I used ‘normal’ spearmen types, a good mix, with a few archers rear rank for my Feudal English army, as I think the horde in this army represent poorly motivated types, rather than peasants dragged to service from the fields (?). However, it’s whatever you fancy 👍.
Another vote for medus peasants - but also sprinkle in the scruffier spearman, Bow etc. Plus medus also has a lovely axeman with a shield that I use as a squire or chief rabble rouser - i.e. my Scots have him as William Wallace - no woade there - sorry Mel but I read history books!
Good suggestions all. Those Essex are nice and I like the Ochmann Feudals. The Mirliton levy are also interesting.
Baldie - the Medus peasants are currently the bulk of my Dark Age HD.
Martin - that is an option I was thinking of for the English in particular. Perhaps a few of the Medus peasant spearmen at the back of an element to represent the less well equipped with the unarmored spearmen up front.
I like that axeman as well paddy649. Just wish they had a similarly harnessed swordsman for some variety in an element of BD.
I believe Haardrada that they might be a bit larger than the Medus which are close to true 15s. I can check though - your post reminded me that I have a number of unopened packs of Historical Heroes by Metal Magic (as vodnik just posted) who were the original manufacturers of many of the Gladiator lines). When I checked my spreadsheet listing I 're-discovered' a pack each of P-2030 and P-2031s.
As Historical Heroes packs that I have are unopened and the figures are from the original molds I have held off opening them until I felt my painting was a bit better.