Monday, 30 September 2013

18 x 28mm Perry Miniatures 1st Crusade European cavalry unit

Status: 6 horses finished, all started, riders undercoated.

 I think this lot will be based individually on movement trays of four. However I have 6 squires/unarmoured knights, a thought, I could buy another box and take the unit up to 20(5 groups of four figures) or have two of the squires holding spare horses? mmm,

One side of the armoured knight not really looked at is the logistic support required to put a knight into battle.
In Europe a knight would only ride his expensive warhorse in a battle.He kept another hardier cheaper horse for riding the rest of the time.To lead his warhorse each knight had a squire mounted on an even cheaper horse.
So for each front line mounted knight in Europe there would be at least two horses and a squire behind the line. However I think they lost an awful lot of horses on the first crusade and they would have had a great shortage of animals as they got closer to Jerusalem.

Work in progress on the horses, 3 finished and varnished, others in various states of completion,painting in batches  speeds up the process without compromising on quality.
Above the riders awaiting dry brushing with a silver for the chainmail and helmets.

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