I now challenge you to get this out of your head;
Now that’s the background music sorted, on with the toys. Since I’m now back on the15mm Mediaeval swing, thought I’d take some better pictures of the Feudal Scots I’d previously posted here, in addition to new work in progress.
As previously noted, the plan behind this project is the Feudal host of Alexander III, with a bit of forward stretch to Bannockburn. Maybe. At some point. Essentially it was an excuse to paint the heraldry of the combined nobility of Scotland in 15mm. Not one of my brighter ideas, I grant you. With this in mind, some heavy horse were the first pieces to be painted. Normal DBM rules call for a maximum of 5 bases of these guys, at three figures a pop. I’ve got 12 to do, as conventional DBM games, featuring “what everyone knows” as the composition of Scottish mediaeval armies do not figure in my plans.
The Community of the Realm
The first couple of bases finished feature some of the pre-eminent Earls and Lords of the Kingdom. From left to right-
John de Strathbogie, Earl of Atholl; Uilleam II, Earl of Ross; Maol Iosa III, Earl of Strathearn; Domhnall I, Earl of Mar; John Comyn, Earl of Buchan; John II “The Black” Comyn, Lord of Badenoch.
Atholl, Ross, Strathearn
Mar, Buchan, Badenoch
Work in Progress, Gilbert de la Haye, Constable of Scotland.
He’ll feature on a base with two of the other Great Officers of Scotland; Walter Stewart, the High Steward, and William Keith, the Earl Marschall.
The Commonality of the Realm
The inevitable pike blocks. In this case, lead by Robert Wishart, the indefatigable Bishop of Glasgow. Wishart can be seen in the front rank, resplendent in his red and white heraldry, attired “like a man of war”, and in possession of his trusty flanged mace; as a churchman, Wishart was forbidden to use an edge against another man, however this did not it would seem, prohibit him from spattering out their brains with a blunt object…
When finished, the schiltron will be 4 rank deep, with the well equipped, semi-professional soldiers in the front rank, with the better off burgesses and farmers behind them, backed up by the more poorly equipped subtenants, cottars and other “arrant scum”.
Wishart and Co.
“Never mind your leaky roof, Abbot, The Cause needs more lead for a trebuchet counterweight…”
I’m currently working on another base of second rank men, and making a start on the Earl Marschall. However, doinf nothing but heavy horse and pike has sent me a little strange, so to counteract this, I’ve ordered some archers from Essex Miniatures, enough to do 8 bases of three, under the command of Sir John Stewart of Bonkyll.
Other more esoteric units to follow will be ribaulds (also on order), hobilars, Highlanders and Islesmen. I’ll intersperse the painting of these with more pike and heavy horse, in a desperate bid to preserve my sanity, or at least until I get another attack of the Ooh Shinies, and whale off to do more 20mm Cold War, or 28mm French & Indian War, or Hundred Years War, or…