The blog has been a bit quiet lately, what with all the painting going on around the house. Check it out – all the foot troops for the undead medieval army are done*.
|Not a bad start.
Left to right: Levy, Men-At-Arms, Crossbowmen
All of these figures are from Irregular Miniatures. This army was built using two matched Army Packs, one undead, and one army of the west. We had to get a little creative to make it work. As you can see in the picture above, the Levy are mounted in a fairly haphaazard manner, while the men-at-arms are in close order.
|This poorly organized lot counts as Levy.
|First unit of well drilled men-at-arms.
The twp photos above are both men-at-arms, but to make the army packs work the troops are mounted on the base by type – one is close order spear, the other heavy armored axemen. The two bases function exactly the same under the rules. They just look a little different.
That’s probably the best shot of the Necromancer King’s banner – a white goat skull with flaming eyes on a green field.
|Shooters, er, I mean “crossbowmen”.
Yeah, the OHW rules assume that the long bow was gone and all armies of the period had moved on to crossbows. Not sure I buy that. Absolutely sure I don’t buy more figures when the bowmen will work just fine. One stand of bows and one stand of crossbows, each of which acts the same on the table, adds a little more variety. And with the guys being this small, you can barely tell during game time anyway.
With these done we can verify that the terrain works, too.
|In the medieval rules, no one can enter woods, but this copse
will work great if I build a pair of dark age armies, too.
|There’s room for a partial stand on the rough ground. Have
to decide on a game by game basis whether the whole base
is rough ground, or just the rocks.
As January comes to a close, this makes for a good time to check the progress of this year’s big goal – a full set of terrain and two matching medieval armies for use with Neil Thomas’ One Hour Wargames (OHW). So far we’ve got the terrain about 50% done (still need roads, rivers, and a town), and the armies about 25% done (half way to being halfway done).
* Please ignore the bits of static grass clinging to the figures and banners. I didn’t notice them until seeing them in the photos.