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Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dogs' Mercenary Company
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:13:24 PM »








     
     The Bande of Pike & Shotte is an English Company of Mercenaries from England, formed circa 1648/1649. With the resolution of the Second English Civil War these men, hardened by war, forged by battle and with no wish to return to dull civilian life, are left adrift in an England still suffering from the first and second wars. Gathered up by the former-Royalist Captain James Digby, these veteran souldiers are given direction and purpose. Political stance, nationality, religious views – none of these truly matter in 'the Lucky Dogs', as these hard-bitten soldiers call themselves. Loyalty, trust and a ton of gold is all they ask for now, besides food, drink and a good wench of course.
   
 Originally, true to their name, the mercenaries were split in to two divisions, pikemen and musketeers, but, as time moved on and casualties mounted, the Bande has come to focus primarily upon the use of the firelock as opposed to the pike. When they need to be equipped with the pike they will present a ferocious unwavering barrier of sharpened steel but it is as a group of skirmishers, fighting in a  loose formation that takes advantage of cover and concealment, where they excel now.



     
         Nottingham, November 1648. As the snow settles upon the rooftops, five men meet within the Olde Trip to Jerusalem public inne. From first glances, even without the firelocks stacked against the wall and the tuck swords and rapier, they are obviously souldiers. Four of the men are dressed in common clothing, their coats a variety of faded reds with one in grey and the fifth man dressed richly as befitting his birthright. All of them wear the worn faces of veteran fighters, most of them have powder burns scarring their skin, their hair lank except for one whose head is as bald as a matchlocks stock. Between them they drink and discuss, discuss and argue, argue and eventually agree. They seal their agreement with a toast and drink to their enterprise, to their future. That night, as bitter winds cut through the streets and snow swirls above the rooftops, the men get drunk on their pact, to raise a company of mercenaries to fight in distant lands.

     The five mentioned are James Digby, David Stryker, Bleddyn-dwn, Wil Lambert and Richard Flockton. All are veterans of the first and second of the English Civil Wars. Between them they see no future in England indeed each has a reason to leave these shores. James Digby is horrified at turn of events that would see his King removed from his throne and held prisoner by common men. David Stryker feels as Digby does and worries that Puritanism will be forced upon every Englishman. Bleddyn-dwrn is one of those rare men who truly relishes a fight, while Wil Lambert and Richard Flockton know no other life except that of the souldier.

     There were others who thought as they, or indeed had their own reasons for wishing to leave the shores of England. In Nottingham Captain Digby and Serjeant Flockton gathered these veteran souldiers, recruiting them as men of the pike and matchlock, intent on finding employment in Europa.

     After landing in Eastern Europe in 1649 they almost immediately found employment with the Polish forces during the Khmelnytsky Uprising. It wasn't to be until 1654 that they emerged from that conflict, their numbers viciously whittled down. Taking stock in Sweden they began to recruit soulders hailing from across Europa. Realising that once again conflict loomed upon the horizon, Digby readied the Bande, or 'Lucky Dogs' as they had become known, for war. Soon they found themselves marching with the forces of Sweden into Poland.





Captain James Digby is better known upon these forums as Leifr Eiríksson (formerly Eiríkr Rauði), former developer of the Mount&Blade: Warband modification 'Vikingr' and once head of the Shieldings Clan.

Serjeant Richard Flockton is better known upon these forums as rapier17. A former 'long-term' player of the mod Vikingr, rapier17, also known as Leo, raised & led the Saxon clan Fyrd of Lewes which, under his leadership, enjoyed a long period as one of the largest and most organised clans within the Vikingr mod.  Richard is also a member of the English Civil War re-enactment society 'Tower Hamlets Trayned Bandes' and currently serves as a musketeer.

Between us we have plenty of experience with the game, with the Deluge, having played it in the past when it was the Unofficial With Fire & Sword mod, and both of us, as well as most of our members, have a keen interested in the c17 period. We are especially interested in the English Civil Wars which, along with its prelude and aftermath, we regard as one of the most fascinating periods in English history. The only division is in our allegiances – Digby is a staunch Royalist, Flockton a Parliamentarian.




Unlike clans we have run in the past, Eiríkr and I intend for the Bande to muster solely for events and to play together as and when we can or want to. There will be no obligation to attend training events, as there won't be any, no demand to give up time to attend events/matches you do not wish to participate in. The 'officers' of the Bande are merely there to give the members direction, to have figureheads the Bande can form and rally upon in the midst of battle, as well as take orders from.




