Archive for Hundred Years War

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.

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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.

The Black Prince’s Battle

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on June 29, 2010 by Sean

Another selection from my Hundred Years War English army for Field of Glory. This grouping includes the battle of Edward of Woodstock, aka the Black Prince. His flag is the flag of his father, Edward III, with the combined arms of England and France, with the white label at the top signifying him as heir-apparent. The Prince himself is not part of the group, and will be featured separately later.

Next to his battle is another grouping of men-at-arms, this time under the St. George’s Cross of England. All the heraldry and colors in both groups are as accurate as I could get, based off sources.

The final picture is a pair of light guns, a little bit of artillery in the medieval army at Crecy.

English Men-at-Arms

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Sean

Here is a grouping of English dismounted Men-at-Arms for my Hundred Years War army for Field of  Glory. I’ve presented views from the right, front, and left, with an extra shot of the second ranks.

The stands represent armored and heavily armored knights, squires, and assorted sergeants and lesser knights in the battle of King Edward III. The heraldry is as accurate as I could get. I’ve found resources that allow me to place the heraldry in the right groups, accompanying the correct lords.

The standard represents John Lord Beauchamp of Warwick, carrying the banner of Edward III. I’m adding banners and command miniatures to each battle group, in order to help differentiate them and to add character to the stands.

English Longbowmen

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by Sean

Here is a battle group of English Longbows from my in-progress Hundred Years War English army for Field of Glory. I based the army on the one present at Crecy in 1346. Only 18 more stands of Longbows to go…

The central stand represents the lower-rank commanders, such as sergeant, esquires, or other men-at-arms. I painted the archers in a variety of colors, tending toward peasant clothes. This was an army without a uniform, other than the St. George’s Cross scattered around.

The last pic features some of the field fortifications the English used during the war. Stakes, mounds, and hidden pits really messed with the enemy knights, slowing them up for more longbow fire.

The Welsh!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Sean

I’ve been getting under way on another Field of Glory army. Most of the players around here seem to be going for medieval of some sort, which leaves my Classical Greeks out of the loop.

The army is the English Continental army of the 100 Years War. I’m modelling it off the force present at Crecy, so lots of longbows, men-at-arms, and even some Welsh Spear. The pics are the Welsh Spear. I added a command for the battle group to make it look more interesting on the table. More to follow…