Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Progress on both the Mounted Men at Arms horses and the Campaign Map.

Continued to work on the horses yesterday and they are close to completion, apart from the armour. I show before and after the transparent ink is applied. I should have really done this prior to painting the fancy blue horse tack as it has touched it in places, but that can soon be put right. I have gone with a colour scheme to match the already painted archers, this will clearly show which faction the unit belongs to. I will then have two of my intended factions almost complete. I still need to purchase two boxes of  Men at Arms on foot, to give me some units of foot knights to bulk up each retinue and of course I still have two boxes of Mercenaries, as yet untouched.

 
Saddle cloths and some of the riding tack painted.




Three of the knights are wearing tabards over their armour, so I painted them up to march the archers.


Now with ink added for a richer colour to the horse's coats.



Hopefully, the camera shows the difference the ink makes.


Then the campaign, it has been going around in my tiny brain for a week or so, I did read a similar way of making a map on another blog so thought I would also give it a try. First of all using a pack of playing cards, I extracted the four Kings and 21 other cards at random. I then shuffled the 25 cards and laid them out in a 5 x 5 grid.


The red suits are Lords/Barons with Lancastrian sympathies and the black suits are Yorkists. The four Kings represent areas with a castle, giving me four major factions for the campaign, two of each persuasion. The cards came out pretty evenly spread of black and red cards and I am considering making some areas larger by incorporating picture cards of the same suit into single area. Such as the Lancastrian castle, denoted by the King of Hearts, has both the red queens taking up that whole corner, that would be a super estate, same for some of the other castles with picture cards adjacent to them. The other cards represent the value of the estate so an Ace is low quality, probably high moor land or similar whilst a 8 or 9 is an area rich in agriculture or similar.
The next task was to take the layout of he cards and create a table in Word, I than looked at a map and chose names of various small villages in the area, some are real and some fictional to use as the names of the areas. I also found a Medieval Name generator and used that to create the current incumbent of that region. Finally, depending on a regions wealth, the incumbent live in a Hall, Manor House, Fortified Manor House or of course a castle.

So below is the current map, top line highlighted in grey, is the name of the region, below it is the value of the land. Next come the current Lord followed by which of the two houses he nominally supports and finally his abode. Other information needs to be added of course but this will do as a starting point.


Thorngarth
Burn Howe
Garthdale
Flixthorpe
Stainby
12
4
7
9
5
Walter de Cobham
Richard Pierrot
Christopher Chamberlyn
Charles Hyde
Arthur Symons
York
York
York
York
Lancaster
Castle
Hall
Manor
Fortified Manor
Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickerton
Knapton
Egton Low Moor
Nether Silton
Witton
10
8
2
10
12
Esmour Talbot
Godfrey Lovell
Richard Wadham
Andrew Daye
Ralph Lytton
York
Lancaster
York
Lancaster
Lancaster
Fortified Manor
Manor
Hall
Fortified Manor
Castle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leymoor
Hammerton
Wheeldale
Sailsworth
Hauxwell
10
12
10
3
5
Denys Sutton
Godfrey Howard
Edmund Dye
Ethelbert Fitzherbert
Stephen Boteler
York
York
York
York
Lancaster
Fortified Manor
Castle
Fortified Manor
Hall
Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hutton Wiske
Foggerhill
Waplington
Langthwaite
Ellerbeck
3
4
9
1
10
Bernard Hache
Phillip Derring
Aubrey Cotterill
Gauwyn de Montecute
Luke Fonteyn
Lancaster
York
Lancaster
York
Lancaster
Hall
Hall
Fortified Manor
Hall
Fortified Manor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kirbyholme
Colsterdale
Exelby
Rudston
Shefton
10
9
1
12
10
Reynard Vawdrey
Geoffrey Olyver
Elias Draper
Benedict Foxe
Thomas Renfry
Lancaster
Lancaster
York
Lancaster
Lancaster
Fortified Manor
Fortified Manor
Hall
Castle
Fortified Manor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So I am quite pleased with both the progress of the Mounted Men at Arms and of the abstract campaign map. I will hopefully do more work on both during today.

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