What are they and why did I buy them?

Let’s go back 18 years ago to 2000/2001.

Back then I’d just gotten my first real introduction to miniature wargaming. One of the very first games I played was a Warhammer Historical Battles Hundred Years’ War skirmish battle. I lost. In fact, I lost pretty badly.

Next time, I vowed, I would bring my own miniatures to the game.

And so, with more money than sense I went to Ebay and bought this small War of the Roses force. History buffs and purists will immediately understand the mistake I made, but I was gleefully unaware…


See, The War of the Roses happened AFTER the Hundred Years’ War. I couldn’t use these miniatures in any HYW war battle. I might be able to get away with them in a regular Warhammer Fantasy skirmish game, depending on the snobbery of my opponents.

They were originally based for a version of De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA), so I had to rebase them.

For several years I carried them around in one of those shoddy Crystal Caste Battlehives along with some assorted D&D Miniatures.

Worst carrying case ever.

One of the more horrifying moments in the hobby came when the latches on this case suddenly snapped open and it dumped my miniatures on the concrete in front of the university student union. The battlehive slowly fell apart and was useless in less than 4-5 years after I purchased it.

Anyway, Earl of Warwick and his retinue saw action in a modified version of Chainmail , the wargame which accompanied D&D Third Edition. Sometimes they appeared in my D&D games.

But mostly they stayed in storage until I sold them for gas money in 2013.



There are three morals to this story: 

1. Do your research before you invest in wargames!

2. Just because you’re an expert at pseudo-medieval RPGs doesn’t make you a medievalist.

3. Warhammer sucks. (What? Show me a truly happy Warhammer player and I’ll show you a liar.)