Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Medieval Games (with ships) at Partizan

I went to the Partizan show at Newark last weekend. The show has established a reputation for having games of high visual appeal and quality, as well as being a friendly mid-sized show. There were three late medieval games advertised, but only two there on the day - both of which had a nautical element which is a little unusual. I took a few photos, so I though I'd post some  up here for those who didn't get to the show.
First is a naval participation game, called 'Warwick at Sea', which featured medieval cogs with plastic bow and bill Perry figures in whole or part. I believe it was run by 'Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy' magazine and appeared very busy each I time I walked by the table.

The other games was run by Alan & Michael Perry and friends and was a fictional encounter, based on Queen Margaret's flight after the battle of Hexham, 1464. The Queen had to be escorted the length of a 12 foot table to a cog waiting to take her to France. Her retinue failed her and she was seen being taken into captivity by the Yorkists.

I foresee a slight surge of interest in later medieval ship warfare about to emerge - using the Revell Hansa Kogge plastic kits that both games used - with crews easily adapted from Perry plastics.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Marshall of Burgundy

The completed vignette of Antonie de Toulongeon, Marshall of Burgundy, who'll lead my contingent that Phillip the Good allied to the English.

The Treaty of Amiens of April 1423 was a political agreement between the Duke of Bedford, Philip the Good of Burgundy and the Duke of Brittany, in which the three dukes acknowledged Henry VI of England as King of France, and agreed to aid each other against the Dauphin Charles VII of France. Each party agreed to provide 500 men at arms should any of the others be attacked. The alliance resulted in modest sized Burgundian forces led by Toulongen joining with an English army under the leadership of the earl of Salisbury, which defeated a Franco-Scots army at Cravant in the summer of 1423.

I changed the horse for de Toulongen, as the original plan lacked a bit of movement - this one is from a Perry WR metal packs. The bearer of the Burgundian arms is also on a WR mount; the fit is not at all bad. The Burgundian flag is a download designed for Charles the Bold's period, but as there appears to have been no notable change in the arms it appears usable for the 1420s too.

Maybe a little while before I post any Burgundian troops (probably men at arms) as I focus on my 1470s Burgundians