As promised a few weeks back, here is the next unit to be painted by Piran’s Warriors painting service.
I am so happy with how the unit turned out. The campaign look with varied trouser colour hits the spot and the faces are great. This is my first early Portuguese unit but will not be the last.
As per last blog, the basing is down to me. I am awaiting a new delivery of brass rod so have not yet done the flags.
These are Elite Miniatures, early Portuguese. I do like their figures as they almost have a caricature feel without over doing it.
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Please find below pictures of my latest commander for the Scottish Independence Wars.
I wanted something different so, I hope I have got this correct……. in 1304 Robert de Brus died. He was Lord of Annandale. Therefore I have assumed that the title went to his son, known to us as Robert the Bruce (Earl of Carrick), making him the 7th Lord of Anandale.
In 1306 he became King Robert I of Scotland and therefore I believe his titles, Lord of Anandale and Earl of Carrick passed to the crown. Circa 1312 he awarded the title Earl of Carrick to his younger brother, Edward.
I apologise to all history buffs out there. I know my vignette is wrong. The figure of Robert is wearing a crown so he should be wearing the Scottish Royal livery and not that of Lord of Anandale. He is killing Henry de Bohun at Barrockburn 1314. The axe is embedded in Henry’s helm. I don’t believe this happened, although Robert was angry that his blow on Henry damaged his axe shaft. I just took it a stage further.
It could be used as his father until 1304 or himself pre 1306 but then the crown and Henry are wrong.
Robert is an Ebob figure, his assistant is an old glory figure and Bohun and his horse are Foundry. Robert and Henry’s shield designs were just printed and glued on to the shields as I am not good at detail.
You never know, after a few games I may repaint Robert in the correct livery if he is not performing.
Here is my latest commander for the Scottish during the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Wallace and Andrew Moray (still on the to do list) defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. He was defeated a year later at the Battle of Falkirk. Although he escaped from the field, in August 1305, Wallace was captured near Glasgow. He was handed over to Edward I, tried for high treason (not sure how fair the trial was) found guilty (not a surprise to most) to which the sentence was to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
He was a knight so no wold in sight.
Wallace is a Ebob figure while his assistant is an Old Glory figure. The monks are from Blacktree. As with all commanders, the flags are home made, thanks to ms paint. The sign post is pure theatrical.
Mormaer (Scottish equivalent of an Earl) Maol Choluim II (Malcolm) of Lennox was loyal to Robert the Bruce.
Another Scottish commander for my Flower of Chivalry collection for the Scottish Wars of Independence. MaelColuim/Malcolm, 5th Earl of Lennox was born circa 1280 and was killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill 1333.
At Falkirk in 1298 his Father, Malcolm I was commander of the Scottish nobles. Some sources suggest they were driven from the field too easily.
The command figure will do for either of the Malcoms.
Malcolm II had earlier been captured in 1303 by the English and held hostage by Edward I although back in Scotland 1304 and attended King Robert’s coronation in 1306.
At Bannockburn he commanded his troops supporting Sir Edward Bruce’s Battle.
The Earl is a Foundry figure while his assistant is an Old Glory figure.
Another week finished of working from home. So frustrating have the sun shine outside all week but stuck in the home office. Well, over the weekend I managed to paint a few more units.
The next unit up was a Foundry Hussar unit for the Peninsular. I know my units are in uniforms from 1803 to 1812 but I enjoy the playing and am not a rivet counter (this is a name we give someone too detailed in their research. We were approach at one show by a fellow wargame who pointed out the the model tank we had on the table had far too many rivets modelled upon it. Steve still laughs years on). I like different units so decided to paint them as the 1st King’s German Legion.
Many years ago my Napoleonic collection was made up of 36 fig French battalions and while I still love this idea, I have moved to 18 figure units. I still had a few units to convert. One such unit was my Old Guard.
I wargame the Peninsular and while the Old Guard were never actually sent to Spain I wanted the option for our campaign games.
And let us be honest, who can resist them?
The original figures were painted some 12 years ago. I only needed to remove 3 infantry and replace with command. I have to rebase as my rules now use 50×50 bases rather than the old 45x40mm bases. The figures are Front Rank. Not my normal choice of manufacturer due to how bulky the figures are, but I think these are lovely figures.
Hopefully more painting next weekend unless we go away to Costa del Patio!
I guess we may all have a bit of time on our hands at the moment. I decided it was time I tried to finish off some of my started units that I never got around to finishing for one reason or another. So this extended weekend and with no work and all the DIY/gardening jobs done, I set about it.
Here is a unit for the WAR of 1812.
I had started these about a year ago but found them hard to paint, well actually get enthused about, so it was easy to put them to one side. Not sure why but they were never a high priority.
They are the mounted Kentucky Volunteers.
The models are by Old Glory.
I have given them a uniform although I have tried to vary the small clothes etc. In many reference pictures they appear to have different colours to what I have done but I found two reference that stated black hunting shirts with red trim.
It is believed that about 80% of all men who served in the war were Kentuckian. The mounted riflemen were famous for the Battle of the Thames where they sought and got their revenge for the Raisin River incident, where a number of Kentuckian were massacred by natives.
I haven’t based them all yet as I am still not sure how the fit them into my army. Do I keep them on single bases and skirmish with them(Rebels and Patriots) or Multi bases for our home rules?
I know I could do both with a MDF multipurpose base with Skirmish cavalry cut outs but I can never get the basing to look right/good so have avoided this option, in many cases collecting the unit twice and then based in each format.