Of course I have a pile of DBA-X ECW units I COULD use… just use casualty markers… But I happen to HAVE a lot of individually based ECW figures anyway, so I shouldn’t take much to organize dedicated units for Pikeman’s Lament.
Picking some “low-haninng fruit” I painted up three dismounted cavalrymen that finishes up three units of “Forlorn Hope” – smallish units of hard-hitting elites – similar to the dismounted knights (Foot Men-at-Arms) in Lion Rampant
except… y’know… with muskets and the like.
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):
Three newly painted dismounted ECW cavalrymen. The two on the left are Wargames Foundry
figures that came are part of a pack of dismounted ECW cavalry I ordered a year and a half ago (when I was last excited about the era – as I was reading about it with the kids and the release of
En Garde!</a> was approaching!) I mostly ordered them fort the OTHER figures in the pack – which I painted shortly after their arrival. These are copies of figures I already owned and had painted… so… there was less motivation to get them done… (until now!!).
The fellow on the left tossing the bomb is from Warlord Games
. He was part of a storming party I painted up previously
. This fellow wasn’t painted at that time because his flimsy little scabbard broke off. I was going to model a proper scabbard on their, but in the end just drilled it out, stuck in a bit of wire and painted that… If I hadn’t mentioned it, no one would probably have noticed…
Forlorn Hope #1 – Dismounted Cuirassiers – these would be classified as “aggressive” – a 0 point upgrade that removes the ability to shoot, but increases their Stamina and Attack Value. All but one is from Wargames Foundry
, the odd man out is actually a Dixon Miniatures
figures from their Flodden line?! I figured it was close enough – could be some poor old chap that couldn’t afford new armour and swords and had to go into battle wearing his granddads armour…
The four cuirassiers that are identical to the newly painted one I have had for-EVAR – I actually painted them 27 years ago!
Forlorn Hope #2 – Figures from Wargames Foundry
and Dixon Miniatures
again. This unit doesn’t actually include any of the newly painted ones above… I just thought I’d include a picture of them. As with the cuirassiers above, a couple of these chaps were painted 27 years ago. Can you guess which ones?
The entire storming party from Warlord Games
… which I guess could be fielded as a Forlorn Hope of its own – if you could imagine the petard stand as a single element thus making a unit of six. I imagine I would more likely use the petard as a “token” of sorts in a scenario that has to be escorted to the gate of an enemy fortification and left there long enough for the storming party to clear away to a safe distance… much like the critters in the foraging or rustling scenarios.
Good to be back working on a project I actually WANT to be working on! I actually completely reorganized all my ECW figures into four DBA-X armies (ECW Royalist, ECW Parliament – with options to make an ECW New Model Army, ECW Covaneteers, and ECW Scots Royalists) and four similar Pikeman’s Lament forces – with a few options for each. I’ve ordered just a few new miniatures to finish up a couple units in each.
Despite these English Forlorn Hopes the most likely forces to be completed first will be the Scots.
Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:
More English Civil War for Pikeman’s Lament!
Or possibly even some JET BIKES for Faustus Furious 3000!