Hengist and Horsa

My hobby plan for the Fall was to paint a new Joseon Korean army for Triumph!, but after three elements, I lost steam and turned my focus towards a comprehensive inventory of my DBA (painted and unpainted) armies to determine what it would take to field them for Triumph! I then prioritized them for painting with Norse-Irish at the top of the list, but since I was missing and had to order the Marchslaug (Bad Horse) and enough javelinmen for the Rising Out (Rabble), I jumped over them and dispatched my Jutes (based on the Triumph! Old Saxon list) to the redoubtable Paul Potter for painting.

Why Jutes, you ask? Well, my paternal ancestors purportedly hail from the Isle of Wight, which at one point was a Jutish kingdom. And I’m fascinated by the post-Roman or early Dark Age period of British history, in which the Jutes played an important although often overlooked role. My Jutish army represents the exiled brothers Hengist and Horsa and their followers, who landed on the Isle of Thanet and were received as friends by the British King Vortigern in 447 AD according to Nennius. Long story short, Hengist married his daughter to the king and used their alliance as cover to bring in more Jutish and Saxon settlers, who expanded into British lands in Kent.

When Vortigern fell out of favor, his son Vortimer fought to regain the Kentish lands in a series of battles, including Aylesford (aka Epsford) where Horsa was killed along with Vortimer’s brother Catigern, who supposedly offed each other in single combat. According to legend, Vortimer was later poisoned by his mother-in-law and Vortigern was restored. Hengist invited Vortigern and the British nobles to a great feast to mark a new peace, where his own nobles brandished knives at an agreed upon signal and killed them all, except for Vortigern. The old King was allowed to ransom his life by granting Hengist titles to the lands in Britannia Prima that became Saxon Essex, Sussex, and Middlesex. Hengist was declared King of the Saxons and Jutes, but by opening the door to the flood of Saxon migrants who followed, he set in motion the assimilation of the pagan Jutes by the now converted Saxons and the decline of their kingdoms in southern English. The last Jutish kingdom of Wihtwara on the Isle of Wight was apparently destroyed by the Saxon King Caedwalla of Wessex circa 686 AD.

Anyway, to the real purpose of this essay, which is to show off Paul Potter’s excellent work. Paul is my favorite painter of Dark Ages miniatures; he has a good eye for historically-appropriate colors and his basing and overall composition convey a real sense of action. They are not finely detailed in the same sense as painters of regiment-appropriate Napoleonic turn-back ornaments, but he knows how to make the important details pop and to make things look good on the tabletop. His Dark Age commissions have that dark and gritty look that strike me as being on-point to the period.

So that brings us to the CnCs, Hengist and Horsa, flying their white horse banner:

Hengist and Horsa
Hengist, Horsa and their Hearthmen
The Right Wing
The Left Wing
Light Foot and Rabble
Jutish Skirmishers
The Jutish Army Arrayed

In Triumph! terms that 14 elements of Warriors (including CnC), and one element each of Light Foot, Rabble and Skirmishers, for a total of 52 points including options with which to field a 48 point Triumph! army.

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