Fireforge 'Falkirk' project


I came across these figures from Fireforge Games at Wonderland Models in Edinburgh recently. They are 28mm hard plastic figures designed for the 12th to 13th century, with emphasis on the Crusades. I like them. They are well sculpted and have a kind of honest 'graphic novel' look to them. 




In the Foot Sergeants box there are 48 figures, six frames of eight. There is an adequate mix of poses and an assortment of weapons; spears, swords, axes, maces and crossbows. Shields of different shapes are included too, as are bases for Fireforge's 'Deus Vult' rules system.
As with all these things I get excited, and have to embark on yet another modelling project. So heading back in time a bit I plan to put some Battle of Falkirk figures together, probably destined for ebay in the end.


Early stage figure from Foot Sergeants box, with hand drilled for longer spear.

One of the major engagements in the early Scottish Wars of Independence, Falkirk was fought in 1298, so these figures depicting foot soldiers should fit nicely. Most are wearing aketon or gambeson type textile armour, with pots and kettle hats and the odd bascinet. The only problem is the short spears, so I'm experimenting with longer wire spears. This involves a modest amount of conversion work, but I reckon it will be worth it for 'a busche of spieris' as William Dunbar put it. I can use targes from the Perry Mercenaries box for some of the figures too, for a more Scottish look.




I painted a few shields up with the arms of L-R: Andrew Murray, the Earls of Sutherland, and of Angus. Many of the Scottish earls gave tacit support to Wallace and Murray by providing troops, but not actually appearing themselves. The so called Scottish 'peasant army' would no doubt have included many commons who had answered the call to arms, but there would undoubtedly have been a large number of a more professional class of soldiers from the earldoms.



One of the figures nearing completion, showing the converted arm parts. The chances are both hands were needed to properly employ the long spear so I did some cutting and pasting of arm parts to give a two handed grip. Lots of drilling of hands!



Early stage standard bearer, with hand converted to hold a sword. He's 'corry fisted', as we say in Scotland, meaning he's left handed!



A finished figure, depicting a 'vintenar', who would be in charge of a detachment of twenty men. He's from the Earl of Sutherland's retinue.


Further Information 



Osprey publishing does a good overview of  Falkirk and Stirling Bridge, and also The Battlefields Trust website: 

http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/medieval/battleview.asp?BattleFieldId=62




First converted figure complete! 


More conversion work, just an arm/hand combination this time, to allow the spear to be held up.

2 comments:

  1. Very nice work, I will be doing a similar project ,converting the same figures in the same way to make up my part of my Edward Bruce's Ireland invasion force. Thanks for the inspiring photo's of your great conversions.

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  2. That's really nice work! What paints did you use for your helmets if you don't mind me asking?

    Thanks - Allen

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