Wednesday 9 December 2020

Miniature painting: The Baron's Men

This is the Baron.

Not the best of my miniatures, either in terms of painting or sculpting, but easily one of my favourites.

The Baron serves as the default leader of my collection of miscellaneous 'medieval soldier' miniatures, who, like the Greenwood Gang, are united by theme and colour scheme and very little else. I collected and painted them over the course of the last two and a bit years: they include fantasy miniatures and historicals, old metal figures and modern plastics, figures from different cultures, figures from different centuries, and figures sculpted in very different styles. Some are figures I'm quite proud of, while others are far from my best work. If I ever fielded them together then my excuse would be that the Baron had been made so desperate by the antics of the Greenwood Gang that he'd started hiring anyone who turned up, from foreign mercenaries to dungeon-crawling desperadoes. I imagine they could be used as opponents to the Greenwood Gang in a skirmish game, or combined with them into a single force for a larger wargame.

Here are the ones I've painted up so far.

Axemen and swordswomen.

Miscellaneous soldiers.

Spearmen (and one spearwoman).

Soldiers with polearms.

The Baron and his knights.

More miscellaneous soldiers.

Dungeon-crawling adventurers on the Baron's payroll.

The whole force gathered around a village smithy, ready for a showdown with the Greenwood Gang!


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    1. You're much too kind - I'm a middling-average painter at best. I do find it very soothing, though, which means I've been doing a lot of it in 2020. So I'm afraid there'll be a bunch more posts like this going forwards...

  2. In the picture of the Baron and his knights, the leftmost knight without a helmet strikes me as the Baron's younger brother or cousin. He's too distinctive to be just another nameless, petty knight, and the two share more than a passing resemblance to each other. Either there's some internal familial struggle between the two, a case of a younger, more hot-headed brother being reigned in by the elder increasingly weary of the younger's antics and lust for glory, or, despite their differences, the two know that they are in this together and complement each other as they face the struggles of being members of a minor, impoverished noble family. Or, yanno, all of the above.

    1. I'd never have thought of that... but you're right about the resemblance, and the positioning does make it look as though the Baron is looking disapprovingly sideways at whatever the other man is doing! Younger brother seems plausible; the first streaks of grey are already visible in the younger man's beard, and the stresses of running the barony have no doubt aged the Baron faster than his sibling. I guess that'll be part of the story of the band going forwards!

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    1. Maybe so, but you know how the medievals loved their bright colours. The blue and red help them to stand out visually from the Greenwood gang (greens and browns) and the local peasants (greys and browns). Besides, it's probably just a woad dye - nothing all that exotic!

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