Posts Tagged ‘dark ages’

Ecgfrith Turns the Tide of History

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Home alone again as the missus has had to house sit down south to help my son, long story, so of course this afternoon was free for wargaming, I arranged with Kevin to refight the Battle of Nechtansmere which in reality took place somewhere north of th…

Ecgfrith Turns the Tide of History

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Home alone again as the missus has had to house sit down south to help my son, long story, so of course this afternoon was free for wargaming, I arranged with Kevin to refight the Battle of Nechtansmere which in reality took place somewhere north of th…

Celtic Cross and Wandering Bard

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Got some small items finished over the weekend for use in SAGA, including my “Crisis impulse buy”.Which tought me a few lessons…The first of it being that MDF terrain, something that came to be “a thing” during my hiatus is quite a lovely and cheap m…

Romano British Warriors and Archers

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

In an effort to “romanize” my force some more for the Dux campaign, I grabbed a box of Gripping Beast plastics and started work on some units.The idea is to use them for all the “non Levy” and “non Mercenary” troops, and to fit a bit more in the time p…

Romano British Warriors and Archers

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

In an effort to “romanize” my force some more for the Dux campaign, I grabbed a box of Gripping Beast plastics and started work on some units.The idea is to use them for all the “non Levy” and “non Mercenary” troops, and to fit a bit more in the time p…

878 Vikings at the club

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

We had eight guys out at the club this week. Chen and Brandon played a game of Dropfleet (sorry–no pics) while Taylor and Jonathan played from Dragon Rampant.Scott, Terry, Bruce and I tried out 878 Vikings with Terry and Scott being the axe-weilding i…

878 Vikings at the club

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

We had eight guys out at the club this week. Chen and Brandon played a game of Dropfleet (sorry–no pics) while Taylor and Jonathan played from Dragon Rampant.Scott, Terry, Bruce and I tried out 878 Vikings with Terry and Scott being the axe-weilding i…

[ENG/PL] See you in Valhalla! / Do zobaczenia w Walhalli! (V&V Miniatures Vikings #2)

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

“Since no ax, spear or blade has reached my son today, he will be known as Bjørn Ironside now.” -Ragnar Lodbrok


Hello everyone!


Today I am returning to the excellent V&V Miniature figurines I received for review. The set is called “Vikings 6”.

V&V Miniature kits feature the great detail of the finest resin models.
There are 40mm and 28mm figures (Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons) in the offer, which will enrich every army, band or team of players and collectors.

Remember that before painting it is very helpful to wash the figures in warm soapy water and to clean the elements from the light residue after the cast. I use modeling scissors and toothbrushes..

Like also V&V Miniatures on Facebook.


The four housecarls present today will play the part of Jarl’s personal defense (historians and sagas have known the courage and protection of the Scandinavian rulers), so they have richly decorated shields and more elaborate costumes – unlike Bondi’s.

       In early medieval Scandinavia, housecarls (Old nordic: húskarlarhúskarl, Old English: huscarlhuscarle or houscarl) were free people who were holding farms.
The original term húskarl, literally means “house man”.
        In Anglo-Saxon England, after the conquest of the Kingdom of Denmark in the eleventh century, this group also appeared. English Housecarl had many roles, both military and administrative.
Harold II at the Battle of Hastings against Wilhelm the Bastard had the protection of the Housecarl’s top-pickers.

“Skoro żaden topór, włócznia ani ostrze nie zdołały dosięgnąć dziś mego syna,będzie teraz znany jako Bjorn Żelaznoboki” -Ragnar Lodbrok



Witam wszystkich!

Dziś powracam do doskonałych figurek od V&V Miniatures które otrzymałem do zrecenzowania. Zestaw nosi nazwę “Vikings 6”.
Modele od V&V Miniatures cechuje dbałością o najmniejszy szczegół, a ich żywiczne modele wyglądają wręcz doskonale.
Obecnie w ofercie producenta znajdują się figurki w skali 40 mm oraz 28 mm (Wikingowie, Normanowie oraz Anglo-Sasi) które wzbogacą każdą armię, bandę czy drużynę graczy i kolekcjonerów.

Jak to bywa z modelami żywicznymi, ważne jest, aby przed pomalowaniem umyć figurki w ciepłej wodzie z mydłem oraz wyczyścić elementy z lekkich pozostałości po odlewie. Ja w tym celu, używam nożyka modelarskiego oraz szczoteczki do zębów.


Polubcie również V&V Miniatures na Facebooku’u.



