Finishing up the Flodden Armies

I am happy to have finished off the Flodden armies and to start thinking about what I’m going to be doing with them. I’m not yet sure about rules but am heavily invested in the To the Strongest! / For King and Parliament scheme and will likely stay somewhere within that scope. A few modifications will be required (although, as Flodden looks much more like a medieval than a renaissance battle, an unadulterated TtS! may be the ticket). I am now very much inclined to leave any rules modifications to those more knowledgable and clever than me.

As it stands, each 1×1” piece represents 500 men. This gives a more grand tactical feel than normal and may mean I’ll go in a new direction (as I did with Barley Valley ) using the pieces individually. I do have a number of custom-sized movement stands coming from Pendraken which will allow me to group the pieces into units for use in battles of a different figure/man scale.

The now completed English Army at Flodden:

The Northern levies that comprise nearly half of the English army and made up of billhooks and bows. Top rear (with the red St Cuthbert banner) are the Yorkshire men, top center (with the cream colored banner of St. Hilda) the men from North Yorkshire and Northumberland, in the foreground (under the black and white banner of Chris Savage) the forces of Cheshire, and, finally, leading the advance, the Lancashire lads carrying the ancient gold and red banner of the Lords of Manchester.
The retinues of various lords and other forces of the North with a mixture of men-at-arm, billhooks and bows. In the background the soldiers of Lords Conyers and Clifford along with those of Sir Marmaduke Constable with the streaming standard of a ward commander. In the center are the forces of Durham under the gold and blue banner of the bishop and lead by Sir William Bulmer of the Golden Lion banner. Finally, in the foreground, the contingent of fleet marines led by two of their captains, Etchyngham and Berkeley.
The Stanleys and the Howards (who provided much of the senior command for the English). From back to front, the Stanleys, with Lord Stanley under the standard of a ward commander and his men-at-arms carrying his personal banner. To his right is the banner of his brother, the Bishop of Ely. Each of the Howards carry a ward commander’s standard, with Edmund Howard at the top (who is shown in the header picture by Stephen Walsh fighting alone as his ward is over-run by the Highlanders protecting the Scottish flanks). His father, the Earl of Surry, the overall English commander and carrying the white and green royal standard. The Lord Admiral, the eldest son of Surry, is in the foreground.
An overall view of the completed English army.

After finishing the English I sat down to the rather boring and repetitive task of resizing all the flags of the Scottish army. Funzy!

The now completed Scots Army at Flodden:

On the right, the MacDonald chieftain carries the standard of the Lord of the Isle (a bit anachronistically as this title was vacated twenty years before). The units to the left, Ettrick, Galashiels, and Selkirk, have had more period looking flags added.
A detail of the re-flagging process. Print them, cut them, fold and glue them, black edge them.
The Scots re-flagging process well advanced. In the center, starting with the stars and heart banner and coming forward, are the Earls of Angus, Arran, and Glencairn. These are not necessary for Flodden but will be used for Linlithgow Bridge thirteen years later.
The Scots army re-flagged. Note that the full army is more than twice this size since the remaining pieces carry no flags. The clothes pin in the foreground with the brass rod is the simple tool for making the flag.
As some rules require the possibility of detached and mobile command (To the Strongest! being one), several were flagged generically. The King of Scotland (on the right) is repainted but is in armor from at least a hundred years before Flodden. The English commander in the center has the personal banner of the Earl of Surry (although one source reports that at age seventy he was getting about in a cart). The personal banners and command standards can be easily swapped from the foot pieces.

All the pieces, nearly two hundred, now have to have magnetic vinyl added to use with custom move stands. This is even more boring than making flags.

8 thoughts on “Finishing up the Flodden Armies

  1. Hang in there on the boring tasks that are required to prepare for the gaming. It will be worth the tedium to be ready to play with the details finished.


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