I painted these up about a month ago, one box gives an amazing 47 figures! I added an extra pikeman to make it 48 figures and the result was one large pike block of 24 and two sleeves of shot each of 12. I added my own flags of course and this was the result. Unfortunately these were for a customer but I am nonetheless inspired enough to want some for myself at some point.
These are some figures that I recently painted and actually totally enjoyed doing. They are Gripping Beast figures and if you look really closely you will see Sean Bean blowing a horn in the front rank of the Phalangites.
Well, to kick off my new blog I want to talk about Fantasy Medieval using Lion Rampant skirmish rules. I have for a few months owned a copy of Lion Rampant and to say the least they are pretty damn good! I have a massive collection (1,000's) of Medieval figures in 15mm & 28mm and most of which are currently unpainted or half painted, depending upon which new rule set they were originally intended for. But having bought Lion Rampant my interest in all things Medieval has piqued once again and this coupled with my new found interest in Game of thrones has inspired me to create my own Fantasy Medieval forces.
Although not wanting to attempt to faithfully recreate GoT forces the idea of a mishmash of Medieval forces all doing battle in skirmish games is one that I am open to, and moreover allows me to use all sorts of odds and sods that I have collected over the years in the same forces. Generally Speaking though it seems to me that the Northern clans seem to be more rough & ready early Medieval and the further South the clans are high Medieval in appearance. Obviously the Horse clans from across the sea don't fall into this category but so far my interest is confined to the knightly types.
With this in mind I decided to gather the forces for a couple of 28mm starter armies of 24 points representing a Northern Clan and the other a Southern Clan who are obviously sworn enemies. The Northern Clan I decided to call Wolfsdark and the Southern Clan are called Lionheart. Apart from armour styles I decide to make the Wolfsdark troops carry either spear or bows whilst the Lionheart troops carry either bills or crossbows. Both Clans I decided should to be uniformed in a way with the Wolfsdark troops being dark and moody looking in earthy tones and the Lionheart troops being more properly uniformed with a brighter red tone on their cloaks and tabards. Where possible shields again would be uniformed with the Clan sigil on flags, banners and shields.
Obviously this led me to wanting to make flags and banners for these two Clans and so I did. As a flag maker I decided that these were to have multiple options and even variety in the sigil itself as who knows at some point I may want to build a massed battle force for each of these Clans.For anyone interested in buying any of these you can find them by clicking the button below.
Thinking ahead to the finished forces I am in two minds as to how I want to base them with the options being; square or round, single or multiple bases. I want to future proof my forces against the option of making them into larger massed battle armies so conventional wisdom would say that squares are the better option, but for skirmish games found bases do have a certain appeal. I am sure that over the coming weeks I will sort this out and come up with a good compromise or even simply decide to make them as I please now and worry about anything else as it comes along.
Now I guess I must sort out the forces from all the figures I have and see what best fits in with my ideas so far.
Stephen Wylde BA (hons)