dark ages


Irish Heartguard

A small, and normally final, addition to my Dux force.These two mounted Curaidh, or Hearthguard, are normally the elite bodyguards of the lords.But I bought this two model Gripping Beast blister for other reasons.  Namely to represent my Lord (or a noble)  and a champion.By putting them on horses, I can have them join my mounted regiments for games where speed might be of the essence, or a devastating cavalry charge might be called for.  Though as mostly the defender in the campaign, that won't be happening very often...But heck, it at least allows me to have all options open...

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28mm Hail Caesar Battle of Hastings Game

My friends kids wanted to try playing a 'proper' wargame and from a choice of X Wing, 20mm WW", or a skirmish game they settled on the  Battle of Hastings option.I opted to try and recreate the battle ground around Caldec hill and the Hoar apple tree rather than the traditional site. I used the Osprey Hastings book for the numbers with roughly 400 men being a standard unit, and the Hail Caesar Dark Age army list to make each division proportional, and the points to make the armies even.The book that got me inspired to create this version of  the battle. Having visited Battles this battle location makes  more sense to me.What I'm trying to recreateThe armies lined up. Ideally I'd have 2.5 ft more either side which would make the board size  8x6The Franco Flemish right wing and Williams smallest divisionThe Dukes Normans in the centreThe Bretons on the left wingEarl Leofwine's wingKing Harolds' centre and his left wing commanded by Earl GyrthEarl Leofwine's menKing Harold's men, with himself

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Saga continues, the death of Henri the 2nd. Kontynuacja sagi, śmierć Henryka II.

Our Norman saga continues. Forces of Rolund has been beaten. His ally Rolf get killed and he had to withdraw to his lands. The situation was very bad. Henri together with bishop Luidolf moved their forces against Rolund. However Rolund decided to prevent this and send for help to his brother in law Rudolf the Insane and to Rolf's brother Reinar. Both respond positively for this call. Rudolf arrived to the Rolund's land soon after Rolf's death and took command over the whole forces as the much more experienced. However there was no news from Reiner, yet. Rudolf moved whole his army on the border of Rolund's lands to cross the way incoming army of Henri. For the game we used the Hail Caesar rules.Kontynuacja naszej normańskiej sagi. Siły Rolunda zostały pobite. Jego sprzymierzeniec Rolf został zabity, musiał więc wycofać swoje siły na swoje ziemie. Sytuacja była bardzo zła. Henri razem z biskupem Luidolfem ruszył przeciw Rolundowi. Jednakże Rolund postanowił temu przeciwdziałać i posłał po pomoc do swojego szwa

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Saxons! Saxons!

Last night was to be a Dark Age War and Conquest bash, I had sent Simon the Romano-British list but he did not have time to select a force so instead I took along two generic armies for the period, a meeting engagement on the border between the two sides. Both had an elite hearthguard then two average warrior formations, supporting these both armies had mercenary warbands, these do not get on to the battlefield very often so I took the opportunity to bring them along. The British Dux had Welsh and renegade Saxons while the Saxon King had Picts and Franks (yes, those Franks), they also had two skirmish units apiece.Simon set up with a short line, a unit in reserve and his Saxon warband on its own holding the left flank. I had a fully formed line with the intention of taking advantage of the low hill to the front of the Franks and my Gedriht, I hoped to whittle down Simon's Saxons and hit them with my Picts then see how things turned out.Saxon line.Romano-British line.Saxons on the left.I got the hill and forme

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Wiccan Ritual

While I painted up an old hag last month to serve this role on the Dux battlefield last week, these models are the actual Wicca High Priestess(esses) for my force.And now that this little vignette is finally done, the hag can return to the role she was bought for (the model that is), namely that of the Crone my force has.These models are from the Foundry range, pack AG018 - Germanic Women, and I thought it fun for the placement on the table to actually combine them on a larger base to represent their "status" on the field, namely as the highest ranking (un)holy powers in my force.Painted like most of my dark age forces, in a simple colourscheme and making use of the Army Painter Strong Tone, they are now ready to spur my warriors onwards in the bid to win the campaign.I just feel sorry for the poor horsey...

