• dimanche 29 janvier 2017

    SAGA : Dark Age farmstead

    Hello, today it’s the last part of my SAGA painting circa. I needed to complete my collection with a few dark age sceneries, so, this farm was gently bought by my wife for my last birthday on the 1st Corps website.

    Lot of buildings:  House,  Hut,  Store,  Grain Store,  Pig Sty,  Bee Hives, haystacks, dung heap and farmers.  I completed this pack with animals from Magister Militum range. Mostly painted with the drybrush technic, the buildings are really cool to paint.


    From WAB Shieldwall book.

    mercredi 21 décembre 2016

    SAGA : Norman knights, commander and counters

    Long time since the last post but I have some difficulties to find the time to write on y blog. Final post for my Norman project, the most interesting part due to the profusion of colors on the helmets, shields, pennants and banners. I count 4 months to build and paint this army of 100 miniatures. 10/12 points for Saga and  2000pts of Early Bretonnians for WHFB with reinforcement of Vikings Mercenaries.

    Knights :

    The Norman Duchy was ruled by a Duke, the first being Rollo. There were assisted by Comes (Counts) and Barones (Barons) and below them a large assortment of different feudal titles that encompassed all land owners. The Comes and Barones were the military commanders of the Normans armies. The Lords had at their disposal fighters who could also be senior land owners of their own, or household soldiers. They called Knights, and they usually fought on horseback, armed with lance or spear.  Between the 10th and 11th century, two changes occurred in cavalry equipment among the Normans that greatly increased their effectiveness.
    The first had to do with the saddle, and the stirrup attached to it. During this period, the front and back of the saddle grew higher; providing the knight with more support upon impact when charging with his lance, and a more secure seat when being struck. The second innovation, this one a weapon's technique that would revolutionize cavalry warfare. The lance began to be couched under the arm, pressed firmly between arm and side. It’s tempting to suppose a correlation between the invention of this technique and appearance of the Norman knight.

    Most of the Knights in picture here are bought on the Foundry Wargaming web site (Ex Citadel range) sculpted by the Perry Brothers in 1985. Only two knights poses and horses, so I converted Three dismounted knights to add diversity in the unit. I bought nine knights on the Perry miniatures web site (Crusaders range) to increase the diversity. Perry’s Norman knights from the past and the present!

    Heraldry or not? In fact, this is the beginning of the Heraldry. During the 11th century, Norman knights are named “Fervestis” translated by “Those who are dressed with iron” because they’re integrally covered by different pieces of chainmail.  Add the helmet with it large nasal and the Norman Knight is totally unrecognizable on the battle field.
    So we could easily imagine the necessity to create code to recognize who’s who. But this is the beginning of the heraldry and we are far from the sophistication of the late feudal periods.

    To translate this early heraldry on my knights, I created a color harmony between their helmet, shield and pennant (when it’s appropriate).  Generally, Two colors on the helmet and two colors on the shield with one common color on them. The pennant have the three colors painted on the helmet and the shield (and sometimes I added a 4th colors). Here a picture of different pennants you can find on the Bayeux tapestry.
    Many webstores purpose decals for shields but I prefer to paint my own.the Norman symbolic is quite simple : Cross, stripes,... The result is effective when you apply some battle damages on the shields to avoid the "brand new Knight effect"! Here a bunch of the shields I painted, 20 minutes for one pieces.

    Army commander :

    The lord base is generally bigger than the classic fighter of the warband, this the moment to create a vignette. So maybe some Dark Age wargaming fans have recognized him? I’ve been inspired by an old picture from the WAB supplement Shieldwall. The character is a footmen fighter, I patiently scratched the metal between his legs to tranform him in horsemen.

    Counters and various stuff :

    I painted some stuff to clean up my Norman leadpile. Two crossbowmen torso on Dismounted Knights legs. I hided the connection by with belt full of bags. The queen Mathilde goodies from Crisis 2016. And to finish two Fatigues counters from Perry Miniatures.

    jeudi 24 novembre 2016

    SAGA : Norman Knights WIP

    Quick message to show you my horse herd WIP. I don’t know for you but for me it’s not an easy thing to paint horses, especially when I have a lot of them to realize. Generally for a WHB army, I paint only 10 horsemen. Strangely here, for skirmish game, I must paint 25 horsemen! SAGA ways are sometimes mysterious!

     To be honest, it’s rather long and boing to paint so many horses. But on the other way, It’s the moment to learn and try to paint animals closest to reality. The three horses characteristics I used to paint this  herd are: The Horses colors chart, head marks and leg marks.

    Sorrel, Grey and Dun
    Bay, Black and Buckskin
    The herd
    I work on the knights since 2 weeks and I probably need 2 more weeks to finish the whole unit. Seen you soon!

    dimanche 6 novembre 2016

    Crisis 2016 Antwerpen

    Hi, quick message concerning the wargaming convention  Crisis 2016  organised by the Tin Soldier of Antwerpen (TSA) Belgium. The annual theme is the battle of Hasting 1066 and this year the free miniature is the Queen Matilde.

    HANGAR 29 Waagnatie
    Rijnkaai 150
    2000 Antwerpen

    The 2nd Hall
    Pacific WW2
    Pike and Shot I think

    WW2 Tanks Battle
    20mm Antique

    Pike and Shot 28mm


    Ancients 20mm
    Foundry and Warmonger Miniatures

    Hard to resist to buy something with so much sellers :) I bought the new Campaign supplement for SAGA "L'ascension". This is the french translation of "The Age of Wolf" developped by Gripping Beast. The Studio Tomahawk have translated and improved the campaign systeme. This is a very smart systeme compared to the english book (sorry!), no need map but you can play with and easily usable to other wargames. Great Book!

    I bought some animals miniatures (Magister Militun) and haystacks for my saxon farm. And I found 4 dismounted Norman Knights at the "Bring and Sell". I'm looking for the knight who draw his sword since many time... To finish, a close up of the Queen Matilde (William Conqueror wife) another good thing for my Norman army.