|The army arrayed: DBA IV/13ab, Medieval German (Braunschweig)|
Except, it's a lie! A dirty, dirty lie!
In order to field all of the available options for some armies, you have to paint far more than the 12 minimum required elements. The winner of this dubious award is Medieval French, requiring 29 elements to field all possible options. Apparently I got off easy painting these Medieval Germans, which only require 20 elements for the (a) list. I painted all options except the 2x4Pk, but I included an extra Knight so I could field it as a DBA 2.2 (b) list as well by using deep sabot bases for the 6Kn elements.
The elements are 6x3Kn, 4x4Sp, 4x4Bd, 2x3Ax, 2x2Ps, 1x4Cb. This will build the dismounting knights for IV/13a or the double-based knights from IV/13b. In the proposed DBA 3 lists, this builds the IV/13b list with mandatory blades but no dismounting.
|The Knights: 6x3Kn, or 2x6Kn, 2x3Kn.|
All of the shields are hand painted. The foot figures use painted highlights on their red coats, but I used a Devlan Mud wash on the horses for expedience. I skipped painting lions on the horse cloths, but I bet you didn't notice, did you?
The best looking German army I've seen was painted by Scott Ludwig, and his work is directly responsible for convincing me to paint a Medieval army. He chose a single set of heraldic devices and painted a unified color scheme across the whole army. I decided that whether or not it was accurate, I'd do the same thing.
Since I was looking for an ally for King Valdemar II the Victorious of Denmark, I chose the coat of arms of Braunschweig. Otto I "the child", duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, was Valdemar II's nephew, and allied with Denmark against all enemies in the first half of the 13th century. Things started to go wrong at the Battle of Bornhöved, where they both lost, and Otto was captured and imprisoned.
The coat of arms I chose, two gold lions on a red field, is that of Braunschweig (Brunswick). It may be anachronistic for Braunschweig or Otto I at the time of the Battle of Bornhöved, but I found at least one source on the Internet that associates these arms with Braunschweig. Who trusts the Internet anyway? As a result, there are now two sources on the Internet, and the lies turn into truth by repetition...
|4x4Bd, dismounted knights for IV/13a.|
Instead, I bought a few more blades to augment my Leidang in case we ever decide to field a triple army.
I am very pleased with the way this army turned out, but slightly paranoid about the accuracy. I like to get things correct, but I'm not willing to spend money or an inordinate amount of time to ensure that they're correct. In the mean time, I can sustain myself with the dubious honor that comes with painting 82 microscopic yellow lions.