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Scots Isles and Highlanders

Historical Overview Section

Around 1100AD Edgar of Scotland and the Viking King of Norway, Magnus Bare Legs concluded a treaty recognizing Norwegian authority over the Western Isles of Scotland. In practice Norse control of the Isles was of the loosest nature, with local chiefs enjoying a high degree of independence which led to Somerled, the greatest of these, becoming King of the Hebrides in his own right. After Somerled's death in 1164 three of his sons divided his kingdom between them.

King Haakon IV of Norway (1217–1263) confirmed one of the three sons (Donald) son Angus Mor (the Elder) Mac Donald (the first Macdonald) as Lord of Islay, and the two participated jointly in the Battle of Largs (1263). When that ended with an effective victory for the Feudal Scots? Angus Mor accepted King Alexander III of Scotland as his (nominal) overlord and retained his own territory. The Isles themselves were formally ceded to Scotland in the 1266 Treaty of Perth.

From then on the semi-independent Island chieftains were gradually integrated into the Feudal Scots Kingdom. By 1284, this had gone far enough for Angus MacDonald, Alexander MacDougall and Alan MacRuari, heads of the three branches of the family descended from Somerled to attend a council summoned by King Alexander to Scone to decide the succession to the throne. Described as 'barons of the realm of Scotland', they joined with the other nobles in recognising Margaret, the Maid of Norway, Alexander's granddaughter, as heir to the kingdom. This seems to confirm that by then the day of the ancient sea kings was over. Angus Macdonald's immediate successors, his sons Alexander and Angus, had no grander title than de Yla-'of Islay.'

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15mm Manufacturers supplying figures for this army

These are mostly Vikings and also Scots You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site

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  • Essex Miniatures - Saxon range, 12 Vikings including a nice mounted warrior carrying off a young lady. If you really want Highlanders in skirts then Essex have a number in their Renaissance range (REN89-91, 93).
  • Donnington Anglo Saxon ranges amongst others around this era and now have some New Era range Norse Irish
  • Black Hat (Gladiator Games) Half-dozen Vikings and many similar figures in the Dark Ages range
  • Old Glory Anglo Saxon & Jute ranges, 5 packs of Vikings Dedicated Scots-Irish range
  • Magister Militum (includes former Chariot ranges) Navigators dark ages ranges include Saxons
  • Museum Vikings is about as close as it gets, Their Medieval Welsh are pretty generic, likewise some of the Norman and Viking ranges
  • Minifigs UK figures for this era in their dark ages section
  • Lancashire Games worth looking at their Saxons
  • Irregular Miniatures Have a Saxon range and 6 Vikings, sold singly
  • QRF Models (Feudal Castings & Friekorps ranges) 6 Packs of Saxons, 8 variants of Vikings and one or two in among the dark ages Scots too. Irish, Welsh, Anglo Normans, Scots, Anglo-Saxons, Highlanders
  • Tin Soldier Saxons.
  • 2 Dragons Vikings Anglo-Saxons, Slavs, Carolingians & Normans may have approriate figures
  • Viking Forge Franks & Vikings, late Saxons
  • Isarus their Saxons and maybe Goths work, of Vikings of which they have 15 variants, including (unusually) some mounted
  • Camelot Games (Italy) Vikings maybe ?
  • MY Miniatures Saxons
  • Miniature Wars Dark Age Franks
  • Splintered Light Dedicated Scots-Irish range Early Saxon ranges will work - they have war dogs too!
  • Brial Hall’s Hall of Ancient Warriors Norse Irish range has Viking, Scots, Norman figures too
  • Outpost have a dedicated Saxon range
  • Jacobite Miniatures via Stronghold Saxon range online
  • LKM/QRF (Feudal Castings range) 8 packs of Vikings
  • Khurasan New range of Saxons/ Anglo danish
  • Viking Forge 9 strong range
  • MY Miniatures 6 Vikings from the era of American Vinland C.1000AD. Ideal to fight Eskimo's with!
  • Gallia 12 viking figures, sold as singles
  • Baueda Now carry the former 50 paces Viking range

Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army

300 Points
Bowmore Buchanan Competent
Qty Troop description Troop type Quality
4 Highlanders Medium swordsmen bow ------
2 Island Warriors Heavy swordsmen 2HW ------
2 Light Infantry Bow Light infantry bow ------
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Brusi Forsythasson (Viking Ally) Ordinairy
Qty Troop description Troop type Quality
4 Huscarls Heavy swordsmen armour 2HW Elite
4 Viking Warriors Medium swordsmen impetuous ------
1 Bowman Bowmen ------
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Ally Talisker MacDonald Ordinairy
Qty Troop description Troop type Quality
5 Island Warriors Heavy swordsmen 2HW Elite
3 Highlanders Medium swordsmen bow ------
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Ally Lagavulen of Lochalsh (CinC) Competent
Qty Troop description Troop type Quality
5 Highlanders Medium swordsmen bow ------
1 Island Warriors Heavy swordsmen 2HW ------
2 Light Infantry Bow Light infantry bow ----


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