I have long used casualty markers for my units to remind me of who needs to undertake morale tests or even the status of a units psychology - routing and panic etc. Thus far, there is not much available (in fact nothing) for the mid-thirteenth century wargamer and there is rarely ever much on offer for mounted units. I was thus compelled to design my own. I had discussed with my club mate Matt the idea of developing original models from green stuff for moulding - this may still be a future option. In the end and for the time being I have plenty of spare figures which will serve. The example this time are two Essex Miniatures knights and caprisoned mounts - one of which has an old paint job.
The vacated saddles needed to be sculpted from green stuff (as you can see) remembering to include the stirrups and the leathers. I decided that the dead mount was as a result of archery and a lance wound to the chest so drilled a larger hole for the latter and two smaller holes for arrow shafts in the unfortunate beast's neck. The arrows were a complete experiment which appears to be working for me. The shafts are of hard straw taken from a yard broom, cut, split and shaved thinner. I thinned the ends further and flatter. I had intended to slot thin card into a cut groove for the feathers but that overly bulged the shaft and I couldn't control the split. Styrene rods may be an option which I shall try another time.
I ended up making the feathers in two sections - appearing to protrude either side of the shaft. I made the feathers from Evergreen .040" sheet styrene and glued them with Humbrol Poly Cement. I glued them into the hand drilled holes with Selley's Kwik Grip. I'll run a matt cote varnish over the arrows befoer undercoating the models.