The WarbandThe WarlordWith Torgue in mind, I asked Steve Saleh to rework one of the Crusader Miniatures Noman characters to make Le Eyr. A figure stood in a very arrogant manner found his right leg removed and replaced with a wooden one, and an unusually high helmet placed on his head. I passed the figure to Kev to be painted in an appropriate style, to be mounted on a Saga hero base with his horse beside him.The HearthguardI’ve chosen to have two Hearthguards made up of mounted Knights. These Knights are the minor landowners who owe a local fealty to Le Eyr. One group is dressed in black, they are closer to Le Eyr’s vision of the world then the others.Mounted WarriorsThese two groups of mounted warriors are the retainers and mercenaries of the local Normans.The WarriorsThe Sergeants in the employ of Le Eyr are armed with crossbows, the perfect weapon to stalk the forests of Derbyshire with, hunting fugitive outlaws.
The LevyThe resistance movement after the Conquest was conducted by Saxon fighters called by the Normans Silvatici. This is translated as ‘woodmen’ or ‘wildmen of the woods’. They were a guerilla army that lived in the wild regions of England, raiding the Normans but then emerging to form the armies of Resistance leaders, fading back into the countryside after. They were a feature of England for many generations, and although my source for these (3) didn’t mention it, they have to be the origin of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Interestingly, Little John, Robin’s right hand man, was from Hathersage, in the middle of Le Eyr’s land. I’ve included a band of these in my warband, using Artizan Design Viking archers painted by Dave Woodward. I’ve taken these as turn-coats, paid lots of money by Le Eyr to hunt down and their own countrymen, a poacher to catch a poacher as the saying goes.Notes:(1) Daniel Defoe, (1724–27)(2) Nemesis the Warlock from 2000AD. Titan Books.(3) The English Resistance by Peter Rex. (Tempus Publishing 2004)