The weather is poor, the family are all bad-tempered and surly; I'm fed up! At least it's not February any more (the worst month in the year, probably), so things might start to improve new.
So, what have I got for you today? No game reports (sorry, another time...), but here are a couple of new figures to expand my Robin Hood forces.
The Sheriff of NottinghamRobin Hood battle reports then you will see that I did indeed play with that character. However, the model I used was an old miniature of (I think) a fantasy merchant. While it worked well enough, this is a new, "proper" miniature of the Sheriff.
North Star's small Robin Hood range and he's the best of the bunch by quite some way, I think! Not that there is anything wrong with the other models in that range, but they just don't have the same character.
He's clearly a scheming, evil overlord, so painting him in blacks and greys was a given. I just cannot imagine this character in a different colour scheme! However, there's nothing about his clothing that really marks him out as medieval; I think that this miniature would be effective as a modern, east European crime boss, a cult leader, a Bond villain or many other evil characters from the past 1000 years or so.
King Richard ("the Lionheart")
In reality, King Richard I seems to have cared about England only insofar as the country could continue to finance his crusades and other military adventures. He barely even visited England during his entire reign!
I cannot remember where I obtained this model, though I suspect that it was a "free gift" for renewing a subscription to some wargaming magazine many years ago. Still, it's obviously a miniature of Richard the Lionheart!
I'll use him in occasional Robin Hood games, though I'm tempted also to think of him as the start of a Crusader warband for The Crescent and the Cross (the medieval version of SAGA, set in the crusades). Must't get too distracted by this idea, though.