Saturday, 5 July 2014

Ost Averland Mountain Garrison Armbrustschütze

Hello guys, my irregular blog is back, I will be updating it now every fortnight for at least a few months, I have got some stuff pre-written and on a timer, so even if I get lazy there should be something to see.

I have 10 Crossbowmen painted now, these are the old Dogs of War Braganza's Besiegers, lovely models sculpted by the Perry Twins in the 90's that fit in perfectly with the other 'Mountain Garrison' troopers. In-game these will be used just without upgrades or a Sergeant, hence his position on the end rather then the usual middle. They have been converted to have their original Pavise on the base shield removed, only criticism of these models is they were definitely not designed with ranking up in mind, but they can be just squeezed in together as you'll see.

Mountain Garrison Armbrustschütze
The Mountain Garrison Crossbowmen are the best equipped marksmen in Ost Averland. The men of the regiment are used extensively  for garrison work, patrols and any campaigning that is required. The soldiers equipped with full plate are preferably used on the battlefields instead of the keeps and fortresses as their heavy armour keeps them well protected against the weapons typically encountered in the Mountain ranges. 

The crossbow used by these troops is a smaller pull-lever style, without a ratchet, this allows them to stay mobile and keep up an impressive rate of fire, despite the reduced power compared to a Windlass crossbow.

The Pavise is only used by the Armbrustschütze when deployed in entrenched defensive positions or in siege situations. Most of the time the heavy Pavises are left behind in the baggage by the crossbowmen, the plate armour being protection enough.

Hauptmann Ludwig Seitz
Captain Ludwig is a competent officer and leader, although only an average shot himself. A minor noble of Ost Averland, Seitz shares a common foible of the less affluent lords of East Averland, feeling embittered about being looked down upon by the trade-enriched nobles of the plains. As a result he often wears a large plumed feather in his helmet and a large impressive, if slightly impractical cape. Despite this he puts his issues aside when on duty or on campaign as Ludwig is a consummate professional when it comes to soldiering. He is additionally equipped with a wheel-lock pistol; typical of the Garrison officers for dealing with any drug frenzied goblins encroaching onto the unit.

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