28mm Dark Ages


1066 - Battle of Hastings - a 28mm Wargame

Here we go folks ...as promised my take on 1066 Hastings. This is a long post but contains a load of information and pictures...please indulge me.Twelve months ago I embarked on a project to bring the Battle of Hastings to the games table. As you will have seen over the last 12 months I have been painting up hundreds of plastic 28mm figures to realise this dream and in the last couple of weeks we have playtested the Hail Caesar rules to refight the other battles of 1066. Sunday 10th March 2019 was the culmination of this project and I was delighted to finally bring Hastings to life. As you will read in the following text the table for the game needed to be of a certain size, and sadly even the shed could not deliver the space we needed. So I packed Mrs Shed off to her parents for the day and took over our family room at the back of the house to host the game.A big thank you at this point to my fellow gamers who joined me on that blustery Sunday morning.Your enthusiasm and good humour created a fantastic

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1066 - The Battle of Fulford in 28mm

Following the success of our Battle of Stamford Bridge game last week Mark & I decided to refight the lesser known battle of 1066 – The Battle of Fulford (also known as the Battle of York) . This was actually fought a few days earlier than Stamford Bridge so in theory we should have started with this one first.Our battle of Stamford Bridge can be seen hereAs per my previous post I have set out the background to this battle in my blog post, then added the specific rules we have added to this engagement and the orders of battle and then finally the all action report (AAR).The core rules used are Hail Caesar1066 Battle of FulfordThe Battle of Fulford was fought on the outskirts of the village of Fulford near York in England, on 20 September 1066, when Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally (the King of England's brother), fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwin and Morcar.Tostig was Harold Godwinson's banished brother. He had allied with King Harald of Norway and possibly Duke William of

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1066 - Battle of Stamford Bridge - a wargame in 28mm

Ok - Here we go folks the first of my Dark Age battles using Hail Caesar - about half the painted figures are being used in this engagement Battle of Stamford Bridge, 25th September 1066.The battle of Stamford Bridge was the second of three great battles fought in 1066. The first being the Battle of Fulford in which Harald Hardrada, the Viking invader beat the Northern Saxon Earls of Edwin and Morcar in a rather one-sided affair west of York. The third of course was the Battle of Hastings, the result of which completely changed English history.Stamford Bridge was fought shortly after Fulford. Hardrada’s Vikings were caught completely unprepared by a Saxon army under King Harold Godwinson who had marched north from London in rapid time. Following the events after Fulford, Hardrada demanded the capitulation of York. To safeguard the city from rape and pillage the city elders agreed to provide hostages. Hardrada, whilst waiting on these hostages to be delivered retired his forces to the east of the city. It

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1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge - a wargame in 28mm

Ok - Here we go folks the first of my Dark Age battles using Hail Caesar - about half the painted figures are being used in this engagement Battle of Stamford Bridge, 25th September 1066.The battle of Stamford Bridge was the second of three great battles fought in 1066. The first being the Battle of Fulford in which Harald Hardrada, the Viking invader beat the Northern Saxon Earls of Edwin and Morcar in a rather one-sided affair west of York. The third of course was the Battle of Hastings, the result of which completely changed English history.Stamford Bridge was fought shortly after Fulford. Hardrada’s Vikings were caught completely unprepared by a Saxon army under King Harold Godwinson who had marched north from London in rapid time. Following the events after Fulford, Hardrada demanded the capitulation of York. To safeguard the city from rape and pillage the city elders agreed to provide hostages. Hardrada, whilst waiting on these hostages to be delivered retired his forces to the east of the city. It

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Dark Ages Project Finally Finished

I think I failed to mention in my last post that I hadn't quite finished the Dark Ages project - having laid out all my troops which you can see here I realised very quickly that I was light on archers and unarmoured saxons.A quick scan on ebay revealed some decent priced gripping boxes and in a few days 110 more troops awaited their call up papers to join the army - 30 more archers and 80 more spearmen. These have all been based 3 men to a 5cm square mdf base.I can now safely say that I have finished painting dark ages for the moment - mind you the Victrix Vikings do look quite nice and if I can find some at Salute I might create a couple of Viking units.Here are some of the final rendersSo now it is all about preparing the games - the big one Hastings is planned on Sunday 10th March and I have been busy preparing the order of battle, players aids and background material over the past two months. In much the same way that I set up my Isandlwhana and Rorkes Drift games a couple of years back I'll pu

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The Armies assemble

It seemed a shame to set out the Saxons and not the Normans so yesterday both sides took to the field.Previous post herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.com/2019/01/28mm-saxon-army.htmlObviously my table is not big enough and I haven't even added the hill, woods etcEven so there is a lot of plastic ranked up and ready to rumble.... Normans on the left - Saxons on the rightOff to focus on how I can bring this battle to the table...

