|Stark Archers aka "Skirmishers" in Dux Britanniarum|
Carrying that forward to the men-at-arms we have:
|Stark Men-at-Arms aka "warriors" in DB and SAGA|
These are built from Fireforge or Gripping Beast bodies (there's one Perry WotR that's an early prototype), Gripping Beast or Fireforge heads, and mostly Fireforge Templar Knight axe arms plus a couple from Gripping Beast. Shield shape will be a unifying element across each force with Stark getting these flat topped kite shields. However I may give the pikemen simple round shields. When my Tuetonic foot knights arrive I will likely pop the heads of most of these - and the as yet unbuilt second unit - to add cloaks with bits of fur and wolf pelt to make them more robust and more "northern". Here are a few close ups of individual models...
Clearly there's more clean up and crack filling to be done. My purpose was to assemble enough of them to see how they'd look as a group. I'll confess that I'm not feeling like "Voila!" but with the furred cloaks, I believe they'll create the desired impression without looking like they're lifted directly from real history.
On that score, this next batch has more of a challenge. For elite household knights afoot I may use these:
These are Black Tree Designs early HYW period. In my schema, if the Lannisters, Tyrells and the Baratheons are the wealthiest houses represented by mostly WotR-era dress and armor - roughly 1460's. Stark, Greyjoy and Martel are at the other end of the spectrum towards Crecy/Poitiers in their equipment and look. The other houses will be somewhere between Otterburn (1380's)and Agincourt (1415). For Stark, there are not a lot of early HYW models out there besides BTD and Old Glory. I rule out Foundry because my sense is that they're shorter and thicker than the lines I'm currently using. (I'm open to being persuaded otherwise by any commenter.) To push their sillouette off of their real historical period I'm giving them kite shields and...
I remembered I had these old GW Empire Knights of the White Wolf cloaks that I was hoarding to scratch build Mordor Black Guard of Barad-Dur. I think a few will serve here. I like these models insofar that their camailed bascinet has the same look as the Darksword miniature approved by GRRM hisself:
|DISCLAIMER: I did not paint this model!!!!!|
While I'm not a slave to them, these sculpts from Darksword are a useful visual reference for some of my design choices.
And finally, for now, the first of the four elite cavalry...
Simply a Viking head plopped on a Templar body. He will either serve as one of the two sub-commanders (i.e. "nobles" in Dux Brit) with Greatjon Umber as the other. Or, he will lead the unit of four shock cavalry that could replace the six elite foot altogether.
I'm not yet completely sold on these conversions, but my sense is that I can see them all coming together once they are based and painted properly.
The next installment will focus on the two lord commanders...