It makes sense to first configure for Flodden and then adapt from there. I am basically using the order of battle from the boardgame, Flowers of the Forest, which I mentioned in the previous post, with a few additions such as bows for the highland contingents and retinues for a few additional lords, notably the Earls of Angus, Arran and Cunningham.
I looked at every illustration I could find (mainly modern artists) and many wargaming blogs that have already done Flodden. There is a fairly wide range of interpretation although most everybody agrees on the appearance of the flags. I have decided to use the descriptions in George Gush’s Renaissance Armies 1480-1650 as the ground for my work. As Stephen Walsh’s illustrations in John Sadler’s excellent, Flodden 1513 Scotland’s Greatest Defeat (Osprey 2006) appear to closely follow Gush’s description, they provide the prime reference for painting (and repainting). Walsh uses a very crisp and lively ink and watercolor style of which I vastly approve.
The painted armies I bought on EBay were clearly done for quick and dirty wargaming (I don’t know their provenance but would guess they were done for the 500th of Flodden, then forgotten). They use a very limited color palette and anything that could be painted silver/steel was (including quite a few things that should not have been). Still and all using them is better than starting with base metal (although I need about forty figures with polearms so they’ll be done from the ground up).
The beginning of the task is below (click to enlarge):