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28mm Saxon Army Complete

Following on from the Norman Army I am delighted top present the Saxon Army - now all complete bar some bannersprevious post can be found here on the Norman Armyhttp://shedwars.blogspot.com/2019/01/norman-archers-command.htmlThese are all predominantly Gripping Beast Dark Age figures sourced from the following boxesI have mixed up the Vikings and Saxons - I know its heresy but fundamentally they look the same.There are a lot of figures to assemble.So the Saxon Army takes shape - first up some skirmishers - please note I am only showing some examples of these units not all of themThen we have the unarmoured Fyrd - I need a few more of these boys and two more boxes are on orderand of course we have the mainstay of the army - the armoured thegnsOf course there are the Huscarls - an extra big unit and differentiated with their red cloaks. The cloaks came from spares I had from my Fireforge CrusadersI thought it would be a bit of fun to give the Saxons at least some cavalry - these were created from some Norman Ca

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Norman Archers & Command

previous post hereSo here comes the third and final post for the Norman Army. In this we are focusing on the Norman Archers and the Command Stands. The Archers have all been assembled using the Conquest Games Medieval Archers and the Gripping Beast Dark Age Archers. I managed to squeeze out 8 units of these chaps – some of which can be used as skirmishers if required. A couple of observations on these plastic figures.Conquest ArchersGripping Beast ArchersFirst up the Gripping Beast figures appear to be slightly smaller in bulk against the Conquest ones and for that reason I have avoided where possible putting them on the same bases. The Conquest versions are beautifully sculpted and give the modeller plenty of opportunity to create plenty of different poses. Indeed you can give them short or long bows. These are probably the best of the range that I have seen from conquest and despite being called medieval archers on the box they have a very strong dark age flavour – conical helms and short mail coats. S

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The Norman Cavalry

Thanks for all the great comments on the Norman Infantry and as promised here comes the cutting edge of the Norman Army - their Cavalry.previous post can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-norman-infantry.htmlThese have all been exclusively sourced from Conquest Games and are probably the best value cavalry figures you can buy - 15 horses and riders for £20.I have procured over the last nine months sufficient numbers to field over 100 of these - formed up into 10 units (each with 10 men) - Again these are based on a combo of singles, doubles and fours.The following pictures are just a few shots of the painted forces - they certainly look like they mean businessThe costs of buying transfers to do all the shields was going to be prohibitive so I have painted my own..The charge....First six units on the table...Second group of four...and now added to the infantry....Archers and command stands next and then that's the Norman Army finished

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The Norman Infantry

Its been sometime since I posted on this project - the starting link is herePart 1Since April of last year I have been working my way through almost a thousand 28mm figures for my Dark Ages project and although I didn’t quite complete all the figure painting by the New Year – two days later I could finally lay down my brushes. The Norman InfantryThis has not been a fun project and there have been plenty of times along the route where I have cursed and almost cut my losses and sold up. However perseverance has paid off and I can finally relax. Almost – there is just the small job of basing these troops. Some of you might be asking why this was not a fun project and I think I can distil this down into a couple of simple statements. The first is that pretty much all the units are the same – chainmail and more chainmail. To get the randomness of what you want from a dark age force this means there is no continuity in the clothing (other than chainmail) so that means every tunic, set of leggings and shie

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More Progress on the Dark Age Project

It seems like I have been painting these figures for ages and still a long way to go before the Norman & Saxon Armies are finished.This week my friend Mark came over to help base the 400+ figures that had been finished since my last posting. At the moment the bases just have a combo of dark chocolate paint and sand mix on them. eventually they will all get dry brushed and grassed.This gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase the progress so far...First up the Normans - these guys still need some Archers and a few more footMy favourite the Norman Horse - 100 riders !And here we have the Saxons - screened in front by some skimishersThese guys need some more peasant infantry, a few horse and some archers of their own..I estimate that another 300 figures to go and this project will be complete...wish me luck

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Dark Age Army - Part 1

I am back !!You may recall that back in April I bought rather a lot of plastic at Salute for my Dark Ages project. The ambitious plan was to create two armies of the 11th century - one Norman and one Saxon.This would be built using plastic figures with about 500 figures per side...over the last few weeks I have made a sizeable dent in the project and am proud to share my first photos...Please note that the bases are not finished ..these will be done once everything is completeUnarmoured Saxons and SlingersNorman CavalryArmoured Saxon InfantryNorman Armoured InfantryI have also asembled all the other figures...that a lot of plastic figures to paintAnother 100 Saxons almost complete2 more trays of Normans awaiting paintMore Saxons & ArchersWhat isn't shown here are the ninety other Norman Horse - these are all painted and just need a varnish. In my next post I'll show off the full Cavalry wing of William the Conquerormore soon....

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