The header picture is the cover of Johnathan Cooper’s quite wonderful, The Rose & The Heart The Battle Of Linlithgow Bridge 1526 (Partizan Press, 2004). Cooper and illustrator, Alan Gault, are both period re-enactors and, as any serious re-enactor should, bring a special breadth and depth because of their physical acquaintance with the dress, weapons and tactics of the time. The book gives an excellent analysis of a little known battle with many useful maps, period and interpretive illustrations and even a section on wargaming the battle. I also appreciate that Cooper included in the several appendices, contemporary (or nearly so ) accounts of the battle.
I’m continuing to experiment with smaller pieces using 20mm hex bases (rather the 25mm squares I use for my standard basing). This will allow me to have skirmishing units with hackbutts (the English term I’ll use for a large category of firearms), various bow types (English, Scottish, crossbow), billmen, halberdiers, spearmen, and other assorted fighters. These may also be useful as denominational units, that is adding the ability to break down standard pieces into smaller ones.
I selected a bunch more figures from my eBay Flodden purchase and added some new Pendraken figures to supplement them. Both types then got painted (or repainted) to match my own sensibilities about the Flodden period. (Click the pictures below to enlarge).
I’ll now proceed on to the Battle of Linlithgow.