Sunday, September 30, 2012

If you give a Szeklers a bow...

The Szeklers were the finest horsemen in Medieval Hungary, fighting as lance, bow and sword-armed cavalry. Noted for their fighting skill, they played a key role in defending Hungary from the expanding Ottoman Empire. The Szeklers enjoyed autonomy under the Hungarian crown. Their lands were outside of traditional Hungarian law, including taxation, and their only obligation to the Crown was to supply troops for military service.

Szeklers Armored Cavalry:  In Field of Glory, Szeklers cavalry options are what make the Later Hungarian army list sizzle.  They can be taken as Armored Superior cavalry with bow and sword.  That means they can melee with anyone except knights.  As Superior mounted bow, it's probably wiser to deploy them in a single line and evade when charged, shooting your enemy to bits.  After knights, they're the best Hungarian troops on the medieval battlefield.


Szeklers Light Horse: You're probably thinking, "Light Horse? Yawn."  As the best horsemen in the region, it should come as no surprise that they can be taken as Superior.  Did I mention they're sword and bow armed? They outclass most Light Horse in period. I painted 3 units of these fellows, all the better to tear up the enemy Light Horse.



Painting these Essex horsemen left me wanting more.  I'll scratch that itch by ordering up a horse-heavy Essex army, once I can decide on the army!

I've got a new army under way to celebrate the launch of Field of Glory 2.  V2 is supposed to be released in October so I need step away from the blog and get painting! 

13 comments:

  1. I am thinking "Light horses? Wonderful!"...I really like the colors and the work you've done on them, a fantastic unit ...Your "armoured cavalry" is also very nice, but you guessed my preference!
    Best,
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil! I'm glad your fond of them. For the side that isn't fielding Light Horse, they're often reviled!

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    1. Thanks Willie! I sure wish I lived close enough to see the Anderson collection in person!

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  3. Beautiful looking unit; potent on the battlefield too. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean! I hear that there are FoG players who are quite good with entire armies of average troops. As for me, Superior horsemen sure make me look like a better general!

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  4. Lovely looking light and heavy horse there Monty :)

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    1. Thanks very much Tamsin! Painting these up puts me close to but not quite in FoG R where you've been so busy lately!

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  5. Hi Monty,

    great painting work! well done Mate!

    I love them, I need some!

    Cheers

    thefrenchjester " waiting FOG V2.0 impatiently ;-)"

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    1. Thanks Gilles! I can't wait either. The only question for me is, paper or digital? Since my wife offered to let me borrow her iPad for game days, I might go digital! As long as I don't slop Mountain Dew on the device, I think it might be a fine.

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    2. for me it will be the Printable on demand option, hoping that the French players continue to play FOG otherwise I'll must play in other countries ;-)

      for the moment , we'll wait October and see what will happen ;-)

      Cheers

      Gilles

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  6. Nice work Monty -colours on these really pop. I'm liking the little history blurbs too.

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    1. Thanks Fire...hey, I appreciate the feedback on the history blurbs. I find that when I read other blogs, I'm always learning a little bit more about history so I've been trying to do the same and incorporate a bit of history with a post. Just wait till you see my next project, I'll be bringing in a guest speaker. ;-)

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