dark ages


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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Noshi's Timber Barn

Noshi completed her first house of the Warbases.co.uk range, the Timber Barn.  A nice little house, it is well scaled for a game on a single 24 by 24 TSS tile.She made some nice touch ups to the MDF model, adding wooded roofing and all.The small barn hails from their Dark Age range of 28mm scenery, and will be part of our Burrows and Badgers hamlet.She does this stuff with far more patience then me for sure!

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1944 to 577

Back from the pub and fortified with steak pie and lasagne we got our troops ready for the third Bolt Action battle. A simple meeting engagement around the Chateau Wartone only this time I took the British and Matt the Germans. We both had four squads along with supports and two tanks, a Cromwell and Sherman V for me and a StuG III and PzIV for the bad guys, remember that poor medic.The terrain due to the size of the well kept Chateau grounds was fairly open, unlike both the previous battles, so we both put down a tank to help control the approaches, the StuG half hidden behind the brasserie wall while my Cromwell settled down on the edge of a small orchard. I was unsure where to make my main attack in this game but halfway through my deployment I decided to make the left flank my main effort although I put the Sherman on the right to watch a road junction while leaving it free to fire into the centre of the battlefield should I wish.Impressive Chateau and grounds.As the game opened I managed to kill off the

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[EN/PL] Jarl Sigvaldi Strut-Haraldsson (Footsore Miniatures)

Hello everyone!It was long time since entry about  Vikings, which is why I invite you to a story about one Jomsviking. A man who was evil and two-faced, with a wicked character.  Welcome to the story of Jarl Sigvaldi.To today's entry I prepared a special miniature received from Footsore Miniatures specializing, among others, in figurines from "dark ages" but not only. If you do not know it yet, check them out! Jarl Sigvaldi was the semi-legendary chieftain of the fabled Jomsvikings and commander of their stronghold - Jomsborg. He succeeded Palnatoke as the leaders of the Jomsvikings in the late 10th century. The character of Sigvaldi remains largely enigmatic. As a leader, he was said to be more wily than brave despite leading such a powerful force,       Sigvaldi Strut-Haraldsson was the son of Jarl Strut-Harald, who ruled over the Danish territory of Scania and the brother of Thorkell the Tall, And cousin to Swedish Jarl Wiffen.  In order to win Astrid, th

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