dark ages


28mm Kingdom of Domnonée light cavalry

Completed more light cavalry for my Kingdom of Domnonée army which spans from the 4th to the 11th century. These are great sculpts from Footsore miniatures. I am very happy with the light plaid pattern on two of the figures, not convinced with my red though. The Bretons have a recorded history of light cavalry since the eastern invasion of Francia of the Goths/Alani in the early 5th century. The Romans settled the Alani and Goths along the border with the Armoricans, the Notitia Dignitatum places them in Orleans, Poiters, Rennes, Alençon, Mayenne, Le Mans and Chartres. These areas became predominant Frank horse breeding areas in the 10th century and remained so up until the 19th century, 6 of the 8 French military light and heavy horse breeds come from the area).  John Wallace-Hadrill in his book Long Haired Kings, links the strength of the Breton feigned flight back to the Alani tactic in the 5th century, and the the overall use of heavy cavalry by the nobles. In several battles with the Franks, Vi

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28mm Breton Kingdom of Domnonée Coloni infantry

More 28mm Armorican Kingdom of Domnonée Breton 4th to 11th century project. The Coloni infantry are from the Gripping Beast Miniatures dark age Plastics. Ready to fight the Alani, Romans, Franks and Vikings. A few head swaps with Victrix miniatures and two metal shields. Based for Impetus rules. CheersMatt

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28mm Dark Age Anjou-Maine infantry

Another unit completed of Gripping beast plastics with a few head swaps of Victrix Celts, a few plastic javelin s and a few metal shields in the mix. Transfers are LMBS and hand painted shields.This unit could easily serve as any dark age unit, Anjou-Maine infantry, Bretons, or even Goths.CheersMatt

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28mm dark age Breton command and heavy infantry

A hive of activity on the desk this weekend as my mojo returns for painting, another Breton unit but for my Kingdom of Domnonée army. All metal from Footsore miniatures, with various shield makes, LBMS transfers and metal spears I made myself. Really easy to paint these and happy with the result. This base with it flag will designate an attached command on a stand for Impetus, although I prefer seperate commanders normally as I tend to get them mostly killed when attached! CheersMatt

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28mm Alan warlord

This Footsore command miniature has been sitting around for some time awaiting completion as I wanted a hunting or war dog on the base, after a desk clean up today in preparation for clearing for the Autumn painting projects,  I headed up to the third floor and seeked out my 28mm spares box and found a suitable Warlord Miniatures war dog.  I then finished the dog off and added it to the completed the command base.This commander will lead my Alan warband. The Alan's were based in Aurelianum (modern Orleans) capital from 406ad and controlled lands along the Loire, Sarthe and Mayenne rivers. The Romans and later the Franks used them to put down rebellions in the west including Armorican massif (Brittany) and famously defended their capital Aurelianum against Atilla the Hun. Later at the battle of Challons in 451 the Alan and Goth cavalry break the Hunnic centre.CheersMatt

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28mm Dark Age Breton Coloni Infantry

Finally back into a rhythm of painting after assembling 200 odd perry miniatures 100YW miniatures, it truely has been a slog. I also completed a number of Celts also, and finally had an opportunity to undercoat them. I also managed to get some time for some painting yesterday and today completing another two units with another three close behind.The latest off the desk some more Bretons for dark age armies, although could double as Maine or Anjou also.CheersMatt

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Viking Great Army .work in Progress

A few pics of my Viking Great Army progress ,still a long way to go .Figures are amix of footsore ;Artizan ,Gripping Beast plastics and Victrix plastics .2 bits of scenery A victim of the Viking Blood eagle and a rune stoneA rear view of the grusome punishment1st of my Viking Sub-Commanders Arnvid Ale Sinker2nd Sub Commander -Erik Oak Solitterand the 3rd sub commander -Sigurd of the Bridge a group of Viking PiratesBondiA close up of the aboveand another close up of the Bondi

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Dark Age War and Conquest

After enjoying a couple of good games on Sunday Simon asked me to give him another game of War and Conquest, more a learning game than a match to the death, so I was quite happy with that. I went with two Romano-British forces both with Allies, the armies were a mirror of each other and were kept basic, no fancy stuff like elephants, chariots, cataphracts etc.Parking at the club has now fallen foul of the modern equivalent of belt and braces, the building in whose grounds I have parked for what, over three years, maybe four now has girls staying in it, so in order to keep them safe bollards have been erected to stop cars parking, it seems strange that no one has mentioned that possible monsters on foot will have no problems but hey, what do I know.Back to the good stuff. Simon lined up with some infantry way out on his right then nearer the centre his cavalry, Milites, Picts, Comitatus and Franks, I put my cavalry on my left then two units of Milites, Saxons, Welsh and Comitatus. It wasn't going to be a fancy

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The lads come through (just)

The last time I led my brave boys on to the battlefield was back in May, so when Mark offered to come up from Leicester for a days wargaming I could not resist, I did warn him about the roads but it didn't phase him so yesterday was spent playing War and Conquest.There are several sets of Army Lists going about for WAC, the original Scarab lists, Gravesend lists and my own (carefully researched for my armies). Mark wanted to use the originals so no real problem for me as the one army I have not researched is the Seleucids and am happy to go with what everyone uses. The Patrician Romans are different, my own list differs in some respects, although I agree with Scarab's use of light armour for all the Roman formations as there is an historical argument for this, but I do not agree that there are no elite foot troops available the Palatini are average in this list and the bulk less so. This feeds from the fact that the Western part of the Empire was defeated hence their soldiers had to be rubbish, there were a l

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Charlie Foxtrot Counters

Ive bought a few bits off Charlie Foxtrot and have always had good service and the bits Ive bought have always been nice ,but I ordered a few shieldwall markers off them and I really like these ,even though they are simple designs I suppose ,I will use them in my clash of Empire games you get 8 of the triple shield markers for £1.75 a real bargain .in front of some Artisan,Gripping Beast and Footsore Vikingsa good size ,thick enough to pick up easily and tough enough to last

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Clash Of Empires

With our recent conversion to Great Escape Games Rule sets ,Rules of Engagement for ww2 and 1914 for WW1 &7 Days to the Rhine for the cold war period ,it only had to be a matter of time before we looked at Clash of Empires for Ancients and Dark Ages .I must admit my wargaming buddy John bought them a while ago for his Romans and Brits but when I read a review stating they could be used for the Dark Ages and medievils I took th plunge and I am glad I did , I got the main rule book and the Age of Ravens supplement for the Dark Ages .The main Rule book is an hard cover ,full colour book packed with rules ,advanced rules and army lists & scenarios , a full index and list of figure manufacturers ,they are laid out really well with the pages colour coded for each section such as movement and combat they are 192 pages long with the army lists covering Early Imperial Rome ,Germans,British,Caledonian & Dacien.The Supplement is again hardback ,split into 3 sections Wolves unto the fold ,covering the early D

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Breton Coloni

Off the desk this week some Breton peons, adding to my Dark Age Domnonée army, this base could also be used as Franks, Anjou-Maine or Normans.28mm Gripping beast plastics with some Victrix heads and hands, plus some metal sheilds, several more units not to far away from completion.CheersMatt

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