The first Scots Noble for the Army is Alexander Home, Third Lord Home.
Alexander de Home, became the 3rd Lord Home in 1506 upon the death of his father. A year later he also succeeded his father as Lord Chamberlain of Scotland.
Lord Home crossed the border and laid waste to the country but on their return, laden with booty and driving a herd of cattle his Borderers fell into an ambush on Millfield Plain laid by Sir William Bulmer.
According to the English chronicler, Holinshead, the Scots were “surprised and defeated with great slaughter,” with five or six hundred being “slain upon the spot.” Holinshead also records that four hundred were taken prisoner, among them Sir George Home, Lord Alexander’s brother and his Standard was also taken which suggests Home was in the thick of the fight.
A month later on the 9th September he reached what would be the peak of his achievements and favour at the Battle of Flodden. His borderers fought on foot as pikemen alongside Lord Huntly's men in the vanguard of the army, perhaps 10'000 strong. This was the lead of the echelon to come down the hill into the English lines, breaking through with momentum and seizing Edmund Howards banner. Howard narrowly escaped at the arrival of Dacre's border horse. Home's exhausted men took to plunder and would play no further part in the battle.
In the day following the battle his men attempted unsuccessfully to recapture the Scots artillery from Branxton Hill, at that same time Admiral Howard was surveying the field, it was thought his life were in danger and the Scots were seeking to avenge their King. English artillery opened up on the group and they left the field.
After the calamity of Flodden Field, Queen Margaret assumed regency over the 17 month old James V, she sought an unpopular marriage with Archibald Douglas to solidify her position and Home was appointed as one of her councillors at court. The anticipated English raids came in 1513 and 1514, most notably Dacre's 'great raid' that November.
Home appealed to the English Lord Dacre for assistance. His actions were to protect the Scots Royal House from what he saw as hostile machinations of Albany but he took a step too far by siding with the English and no doubt helping to lead English invasions over the border didn't aid his position further.
With this brief but varied military career I saw a naturally interesting character and wanted to represent him as there are plenty of things worthy of skirmish and set piece games to re-enact.
I chose figures in armour as foot knights in an advancing pose to represent him. This way they can be used as a separate unit of foot knights or as a command group embedded in a pike block as you can see here;
The figures are a mix of Perry Miniatures and Steel Fist Miniatures with a few minor bits of conversion work. Here's a few individual pictures of some of the figures prior to basing.
I'm not sure what the next completed unit will be but stay tuned to find out. If you'd like to see the figure by figure progress of my painting desk head over to the Facebook group here. Since setting this up i've found the regular enthusiasm and encouragement a great enabler to keep the output going.
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