1classybadger wrote:they'd make a good set mainly due to their long carreer (active from the 13th century to the 17th century) their visual appeal, and just a cool name
yeah, gallowglass are cool and they would do well. They and the kerns did serve Irish nobles for the most part but they both also fought in foreign wars for 2 reasons:
1. not all kerns and gallowglass served lords, some formed mercenary companies that fought all over Europe.
2. quite a few Irish nobles were mercenaries themselves (which was not at all uncommon in Europe at the time) and brought their gallowglass and kerns with them to foreign theaters.
I have heard that gallowglass often wore mixed armor like chain mail shirts with one arm in full plate mail arm but I can't find any pics of that, just chainmail. But I do know that they used claymores and big two handed axes as their main weapons. I think they would work really well with the fantasy boyars and the current Viking sets as kit bashed parts in addition to being awesome in their own right.
mrinku wrote:England vs Scotland was often a lot more than border clashes. It came and went, but both sides took part in full scale invasions of the other. Plus the whole Jacobean business a bit later on.
The Irish largely just got beaten on by the English and Scots. Occasionally the French got involved, usually on the Scottish or Irish side.
Quit frankly, the only reasons the English held onto Ireland as long as they did (they had control over it since the dark age Norman invasions) was that the Irish never really had a real strong, charismatic, centralized leadership (which is the only reason Scotland was freed, they had Wallace and Bruce) and the British committed war crimes like killing unarmed civilians and burning crops to starve the Irish rebellions to death, if either of those two things had been altered in anyway the British would have been kicked out Ireland a long time ago (the British certainly weren't still around due to love and friendship with the native populace).
As it stands the fact that England kept having to "reconquer" Ireland practically every 20 years or less for a long time and always resorting to war crimes to do so is telling in its own right.
Also a lot of Irish rebel armies where greatly reliant on Scottish mercenaries called Redshanks from the Highlands in addition to the gallowglass (many of whom were also Scottish) and Kerns, so the Scots got beat on just as much as the Irish by Brits and Lowlanders in those fights. Plus Kerns and gallowglass where on many battlefields in many wars all over Europe including the War of the Roses and other British island civil wars, where they made both Scottish and British troops shake in their boots with fear and admiration (go read Macbeth if you don’t believe me).
The Irish also had noted armored noble and light cavalry, something the mountain dwelling Scots aren't real famous for.