Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mexican Cazadores, Burgundian Crossbowmen and Scottish Trollbloodz, oh my...

Mexican Cazadores:  Finally a match for my son's Tennessee Riflemen

Finally competed my Mexican Cazadores.  These are actually Perry's Carlist Wars British Riflemen.  As luck might have it, Santa Anna had been importing weapons, accoutrements, and equipment from England for years (and I think these molds are far better than Old Glory's Alamo series).

Santa Maria!
I hope los piratas Americanas never see the backs of these Cazadores...

On the bench are the last of a box of Perry Plastics European Mercenaries.  These will be Burgundian Crossbowmen.  You'll note that I had to make new sleeves from Milliput on several of these guys as the sleeves I had left over didn't match the torsos.  I'm not sure whether I'm going to pick up another box and make a Swiss infantry army or start making my own Renaissance-era artillery. 

Burgundians awaiting bases.

Picked up a copy of Medieval Warfare this month (all about Charles the Bold and how the Burundian Wars tied to the Wars of the Roses and the many invasions of France by England). It's actually a back-issue from earlier in the summer... might have to start subscribing to this one.

 Charles had the most advanced horse artillery in Europe (second half of the 1400's) and it comprised a significant portion of his field armies.  Sadly, he wasn't much for assessing risk, cutting his losses, or determining critical vulnerabilities to exploit.  It seems he was an excellent administrator, an impetuous knight, but not a great tactician.

Swordsmen and lumbering brutes from Clan McHaggus.

Also on the bench are Trollbloodz Swordsmen and brutes.  The game (Hordes/Warmachine) is by Privateer Press which is a competitor of the Warhammer/40K line.  I don't often do fantasy wargaming, but when I do, it's because my sons want to play it.  What is a father to do?  In any event, these are nice models-both plastics and lead (if prohibitively expensive) and I did a lot of modeling to create a little diversity.  Gave one a pole for a standard (I'm thinking light blue with white bones in a St. Andrew's Cross), added hair to most, new helmets, tam-o-shanters (with left-over feathers from the Burgundians) , replaced the hammer with a cudgel and spike for the unit leader, and added tartan plaids and brooches on all.  The game appears to be played with cards and dice, so against my better judgment here I go... another unfinished army.