Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Medieval Welsh Spearmen

Another stand of bods for the Bannockburn Project.
The Standard. It bears the coat-of-arms of Andrew Harclay, 1st Earl of Carlisle.
Usually, the Cadency mark, the Martlet in the first quarter, signifies a 4th son but apparently he was the 1st would have had a Label as a cadency mark ??
Maybe I´ve missed something ?

I can´t find any mention of him  taking part on the campaign or being at Bannockburn,   he was probably busy with the defences of Carlisle at the time  but I reckon he would at least have sent a contingent of Soldiers for the Invasion.

Wether he did or didn´t send troops or was in fact present on the campaign, the addition of  his banner adds a bit more colour.
To make up the numbers conversions were necessary...mostly headswops

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Medieval Looting Party 1

The original titel is of those words that doesn´t neatly translate. Raiding Party would be equally as good as Looting Party.
From Valdemar, "Der Beutezug 1" VA187.  
Beutezug 1...another set on the way?
The set has 6 bods, 3 animals and the cart. The cart has a choice of either wheels or runners so it can be made into a sledge. All metal apart from the wheels which are resin.
Fitting the Body of the cart together is a bit fiddly but basically, any heavy duty glue can be used to fit the side Panels to the base. Then, to solid up the Panels,  a thick layer of glue can be added inside the cart as  the baggage Comes as a preformed slab and  when fitted, leaves a space of about 0.5cm between the bottom of the Baggage slab and Floor of the cart.

I advise prefitting the bods before painting. I didn´t and ended up having to use a rounded file inbetween the legs of the bod sitting on the chest as he didn´t quite fit. The one Thing that doesn´t come with the set...weapons. The sheathed swords came from my bit´s box.
The guide poles provided were a wee bit difficult to attach so I used wire, bent into a "U" shape which gave a better area to attach to the bottom of the cart. Reins are made from very thinly cut writing paper. To attach the guide poles I used a strap (made from writing paper) added over the Pad/saddle.
The poor captives. The male I´ve attached to the cart. The female has a rope around her neck but seeing as her Hands are tied behind her back, it didn´t seem necessary to attach her as well.
The cattle (One cow and one bull) weren´t added to the base for two reasons. One, space. The stand would have ended a lot longer and two, they are very nice sculpts and based on thier own, they can be added to other Scenarios.
On a hunt around the web I decided on the yellowy Brown which seems to be popular in 13-14th Cent paintings
The herd is growing

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Medieval Lords and Ladies

Recently, due to renovation,  I´ve had to move my Workspace and my Collection. Whilst I was doing this, I looked through the numerous storage boxes  and realised I´ve painted quite a few bods, particually medieval ones and amongst them, quite a few medieval personalities, 92 in total.
Some of them I may have painted twice, ie; William Marshall as a participant at Bannockburn and as a Magna Carter Baron and  there´s probably a few who are missing as it takes a while to hunt through the Posts. For the same reason, I haven´t been able to link them all. 
Horribly, there are only three Females*, two of which are more or less based in Folklore. Terrible state of affairs seeing as there were so many influential and important female personalities in the period. I could blame the manufacturers for not producing any suitable bodettes but TBH, I could be a bit more inventive myself.
Anyway, here, for fun, an alphabetical (or as near as possible) list of the "named", with links back to thier tiny painted Repros.

Scottish wars
Aymer de Valence
Andrew Harclay
Aymer de la Zouch
Edmund de Mauley
Edward II
Giles de Argentine
Gilbert de Clare
Henry de Bohun
Hugh Despenser
Humphrey de Bohun
John de Engaigne 
John Grey
John Maltravers
Marmeduke de Tweng
Mortimer de Chirk
Pain de Tiptoft
Robert Boynton
Robert de Vere 
Robert Fitzwalter
Rodger de Clifford
Roger Northburgh
Rodger Mortimer 
Thomas de Berkeley
Thomas  de Furnival 
Thomas de Ufford
Thomas Ercedekne
William Latimer
William Marshall 
William Pennington
William De Ridre
William de Vescy 