Our intention, with recruitment, is to find like-minded people who wish to enjoy the Deluge without being overly serious about playing it, which is why we are intending to recruit purely by invitation. Whilst there won't be any training days/evenings as such, we will 'train' by playing together on public servers and mould ourselves in the flames of battle rather than on the training field.




We don't have a clan 'tag' for our members to display. All you need to have is an ENGLISH forename AND surname, connected by an underscore ( _ ). For example;

James_Digby
Richard_Flockton

The names must be relevant to the period and to underline our status as an English mercenary company. By looking at our roster you will notice that we do have some members with Scandinavian names - those are Scandinavian members of the Bande who were members at its founding.





































Sometimes upon the battlefield there are those moments that defy the laws of physics, that beggar reason and make a mockery of absurdity. These moments drawn as much as they may be from skill, timing and luck deserve to be rewarded. Within the Bande we reward those moments with a medal or armband depending on how the award has been earnt. Each of the armbands or rewards is named after the first person to achieve them.


This badge is awarded to those who, under the eyes of the Bande's officers, manage to strike down an opponent from extreme ranges or successfully execute an extremely difficult shot.

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Awarded for fighting on, despite being outnumbered, outgunned and with only minimal chance of survival. Awarded either for surviving or for putting up a truly heroic fight.

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The Veterans armband is awarded by Digby & Flockton to members who have either attended 5 Deluge Events or served in the Bande for a significant period of time both on and off the battlefield. The black armband is worn on the upper right arm, stark against their red souldier's coats. Each veteran is awarded an additional 6d (pence) each day atop their 1s (shilling) pay.



Full credit for the caricatures in this thread must go to the brilliant Iron Mitten, whose fantastic images can be found on his blog here.
Full credit for the sketches go to PanzerKaput whose images can be found in his blog here.



« Last Edit: May 12, 2015, 06:02:05 PM by rapier17 »

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 09:18:39 PM »
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« Last Edit: June 30, 2014, 07:57:04 PM by Leifr Eiríksson »

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 09:26:04 PM »
You guys....your thread is AWESOME. Best of the lucks, I hope see you in the battle too  :lol:

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 09:33:57 PM »
Hip! Hip! Huzzah!

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 09:36:54 PM »
Nice!

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 09:40:42 PM »
Looks awesome! Goodluck

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 09:43:45 PM »
Did you draw those pictures.

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 09:44:37 PM »
 :|

Reading glasses, you may wish to invest in a pair.

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 09:45:06 PM »
No, the images were, shamlessly, pulled from the internet, from the blog of Iron Mitten. I put in credit & a link to his blog at the bottom of the post.
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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 09:49:01 PM »
:|

Reading glasses, you may wish to invest in a pair.
Im an idiot.

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 10:34:20 PM »
Lovely work Leo. Laaavly. Glad to be a pikeman, not everyday I get to hold something that long. Alas.
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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012, 11:00:40 PM »
Hip! Hip! Huzzah!
Awesome introduction! I will look for you on the fields of battle.

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2012, 01:26:04 PM »
Greetings to you British bande!
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My name is Caspar Hagendorf and after some boring years of farming, trading and getting older,
I have chosen to return to my prefered profession:
Killing for anyone who is good company and has a well-filled wallet.

I have seen that you plan to fight as a bande and if you really are lucky dogs as you claim to be and not lice-ridden stray dogs, I would enjoy fighting with you. You sound like you know how to win battles and get some fun and money out of them.

I must apologise though; I'm not English, but a man from Westfalia. Nor do I carry an English name. If this poses a problem, I guess I will have to send word to my cousin in England who would be up to the task as well.
    

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2012, 05:24:26 PM »
Excellent thread gentlemen! I would like to offer my services. I'll change my name to Carver Doone while playing with the clan if you will have me.

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Re: Bande of Pike & Shotte - 'The Lucky Dog' Mercenary Company
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2012, 05:34:53 PM »
Fine evening, Carver. If you wish to put your luck in with our company, we must first come to an understanding that we give out our hard earned gold schillings to worthy men.

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Our intention, with recruitment, is to find like-minded people who wish to enjoy the Deluge without being overly serious about playing it, which is why we are intending to recruit purely by invitation.

In short; we're online in the Deluge most nights. As of this patch, we're playing with the rose heradry and typically English names. The next patch will see our own banner implemented. Kick it back, relax and play with us when you find us.  :wink: