Sunday, 26 January 2020

Saxon Fyrd

Still in a Dark ages Phase.
One of them, the boss, appears to be the Body of one of  the Tumbling Dice War of the roses bods with a Viking/Saxon head swop. I don´t know 100% as I got these as part a Job lot.
Spears made from florist wire, Shields from various Sources, including Emhar´s Saxons set.
Wether These are actually Vikings or Saxons I don´t know. There´s no pics of the sets over at Tumbling dice´s website. They work  for both sides, Saxon Fyrd or Viking Bondi.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Viking Commanders

..and cavalry.
Bods and nags from Tumbling dice, the shields are from the Zvezda Vikings set.
I´ve been watching the Vikings series so ..I got a bit influenced to paint some more😊

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Knights of the round Table (Pt 6) Arthur

Arthur Pendragon
A difficult one as he´s got s few different C-o-A´s attributed to him;
1. Azure, thirteen (or ten) crowns or. 
2. Three gold crowns (2 and 1, or in pale), usually on azure but sometimes on gules,  
3. Vert, a cross argent, standing on its dexter arm the image of the Holy Virgin and Child     also argent.  
4.Quarterly; 1 and 4, Quarterly or and vert, a cross argent; 2 and 3, 
5 . Gules, three crowns in pale or. 
6. Azure a cross or.
7. A golden Dragon which was also borne by his father, Uther Pendragon and the dragon also formed his Standard. 

I went for three crowns (in pale) on a red Background.

His nag. I could find the possible names of it, Llamrei, Hengroen or even Passelande but as to it´s Colour or markings...Nothing. 
Degore or Sir Tegyr. Not a lot of info on this guy.  Gules, Hart Passant or
The whole gang (so far). Bedivere, Brunor le Noir, Bors de Ganis, Galahad, Gawain, Hector de Maris, Kay de Seneschal, Lancelot du lac, Percival de Galis and Tristram de Lyons.  

This lot, with the other recently painted mounted bods, makes another 25 to add to the Massed Medieval Cavalry, which gets  Pretty close to 500 mounted kniggits and sergeants.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Castle Seige

My contribution to the Airfix Civil War Group Build over at the  Airfix Tribute Forum.
Rules are that at least 51% of the build, in this case the bods, should be Airfix and as i Chose a medieval theme the Airfix Robin Hood and Sherrif of Nottingham sets were front and centre.
I decided that all Bod related stuff, Shields, weapons, headswops etc should either be Scratch made or come from withing the Airfix range of bods.

I went for the The Anarchy, 1135-1153. This limited the use of the Sherrif of Nottingham set as the arms and armour are more representative of later medieval period troops but that´s part of the fun, make do or re-do. Also, I can use Maid Marion as Empress Matilda and the Sherrif as king Stephen.

The Castle under seige? After a bit of Research I found one that not much is known about, Bampton Castle. There´s not a lot of info About it during the period of the Anarchy but it´s mentioned as being built by Matilda´s Forces in 1142 and being beseiged by Stephen´s Forces at the end of the same year.
It´s described as being a motte Castle which, seeing as there´s no info on the actual construction it gives me a bit of room as to it´s size. If it was built early in 1142 and besieged a couple of months later it would have to be a wooden construction rather than Stone...unless they were very busy Little bees back then.
Aerial view
The attackers in the Colours of Henry of Blois

The Defenders in the Colours of Geoffrey de Mandeville II

 Reception comittee.
 Egbert running to put out the fire.
Bit on the Wall etc
Made from coffee stirrers. I know, as far as any historical stuff tells, it ain´t historically accurate but it was quick, cheap and serves the Purpose. 
Seige mantlets
Easy. Coffee stirrers, bit of PVA and some paint. Arrows made as described in the Bod Conversions Post.
Battering Ram and Catapult.
Both scratchbuilt. 
Build for the Catapult HERE and for the Battering Ram HERE .
The Ground work is potting compost….easy and can be recycled :-)

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Jeanne d’Arc la pucelle (Pt2)

You live and learn and when you do, you can, hopefully,  alter mistakes or small Errors.
She was the Standard bearer so her holding a Sword, while ok, still means the previous Version of the bodette isn´t as correct as she could be.

What did her banner look like?
Extract from her Trial of Condemnation, Fourth public examination, Febuary 27, 1431, at Rouen;

Question. When you were at Orleons, you had an "ensign" (Normally translated into English as Standard) What Colour was it?

Answer. I had a Standard whose field was sown with lilies. There was a figure of Christ Holding the world and on each side of him was an Angel. it was made of a White fabric called "boucassin*".
Written above, Jhesus Maria, as it seems to me, and it was fringed in silk.

*As a direct Translation ; A Course Cotton or linen Cloth stiffened with glue. Fine for bookbinding but not for a battle Standard.
In the medieval period it was called "Bokeram", "Bougran" and Boucassin"  and was used for flags, Banners,  pennons, clothing and bedding and   would just have been a fine Cotton Cloth and not stiffened.