Alexander de Seton
Alexander de Fraser
Alexander Scrymeour
Bernard of Arbroath
Edward de Bruce
Gilbert de la Hay
James Douglas
John de Cameron
Robert II Kieth
Robert the Bruce
Maurice Abbot of Inchaffrey
Niel Campbell
Thomas Randolph
Walter Stewart
William de erth of Airth


Henry de Pinkeny
Piers de Chauvent

Magna Carter Barons 
Americ de Sancto Mauro
Eustace de Vescy
Hugh Bigod
John de Lacey 
John Fitzrobert
John Maltravers
Ranulph de Blundeville 
Richard de Percy
Rodger Bigod
Robert de Montfitchet
Robert de Vere
Saer de Quincy
Simon Langton
Stephen langton
William Hardell
William de Huntingfield
William de Lanvellei III
William Mallet


Friedrich von Befort.
Jean IV Compte de Harcourt 
Johann von Bolchen.
Robert VI de Harcourt
John de Botetour
Thomas de Hatfield

Balian of Ibelin
Christine de Pizan
Louis II de Male
Luther von Braunschweig
Jan Hus
Jan Zizka 
John of Glogow
John duns Scotus
Lady Godiva
Maid Marion
Peiter de Connick
Prokop the Great 
Randulphos Brito
Richard the Lionheart
Robin Hood
Thomas de Burgh
William of Moerbeke
Wenceslaus I
William of Ockham

I´ll add to this list as and when another personality gets represented and, now that the Collection is more sorted in it´s new space, I´ll have to carry out an Audit to see more or less how many bods, bodettes and assorted paraphenalia I´ve actually got.

*I´m sure I´ve painted Joan dárc but I cant find her.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Medieval Sailors

Turning  a bit  Medieval here at the Moment...17th post of the year and it´s looking as if the next couple will also be medieval themed.
Another Little group of bods for the 1329 dio, VA177 "Ship Crew" by Valdemar Minis.
11 bods and one  hound.
The whole Crew and hound. Exactly what the one (leaning on the hound) is doing or meant for, I don´t know. Hauling a rope? A Scene from Shakespeare?
Sitting bods. The kniggit I´ve painted in the Town Guard´s colours. Maybe he´s the captain of the guard off to make a closer inspection of some of the ships.
Which one of the  finalists of "Village idiot of the year" will win the rabbit impersonation contest?
I don´t think Willard Red Cap has really got the idea but, then again...I suppose that makes him more of an idiot than the other three.
The hound´s pose is Forward leaning as it´s meant to be Standing up against the side of the boat.
The set Comes with 4 oars..which I´ve painted but not attached to the bods as  (I assume) they can only be added when the bods are in situ. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Humphrey de Bohun

Foot command for the english infantry  for the Bannockburn Project.
The mounted bod is Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford. As the constable of England, He was supposed to been in Charge of the army for the 1314 campaign but he´d fallen out of favour with Edward II so the Job was given to Gilbert de Claire, Earl of Glouchester.
Still, at Bannockburn, on day one,  he got to lead the Charge  in which his Cousin, Henry de Bohun,  famously got his head bashed in by Robert Bruce.
On day two, Gilbert de Claire was killed and Humphrey led a large Company of english/welsh Knights and archers. With the battle lost, he and others retreated but they ended up being taken prisoner, later to be ransomed.
8 years after Bannockburn,  Humphrey met a very sticky end at the Battle of Boroughbridge.

Anyways, as there´s no (or as far as I could find out) single Person named as an infantry commander* on the english side,  I´ve decided to give Humphrey the role.
The lions rampant on the nag´s caparison.  If closely inspected, are representitive, ie; they look the part from a distance. I really can´t paint one Lion rampant that small let alone 24!
As Humphrey (in this role, day 2 ? ) is not charging into the fray,  his Standard bearer isn´t mounted. The bod who got the Job is a converted archer, who was in the process of stringing his bow,  from the Army of Henry V set. Bow and string removed, head re-positioned
The flag, of which there are a couple of variants about, comes from the Krigsspil site - English army at Crecy,  second battle - left wing,  number 2.
In that Version, the Cottises (the  lines to the left and right of the band in the middle) are in White. I painted them yellow.
The bugler. Both top and bottom half are also from the Henry V set.
The Herald  is from the Army of Joan d´Arc set. I wouldn´t fancy his Job having to record all english losses over the two days. I´ve kept his Tabard design simple....the St George´s cross is much easier to paint than Edward II´s coat-of-arms.
Humphrey´s nag is either from the Medieval Britian or the Scottish army of Robert the Bruce set**.  Humphrey is from the English cav of Edward I set. The pose, him Holding his Hand up to his head,  looks less like he´s pushing his Visor up and more like he´s saying to himself,  "what the F... is Gilbert doing!!!?"
*Ok, Aymer de Valence is named as being in Charge of a large force of Welsh archers and spearmen and mainly in the context of leading them to safety after the battle but for the commanders of rest of the english foot,  there´s no-one named.
** It was in the spares box so could have come from either set.

Anyway, enough of the Bannockburn Project for a´s back to the 1329 Teutonic order dio.

Witches...who wouldn´t want a set of Medieval witches?
Linear - A have a poll for Crowdfunding 7 new sets, including an 18+ set of witches. Why is the set 18+ ? TBH, at the Moment no-one knows.

The sets up for voting on are;
A.) Eskimos
B.) Napoleonic - French Pontoniers at work
C.) Medieval - Witches (18 years +)
D.) Colonial - Belgian Legion in Mexico
E.) Medieval - Ambassadors 4 Empires (European, Chinese, Arabs, Mongols) - Set 1
F.) Ancients - Hoplites on the march - Set 1
G.) Napoleonic - French Guard Marine-Infantry

The link for Voting, more than one choice is possible,  is HERE,  but TBH, I mean, there another choice from the list ? :-)...
Ok, the medieval ambassadors would be good as well.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Welsh Archers for Bannockburn

Ever since Strelets released the English Longbowmen set I´ve had it in mind to add another stand of archers to the Bannockburn Project. I´d already made up two stands of welsh archers (HERE and HERE ) and one of english  (HERE) but another stand helps bring up the numbers.
It´s reckoned there was around 14,000-15,000 english infantry at Bannockburn, a large number of those being archers.
The new archer stand brings the foot up to 106 bods, 48 infantry + 58 archers/crossbows,  so at my Chosen Ratio of 50-1 that makes 5300. Still pitifully low than the total needed, I´d have to paint another 150 - 180 bods, but getting closer.
The entire "English Army" Ranged weapons section
I´m working on  another stand of crossbows using bods from other Strelets sets, not just the Medieval Crossbowmen set. At the Ratio of 50:1, It would be over the assumed numbers of crossbowmen present at the actual battle but it will make an even 6 stands.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Swiss Pike block

A loooong time in the making,  over 5 years,  as can be seen HERE and  HERE, but it´s finally finished. Painting the last 8 bods to fill the ranks wasn´t the Problem...what put me off was the basing.
47 bods from a range of makes, Strelets, RedBox, UltimaRatio, there´s even a Zvezda bod in there.
I´m not too sure about having the flag so far back but putting it there fits in with the placing of the flags in the Burgundian Pikeblocks.
The Hornist who originally  carried a flag but was converted as can be seen HERE

The only Zvezda Bod can just be seen to the right of the second rank (White feathers and Torse)
He´s from the Medieval Field Powder Artillery set (Bod on the right, 3rd row from top) and had a head swop using a head from the Zvezda French Knights set. 
Point of contact!!!
Another swiss pikeblock is planned..this time Bern...hopefully it won´t take another 5 years to complete.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

