Saturday, July 5, 2014

Medieval Danish Hoast for Lion Rampant #1

With the soon, september 2014, release of Dan Merseys medieval rules Lion Rampant I thought that my Summer project have to be to complete a new medieval army based on the armylist in the rules.

I was lucky enought to get invited by Dan to participate in the playtesting of the rules from the beginning in 2012, back then I was tryingout his not released medieval rules Scottorum Malleus, when he contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out his new big-skirmish medieval Rules that would be published by Osprey, and who am I to say no to that...


So during the last 2 years I have been giving feed back and run several test games of the Lion Rampant rules, I even had the chanse to see my contributions go in to the final draft and print of the rules :) Of course you can find my Lion Rampant AAR´s here at my blog.

Back to the Danish Hoast project, this force I´m painting for my UK based friend Tony, I have been working on it for some time but never got around to finish it so I thought it was time to make some progres and in the same time get some teasers out for the up-commning release of Lion Rampant and I hope the Hoast are finished in time to the rules are released in September 2014.


It will be a Danish Hoast that should be set in time from the Battle of Visby 1361 to the Battle of Åsle 1389 and maybe some erlier and later to, but in short the time of the King Valdemar IV of Denmark and his Daughter Queen Margaret I of Denmark. The minis are a mix of Perry and Claymore.


A basic Lion Rampant Hoast are made up of 24 points, my ideea by the way:), For this hoast I have chosen the following units:
  • 2 Mounted Men-at-Arms @ 6 points each (One of them including the Leader)
  • 2 Foot Serjants @ 4 points each
  • 1 Archers @ 4 points
In total 12 mounted and 36 foot minis. (Only two Fire Forge boxes...any one... )


Sorry for the of focus picture, but here are The Leader with his Riddare and Svenner (Knights and Squires) from the House of Thott, Just the Leader painted so far, but the rest will have the same colour scheme in red and yellow. 5 minis left to paint


Riddare and Svenner from the House of Bybelsbak. The Danes made good use of German mercenary Man-at-Arms to in their armies. This will be the first unit I will do as there are only 2 minis left to paint, got to have a easy start:) 

In Lion Rampant all mounted units are made up of 6 minis.


Danish Archers hired by the House of Grubendal and have their CoA. I would probably had mixed in some crossbow men in the unit to, if I had the minis, as I belive they didn´t field the shooters in different units. 6 minis left to paint.


Obudshaer was trained Danish and German foot troops set up for service abroad, they were well armoured and armed with Bills, Spears and other nasty tools of their trade. This unit will be hired by the House of Grubendal and have their CoA. 6 minis left to paint.


One more unit of Obudshaer this time hired by the House of Thott. 5 minis left to paint.

In Lion Rampant all mounted units are made up of 12 minis, if not Skirmishers as they are only 6 men in a unit.

If you want to read more of what to expect from the Lion Rampant rules please take a look at Dan Merseys blog there he have made several good and interesting blog posts about the rules and how they work.


42 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure these will look amazing once completed!

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  2. Great host and project.Visby always attracts me as battle/idea for gaming too.Tony is a lucky fellow.As some one who has the surname Gruber I find the House of Grubendal most interesting...
    Does the Gruben bit have some connection with mining if I recall right...

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    1. Glad you approve My project :)

      Not sure about the minig, but i,m sure you right.

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  3. This ruleset looks really well, and I´m very interested in it. Thank you a lot for the informationa about the units building!

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    1. I hope people Will like what Dan put together. They indeed give fast and entertaining games.

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  4. Loving what you are doing here! Those shields look great.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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  5. Nice. Will you have a King Valdemar? ...I really like his coat -of-arms

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    1. Thanks Paul!

      At the moment there are no Valdemar planed, but if Tony provide a mini he like to have as Valdemar i serie paint it:)

      I haven't realy seen any good mini yet, so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

      Here are some pictures of Valdemar, a mini looking like the Valdemar praying pictures but mounted could be nice:)

      https://www.google.se/search?q=valdemar+atterdag&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=LtC3U_3GMpSL4gT224GAAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=320&bih=356&dpr=2

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    2. I used Perrys Henry V for my Valdemar Atterdag. It's a bit off period-wise, but I think he goes well with my mix of Perry, claymore and 1st corps.

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    3. I suppouse that mini would be the obviouse choise, we Will see what Tony thinks...

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  6. A Valdemar Atterdag Army - you are making my Danish heart jump with joy. They look fantastic, a good mix of punch, range and mobility - I'm sure Tony will reap some victories for the Danish Crown with this force!

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    1. Realy glad you like the project matey:)

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  7. A fabulous post MIchael and wonderful to hear that your contributions were included.

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    1. Appreciated Michael!

      Its realy rewarding to test rules and give feedback and then see that your ideeas been Included in the next draft.

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  8. Looks promising! Will you also do battle reports for this?

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    1. I hope to ba able to use them for a couple of Invasion of Gotland 1361 games when they are finished using the Lion Rampant rules, just have to sort out a force of gotlandic allmoge to first...

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  9. Really nice start - this is quite tempting

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    1. Good to heare, just need a couple of fireforge boxes for a hoast. You could almost build a elite force of just one box of Perry plastics now and Bill minis:)

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  10. However do you find the time, let alone the energy?

    This is amazing stuff, and I look forward to seeing your progress on the army.

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    1. Glad you like My effort Evan ! Thanks !

      I suppouse I have to thank the deer wife for the time and energy, if she wouldent be so understanding and supporting ther would be much less wargaming and blogging for me;)

      As long as I can keep the inspiration up, but i actually had a inspirational dip the last month or so, wich you can see on the lack of blogg posts, I hop that the inspiration now are going up due to my 5 week summer holiday :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing this. I am really looking forward to the Lion Rampart rules and have enjoyed your posts about them.
    I also hope to get my figures as nice as yours!

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    1. Thanks !

      Just 2-3 month left to the release...

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  12. Looking very good; the painted up guys are outstanding as always too. Best, Dean

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  13. If I could "lift" one thing from your painting toolbox, it would be your shieldwork. And banners! I guess I can't limit myself to just one thing. Stunning work right out of the box, Michael.

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    1. I' m honoured Monty that you as a very skilled painter feel you would need some of My skills, thank you very much:)

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  14. The chap you are painting these for must be a very happy man.
    Thanks for the link, I have just been over to check out Lion Rampart and they tick all the right boxes for me.
    Well done in the play testing with these, they look a great set of rules.

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    1. I hope you Will like the rules in the end to :)

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  15. I'm looking forward to these rules!

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  16. Excellent start to a project I will follow with great interest indeed! I know I say this of all your projects but this time it's doubly true ...

    Too bad it's a commission project though – I've got a serious itch for some Swedish (early) medieval gaming.

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    1. I hope you do as i plan to run at least 4 invasion of Gotland 1361 scenarios withe the minis in a mini kampanj, we just have to get a deseant looking gotlandic force together, and I have some ideeas about that whom involves you to;)

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    2. Sounds great! Count me in.

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  17. Just pre-ordered the rules, your minis are fantastic as always!

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    1. Glad you like My minis! I hope the rules Will get you good games:)

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  18. very cool, I really like your painting style, very effective.

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