An Overgrown English Garden

Or maybe it’s a Scottish garden. At any rate, I’ve been playing around a bit with the Scots Flodden army making some attempts at playing out the Battle of Linlithgow Bridge (1526). What became a problem as I did this were the large flags which made handling the pieces difficult and obscured too much of the piece. The header picture shows the Scottish army bunched together and more and more it reminded me of an overgrown garden. So, another idea that I liked but that has proven ultimately to be a fail.

The English Flodden army is coming along well (although I’ve had to repaint most of the ebay figures and replace at least a hundred with new figures to get more the look I wanted). I started doing the English with large flags but then switched to smaller, liked the look, and stayed with it. The Scots, of course, will now need to be completely reflagged 😬

The flags at the top are what normal people use for 10mm figures. They are 11mm square so about seven feet high. The bottom flags are the supersized, 20mm flags currently carried by the Scots. The large flags would scale to about twelve feet high! The flags on the left are Nick Appleyard’s, the English artillery commander. Those on the right belong to Robin Borthwick, Appleyard’s counterpart for the Scots. Robin’s large flag is upside down, his small flag shows the correct orientation.

To complete the Scots reserve division under Lord Bothwell I painted up the final three units.
The Saltire flags with various background colors are a bit anachronistic and are serving as place holders until I can come up with something more accurate.
A rear view of the new Scottish pike units showing the standard Scots white on black labeling. To the left are the men from the Forest of Ettrick, and the next two from the border towns of Galashiels and Selkirk.
The Scottish artillery train was also completed and represents the cutting edge, bronze cast guns enthusiastically assembled by King James IV. For accuracy I should note that not all of the Scottish train had bronze guns.
The English artillery still used the older “hoop and stave” iron guns. At Flodden, however, they gave much better than they got.
A rear view of the English guns showing their standard black on white labeling.
Lord Dacre’s mounted division comprised mainly of border horse. On the right, John Heron’s troop leads the pack.
John, “the Bastard” Heron sweeps in to rescue the hard pressed Lord Edmund Howard (in full armor) at Flodden. A wonderfully animated illustration by the late Angus McBride.
A rear view of the English horse showing the names of the various component parts. Lord Dacre’s standard is in the center. Apparently having Game of Thrones on my mind I note that I have misleadingly labeled John Heron, the “Bastard of Heron”. He was indeed a bastard (in more ways than one) but of Ford not Heron.

9 thoughts on “An Overgrown English Garden

  1. If you are ever in the north of england in the lovely county of northumberland go to Flodden it is an unspoilt perfect battlefield like marston moor one of the few unruined


  2. Once again I’m impressed by your attention to detail and authenticity. The smaller flags are better. All your pieces are so well painted and grouped. I enjoyed seeing the picture you posted as well. Keep doing what you enjoy!


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