These figures are a unit that I have had sitting in my painting pile for about 20 years, in fact I have another unit still to be painted. It might sound that I didn’t like them. The truth is far different, in fact it was this small group of figures and a cavalry unit (in particular a musician whose hat was blowing off) led me to buy Redoubt Miniature English Civil War armies. I was at the Devizes show cira 1999 and Redoubt had a stand and a display of stunningly painted units from across their ranges, but these two units jumped out at me. Like a small child I grapped a catalogue and sat in the corner and drafted a list. 20 years later I have nearly completed the collection. For me, they are the best figures on the market for ECW, most come with separate heads and the cavalry have separate legs and torsoes allowing too many options yet alone poses to mention.
Terry at Piran’s Warriors has done them proud. As before the basing is mine so if you like it thanks, if not do not blame Terry. They are based for my favourite ECW rule set, Victory Without Quarter. Please see previous blog about this stunning free set of rules.
The painting hits the mark and captures the rustic feel I was after. And that was the only instructions I gave. Terry contacted before varnishing to check I was happy with his choices. The remaining units will be off to Terry in time.
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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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Thank you to Jay for the prompt. A while a go I posted about some door mats I had picked up from Lidl and thought they would make ideal ploughed fields.
Here are a few pictures of them cut up. No other work done.the base on the fields are about 2mm and the ridges 3-4mm.
The figures are blacktree and mounted on 2mm bases. The fields work well with 20mm and I don’t see a reason why they would not work with 15mm. I have placed against a doormat corn field. As you can see it hides the nasty rubber base easily.
I managed to get 5 fields per mat and at 99p a mat, a bargain. They are thin, but this makes them flexible and the backing means they do not move once placed. They may benefit from some dry brushing but that will have to be another day.
They are currently back in the shop but I have not seen the price.
Sat in my collection is a large amount of units for the War of the Roses era. Lockdown has meant reduced opportunities for figure gaming and made me realise that the possibilities of getting large groups together to play will/maybe a while away. Therefore I decided to review the possibility of scaling down my normal engagements to fit within the parameters of Lion Rampant.
Most units will fit within the normal LR unit structure with one exception, artillery. While this may not have formed a main part of the typical field force it did appear albeit in limited numbers.
These are my rules for Artillery in LR. • Use 1 artillery model plus 4 crew. Reduction in crew impacts effectiveness of unit in a different way to any other unit on the table, please see below. • May be operated so long as 1 crewman is still alive. • Points cost: Light 4 points, Med 5 points and Heavy 6 points. • Range: Light 24”, Medium 36” and Heavy 48” • Shoot: 7+. Option, roll a double 1 and gun explodes! • Shoot Value: To determine the number of possible hits roll a D4 for light, D8 for Med and D12 for Heavy. The result is the number of possible hits. This number of D6 are then rolled with a shoot Value of 3+ adjust due scores by -1 if target is more than 12” away. Target armour is reduced to 1 although hard cover adds +1 soft cover gives no benefit. • Reload action: Light =8+ Med 9+ and Heavy 10+. After a successful Shoot action, the artillery may not be fired again until a successful Reload action(I place a gunpowder barrel beside until reloaded) has taken place. This is carried out as a normal ordered activation. I do apply -1 per lost crew. Therefore, a light gun with only 1 crew member remaining will only reload on a 11 and med on a 12! This also means that a heavy would require a 13! This is when a leader (Not attached permanently to a unit in my games) can inspire a unit by adding a +1 motivation to any units within 6” if unattached or only to a single unit to which it is attached. • May not move during the game and must be deployed in the player’s deployment zone but has a 180 degree of fire. • If contacted, shot at, and for Courage tests, the crew count as a normal 6 fig unit except when down to 2 crew figures when it is then half strength. • The crew must maintain cohesion within 1″ of gun. • Armour 1. • Upgrade to expert gunners @2pt- instead of D4, D8 or D12s for no. of potential hits use DAV, 2DAV-2 and 2DAV. +1 to reloads dice and +1 shoot action • Upgrade with a Mantlet @1pt– Armour 3 from shooting only.
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.
Apologies first to my wargaming group – Ian, Ian(R) (no not a pirate), Steve and Keith as I thought I had published this article.
I changed the title as due to the lockdown this was the last show we attended and will be for a long time. Many of our regular shows we attend have been cancelled.
The Ian’s pulled this game together for the rest of us to play. A huge Ghost Archipelago game. Temple scratch built and most of the stunning dock scenery was from Printable Scenery all printed by Ian(R). Ships were scratch built although one was a kit but cannot remember by whom.
I am new to Ghost Archipelago but picked it up and enjoyed it.
We had a great weekend, good hotel Future Inn, good food and plenty to drink!
Ian(R) even won the trophy for best game. Well deserved.
Please enjoy some shots of the game, from when I remembered to stop playing and take them.
Thank you to the Ian’s who ran the game and provided everything except our pirate crews.
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!