Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Perry War of the Roses Bowmen & Billmen - WIP

These are the very nice Perry plastics. I had always wanted to do War of the Roses, but hesitated due to the thought of painting up a bunch of longbowmen. I'm glad I broke down and picked up the box of 40 infantry which can build 30 bowmen and a balance of billmen and command. Here they are with a fresh Minwax stain over a basic block paint job.
Wanting a fairly uniform look for both forces, they are painted up using blues, reds, greens, yellows and white.
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I'm planning to use them for a Bosworth game, so have a bit more bowmen painted up as Plantagenets. Also, the six billmen are painted up in Lancastrian colors. As Henry VII had a smaller force of French and Welsh included, I plan to use existing figures from a Hundred Years War French army.

33 comments:

  1. I am always impressed at how you chaps get so much done in such a short period of time and make it look so good!

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    1. Thanks, Michael! The Minwax (or Army Painter) staining really speeds things up if you're looking for a decent table top standard. Best, Dean

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  2. Looking fantastic Dean! I too have a box of these guys that I am slowly working through!

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    1. Thanks, Rodger. They are really excellent plastics - I wouldn't hesitate to get a another box of them if I need more. Best, Dean

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  3. Lovely work Dean, carry on.

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  4. Nice, very nice work Dean...

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  5. Thanks so much for the visit and comments, Gentlemen! Best, Dean

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  6. Fantastic, especially the Halberd weapon equipped with a group.

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  7. Nice!!! Can't wait to see your finished version of these figures! They are very versatile for the era and very easy to convert. I just wish I could get as many going at one time as you do! I could tear thru a box in no time!!! Now I just need to get one to tear thru...

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  8. Thanks for the kind words, Gentlemen! Much appreciated visit and comments. For sure this is a very versatile set, and one I would highly recommend for any army of the period. The helmets, particularly the visored sallets are true masterpieces in plastic. Warm Regards, Dean

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  9. Excellent work Dean !
    Greetings .

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  10. Love 'em, they really fit the "bill."

    (Slinks off to the corner for bad puns. )

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  11. Ditto what Michael said! :-) Nicely done Dean.

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  12. Nice work Dean! I'm a big fan of these Perry's plastics and your painting really shows them off well.
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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  13. Thanks for the very nice comments, Gentlemen. I have to admit a lot is owed to the secret formula in Minwax Tudor Satin stain.

    @ Monty: This is the perfect forum for such banter :)!

    Best to all, Dean

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  14. Good start Dean, its a period I always enjoyed and found fascinating. The Osprey on WotR is a great little read.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. I have the Osprey on Bosworth. Interesting how much of the actual battle is speculation. In fact, the battlefield itself hasn't been proven beyond a doubt. Might have to call the game The Battle of Redemore - but most may not know it as such - at least on this side of the Great Pond. Best, Dean

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  15. Lovely looking work so far Dean, that Miniwax is a marvel.

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    1. Thanks, Fran. Yes, without the "dip" not sure if could start, much less finish, new projects. Best, Dean

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  16. Great looking start. The entire Perry line is impressive.

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    1. Thanks, Neil. They sure do - and what a bargain in plastics. They're metals aren't badly priced either. Dean

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  17. They look terrific, you've been quit busy. I can't wait to see more.

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  18. Excellent Dean! these miniatures look super cool :o) I'm also getting into this period, well actually Great Italian Wars, waiting for my order to arrive...

    great painting!

    cheers

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  19. Ok Dean, now I officially hate you! ;-)

    Just a short time ago I decided that I needed to reduce the number of periods I want to play and now you go and bring out another one that has had me enticed for years and you even manage to paint them as well as always! Shame on you! :-P

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    1. LOL! Thanks for the visit and kind comments, Burkhard. As I have tinkered with Hail Caesar, I think I can pull of a WotR game with just this amount of longbowmen. I plan to give them an "Arrow Storm" special rule - double the number of shots for the first time they fire; and then give them an incentive to move to the rear of MAA and billmen. Basically, they'll be used to fire once and then retire behind more heavily armed/armored troops. Best, Dean

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  20. Very nice, Dean. If you try the European Mercenaries box you get a whole lot of new options open up for you. While the Perry metals are nice enough, the plastics are much cleaner and more detailed castings.

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    1. Thanks, I just may have to get that box for Crossbowmen and Hangunners. Dean

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