to making the camp for the army, I’ll try to include Queen Margaret of Anjou and Prince Edward.

These archers are Longbowmen of the retinue of Somerset. They wear his livery of blue and white, with enough variety to keep it interesting. I wish there were more sculpts for the archers, but I did my best with just 3 (and a serious favoring of one sculpt).

I’m looking forward to the rest of the force. I haven’t done 15mm in a long while. More to come.


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.