IV/57abc Low CountriesLeave a comment
July 7, 2017 by catomighty
Army List (2nd edition)
IV/57 Low Countries, 1297–1478CE
(a) 1297–1329CE: 1x3Kn or 4Pk Gen, 1x3Kn or 4Pk, 1x4Cb, 6x4Pk, 1x3Bd or 4Pk, 1x3Bd, 1x2Ps.
(b) 1330–1410CE: 1x3Kn or 4Pk Gen, 1x3Kn or 4Pk, 1x4Cb, 5x4Pk, 1x3Bd, 1x5Wb, 1x2Ps, 1xArt.
(c) 1411–1478CE: 1x3Kn or 4Pk Gen, 1x3Kn or 4Pk, 1x4Cb, 6x4Pk, 1x4Bd or 4Pk, 1x2Ps, 1x4Pk or Art.
A major force in the Hundred Years War as a major trading partner with England.
15mm figures, I’m not entirely sure what most of them are — bought the core of the army cheap off EBay. The purchase included 12 stands for the (c) list only; extra Pike options not included. I got the army super cheap because of the basic block painting, and the fact that the original pose of the pike figures are horrible; so there wasn’t any competition bidding for this, but it’s just the sort of fixer-upper bargain I go looking for!
While the figures look like very nice poses of actual pike drill, you can’t actually get opposing stands into base to base contact with pikes at such a low angle! Fortunately, that was easy to fix. The pikes were cast separately, and came out of the hands easily enough. Then I bent the arms to hold the pikes much more upright, and added brass pikes instead of the original lead ones. It took a day or two of painting to add more colours, details, and highlights to the paint jobs on all the figures.
The original army as it arrived:
I painted up and added enough stands to field the earlier (a) and (b) lists as well. I didn’t bother adding any extra optional Pike stands, 6 is plenty. The Artillery stand that came with the army was a late period gun, I replaced that with an Organ Gun by Essex. The crew figures for the organ gun and the two stands of 3 Blade (plançons) were all converted from an extra pack of Essex halberdiers I had on hand. The White Hoods of the Warband stand are mostly Splintered Light Miniatures, and a Baueda or two.
Refurbished Pikes and Organ Gun:
The light infantry:
Scratchbuilt a camp suitable for this army that can also function as a generic medieval camp for many other armies. Crossbow figure is Old Glory, cart and ox (tethered to the wheel with a strand of emboidery floss) are Essex. Stone wall made from Sculpy and the stakes from round toothpicks:
And the whole army arrayed: