Saturday, November 29, 2014

Early Medieval Mounted Men-at-Arms

After our first game of Lion Rampant I went snooping through the lead pile to see if I could find any more mounted troops that could pass for “medieval”. I found these fellows I got in some trade – I think they are Old Glory Crusaders…?

(of course then North Star Figures went and offered the first of their read-made Lion Rampant Army Deals - made up of Crusader Miniatures… er… Crusaders…).

(and then I found some Wargames Foundry  Hundred years War Mounted Men-at-arms on ebay…)

I’m trying to let this go until next summer (when our survey of history will bring us around to the middle ages) and focus on the task(s) at hand (Greeks, which we are studying now, Romans, which we will be getting to in teh new year, Great War stuff for the Vimy Project, and getting out the sailing ships for a game I'm supposed to be play-testing - not to mention the not-so-game-related projects I have on the go)… but it doesn’t seem to be working out so well…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Mounted Men-at-Arms

Same bunch, slightly different angle.

Again with the different angles…

Actually I only need six for a mounted unit in Lion Rampant, but I'm hoping I'll be able to scare up another four of these (for a total of twelve) to be able to put together TWO such units. 

Most of my Medieval-ish retinues have belonged to Philipe du Lapin - who colours have been red and white, usually red surmounted by a white bunny (sometimes the "Bunny Rampant"). I thought I should start in on a second (opposing) force whose colours would be green and yellow... maybe involving a badger... I don't know... I think maybe I overdid it a bit with all the different patterns all using yellow and green here...?

 With these done I think I will shift gears and get working on some of the more pressing projects!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I fell into the Black Friday trap and ordered another Brigade worth of Great War British/Canadians which should keep me busy for a bit. Expect to see more Great War stuff in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, however, I took it upon myself to try and make a faction or two for Song of Shadows and Dust - the first of which I finished last night and should hopefully post some pictures of later today.

I’m also supposed to be play-testing a new set of Age of Sail Rules - Song of Galleys and Galleons - By Nic Wright – so I’m going to be laying off on the painting for a week or two to clear off the game table to get some games of that going on – stand-by for game reports!! 

I've also been very busy the last few weeks working on some crafty projects with The Girl... more on that shortly as well. 


  1. Those look really good Tim, nice work.

  2. The Green and Yellow is very striking - nice one :)

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    1. Cheers! I have to admit I just nicked it from the Saskatchewan flag... The colours of my other retinue (Red and White) are the colours of the Canadian flag...

  4. Looking good! I noticed the different shield patterns, but thought they looked good. The colors tie them together nicely, and the variety of patterns keeps them from looking too uniform. That seems appropriate for a Medieval force.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you think so - I'm probably just being overly self-critical.