|Earl of Oxford's Billmen advancing|
|The movement tray is simply cardboard covered in sand and flocked. I added|
washers for weight and to give the magnets on the bases
something on which to cling
Several of the billmen wear the Oxford livery and star badge, also depicted on one of the two flags. The smaller pennant is Devere's personal banner, with the blue boar and stars. I painted both of these on linen for the flags. Not as detailed as decals, but I like the fabric texture it gives to the banners.
I also include a movement tray of German Crossbow companies under an Imperial banner. Over 1,500 Germans, 2,000 Swiss and 5,000 Irish Kerns fought under the German mercenary, Martin Schwartz at the battle of Stoke. Schwartz was probably recruited by Margaret of Anjou (as she recognized Perkin Warbeck as the heir, Edward). Schwartz joined John De La Poole, The Earl of Lincoln in the Warbeck conspiracy. So I need to repaint my Burgundian handgunners as Swiss, must purchase some Irish Kerns and repaint my other Burgundian infantry in the livery of Stafford (who accompanied Oxford to crush Lincoln and Schwartz at Stoke.
The pavises are painted from actual German pavises I found online...but I am not sure of the actual units or cities, except the white/red and what appears to be a cedar (Augsburg). I thought this was appropriate since Schwartz was born in in Augsburg, however what companies were actually at Stoke is up for debate. I am not aware of any extant contracts or rolls that record that information.
The movement trays are just cardboard with magnet sheets covered with sand, pebbles, etc. The pennant is an Imperial German pennant. Again, conjecture, but Schwartz' last gig before the Warbeck Conspiracy was putting down rebellions in the former Burgundian holdings (as the long arm of the Holy Roman Empire), which is probably how he came to the attention of Margaret of Anjou. It would make for a good story!