Saturday, December 6, 2014

DBA Special III/45 Pre-Feudal Scottish


Sorry for the low level of activity here, I have been busy with a number of projects (some of which might well find their way onto this page in due course) but normal service is being restored as I catch up ...

First, those Pre-Feudal Scots that did such sterling service for me at the DBA Open ...


They are now tidied up, ready for pictures and adjusted to Version 3.   The core adjustment is that you lose a skirmisher and the Warband option goes up to 2 elements ...  anyway ...

The army is mostly Peter Pig Viking figures (with some help from Outpost, Donnington, Essex and Chariot ... plus, to make a mix, a figure each from Curvus Belli, Old Glory, Minifigs, A Touller and Lurkio) ...


I have tagged this army Malcolm Canmore's Scots .... Malcolm, of course, was the adversary of Shakespeare's Macbeth ... so an ideal opponent for your run of the mill cauldron boiling Scot.

It was Malcolm's army that removed Birnham wood to Dunsinane in the classic denouement (and I suspect gives rise to this army's core of 3Pk spearmen ... ) ...

Canmore apparently means 'big head' so I've given him a big head.  He is a Touller figure with an Outpost Varangian head (between 2 Outpost cavalrymen - the left of which has an Essex head)


The left is an old Essex one piecer with added spear and Outpost head ... the right hand figure is also Essex but with a Lurkio top half.   They match up nicely, I think ...


The Scottish thegns ... an Outpost Varangian amongst 3 Piggies ...


The core of the army.   Mindful that V3 was changing these spearmen to 3Pk, 


I chose to model them as generic Dark Age infantry with very big spears.  I deliberately did not go for shieldless schiltron types as I suspect they may be anachronistic.    These look the piece for me for 11th Century foot, and I think are fine for the 3Pk designation (but its just my interpretation) ... nonetheless, not all have shields.  Again, the shield designs are generic Dark Age with a Caledonian twist and there is the odd yellow warshirt ...


Men in skins... men in warshirts ... more Hollywood than Galwegian with a deliberate hint of wildness.   not to be taken too seriously ... Chariot wild men, a couple of Piggies an Outpost and a Minifig.   They mix well.


V2.2's useful 2 elements drop to 1 in V3 ... Corvus Belli, Outpost (with dog) and 2 New Era Donningtons ...


I made this broch-like encampment from an old Airfix (Nottingham Castle) turret ... and added a mix of junk including some sheep, a dead cow, a camp fire and a likely anachronistic kingly flag.   The army is making camp (and maybe looting ... a bit ... ) at a newly captured tower ...  There is an Outpost shaman dancing in a loincloth.   Answers on a postcard?

As an alternative I have based up some Museum monks ... the army pairs up with some Vikings, so the monks are their natural foes ... when needs must ...


This beautiful Barker Marker is actually the top half of a 28mm MDF cross from Timeline.   It was just too tall for this collection so I chopped it down (and am very pleased with the results) ....  I set it in a spiral pathway mimicking contemporary shield designs.   I have no idea whether there is any justification for this.


I had quite a lot of fun making the camp, and it views well from a number of angles.   I was particularly pleased with this guy emerging from the tower ... actually he is a PP wounded figure but the pose just seems to suit.   It is also a tremendous little figure (yes - that is 15mm!) ...

As I say, the shield designs are generic Dark Age with  some Scottish flavours ... there is some authenticity to the swirly designs North of the wall, but mostly it is generic/conjectural ... anyway, I clipped a bundle of them together so you can see for yourself.


Occasionally there's a bit of something else in the way - and sometimes the angles are quirky - but, by and large, this seems to have worked (I'll do it again for the Vikings I think) ...

So ... here is the army reconfigured for V3 ...


It was surprisingly good (came 2nd) as a V2.2 army, so I will now wait and see how effective 3Pk are in the latest version - it will add another dynamic to the now interesting and variable Dark Age infantry fight.

8 comments:

Prufrock said...

Nice post, Phil. Putting the shields into a picture of their own worked really well. Might have to 'borrow' some of those designs for my own Dark Age armies!

Cheers,
Aaron

SoA Shows North said...

Thanks ...

The shields are mostly 'wargamer conjecture' I'm afraid ... I have found a quick way of snipping geometric shapes - so round shields I can copy together quite quickly (well I thought so and it seems to have worked quite well). I'm not sure I could repeat it for more complex shapes ... but then I have finished the Vikings now as well and Greek shields are also round (so there's a bit of mileage in it :) ... ) ...

Phil

thewargamesroom said...

A great looking army. It will be interesting to see how it works under DBA 3.0.

SoA Shows North said...

Thanks TWR ... 3Pk has always seemed an interesting concept to me (auxilia with big sticks?): I guess it will be the rapid movement that will unique effect ...

Glad you liked them

Phil

Phil said...

very nice!....

Phil said...

Great looking minis, and terrain...and shields!

Mark Willis said...

I know this is a long shot, considering the age of this post, but... I would like to know which figures are used for the spearmen / pikes shown here, particularly the ones in the rear rank with pikes held vertically, and the ones with pikes horizontal, mostly in the front ranks. Very impressive painting btw! Thanks.

SoA Shows North said...

Sorry for the delayed reply, Mark. The figures are Peter Pig ... the horizontal pikes are per the packs (check out the PP website), the ones with pikes aloft I made from 2-handed axemen.

Phil