The Roaring Northerners are Dave Stewart, John Hill and Iain Robertson; a loose affiliation of tabletop wargamers and figure painters who inhabit the frozen and somewhat soggy wastelands of west central Scotland. Shadowy and secretive, they stoically quest to reduce the scale of the lead mountain that threatens to engulf them all, and perhaps even find the time for the occasional game...
....This is their story

Saturday, 24 October 2015

STARLIGHT! BAOR Saracen and land Rover 101FC Ambulances

Finally got the medical elements for my BAOR force finished, ready for the deadline of The Guild's "Ambulance" Group build.

Both are old JB Models pieces, with the Saracen being converted from the APC version. I'm quite pleased with how these have come out, though I am now more convinced than ever that decals are the work of the Devil...

I should be getting on with S&S Models lovely re-mastered CET, but after last week's Lion Rampant game, I can feel myself getting drawn back towards mediaevals again...


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Wednesday's Game- Lion Rampant Runthrough

In an effort to get some dice thrown after a hiatus of several months, Dave and I decided to have a bash at Lion Rampant. Neither of us had played it before and I was the only one who'd read the rules (a while ago!), in addition to which it was a spur-of-the-moment decision, so the retinues would be decided by whatever figures we had available; Dave was slightly better off in this respect, being able to call upon the services of his superbly painted Company of The Rose (28mm Perry Agincourt figures), though some of these were multi-based, while The Wolf completed the mustering of his forces, while I was hamstrung by the fact I can't be trusted to actually finish painting any particular force without getting sidetracked, so would have to substitue some proxies(of varying anachronisticity) to make up numbers amongst the Claymore Castings Lowland Scots...

Dave's Company of The Rose followed the Free Company organisation in the book, so included a good balance of horse foot and missile units (albeit with bidowers made up of a random selection of handgunners, spears and musicians...)

My force was a slightly unbalanced Scots force, largely dictated by figure availability; one unit of dismounted men-at-arms backed up by 3 units of expert foot serjeants (not strictly by-the-book, but in the intrests of figure availability, historical believability and just to get on with throwing dice, we made do) made for a compact, slow and short ranged, but hard-hitting force.

One unit of expert foot serjeants made up of Perrys figures from my nascent 100 Years War project, and the men-at-arms bulked out with the reanimated corpses of Sir William Wallace, Sir Edward Bruce and Sir James Douglas...

We didn't bother recording much of an in-depth record of the battle, since it was just a run through to get a handle on the rules, just took some snaps for the sake of some pretty pictures. Note: the houses aren't finished, but still need based and some detailing; I've got another 4 buildings waiting in the wings, along with some fencing and a mercat cross, and will add sufficient "civic ammenities" such as a well, gallows, stocks, etc, to put together a fairly convincing little village.

Right form the start it all started to come apart, my General's rash charge of Dave's mounted General ended with predictable results...

However, following taking casulaties from dave's plethora of missile units, the Scots foot finally get to close the gap and wreak some vengeance, the men-at-arms and the third unit of serjeants already having been dispatched by Dave's mounted men-at-arms...

...however, all in vain as the rapidly found themselves surrounded by the superior numbers of more or less unbloooded Company of The Rose fighters. With my force at less than half strength and Dave's at almost full, with the time marching on, we decided to call it a clear win for the Company of The Rose.

Dave's mounted serjeants, who have done little in the way of warlike work (having been content to sit and watch the slaughter dished out by their betters, the men-at-arms), survey the carnage

All in all, a very enjoyable game, we picked it up quickly enough (although forgotsome bits, but considering it was a first go...), and we both look forward to further mayhem in the world of Lion Rampant.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lammas Tide- Mediaeval Madness on the Border

Aaaand back in the room!

The greater part of the start of the year was taken up by the painting of my Claymore Castings mediaevals for the Otterburn War period, spurred on largely by my belated purchase of the Lion Rampant rules (after avidly awaiting them for about a year and then getting sidetracked by the Cold War at the time of release…).

I’d been making slow progress with these over the previous few years, mainly as I wasn’t quite sure what rules I’d be using them for, so they were just getting painted pretty much ‘cos they looked pretty! However, with the incentive of a fun-looking, skirmish-level ruleset now in my possession, and the sound of The Corries ringing in my ears,  it was time to get cracking. Here are the results so far…

Sir John Montgomery’s Schiltrom

This is composed of the bulk of the figures I already had painted, with the addition of some newbies. Sir John Edmonstone and Sir David Graham are making up numbers in the front rank (they will be replaced by more spearmen in due course, and go on to form the nucleus of a second unit of men-at-arms). Sir John Montgomery was a natural starting point for my force; I live a short walk from his castle (or at least what’s left of it…) and I’m a sucker for a local link.

Sir John de Haga’s Schiltrom

Mainly comprising the later figures. The Saltire is borne by Sir Robert Hert of Lanark, in conjectural arms. Given his adherence to the Douglases, I plumped for the heraldry I found to be most likely related to his, given its similarity to the layout of the Douglas arms. He is named in some sources as carrying Douglas’ banner, along with one of the Colvilles named in other sources; so I decided to use both, and have Colville carrying Douglas own banner, with Hert bearing the saltire (and of course Douglas of Cavers carrying the Cavers Ensign…)

Banners are all by Flags of War, who have well and truly converted me to pre-printed paper banners...

Knights of High Renown
These chaps will form a six-man unit of men-at-arms.

Sir George Dunbar, Earl of March

He’ll be leading the pack

Sir George Dunbar The Younger

Son of the above, carrying his father’s banner. His arms are conjectural, based on “best guess” of his father’s arms, differenced with a label azure.

Sir William Dalziel of Lanarkshire

Picked largely because I was looking for a knight with heraldry that would be unlikely to have been done by anyone else (and I thought I’d make a better job of it than I did), and I currently work in Motherwell, and as I say- I’m a sucker for a local link… God, how I regret that now.

Explanation of the proto-Billy Connolly on his shield here.


Foundry sculpts, picked up at Albanich years ago, as they seemed the closest in terms of scale and sculpting style to the Claymore offerings. Two down, dozens to go. They will inhabit a village composed largely of pre-cut MDF buildings…

I hope to have enough done soon(ish) for a game against Dave’s northern troops and wild caterans in the service of The Wolf…

Progress ground to a halt at the end of the spring as I came over all Peninsular for some reason (probably largely related to the screening of the BBC adaptation of Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell), but that’s another story…