SOPCom Unit – MacColla’s Lifeguard
July 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm #141853
Well, I like a challenge so with just over a month to go I will throw my ‘blue bonnet’ in to the ring for the unit segment.
I’ve been saving the painting of this unit as a special treat. MacColla is one of my favourite characters from the War of the Three Kingdoms, and so his personal bodyguard is one of my favourite units.
It was made up of men from the Irish Brigade, mainly Hebrideans. I have therefore picked my favourite figures from the Warlord Highlander range. There is a wide choice so I’ve gone for those in the most dynamic poses so they look like they are in the midst of ‘falling on’ to their opponents.0July 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm #141854
Posting picture again.
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Well.. good luck! Depending on the standard you are after 12 figures in a month could quite the task.0July 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm #141868
Thanks RR. I’m by no means a champion painter, and these guys will have lots of tartan, so I expect an adequate paint job only. 🙂
Good motivation to get them finished for September though 😉0July 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm #141880
Send updates.0August 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm #142843
First update 🙂
Flesh, shirts and socks done.
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Looking good 🙂0August 8, 2018 at 8:26 am #142856
Thanks Corso 🙂0August 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm #142948
Wondering if you are going to give his lifeguard their own unique flag? If so, what would MacColla’s colors be? I’ve been debating this in my mind, myself.
Cheers0August 10, 2018 at 8:43 am #142978
Hi Bill, yes I’m going to use a flag from a Uk company called Flags of War.
They have a great range, especially for Montrose. Note that most of these are conjecture as there is little evidence, but they all seemed based on the best guesses we can make.
At Auldearn some accounts mention Alasdairs’s “yellow colour” so I’m using that one from Flags of War.
I already have a hand painted one for Alasdair’s command base but this will be quicker! 🙂
If you’re interested in Montrose then check out the Project Auldearn blog. Lots of excellent info and they have some flags you can download for personal use. Here is one of their posts on the Lifeguard.
They have chosen to use flags linked to the regiment’s in the Irish Brigade, which also makes sense. I prefer having someone linked heraldicly with the big man himself as in the Flags of War option which have the Black Birlinn from the MacDonald heraldry.
Andy0August 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm #143547
Slow progress, but progress. Not got around to the tartan yet 😎
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looking great!0August 23, 2018 at 6:54 am #144037
Thanks Bill 🙂
Ready for basing.
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lovely! get some finished close ups. I’d love to see the tartans.
My Irish/ scotts look extremely boring compared to these. I guess mine are of a poorer stock!0August 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm #144593
Thanks Bill 🙂
Here is the finished unit. Phew, just in time! I actually enjoyed having the deadline. Useful to get things done. I’m pleased with the unit overall although I think the tartan could be better.
Flag is from Flags of War.
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