Przedstawieni dzisiaj wszyscy czterej wojownicy housecarls będą pełnili rolę osobistej ochrony Jarla (w historii i sagach znani byli ze swojej odwagi i ochrony skandynawskich władców). Wikingowie tacy posiadają bogato zdobione tarcze i bardziej majętne stroje – w odróżnieniu do przygotowywanych Bondich (rolników i rybaków).


       We wczesnośredniowiecznej Skandynawii, housecarls (staronordyckie: húskarlar, húskarl; staro-angielskie: huscarl, huscarle lub houscarl) byli wolnymi ludźmi, prowadzącymi gospodarstwa. 

Oryginalny termin húskarl, dosłownie oznacza “Człowieka domu”.
       W Anglosaskiej Anglii, po podboju przez Królestwo Danii w XI wieku, także występowała ta grupa.  Angielski Housecarl miał wiele ról, zarówno wojskowych, jak i administracyjnych. 

Harold II w bitwie pod Hastings przeciwko Wilhelmowi Bękartowi posiadał ochronę złożoną z doborowych toporników Housecarlów.





[ENG/PL] See you in Valhalla! / Do zobaczenia w Walhalli! (V&V Miniatures Vikings #2)

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

“Since no ax, spear or blade has reached my son today, he will be known as Bjørn Ironside now.” -Ragnar Lodbrok


Hello everyone!


Today I am returning to the excellent V&V Miniature figurines I received for review. The set is called “Vikings 6”.

V&V Miniature kits feature the great detail of the finest resin models.
There are 40mm and 28mm figures (Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons) in the offer, which will enrich every army, band or team of players and collectors.

Remember that before painting it is very helpful to wash the figures in warm soapy water and to clean the elements from the light residue after the cast. I use modeling scissors and toothbrushes..

Like also V&V Miniatures on Facebook.


The four housecarls present today will play the part of Jarl’s personal defense (historians and sagas have known the courage and protection of the Scandinavian rulers), so they have richly decorated shields and more elaborate costumes – unlike Bondi’s.

       In early medieval Scandinavia, housecarls (Old nordic: húskarlarhúskarl, Old English: huscarlhuscarle or houscarl) were free people who were holding farms.
The original term húskarl, literally means “house man”.
        In Anglo-Saxon England, after the conquest of the Kingdom of Denmark in the eleventh century, this group also appeared. English Housecarl had many roles, both military and administrative.
Harold II at the Battle of Hastings against Wilhelm the Bastard had the protection of the Housecarl’s top-pickers.

“Skoro żaden topór, włócznia ani ostrze nie zdołały dosięgnąć dziś mego syna,będzie teraz znany jako Bjorn Żelaznoboki” -Ragnar Lodbrok



Witam wszystkich!

Dziś powracam do doskonałych figurek od V&V Miniatures które otrzymałem do zrecenzowania. Zestaw nosi nazwę “Vikings 6”.
Modele od V&V Miniatures cechuje dbałością o najmniejszy szczegół, a ich żywiczne modele wyglądają wręcz doskonale.
Obecnie w ofercie producenta znajdują się figurki w skali 40 mm oraz 28 mm (Wikingowie, Normanowie oraz Anglo-Sasi) które wzbogacą każdą armię, bandę czy drużynę graczy i kolekcjonerów.

Jak to bywa z modelami żywicznymi, ważne jest, aby przed pomalowaniem umyć figurki w ciepłej wodzie z mydłem oraz wyczyścić elementy z lekkich pozostałości po odlewie. Ja w tym celu, używam nożyka modelarskiego oraz szczoteczki do zębów.


Polubcie również V&V Miniatures na Facebooku’u.



Przedstawieni dzisiaj wszyscy czterej wojownicy housecarls będą pełnili rolę osobistej ochrony Jarla (w historii i sagach znani byli ze swojej odwagi i ochrony skandynawskich władców). Wikingowie tacy posiadają bogato zdobione tarcze i bardziej majętne stroje – w odróżnieniu do przygotowywanych Bondich (rolników i rybaków).


       We wczesnośredniowiecznej Skandynawii, housecarls (staronordyckie: húskarlar, húskarl; staro-angielskie: huscarl, huscarle lub houscarl) byli wolnymi ludźmi, prowadzącymi gospodarstwa. 

Oryginalny termin húskarl, dosłownie oznacza “Człowieka domu”.
       W Anglosaskiej Anglii, po podboju przez Królestwo Danii w XI wieku, także występowała ta grupa.  Angielski Housecarl miał wiele ról, zarówno wojskowych, jak i administracyjnych. 

