Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Burgundian horseholders (I)

So to complement my dismounted Burgundian longbowmen,  I've started on the first of three bases of horseholders.

According to the Ordinances of Charles the Bold, it was the role of pages to manage the horses when longbowmen dismounted to shoot. Pages appear to have been the only non-combatants within the composition of the Burgundian lance.

For the first base I've decided to have a page sitting on his own mount, tending horses. You can probably see the Perry castings I've used here and the extras that I've added with green stuff putty. The page is from the plastic Light Cavalry box set, mounted on a metal horse. The other horses are from Perry Wars of the Roses and Agincourt ranges; I have to select those in passive poses of which there aren't too many. Reins have been removed from the horses and saddles added with putty. The trickiest work was the stirrups - these are bent from thin wire, which has had a thin layer of putty added, trimmed to length when dry and then glued on.

Think the overall composition works OK, as I want to do these on my usual 60mm square bases so they align behind the longbowmen. Painting is next, but I'm not looking forward to attaching the replacement reins to those horses!

More anon,


  1. Horse holder, I do love a horse holder. I'm always sticking them on the table and spending more time than strictly needed in painting them.

    Good work on the stirrups - proper detail job, that one. Looking forward to seeing this painted :)

  2. These are going to look great Simon. I have been tempted to do some horseholders for ages but the amount of work, and fiddly work at that, puts me off. The technique for stirrups may be yet another idea I pinch from you.

  3. Nice work on these, particularly the stirrups.

    Would the page have the maile sleeves as a non-combatant, or something more like cloth?

    1. Good point - but too late now!

    2. He may have been a non-combatant, but arrows and bolts don't discriminate!

      While I doubt their means ran to buying their own armour, begged, borrowed and stolen items would surely have been acquired... or indeed given by the tête d'lance, depending on his means.

  4. Nice composition and conversions!
    Best Iain

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