In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Dalliaunce Perhaps

What is it with our gaming ADD?
I was over on the Lead Adventures Forum this morning and came upon this thread with loads of lovely pictures of gorgeous (mostly Perry) Wars of the Roses figures fighting over equally sumptuous terrain.
I found myself once again at the Perry section of shelves, contemplating how many boxes and blisters I'd need to make a nice little division. Then I remembered that I already have more than a few rather nice Old Glory Wars of the Roses figures still to paint. This of course had me down in the basement poking through my plastic totes of figures to see what I've got actually done and what I still have unpainted. I'm pleased to say that much of my late medieval stuff is actually painted.
Although much of it I painted many years ago before I learned things like dark undercoats to give shading or using highlights. Many also show their age and the scars of many a miniature hurly-burly and dice storm, not to  mention road trips to put on games at conventions. There's a few stands of Gens d'Armes which probably couldn't be given away.
And what to do with them? My mix of troops is really all wrong for the Wars of the Roses; too many pikes and crossbows and not nearly enough bows and bills. The obvious answer is of course, to just do the Burgundian Wars themselves, but I'd need far too many Swiss for that.
Of course many gamers (at least the ones I've met) take a decidedly non-historical approach to Medieval gaming anyway. It's all just impetuous knights, oppressed peasants, robber barons and double dealing mercenaries to them.
So perhaps I should go with an Imagination? I already have Count Raymond of Mantovia battling in the 11th century. Perhaps his 15th century descendants should do battle as well in something like Game of Thrones meets The Chronicles of Bern? Then I could excuse all the pikemen being on the same field as the longbowmen and stop worrying about it.
If I can just get past all the obviously English banners that is.


  1. An ImagiNation sounds the way to go for such an eclectic mix of figures. You can totally justify any weapons type within reason.

  2. No, no, no. English-inspired banners. That's it.

  3. I think the Patron Saint of Mantovia, St. Frobenius is represented with a red cross in iconographry.