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The Barons War – Free book adventure

The Barons War – Free book adventure

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In March 2022, if you were part of a gaming club Footsore were giving away single copies to clubs of The Baron's War Rulebook. (Until they run out try this address... [email protected]) Got one of the free rule books for my club. (Thank you Footsore Miniatures & Games.) I think we will probably try the Dark Age Conquest supliment version of the game first because I have a painted Saga minis collection I can point up. That likely route to playing hasn't stopped me starting to kitbash a retinue from fantasy and Dark Age sprues to be playable in the actual Barons War period around 1215.

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Bits box gift - part deux

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Another bits box find. The body is from an unknown source. (Though had a suggestion that it might be a Bretonian peasant of some kind). It had several studs on the surcoat which seem to be more of a Hollywood convention rather than something historical. I clipped and trimmed off the studs. The arms connect at the elbow not the shoulder which is not typical amongst most of my collection of minis. The helmet is from an Oathmark Human sprue. With little chain mail on display I chose to paint his chest to look like a leather tabard, but the suggestion is that there’s mail beneath his puffed out clothes.

The shield is from a NorthStar kit. I realize now that finding him a scabbard would help him look a bit more believable.The shield is from a NorthStar kit. I realize now that finding him a scabbard would help him look a bit more believable.

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I asked if this mini was in the right era for Barons War on their FB group page. I was reminded that the Perry twins sculpted the GW Bretonnians and they would typically leaned into the historical side of fantasy in their minis. Most people said he fits in fine, but perhaps the helm is a bit ahead of it’s time. I now wish I had more of them, but this was a one off find in a friend’s bits box. They were letting me forage through their bits box because they wanted to lend fresh parts from kits I have never had to feed my love of kitbashing. I think I still have Conquest Games plastic Medieval archer minis spare to flesh out my first lists and hopefully blend fine with this fine fellow.

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First ideas, first kitbash

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The sergeant on the right has the kettle hat helm, arms and shield from the Frostgrave Soldiers sprue and the body of a Frostgrave cultist.The sergeant on the right has the kettle hat helm, arms and shield from the Frostgrave Soldiers sprue and the body of a Frostgrave cultist.
NorthStar Frostgrave Cultists bodies have some great multi layer clothing that look like medieval surplus/ tabards. The poor knight on the left has a Wargames Factory / Warlord Games head and the arms with mail are from a Viking Gripping Beast sprue. The shield is from a NorthStar Soldiers 2 sprue.NorthStar Frostgrave Cultists bodies have some great multi layer clothing that look like medieval surplus/ tabards. The poor knight on the left has a Wargames Factory / Warlord Games head and the arms with mail are from a Viking Gripping Beast sprue. The shield is from a NorthStar Soldiers 2 sprue.

The idea to get a game going in the Barons War era was with a poor warband from Galloway with a mix of Douglas Ferguson livery. And a Northern England contingent to face them. Galloway was in many respects it’s own Kingdom separate from Scotland and as such a volatile region.

Apparently Galloway was very Irish Gael in this period, with links to Man and Dublin. Sources such as John of Furdun mention Alexander “raising an army of Scots, Gallowegians and knights from the borders.” Unfortunately that is as much detail a they mention.

But in actual fact… “Thankfully” that is as much detail as they mention, because this gives me license to game in the gaps. I can Have a small group of Galloglas for some flavour and some big axes. Some of my early (maybe part Flemish by some accounts) Douglas Scots ancestors as knights and a few sergeants with the Galloway lion shields. Some levy and archers to pad out the list. Joy. I think a plan is coming together.

My Lord for a Scots force. I painted up this Footsore miniature a while ago. Meant to be James The Good Douglas from the Bannockburn era, but he's in the fashion didn't change a lot from the 1200s to the 1300s.My Lord for a Scots force. I painted up this Footsore miniature a while ago. Meant to be James The Good Douglas from the Bannockburn era, but he's in the fashion didn't change a lot from the 1200s to the 1300s.
Galloglas perhaps? Some Dark Age Footsore minis I painted for my Saga Irish force.Galloglas perhaps? Some Dark Age Footsore minis I painted for my Saga Irish force.

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Started talking to Peter about his huge Barons War collection and the retinue options with Dark Age. Really helpful and got some ideas flowing.Started talking to Peter about his huge Barons War collection and the retinue options with Dark Age. Really helpful and got some ideas flowing.

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