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Medieval Irish warband - Galloglass and kerns

Posted by PhilC on 21 Sep 2018, 11:12

Back to Medievals (the Ancients will have to wait). Here you are pictures of my medieval Irish warband, composed of a chieftain, galloglass as heavy infantry and kerns as light infantry to support them.

The warband:
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The chieftain:
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Some galloglass - scot mercenaries from the Higlands or the Isles, famous for their double handed axes:
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And kerns - local irishmen fighting as light infantry:
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More in this post: https://philotepsfigures.blogspot.com/2018/09/gaelic-mercenaries-in-medieval-ireland.html
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Posted by Ben90 on 21 Sep 2018, 13:16

Great work!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 21 Sep 2018, 14:23

Nice stuff! I am not too knowledgable about that period. Did the kerns shave part of their heads for battle?
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Posted by Paul on 21 Sep 2018, 15:27

The Style is the called the Glib (glybbe) A "bowl" cut tilted forward -- long over the eyes and short in the back. Mainly worn by the soldiery. Wether the sculpts have bald or very short hair at the back would be difficult to sculpt. The style has been around a Long while and was probably very common across europe.
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Apparently the english disliked this style of hair
http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2015/11 ... y-ireland/
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 21 Sep 2018, 17:14

Wow! Wonderful brushwork! Good to see you back
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 21 Sep 2018, 18:14

Wonderful work!! :yeah: :-D
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Posted by MABO on 21 Sep 2018, 21:57

Thoses are really excellent!
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Posted by Wiking on 21 Sep 2018, 22:59

Painting is great.
The faces and the chosen color for the clothes look right to me.
Also the skin sections suggest to be very vulnerable.
Also all metal parts are real steel !

Only the wood part of some weapons is a bit thick done by the modeller.
Nice pose of the figures.
The knight in the second pic remind me somehow with his helmet to the film, Lord of the rings.
An elven fighter in the very first battle scene in the beginning.

:yeah:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 21 Sep 2018, 23:27

Splendid Bunch of raiders. Wicked looking axes! Stylish painting! Well done. BB
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Posted by PhilC on 22 Sep 2018, 18:11

Thank you all for your comments.

Wiking wrote:
The knight in the second pic remind me somehow with his helmet to the film, Lord of the rings.
An elven fighter in the very first battle scene in the beginning.


I agree, the knights with conic helmets might be converted into elves, I will probably try to do something like that one day (link to Coolminiornot, painter: Darklord, 2009):

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Posted by Graeme on 25 Sep 2018, 17:17

I haven't really looked at these figures before but your splendid painting has caught my attention. A dynamic looking and intriguing group of figures and useful for not just Ireland.

Wiking wrote:The knight in the second pic remind me somehow with his helmet to the film, Lord of the rings.


My first thought was that he reminded me of the MacIan painting of MacDonald Lord of the Isles and, to my mind, that first picture could be the opening scene from MacBeth. Very interesting. :yeah:

Great information in Pauls post on the hair cuts too. :thumbup:
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