Originally I'd planned to do an Azincourt themed diorama - with muddy ground and dirt-covered men all around. But, as you might know, I'm actually not a huge fan of this so called 'battle damage' effects. At least all my experiments to date have failed and consequently spoilt some painfully painted miniatures.
Therefore - and for the army's shifted setting - I will stick to dry ground here: Dust normally becomes visible on polished armour and clothing only after a while (at least from a distance). So I'd call this one solved.
The diorama approach allows for some story-telling. I've kept it low here since this is my first trial to get the hang. Anyway, I wanted this unit to portray some knightly attitudes: So there are the impetuous warriors rushing forward on the right. There are the loyal fellows who prevent the enemies from looting their - perhaps not-yet-dead - fallen comrade. There are the cool-minded professionals of war in the back reviewing the situation from an improvised commander's hill.
Furthermore the wavering formation is a resemblance of the Austrian dismounted knights at Sempach who eventually collapsed under the Swiss onslaught. Hopefully not a bad omen for this unit...
All in all, I'm quite happy how these things turned out.
Some might notice a serious lack of flags. Medieval armies in particular were known for their flaunting colourful standards, and surely this look makes for some attraction of this period among wargamers and painters. Let me assure you: It's no mistake, rather a deliberate decision to spare these things for a set of markers, which I'll make for every single unit. Adepts of the Impetus rules might already have a guess, others should wait and see.
Now, only another ten to twelve units to go... ouch!
Painted February to March 2010. Models by Perry Miniatures.