After a major slow down (having children) I am aiming to "getback" into wargaming with a vengeance. The arrival of affordable plastic 28mm figs has spurred me on. Don't know if I will get to update this too often - but will try and it may encourage me to do more painting and - hopefully - gaming.
I play my games in my converted garage. Hence the title.
WoTR Ready to Paint
I have now assembled, based and undercoated all 120 figures for the
first part of the project. I have organised them into units as show in
I know that there are only 118 figures in the picture, I had two casualties as I set up.
I have painted a few of the fully armoured nobles already as they need no livery colours.
I have been researching the livery colours and badges that I am going to get started with. They are as follows:
Edward IV – Blue and Murrey, Sun in
George, Duke of Clarence – Blue and
Murrey, Bull (Black)
Richard, Duke of Gloucester – Blue
and Murrey, Boar (Blck) or White Rose
William, Lord Hastings – Murrey and
Blue, Lion in Yellow
Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers –
Green, Trefoil in Yellow
Sir John Howard, Duke of Norfolk –
Red, Lion Rampant in white
Sir William Fiennes, Lord Saye and Sele
– Orange and Red – based on shield ! Or White ? Unicorn Head badge ?
Sir William Blount – Blue, Sun Bursts
in Yellow ?
John Bouchier, Lord Berners – Yellow
and Green, Bouchier knot in white
Sir Humphrey Bouchier, Lord Cromwell –
Black and Green, Badge ?
Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick –
Red, Ragged Staff in White
Sir Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter –
White and Bloody, Wheat Ear in Yellow
Sir John DeVere, Earl of Oxford –
Orange, Boar (Black)
Sir John Neville, Lord Montague – Red
and Black, Griffen in Yellow
William, Viscount Beaumont – White,
Broom Cods in Green
Sir Richard Tunstall – Black and
White, Cockerel in ?
of these nobles appear to have been at the battle of Barnet on 14th
April 1471. The information is mainly from "Standards, Badges and Livery
Colours of the Wars of the Roses" by Pat McGill and Jonathan Jones.
first retinue on the painting table will be King Edward's, attired in
Blue and Murrey (purplish-red). I will probably use Lord Berners for
the other Yorkist retinue here as they do otherwise seem to have a lot
of Blue and Murrey.
For the first Lancastrian retinue I will go with Warwick's, followed by Exeter.
mercenaries are a problem. They were supplied by Burgundy but were
probably Flemish. I could put them in cool Burgundian Blue and White
with a red cross. But, my guess is that they would have had Edward's
livery to make it clear to all who they belonged to on the battlefield.
So I will paint them up in Edward's colours.
It is all the fault of those Perry twins! I keep on seeing blog
posts, forum entries and magazine articles about their plastic Wars of
the Roses figures and I want them.
So before buying any I thought that I had better start to understand these "wars".
what books do I have. Well I hoard books so I already had some. But of
course why read those when I could buy new books. So I bought two books
on the military history of the wars. First John Sadler's "The Red Rose and the White". Then Philip Haigh's "The Military Campaigns of the Wars of The Roses".
Read them in double time. Both very good, Haigh has the edge in writing
style and detail but Sadler tries to bring in more of the first hand
experiences of the politics and the fighting.
pulled out the Terry Wise men at arms book, the WRG Armies of-the middle
ages book, the army lists (WRG, FOG, Impetus). More army and troop type
We have been playing L'art de la Guerre for a few months now. Having played a dozen or more 200 point “line em up and bash hell out of each other” games me and my mate Stuart had a go at a scenario last night. I found a Warmaster Ancients scenario for Dorylaeum (1097) in Battlegames Issue 32 (by Daniel Johnson) and adapted it to the figures that I had. Game was in 28mm Seljuks Vs Crusaders on 8X5 table. The Crusader Vanguard is attacked by a Seljuk horde. The foot are making a camp and then defending it. Other Crusaders are straggling into line. More Crusaders are making their way through difficult terrain (The Turks beleive it impassable). They will appear on the Turkish flank. End result; Phyrric victroy for the Crusaders. (In real battle they won but sustained more casulaties than the Turks). So, pretty close to historical. Highlights: Count Baldwin (Commanding the Stragglers) mowing down hordes of Turks in multiple impetuous charges. Bohemond being destroyed by the Turk Vanguard gen…
A week ago I bought a copy of "Soldiers of God" by Warwick Kinrade. This is my first solo game with the rules.
I selected two 150 point armies. The Crusaders had:
One 3 stand unit of holy order Knights
Two 2 stand units of Knights
Two 3 stand units of crossbows (2 units is not strictly legal but I don't have crusader archers yet)
Two 4 stand units of men at arms (foot)
One 2 stand unit of Turcopoles
The rules put these into 3 "battles"
The Saracens had:
Four 3 stand units of horse archers
Two 3 stand units of Ghulums
Two 4 stand units of Adath (militia spears)
Two 4 stand units of archers
One 2 stand unit of Arab Tribal Cavalry
Two mounted commanders and one on foot
Again in three "battles"
This was the deployment:
Note the cards, these drive the game.
Three cards are allocated to each side to denote their battle plan. These are allocated one per battle and they stay with that battle for the game.
As I was playing solo I selected the bat…