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GARS190014 Dec 2016 10:05 p.m. PST

What would be a good name for a Renaissance-themed mercenary outfit? I was thinking of a color scheme predominately using madder red (which I rather need a Vallejo color for, btw), and is a combined arms force.

Eumelus15 Dec 2016 12:00 a.m. PST

Die Freibande Blutfarbe

Von Trinkenessen15 Dec 2016 6:34 a.m. PST

The Red Devils

Puster Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 7:43 a.m. PST

Blood Brotherhood
Devils Men

Using names in direct contrast to the typical ethics was not unknown, thus the common usage of "Black" for several bands. As yours are red, "Red Band" would probably be the unimaginative but likely name (as in Black Band, Black Guard, Grote Guard).

Some did claim at least gods grace, like the "Gods friend, worlds enemy" to say it with Störtebekers Vitalienbrüder.

BTW: Red works quite well with Black and/or Yellow. Good choise – remember to post pics :-)

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 9:02 a.m. PST

It was common in late medieval times to refer to themselves as a company. The White company was a mercenary unit in 14th century Italy led by the English knight Sir John Hawkwood. Perhaps the Red Company or the Crimson, Scarlet or Sanguine Company . . .

Chris Vermont Inactive Member15 Dec 2016 9:35 a.m. PST


Terrement Inactive Member15 Dec 2016 9:41 a.m. PST


MajorB15 Dec 2016 12:02 p.m. PST

The Gits – they git here they git there and they git all the gold!!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 12:16 p.m. PST

Pretty clearly the Red Company, but in the appropriate language--Banda Carmine? Rote Kompanie? They'd be known informally as The Devil's Blood, or what have you, but that's not the name which would go on the contract.

Crazyivanov15 Dec 2016 1:04 p.m. PST

The Red Company, The Legion of Hell, The Red Saints, that's what I've got. If you have a specific ethnic group in the majority you could append it to the end or middle of the name ie. The Red Company of Gascons, The Scotts Legion of Hell, the Red Saints of Savoy etc.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 1:48 p.m. PST

Bande Scarletti

Die Rotten gruppe

The bloody band

Puster Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 2:03 p.m. PST

Blutsbande :-)

Zephyr115 Dec 2016 3:40 p.m. PST

The Bloody Rose (if you can paint flowers… ;-)

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2016 4:29 p.m. PST

Renny and the Alliance.

bullant15 Dec 2016 4:50 p.m. PST

The name I use across a range of periods is the Empty Hearts. It's an easy icon to paint and the name is short enought to fit on a banner or whatever.

Some Google translations

German – Die leeren Herzen
Italian – I cuori vuoti
Spanish – Los corazones vacíos
Dutch – De lege harten
French – Les coeurs vides

steam flunky Inactive Member15 Dec 2016 11:50 p.m. PST

How about -
-Better Red than Dead
-The Red Bulls
-Thee Olde Worlde Rede Hote Chili Peppers

Capt Flash16 Dec 2016 11:08 a.m. PST

The Blood Angels… (runs for cover!)

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 5:22 p.m. PST

The Black Company

hurrahbro24 Apr 2017 1:10 p.m. PST


La Fleche31 Jul 2017 1:09 a.m. PST

The Spanish Inquisition

Because nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Mallues Rubrum

Zephyr131 Jul 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

I'm guessing they all died in their first battle & never did get named… ;-)

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