Much Ado About Mutch and Scathlock
You see, I had a birthday recently which meant I was able to purchase Gripping Beast's Late Roman Infantry and a sprue of their Saxon Theigns to accompany my Renegade Miniatures Saxons that would line up against them. In the process I also purchased a sprue of Conquest Games' Medieval Archers. And as these spues have a few more minis than I need for the aforementioned project, all this got me thinking about the Merrie Men of Sherwood.
The obvious thing to do would be to head over to Conquest Games and purchased their Robin Hood range. After all, they are heavily influenced by the Robin of Sherwood TV series. However, they are cost prohibitive for me.
So I'm going to be using my old GW Bretonnian miniatures, Bertrand le Brigand, Gui le Gross and Hugo le Petit. And it was while I was looking at my Medieval Archers sprue for Dux Britanniarum that I began to form plans for Will Scathlock aka Scarlet and Mutch the Miller’s Son.
It was at this point that I realised the bow arm didn't look right. Not only did it make the other arm now appear too short when once it had looked fine, but the path of the bow would have gotten in the way as Mutch walked along with his Quarterstaff.
There was nothing for it. I'd have to find another appropriate arm from the archer sprue, and a left handed one at that. Luckily there was one hiding in there, and the open hand gave me an idea.
The next moment I was whittling down the bow, removing the hand and arm until all I had was the bow. This would now be slung over his shoulder. And when I stuck all the bits together, I found myself face to face with my Mutch.
I found a perfect left arm on the archer's sprue. With minimal repositioning on the join with the torso and the removal of the bow the hand was originally holding, I was able to take a sword from my Late Roman sprue and attach it to the hand. I then fashioned a pommel from an offcut and attached it. This creates a defensive position in keeping with the stance of the torso I chose.
It was then just a case of fitting the quiver of arrows across his back and whittling down another bow to rest across his back.
As always, I hoe this encourages you to have a go at converting your miniatures. Thanks for stopping by!