Harold II w bitwie pod Hastings przeciwko Wilhelmowi Bękartowi posiadał ochronę złożoną z doborowych toporników Housecarlów.





Gypsy Girl

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

While rummaging to my “left overs” boxes from years ago, I stumbled upon this lady.Now, I have no clue anymore what brand she is from, let alone why I ever bought her to be honest. Probably as part for scenery scenes or something.  But she ca…

Gypsy Girl

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

While rummaging to my “left overs” boxes from years ago, I stumbled upon this lady.Now, I have no clue anymore what brand she is from, let alone why I ever bought her to be honest. Probably as part for scenery scenes or something.  But she ca…

Kern Slingers

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The first completed unit of the month, these are the last figures from the Dark Ages box of Warriors I bought to bulk my Dux force.But in that game, you have 4 strong missile troops, while in the SAGA Irish list, the Kerns, who are either armed with a …

Kern Slingers

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The first completed unit of the month, these are the last figures from the Dark Ages box of Warriors I bought to bulk my Dux force.But in that game, you have 4 strong missile troops, while in the SAGA Irish list, the Kerns, who are either armed with a …

878 Vikings

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A few weeks back I got my kickstarted game of 878 Vikings: Invasion of England from Academy Games. This game builds on the same engine as their Wars of North America series. The basic mechanics are pretty similar: random activation sequence, card-drive…

878 Vikings

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A few weeks back I got my kickstarted game of 878 Vikings: Invasion of England from Academy Games. This game builds on the same engine as their Wars of North America series. The basic mechanics are pretty similar: random activation sequence, card-drive…

Dux Britanniarum

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After reading the rules, getting a few games in, losing badly, and now having actually studied the rules, I`ve formed an opinion on this ruleset by Too Fat Lardies.Dux Britanniarum is a ruleset that allows you to game the last vestiges of the Roman Emp…

Dux Britanniarum

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After reading the rules, getting a few games in, losing badly, and now having actually studied the rules, I`ve formed an opinion on this ruleset by Too Fat Lardies.Dux Britanniarum is a ruleset that allows you to game the last vestiges of the Roman Emp…

[ENG/PL] Athelings (Ætheling) and Thegns in Anglo-Saxon England #1 / Wysoko-urodzeni w Anglosaskiej Anglii #1

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone!


        Last week I was on vacation on the Polish seaside, so I restricted my blog life to commenting my favorite blogs and gaining knowledge at an excellent Blog Forum Gdańsk, party for best polish bloggers.

        Today’s entry, thanks for Footsore Miniatures, will be devoted to the first two miniatures of the high-born “Athelings” set of dark ages England.
Discuss today models you can find on the official site of the manufacturer in THIS place. I also encourage all of you (if you have not done it yet) of early medieval miniatures lovers, great for games like SAGA.


       Ætheling (also spelt Aetheling, Atheling or Etheling) was an Old English term (æþeling) used in Anglo-Saxon England to designate princes of the royal dynasty who were eligible for the kingship.

During the earliest years of the Anglo-Saxon rule in England, the word ætheling was probably used to denote any person of noble birth. Its use was soon restricted to members of a royal family. The prefix æþel- formed part of the name of several Anglo-Saxon kings, for instance Æthelberht of Kent, Æthelwulf of Wessex and Æthelred of Wessex, and was used to indicate their noble birth. According to a document which probably dates from the 10th century, the weregild of an ætheling was fixed at 15,000 thrymsas, or 11,250 shillings, which was equal to that of an archbishop and one-half of that of a king.

The annal for 728 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle referred to a certain Oswald as an ætheling, due to his great-great-grandfather being king of Wessex. From the 9th century, the term was used in a much narrower context and came to refer exclusively to members of the house of Cerdic of Wessex, the ruling dynasty of Wessex, most particularly the sons or brothers of the reigning king. According to historian Richard Abels “King Alfred transformed the very principle of royal succession. Before Alfred any nobleman who could claim royal descent, no matter how distant, could strive for the throne. After him, throne-worthiness would be limited to the sons and brothers of the reigning king.” In the reign of Edward the Confessor, Edgar the Ætheling received the appellation as the grandson of Edmund Ironside, but that was at a time when for the first time in 250 years there was no living ætheling according to the strict definition.

Ætheling was also used in a poetic sense to mean ‘a good and noble man’. Old English verse often used ætheling to describe Christ, as well as various prophets and saints. 

The hero of the 8th century Beowulf is introduced as an ætheling, possibly in the sense of a relative of the King of the Geats, though some translators render ætheling as ‘retainer’. Since many early Scandinavian kings were chosen by competition or election, rather than primogeniture, the term may have been reserved for a person qualified to compete for the kingship.

