This piece was quite a fun project, and in fact, was the first camp element I’d ever painted. The Baeuda tents were a real joy to paint and I can’t recommend them enthusiastically enough. Those who have kept up with the developing army will notice that the tent colours match the liveries of my two generals; Sir James Stockwood (black & white) and his nephew, Rodger of Lynn (yellow & red).
When I started painting this element, I knew that I would have two tents and some guards standing around. However, I also wanted something a little extra – something indicative of the Free Company army. When I thought about painting guardsmen in both livery colours, I got the idea of longbowmen sharpening their skills through a friendly archery competition. The arrows are straight pins cut and glued, while the fletches are made from tiny pieces of a cereal box carefully (and mind-numbingly) glued in place.