Irish 10mm Figure Commission

After a brief and somewhat expensive flirtation with 15mm, I decided I do not want to leave 10mm just for one time and place, particularly since I have 10mm armies before and after. The time and place is Ireland during Desmond’s and Tyrone’s rebellions. There are a few figures available (mainly from my go-to place, Pendraken Miniatures) but I needed a wider selection which lead to the 15mm jump. The solution was to offer a commission for twelve 10mm sculpts to Phil Lewis, famously known as “Techno” on the Pendraken Forum.

The figure styles have to be somewhat of a compromise. While they are typical for Ireland from 1570 – 1600, they need to be usable at least back to 1500. These means to the most knowledgeable a few anachronisms creep-in for a few of the figures. For these I take full responsibility. Most noticeably, I group Kerns and Bonnachts together (with respect to dress and weapons). The jackets (ionar) changed in style significantly over the 16th c and I wanted figures that could be fudged a bit with painting.

I also wanted to be able to use these figures to represent Highlanders in the same period. The Gallowglass easily fit the bill and I have had Phil add folded “plaids” (cloaks, mantles) which can be painted in a tartan pattern if one wishes. Likewise, many of the new figures can represent “Redshanks”.

Let me hasten to add that “Tartan” can also refer to the twill weave style use by Celtic peoples for centuries. It most usually applies to multi-coloured patterns but could also mean a single color done in the twill weave. In any event people (particularly in Scotland) wore these “Plaids” for warmth and in a number of ways.

Here are Phil’s near-finished sculpts (as of this writing):

Gallowglass Set 1: The figure on the left wears a gambeson and mail coife under a morion-style helmet. The right-hand figure wears mail and carries the typical long ax. Both have folded plaids.
Gallowglass Set 2: Both wear mail with the figure on right having a prominent gambeson under. The figure on left has the more flowing sleeves of a typical shirt (leine) under.
Kern/Bonnact Set 1: Both figures are show as spearmen (or dartsmen). Both wear leines (but could be creatively painted to have ionars as well. The figure on the right will have a shield (round).
Kern/Bonnacht Set 2: Both figures are from well-known contempary illustrations. The axman on the left wears the late 16th c style ionar with the exaggerated pleated waist. The figure on the right is a “Redshank” mercenary with flowing plaid and short breeches worn over bare legs.
Irish Pikemen: Both in typical Irish dress of the late 16th c. The figure on the right will have a morion helmet while the fellow on the left is bareheaded, depending on his glib (tightly piled hair) for protection. The pikes shown are only temporary during the sculpting process. The figures will be open-handed.
Irish Musketeers: very similar in dress to the pikemen. I call them musketeers since they will help fulfill that role in early 17th c musket and pike unit, but the are actually calivermen, carting the lighter standardized arquibus. This will allow them to be used in a more typical skirmish and ambush role.

9 thoughts on “Irish 10mm Figure Commission

  1. Those are brilliant sculpts and thanks for commissioning them Bill:). When they become available I’m sure to order a few for some skirmish games etc.


  2. Are you planning to modify king and parliament for these or use baroque
    I visited one of the Desmond halls 2 years ago along with the boyne aughrim etc if u do go to the Emerald Isle they were doing up his main castle which should be ready now


    • In someways skirmish rules might end up working better for much of the fighting. Still, I likely will end up mashing TtS! and FK&P together (although more knowledgeable people are already working on this, I think).


  3. As always, you are very knowledgeable about the people, armor, and clothing of the time period. I’m glad you found a way to have your figures show this knowledge. Enjoy this retirement job that has become a calling! It keeps your mind busy and makes your days enjoyable.


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