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       Ostatnie 1,5 tygodnia przebywałem na urlopie nad polskim morzem, dlatego ograniczałem moje życie blogowe do komentowania moich ulubionych blogów oraz zdobywania wiedzy na znakomitej konferencji dla blogerów i twórców internetowych Blog Forum Gdańsk

       Dzisiejszy wpis, dzięki uprzejmości Footsore Miniatures, poświęcony będzie dwóm pierwszym figurkom z zestawu wysoko-urodzonych “Athelings” we wczesnośredniowiecznej Anglii.
Omawianie dziś modele możecie odszukać na oficjalnej stronie producenta w TYM miejscu. Zachęcam również do zainteresowania się wszystkich (jeśli jeszcze tego nie zrobiliście) miłośników figurek wczesnośredniowiecznych, znakomitych do gier takich jak SAGA.


       Ætheling (zwani także Aetheling, Atheling lub Etheling) to staroangielski termin używany w anglosaskiej Anglii  do nazywania książąt dynastii królewskiej, którzy mieli jednocześnie prawo do tronu. 


W Anglii, czy wcześniej w anglosaskiej Anglii słowo “ætheling” prawdopodobnie używane było do przedstawienia osoby szlacheckiej. Jego użycie wkrótce zostało ograniczone do członków rodziny królewskiej. Przedrostek Æ – ukształtowany został na cześć kilku królów anglosaskich, na przykład Æthelberht z Kent, Æthelwulf z Wessex i Æhelred z Wessex, i był używany do wskazania ich szlachetnego pochodzenia. 

Według historyka Richarda Abelsa “Król Alfred zmienił zasadę dziedziczenia królewskiego. Przed Alfredem każdy szlachcic, który twierdził, że ma królewskie pochodzenie, niezależnie od tego, jak dalekim był krewnym, mógł żądać tronu dla siebie. Potem zaszczyt ten został ograniczony do synów i braci panującego króla “

Słowo Ætheling było również używane w sensie poetyckim do oznaczania “dobrego i szlachetnego człowieka”. Stare angielskie pisma często używała Ætheling do opisu Chrystusa, a także innych proroków i świętych. 

Beowulf , bohater z VIII wieku został przedstawiony jako Ætheling, prawdopodobnie w sensie krewnego króla Geatsa. 

Once was so … / Kiedyś było tak…

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[ENG/PL] Athelings (Ætheling) and Thegns in Anglo-Saxon England #1 / Wysoko-urodzeni w Anglosaskiej Anglii #1

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone!


        Last week I was on vacation on the Polish seaside, so I restricted my blog life to commenting my favorite blogs and gaining knowledge at an excellent Blog Forum Gdańsk, party for best polish bloggers.

        Today’s entry, thanks for Footsore Miniatures, will be devoted to the first two miniatures of the high-born “Athelings” set of dark ages England.
Discuss today models you can find on the official site of the manufacturer in THIS place. I also encourage all of you (if you have not done it yet) of early medieval miniatures lovers, great for games like SAGA.


       Ætheling (also spelt Aetheling, Atheling or Etheling) was an Old English term (æþeling) used in Anglo-Saxon England to designate princes of the royal dynasty who were eligible for the kingship.

During the earliest years of the Anglo-Saxon rule in England, the word ætheling was probably used to denote any person of noble birth. Its use was soon restricted to members of a royal family. The prefix æþel- formed part of the name of several Anglo-Saxon kings, for instance Æthelberht of Kent, Æthelwulf of Wessex and Æthelred of Wessex, and was used to indicate their noble birth. According to a document which probably dates from the 10th century, the weregild of an ætheling was fixed at 15,000 thrymsas, or 11,250 shillings, which was equal to that of an archbishop and one-half of that of a king.

The annal for 728 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle referred to a certain Oswald as an ætheling, due to his great-great-grandfather being king of Wessex. From the 9th century, the term was used in a much narrower context and came to refer exclusively to members of the house of Cerdic of Wessex, the ruling dynasty of Wessex, most particularly the sons or brothers of the reigning king. According to historian Richard Abels “King Alfred transformed the very principle of royal succession. Before Alfred any nobleman who could claim royal descent, no matter how distant, could strive for the throne. After him, throne-worthiness would be limited to the sons and brothers of the reigning king.” In the reign of Edward the Confessor, Edgar the Ætheling received the appellation as the grandson of Edmund Ironside, but that was at a time when for the first time in 250 years there was no living ætheling according to the strict definition.

Ætheling was also used in a poetic sense to mean ‘a good and noble man’. Old English verse often used ætheling to describe Christ, as well as various prophets and saints. 

The hero of the 8th century Beowulf is introduced as an ætheling, possibly in the sense of a relative of the King of the Geats, though some translators render ætheling as ‘retainer’. Since many early Scandinavian kings were chosen by competition or election, rather than primogeniture, the term may have been reserved for a person qualified to compete for the kingship.

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Witam wszystkich serdecznie!


       Ostatnie 1,5 tygodnia przebywałem na urlopie nad polskim morzem, dlatego ograniczałem moje życie blogowe do komentowania moich ulubionych blogów oraz zdobywania wiedzy na znakomitej konferencji dla blogerów i twórców internetowych Blog Forum Gdańsk

       Dzisiejszy wpis, dzięki uprzejmości Footsore Miniatures, poświęcony będzie dwóm pierwszym figurkom z zestawu wysoko-urodzonych “Athelings” we wczesnośredniowiecznej Anglii.
Omawianie dziś modele możecie odszukać na oficjalnej stronie producenta w TYM miejscu. Zachęcam również do zainteresowania się wszystkich (jeśli jeszcze tego nie zrobiliście) miłośników figurek wczesnośredniowiecznych, znakomitych do gier takich jak SAGA.


       Ætheling (zwani także Aetheling, Atheling lub Etheling) to staroangielski termin używany w anglosaskiej Anglii  do nazywania książąt dynastii królewskiej, którzy mieli jednocześnie prawo do tronu. 


W Anglii, czy wcześniej, w anglosaskiej Anglii słowo “Ætheling” prawdopodobnie używane było do przedstawienia osoby szlacheckiej. Jego użycie wkrótce zostało ograniczone do członków rodziny królewskiej. Przedrostek Æ – ukształtowany został na cześć kilku królów anglosaskich, na przykład Æthelberht z Kent, Æthelwulf z Wessex i Æhelred z Wessex, i był używany do wskazania ich szlachetnego pochodzenia. 

Według historyka Richarda Abelsa “Król Alfred zmienił zasadę dziedziczenia królewskiego. Przed Alfredem każdy szlachcic, który twierdził, że ma królewskie pochodzenie, niezależnie od tego, jak dalekim był krewnym, mógł żądać tronu dla siebie. Potem zaszczyt ten został ograniczony do synów i braci panującego króla”.

Słowo Ætheling było również używane w sensie poetyckim do oznaczania “dobrego i szlachetnego człowieka”. Stare angielskie pisma często używały Ætheling do opisu Chrystusa, a także innych proroków i świętych. 

Beowulf , bohater z VIII wieku został przedstawiony jako Ætheling, prawdopodobnie w sensie krewnego króla Geatsa. 

Once was so … / Kiedyś było tak…

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Dux Britanniarum / SAGA Odds and Ends

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Apart from the 6mil earlier, today some more models had their varnish dried, and it are some odds and ends for my Dark Ages forces.As I`m slowly completing my first box of the Gripping Beast plastic dark age warriors, I had 12 models left on sprue afte…

Dux Britanniarum / SAGA Odds and Ends

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Apart from the 6mil earlier, today some more models had their varnish dried, and it are some odds and ends for my Dark Ages forces.As I`m slowly completing my first box of the Gripping Beast plastic dark age warriors, I had 12 models left on sprue afte…

Vortigern`s Punitive Campaign – Dux Britanniarum AAR

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

My first Raid tonight in the Dux Britanniarum campaign, and as there was some player reshuffling earlier this week, I ended up facing my previous liege.Clustfeinad, Legatus of Glouvia, had enough of the catholic faith that had been forced upon him.&nbs…

Vortigern`s Punitive Campaign – Dux Britanniarum AAR

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

My first Raid tonight in the Dux Britanniarum campaign, and as there was some player reshuffling earlier this week, I ended up facing my previous liege.Clustfeinad, Legatus of Glouvia, had enough of the catholic faith that had been forced upon him.&nbs…

Dark Age Spearmen with Shield

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I haven`t gotten much paintwork in the past week, as I chose to spend some very good quality time with the girlfriend, but in between I did manage to paint a small unit.And it was with a deadline, as I varnished them this morning, and they have to be o…

Dark Age Spearmen with Shield

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I haven`t gotten much paintwork in the past week, as I chose to spend some very good quality time with the girlfriend, but in between I did manage to paint a small unit.And it was with a deadline, as I varnished them this morning, and they have to be o…