Monday, 24 November 2014
Last week I went to Stockholm and I had decided to try out the Lion Rampant rules with Michale "Dalauppror" http://dalauppror.blogspot.se/.
So I scrambled what I got in my Scandinavian Medieval collection to see what I got.
It so turned out that I could muster a 24point host.
Michael and I decided that we would be playing in about the year 1219... And the search for the Dannebrog in the Baltics...
My host of Crusading Danes from the house of Hvide comprised of:
6 Mounted Men-at-arms *
6 Mounted Men-at-arms
6 Mounted Serjeants
12 Foot Serjeants
More about the actual game in a later post.
Thanks for the game Michael.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
They are a combination of Fireforge and Gripping Beast miniatures and bits and I really like the result. By combining different kits you get so much more characters out of the miniatures.
And as a side result by combining Viking bits into medieval miniatures I get that feeling of medieval Scandinavia Im after.
And nothing screams medieval Sweden more then crossbows...
I wanted to have a rather generic unit. But have chosen to have much blue on the shields and some different designs of a Lindorm (almost the same as a English Wyvern http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindworm). The Lindorm seems to have been the mark of the house of Sverkers and seems to have had a special popularity in Småland (a region in Sweden) and by this my unit could count as Sverkers or as crossbowmen from Småland with out any problem. I will go into more details about the Sverkers in a later post.
Sorry for the bad pictures, the "daylight" is terrible... Lousy weather.
Friday, 14 November 2014
They are meant to represent knights from, or bearing the colours of the Danish Hvide family with some modifications and alterations to have a more lively unit.
I have mixed in some Griping Beast Hirdmen heads and given some of them axes to show their Norse heritage...
I was some horses short and thus I have to mix in some Perrys War of the Roses horses but I think it worked out fine. And as everything else, Perry does some nice looking horses.
Those FireForge miniatures are sure fun to put together.
And combining these with some Danish Sergeants I painted a while ago I can make up a rather nice looking unit.
It might look a bit strange with half of them in red and half of them in blue though..
Monday, 10 November 2014
So our forces was drawn up and distributed into two somewhat equal forces.
The back story was that with the arrival of new crusaders by ship the County of Tripoli would raise a mercenary army and together with these and its standing forces march southwards.
The spies of the Ayyubid dynasty picked up their movement and mustered its own forces and marched to meet this threat.
The rules used was Hail Caesar
So their I was... I had told my self not to engage my Mamluks to early this time and I had to decide a charge reaction for my Mamluks on the first turn... Darn it.
I went with the countercharge as I did not want to get totally owned in the melee that would follow.
Atleast I had a unit of Turcoman in support
Anyhow the result as we played meant after some dicerolls that the Knights of Tripoli was pushed back, one of my Mamluk unit was wiped out and its supporting Turcomans was pushed back with severe casualties.
Here we decided to call it a day, a mighty victory for the Ayyubids.
On my right flank I got nothing left really but I had managed to stop the Crusaders push and they had mostly light troops left and not any real hitters to push further with, the center was still lining up for the big battle. I had no hurry to send my medium levy troops against their heavy infantry so I was totally fine with this.
On my left flank the Egyptian cavalry had totally dominated the battle.
Big thanks for all the players involved, it was another total chaotic and hilarious game of Hail Caesar.