28mm Dark Ages


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...

» View Source Article

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

» View Source Article

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

» View Source Article

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

» View Source Article

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

» View Source Article

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

» View Source Article

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....

» View Source Article