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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.

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.

Napoleonic Generals

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Sean

Here are some of Napoleon’s generals, based for Field of Glory. This is part of a client’s continually built army.

The generals (from left to right) are Soult, Moncey, and Ney, each with a valet/bodyguard/subaltern.

The single-based models represent command pips; the client wanted models instead of counters on the table.