1329 bits and bobs

Painted a while back but the post got overtaken with other stuff and forgotten.
Civvies from Toma´s TM0021 Medieval civilians
Pots, bowls, Cups, bucket and a basket

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Mixed Medievals for 1329

Another Batch for the 1329 dio...this time a bit of a mixed lot. They all came in one bag but it Looks like there´s two, maybe even  three  sets mixed together.
Definately Valdemar ( I remember some of the labourers from ages back) but the working bods don´t fit alongside the richer looking ones.
The lute Player..what´s he doing among them..a Musical accompaniment to the workers? There was also a Jester but he was broken off his base at the ankles. What was his role? Jokes and tomfoolery to keep the workers Spirits up ?  Attempts to repair him was like trying to Balance jelly on a wet balloon so he ended up in the scrap metal pile.
16 bods (17 if the footloose Jester is included) which seems a large number of bods for a single set. I haven´t been able to track down a single one of them to confirm which set they belong to so I cannot say.
The one laying down is supposed to be Standing and pulling on a rope
 Upperclass bods
Pushing, pulling and carrying

*Apparently  a contraction of the word godfather. How that works I can´t imagine. Drunkenly slurring the word grandfather could, I suppose, come near to sounding like Gaffer but then for it to be taken as that, in the past, everytime godfather was said it would have to be by someone 9 Sheets to the wind. 
As far as I know, gaffer meant and on Building sites, was a term used for Foreman. In German it means someone who rubbernecks...someone who stands about and quite Fitting to some foremen, sorry, Gaffers,  I worked for.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Medieval Organ Gun

A large caliber 4 barrelled battlefield clearance weapon.
Multi part, Made of metal, I haven´t a clue which make this is.
I´m not too sure wether the solid wheels are correct, every depiction I´ve seen of Ribauldequins have spoked wheels but seeing as this is a Heavy Version I suppose spoked wheels wouldn´t be up to Holding the weight.

I was going to do a "how to" on painting the Wood but I got into the painting and forgot...:-(

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Medieval European Mercenaries Light Horse (RedBox)

As with the other RedBox sets, 12 bods in 6 poses and 12 nags in two poses.
All painted OOB apart from the two crossbowmen. One held the crossbow vertically so it had to be freed from the Hand holding it and turned to a more realistic angle.
The other was missing the  bottom arm of the crossbow so a paper clip had to be cut and shaped to replace it. Over at PSR they write;

"Finally there is another crossbowman who also holds his weapon vertically, and might seem a bit better as he is clearly not about to shoot it, yet the bow is obviously at full tension, so again we worried about why the bow was fully set, yet not being used and with no bolt loaded".

To me, it looks like he is in the act of loading. He  has spanned his crossbow and is now reaching into his quiver to to take out a bolt.
One Thing I´ve forgotton to mention, as has PSR, all the RedBox medieval Light cav sets..the Bridles. Every one of the nags is missing the nose band. There are contemporary medieval paintings showing bridles without the nose strap but they aren´t that common compared to ones with a nose strap. Also, it appears that the nose strap is left off mostly on early medieval depictions of nags but not always..the Bayeaux Tapestry for example.
Anyway..I painted them on. 

The entire WotR´s mounted far*
26 heavy cavalry and 23 light
The "Heavies"

The "Lights" (excluding the Hobelars)
The entire force
"My Horses, My Horses, My kingdom for some  Horses!"

*I´ve got a few more from Tumbling dice to be added. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Teutonic Infantry on the March (Pt 2)

Again, using the Teutonic Infantry on the March set from Valdemar (VA110) I´ve added a bod from the Valdemar Medieval tax Collectors set as a Standard bearer. They will end up as part of the 1329 dio but this time  as Infantry from Danzig (Gdańsk).
Couple of Close ups. The flag was easy to create, all I did was find an online Version and print it but the shields were a real pain. First find a red shield pattern. Then add two cross pattée in White. This meant a lot of pic editing but saved a lot of freehand painting. 
A bit of an update on the 1329 dio

Waiting for King John of Bohemia