What finally clinched it was getting round to painting up the resin tent models I got from Ainsty castings as I'd been looking for suitable scruffy looking medieval types of tents for quite a while before I came across these. Classic medieval 'jousting type tents were of course no use for marauding Scot's who even if they got their hands on them would only have cut them up for clothing! So scruffy tents it had to be.
The figures shown here are a mix of Old Glory and (I think) Ebor Miniatures. Claymore castings hadn't started producing their range when I researched and painted this lot and I must say that even given my annoyance when putting them together (see the last post) I have found them good to paint and pretty accurate in their research, but more of that in the next post when I will put up photos of the finished items.
So on to the pretty pictures, I stayed very historical, pretty much making Hotspur and his chaps do what they did and having Douglas appear on his right flank, so the result was always going to be the same given the circumstance. Some may say why re-fight and do the same things as the men on the day, but that's what I wanted so that's what I did. No one else was involved so what the hey!
I based the game on my (and Charlie Wesencraft's) research/interpretation, with the battle taking place on the high ground just north of the village itself, Hospur haring off with his battle and the archers et al trying desperately to keep up. I'm sure that if he had shot up the Scots for a while then (as usual) things would have been very different, but he wasn't called 'Hotspur' for nothing!
The battlefield with the village of Otterburn in the centre, Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur) on the English right just behind the village heading towards the (only) visible Scots on the hill and Sir Ralph Redman on the left about to destroy what he thought was the main Scots camp on the flat ground beside the river Rede.
I hope this has been informative and entertaining as it's an encounter that I have a particular fascination for, plus it's local, just up the road actually.