Kings of War Historical has an English theme list which can be used for creating Wars of the Roses forces.
I am a big fan of the detailed Perry Miniatures Wars of the Roses plastics and my collection continues to grow.
Similar to my last post I was thinking about the kits and what they can yield in an army build.
The following is an analysis of what each kit could be used for bearing in mind that I don't use the maximum amount of miniatures per unit.
Starting at an easy conversion...CAVALRY
Two excellent kits that have 12 in each are available. The Light Cavalry kit has the option to make mounted bowmen and Crossbowmen. If using the MASTER LIST instead of the ENGLISH theme you might find a slot for them. 6 per base is the Minimum required for a total unit size of 125x100. Unfortunately no such slot for mounted Bowmen or Crossbows.
Next is....BOWS and BILLS
Below is two options. No exact Billmen entry (or is it Billemen spelt incorrectly below) exists in the KoW unit choices but Warriors fits fine. They even have an option to lower Defence for two handed weapons.
How about some European Mercenaries... Crossbows, Pikes, Hand Cannon
These are tagged as Irregulars* in the English theme. The * symbol indicates that. It means that they must each be unlocked for inclusion by a regular Regiment or Horde and do not unlock any other units.
The kit WR20 'Mercenaries' European Infantry 1450-1500 (40 figures), 12 handgunners, 12 crossbowmen (with Pavises), up to 18 Pikemen. Nice diversity in this box with 4 able to be command dudes as well.
I came up with two options below. The Pikemen Horde in Option B would have to have the 4 command dudes without Pikes by the looks. Maybe they can stand at the back and shout orders like good brave leaders.
The Foulkon option is a rule for using the Pavises. Bloody great shields to stand or kneel behind when re-loading a crossbow.
Last but not least....FOOT KNIGHTS
Heavy Warriors is perhaps the most suitable entry for those fully armoured dudes with serious coin backing them. This fantastic box gets you 38 figures of Heavy Metal dudes (made of plastic).
By not using all the figures in each option having some left overs is perfect for filling Individual options. A Musician Hero would be a very useful addition (50 points) as would be an Army Standard (also 50 points) which is not only useful but looks cool as well. Of course additional Mounted individuals may give you cause to look at the Metal figures in the Perry (a General might be good). While there check out a Cannon or two which is a War Engine choice for the English theme.
One more thing...if you want to use this Army for getting all bloody against Orcs, Elves, Dwarves and so on in the Fantasy realms. Just get a ruddy great Mantic Dragon. Perhaps get a wizard or two as well because.....you know...spells and stuff.
Cheers from Brendon