Tuesday, 15 March 2016

From AlanD - Lord Scrope of Bolton's Retinue (70 points)



A few of us from the games club have recently caught the Lion Rampant bug. If you haven't played it, Dan Mersey's Lion Rampant is a great little game in the Osprey wargames series. One of the very appealing things about it is the comparatively small number of figures you need to play, meaning that there is no longer any excuse to hold back from buying a few boxes of beautiful Perry Wars of the Roses figures and whack together some retinues.



My sympathies are with the Yorkists, and I wanted to make the retinue of a Northern lord. I settled on Lord Scrope of Bolton, who despite his unfortunate name had a colourful career, being wounded at Townton and fighting in the vanguard at Bosworth Field. What settled it though was his livery badge of a raven. I have a thing for ravens.



 
So to start with, here's a unit of 12 men at arms, including Lord Scrope himself holding his sword aloft. Everything is hand painted, as always, including his personal raven banner made from the foil from a nice bottle of Cotes du Rhone.




I think this observation has probably been made once or twice before, but these Perry WOTR figures are absolute little gems. I had a ball putting them together, and the scope to make highly individual figures is huge. My particular favourite is this scary looking bloke, perfect for issuing the challenges that can occur in a game of Lion Rampant.



This little lot should give me a base of 65 points, as I attempt to reach my goal of 1000.



Great work Dux! I too love this plastic set from the Perry's - you can do so much with them, which we can see in abundance with your lads here. As usual, your hand-painted heraldry looks terrific and that raven banner is the dog's danglies (a few extra points for those). It's also nice to see all those white flowers on their bases, presumably underlining their Yorkist allegiance (Boo-Yaa! Go Richard!). Wonderful stuff.


18 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Looking really good Dux. Love the banner and freehand detail work.
    cheers

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  2. For a second there, I thought that was the PROPER Bolton, as in Lancashire...

    Still some great painting, even if they are from the wrong side of the Pennines!
    ; )

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  3. Great work there! Perry WOTR (and Agincourt) plastics really are absolutely fantastic pieces

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  4. Too many games, not enough time! This one has always been tempting and these look great.

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  5. nice work , the poses are very dynamic!

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  6. Thanks for the kind comments - much appreciated! I think I should point out that the 'white flowers' is supposed to be frost or a light dusting of snow...

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    1. Um, yes, well, since snow usually falls in the North it must be Yorkist snow... (Whew, covered that one handily...)

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  7. Lovely work - these figures are very tempting. The banner is ace!

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  8. very nice retinue. Excellent stuff.

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  9. Very nice! My resistance to getting these figures is crumbling...

    I'll have to look at the Rampant games.

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  10. Great job mate, very nice indeed!

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  11. Good work on the figs, I know these well.

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  12. Quite a nice load of heavy metal!

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  13. Splendid bully boys in armor, Dux! I really like their animation and paint scheme. The heraldry and armor are fantastic! ;)

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