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The Scotti Return Dux Britanniarum battle report

Even after learning the scotti a lesson a few months ago, they invaded my shorelines once again.Their target?  A rich villa near the coast, but alas for them they have been spotted by the local watchtower and reinforcements are on the way.Can the valiant defenders hold out until their lord arrives?My force was 2 Levy unit down, as a result of last weeks massacre.  Of them, a Noble was located in the tower with two units of warriors and the archers... archers who would become the doom of the scotti...The Scotti came ashore with their usual mass of skirmish units and cavalry, so the key would be to make a wall and hopefully let their forces break on it.My noble gathered his warriors and went forward, while the archers loosened a volley.  One raider fell overboard, while his noble already had to spend his Constitution of an Ox to avoid injury.Flanked by skirmish cavalry, the noble went out for vengeance and advanced towards my defenders, while the rest landed to make haste to the villa.Unit after

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The Heroic Coward Dux Britanniarum battle report

Okay, that might be a title drenched in vinegar, but that is because I really wasn`t in a mood to play this game.I love campaign politics and betrayals as much as the next guy, and I don`t mind if your ally betrays you after as soon as a month an alliance was forged, but it was his explanation that ticked my boxes.I always liked Glenn, and he was the guy I lost to in the very first game, before going on the winning streak.  So he comes around again now and raid me (fair game) because he wanted to see how I did it, winning all the games on tactics.  Again, fair game.  He explained the breaking because he wanted to see in a straight fight he was the better lord on the battlefield, again, totally fair to me, it's a game after all and it is there to be played.But then he goes on and brings along one of the blocks of Saxons that can be hired in the campaign (two of them are available, and you can only get them if you are at a certain time behind the pc to give your raid and hire them), because yeah,

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Wise Woman

Well, my temple is ready in the Dux campaign at the club, so a druid joins my ranks to invoke the leaving daylights out of the enemy.But that also meant I needed a model to represent him on the tabletop.Rummaging through my bits and pieces boxes, I found this viking wise woman from Wargames Foundry.  Excellent!I as such painted her up to run around nearby my warlord's unit, even though she doesn`t really plays an actual "battlefield role" in combat and the likes.So now this nice old lady can begin putting down spirit walls to bottleneck enemies... hopefully.

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Light Cavalry for Dux Britanniarum

It has been a while since I painted anything for my Dark Ages, but strolling through the Dux book I realised I had one possible unit not covered: light cavalry.To that end I assembled some of the remains of my box of Dark Age Cavalry, and left out the shields to easily identify them on the battlefield.The units in the game number 4 models, so with 6 remaining from earlier units, I still have two on sprue to be used one day for I don`t know what expansions.I went for the basic quick paint on these plastic models, doing the base colour layer and then washing them with strongtone, adding some touch ups left and right.All that remained then was to base and varnish them, and I am covered for all eventualities of the campaign table as a result.Now to get a wise man ready and I`m back up-to-date with my forces and possible units I might roll on the campaign table...

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Lady Luck is Saxon

Sunday dawned, and fortified with a heart attack inducing, totally non healthy, but delicious breakfast Stewart and I set up for the second game of the weekend, a War and Conquest clash between his Carolingians and my Saxon Heptarchy.I had gone for a complete infantry army apart from a small unit of Duguth cavalry which I decided would spend the game skirmishing, I had my King's hearthguard and companions in two units, the White Horses, and then the rest were normal Saxon troops, a mish mash of average and poor commands. I had once again brought the Frank Mercenaries as they have been fighting well recently and I never learn. Stewart had a good strong line with some poor troops at the end and two units of heavy cavalry, two of the infantry blocks were elite Milites, he also had a bunch of massed archers.Saxons on the left, Carolingians on the right.We both decided to have a fairly fairly clear battlefield so kept the obstructions to a minimum, Stewart did get a hill which he was pleased about. I offered to se

