This week I've been working on another one of my warbands for Outremer: Faith and Blood (which most of you will already know by now is my new skirmish game that is going to be released by Osprey Wargames in April 2018).
This group of Crusaders hail from Burgundy and I have been gradually building them for the last year; I have gone for a Red and Yellow theme in order to tie the fighters together on the tabletop.
First up we have two heavy infantrymen (probably Knights but possibly some very well equipped sergeants) clad in maille whilst carrying a kite shield and axed each. These will be particularly heavy hitters in the game, and whilst expensive in points they should be able to reap a mighty tally with those big weapons. I've reinforced the overall Crusader theme by painting a large cross on both shields.
Next we have three more warriors, again these are experienced fighters who come with a mixture of equipment in the form of sword, spears, shields and assorted armour types. These fellas are all made from the Conquest Norman Infantry plastic box set. This is a very versatile set with a lot of options for the models and I am a big fan of it.
To give the warband some ranged firepower I have painted a slinger, a crossbowman and an archer; a volley of projectiles from these guys should prove sufficient to keep most opponents heads down and force them to make the best use of any available cover.
We also have three peasants/pilgrims who form the cannon fodder of the warband; two of them just carry some improvised weapons in the form of sticks and farm tools whilst the other model carries a brutal looking two-handed axe.
Finally we have a group shot of the whole warband formed up together and ready to take on the Saracens as they carve out their destiny in the Holy Land. I am very happy with how this force looks when assembled together and I think the two main colours really bring out a sense of cohesion amongst the warband.
Next I'll be doing another band of Crusaders, this time from Normandy! Stay tuned!