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Sunday, December 2, 2012

John Tayte of Eastwood

The second warband I have begun as of late is that of John Tayte of Eastwood. The younger son of the lord of Eastwood John had no inheritance and sought his fortune working as a mercenary in Italy. He amassed a great amount of wealth and the loyalty of some of his mercenary soldiers but was recalled to England upon the death of his elder brother in an accident, to take over the Eastwood estate. 

Although England lacks the flamboyant air of Italy John has decided to dive directly into local politics to cement a name for himself in his homeland. The biggest hurdle he faces is the fact that the Eastwood estate is small, thus he has found in his father's records deeds to some of the neighbouring lands. Of course his neighbours, such as Thomas of Langley, are fighting in court the validity of these deeds but everyday it seems the two men are being drawn closer to armed conflict. If it comes to blows John is supported by some locals he has retained, but also a core of experienced mercenaries from his service in Italy.

This is my first fully completed and based cavalry figure (though I have also now based Sir Henry Grey and his retainer) and I am very happy with how it turned out. Comments and criticism is always welcome.


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    1. Thanks. I just dry brushed boltgun metal, then chainmail, before washing it with AP Strong Tone ink.

  2. Great painting and colors - I really like what you did. The base seems a little small for a cavalry model as it it is literally running off the base giving it a very strong feeling of tipping over.

    1. Thanks Jonathan.

      All my 28mm figures are on 20mm bases so I put the cavalry on 40mm. I would have liked to go a bit bigger but I need to work with what is financially viable and he is based on a 40mm washer. I'm not worried about tipping since the weight of the metal will keep him steady. At my club I am the only one doing WOTR so I will be providing all the forces once they're ready thus there will be no issue with different sized bases.

    2. Sounds good to me... and like I said, he does look great. :)

  3. Realy like this guy!
    Btw: nominated you for Liebster Award over on my blog

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