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Noshi's Grub Hut

Noshi finished her second building from Warbases.co.uk Dark Age line, the Grub Hut, this week.A nice little house at 28mm scaling, the model only costs 4.50 GBP, with the current pound / euro cost even a real bargain.The house was painted to look like it was made from large stones, and she did a great job on that one.  For the roof, sissal was used (a sort of very fine straw used in decorations and christmas trees) which was then darkened by using Strong Tone from the Army Painter range.The door itself only received a thin single layer, to make sure the marking inside it remained presevered.And with that, the second house of the hamlet (and as we play on a single tile at the demo, the last) has been finished, making all the material for the demo game on a scenery level now nearly completed.

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New figures. Nowe figurki.

Today some new figures for few of my collections.Dzisiaj kilka nowych figurek dla kilku z moich kolekcji.1. Normans. Normanowie.First is the big reinforcements for my Normans. Figures are from Conquest Games, Perry Miniatures and Warlord Games.Na początek duże posiłki dla moich Normanów. Figurki pochodzą od Conquest Games, Perry Miniatures i Warlord Games.My whole Norman and Viking army. I'm still planning some reinforcements for them ;)Moja cała armia normańsko wikińska. Wciąż planuję pewne wzmocnienia dla niej ;)2. Poland, 15th century. Polska, XV wiek.Next is my new period, I started to paint. It is Polish army from the 15th century. This time they are Perry Miniatures archers with special Salute 2015 figure as their leader or hero.Następny jest mój nowy okres, który zacząłem malować. Jest to polska armia z XV wieku. tym razem są to łucznicy od Perry Miniatures ze specialną figurką z Salute 2015, która posłuży albo ich dowódca albo jako bohater.3. Polish markers for Chain of Command. Po

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[EN/PL] Björn Ironside. An untold story / Björn Żelaznoboki. Historia prawdziwa (Stronghold-Terrain)

Welcome!Today I come back to the theme of the Vikings, breaking the next figure. Some time ago I presented you the true story of Halfdan the Black, and today I invite you to the saga about Björn Ragnarsson.Although I like the character of the viking created by the actor Alexander Ludwig in the Vikings series, I have to say with a heartache that about 90% of it is a figment of writers.The fate of the real Björn (if we can believe sagas and stories) looked completely different...Today's sponsorship is Stronghold-Terrain, which has many excellent original figures, including Björn Ragnarsson, described today.The model is made of white metal and is modeled on the 4-5 season from the Vikings series. The miniature consists of three parts: bodies, hands with ax and shield.And I think it's sweeping!Visit Stronghold-Terrain and FB And now...Björn Ironside was a legendary king of Sweden who lived sometime in the 9th century. Viking is said to have been the first ruler of the Munsö dynasty.A powe

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Rolf's last stand. Ostatnia walka Rolfa.

Our Norman saga continues. After last game (link here), my forces split off. Rolund move back to his land and Rolf moved to plunder Henri's land. That was mistake, as Henri's forces still were at full strength. Norman prince send his spies to track Viking. Finally they found them camping at the lonely hill. That was the opportunity for the Henri to destroy those annoying pagans. He moved his forces to catch them. He did that and they were lonely, but prepared for the battle. Henri didn't know, that Rolf is waiting here to join forces of Rolund, but no one knows when he will arrive. The battle begins... For the game we used Hail Caesar rules.Kolejny odcinek naszej normańskiej sagi. Po ostatniej bitwie (link tutaj), moje siły rozdzieliły się. Rolund wrócił na swoje ziemie a Rolf wyruszył rabować ziemie Henriego. To był błąd, ponieważ siły Henriego były cały czas bardzo silne. Normański książe wysłał swoich szpiegów, by śledzili Wikinga. W końcu odnaleźli go, obozującego na samotnym wzgórzu. To była doskonała ok

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