Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Wars of the Roses - Light Cavalry


After yet another blogging absence I return but this time with the light cavalry of Edward IV ready to take to the field. These fellows are from the plastic boxed range produced by Perry Miniatures.


 These are again another set that I really enjoyed putting together and looked forward to painting. I opted for the livery of Edward, which necessitated applying a yellow edging which added a good bit of time to the painting process, but really makes the livery jacket stand out.


 I made good use of the Citadel Six livery badges and flag sets. I'm getting used to applying the decals/transfers now and find they give little trouble (as long as decal softener is used as per the instructions).


I was tempted to build them as mounted hobilars with bows but I really wanted troops I could use for Tewkesbury and similar actions where light cavalry could be used decisively. I tend to interpret the 'spears' in the woods at Tewkesbury as mounted light cavalry - it seems more believable for a relatively small force to make such a big impact on the battle if they had some horsepower and mobility.  


I have intentionally lowered some of the lance tips to infantryman level. Combat against foot troops and pursuit of the same probably being the most likely role rather than mixing it with mounted heavies in plate armour.


I really like the colour of this period of history and rather than cut down on my photos, I have included the full number including the close ups of each stand. I couldn't decide which to delete so have included the full set of photos.


Even though I have been absent from blogging, I have made some progress with other projects and got several excellent games in. Summer is always really busy for me with as much time spent outside on the ranges as possible and making black powder smoke with my muskets. I also spent time with my crossbow at the range between painting sessions of these troops - I think I was suitably inspired and with a medieval mind!  Crossbow shooting in good company on a fine summers morning has a lot to recommend for it.  More photos of recent projects to follow in due course!






















16 comments:

  1. I agree that this Perry Light Cavalry box set is a wonderful set. I've enjoyed working on mine. You've done a great job on these too!
    Peter

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    1. Hi Peter, Thanks for your kind comment. They really are great figures to build and paint - I feel like doing another box! I fear I have missed seeing your troops on your blog - I shall take another look!
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    1. Hi Cyrus, I'm glad you like them :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  3. Excellent job Jason, lovely colors for a wonderful period to play...

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    1. Hi Phil, Thanks for your kind comments. I agree - a superb period of history to play!
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  4. Excellent set of figures. Nice attention to detail, especially the yellow edging on the livery jackets.

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    1. Hi Matt, Many thanks indeed. :-) Yes, the yellow - I nearly bottled out of doing them in Edward's livery because of the edging but I am really glad I stuck with it.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    1. Hi Rodger,
      Many thanks indeed, I'm glad you like them.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    1. Hi Peter, Many thanks indeed for your kind comment. :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  7. You've done a fantastic job of painting this guys, very vivid colours - the yellow piping is very effective.
    The basing is very professional too.

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    1. Hi Mike, Thank you for your very kind comments. The basing has evolved by seeing so many great bases on other painter's blogs and my being inspired by them. It doesn't seem so long ago since I used card and flock instead of the abundance of superb material wargamers can obtain these days.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    1. Hi Lawrence,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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