Here´s a really good (unfortunately not updated) blog on the subject
"A Commonplace Book".

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Amazons "Daughters of Ares" set 1

"Daughters of Ares and Harmonia " to be correct.

12 poses, absolutely Zero Flash, excellent sculpts...IMHO, 10/10
I really like them and they are a welcome addition to the   Amazonian Cimmerian alliance Battlegroup.

I´ve painted them up in the same Colours as The Alliance Amazons, except I did the helmet deco in   blue not red.

The seated one and the one with the Whip? There´s a set 2 proposed so could it include a chariot?
Ranged weaponary
"Nice day for a walk? Wash day tomorrow? Nothing clean, Right?"*
Size and style wise they fit well to the Alliance Amazons

Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 2. 989 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) :
"The Amazones of the Doiatian Plain were by no means gentle. well-conducted folk ; they were brutal and aggresive, and thier main concern in life was war. War indeed, was in thier blood, daughters of Ares as they were and of the Nymphe Harmonia, who lay with the god in the depths of the Akmonion Wood and bore him Girls who fell in love with Fighting" 

The Sisterhood (minus cavalry) together

There should really be a complimentary male set. Virtually all,  Ares, Aristaeus and other Greek gods, are  shown with  thier bits on Show. Would also make a usefull set as  early Greek Warriors.

*Ok, originally it was "Nice night for a walk" and the whole thing wasn´t said by only one of the characters but it fits.."I´ll be back"

Usually, I would put up a new years post with what´s been done and what´s planned but the planning part never goes to plan. I get distracted by other Projects and/or new stuff appears on the market that needs painting ASAP, which makes a mess of any list.

Recently (HERE) I saw a WAY better method of "planning" over at Geordie´s Big Battles.

Happy new year

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Knights of the Round Table (Pt5)

The Arthurian bods haven´t been forgotten

Sir Brunor le Noir. Argent Lion rampant gules
His C-o-A is also describes as having White Background but the Lion is chequered in black and red. Not only is this very difficult to paint (as my attempt Shows) but the colours won´t show in this scale

Sir Gawain Purpure two headed eagle or

Bods and Gawain´s nag from Tumbling Dice, Brunor´s nag from Italeri.

That makes ten Round Table knights..boss and another yet to come to complete the main 12 but more are planned.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

British Infantry in Advance 1701-1714 (Strelets)

I had to get them and they were to be drafted into  Colonel Jerimiah Coleman´s Fusiliers but they are a wee bit smaller than the bods already used , ie; From Zvezda or Italeri.
Still, they are lovely sculpts and as  Bodstonia could do with some sort of foe to keep them on thier toes,  they have been re-assigned as troops from Zvezdonia, a principality on the mainland of Plastasia.

The 1st Regiment of the Zvezdonian Imperial Army
44 bods, 4 sprues of 10 inf per sprue and one command sprue with 4 bods.
Pictured are Just the marching poses. The rest will get used up on another Regiment as and when the other sets appear. 

The molded Flags I removed. Easy enough in this case with minimal Damage to the bods but, I´ve said it before, why do manufacturers even bother to add them? At least this lot don´t have a molded pattern on them but still, painting them, even flat ones without a molded pattern,  is a complete pain. Even simple patterns are difficult, as shown on the painted versions over at PSR (HERE)
Easy rules;
1. Just label the bod as a Standard bearer and give him the flag pole without any flag or just a ring Hand so a flagpole can be added.
2. Don´t drape the flag over the bod making it difficult to remove or paint.
3. Have the flag, wether flat, draped, with or without a molded design,  seperate from the bod so the flag can be easily removed by cutting the flag pole.

The designs. I went for something  with a bit of an  "Imperial" and mildly menacing look and  Fitting  to the mid 18th Cent. IMHO, two headed eagles fit the bill.
The yellow version will be the Zvezdonian Imperial flag. The green one is the regimental one  to match the Cuffs.
I know. The flags are actual ones but now they are Zvezdonian
The Cords were made with the  thread that is used to hang up the  X-Mas tree chocolate decoration Things.

The officer sprue,which includes the two Standard bearers,  had a lot of Flash and removing it was not that easy, leaving the bods with a "bitty" appearance
The Colour scheme I picked is a bit X-masy which fits to the time of year. The basing won´t stay like it is. 

Oh!..and happy X-mas :-)

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Jeanne d’Arc la pucelle

I knew I´d painted her but pics of her are hidden in the depths of the blog (or gone with the demise of TinyPic.*)  and only recently did I find her again in the depths of one of the storage boxes.
She deserves her own post so here it is.

Of Course she gets added to the Medieval Lords and Ladies list, and she brings the females represented up to a total of 4 from 124 personalities.
Shamefull state of affairs really, considering how many (in thier own right) successfull, influencial and powerfull females there were in the medieval period.

She was, even taking some of the stories with a pinch of salt, an amazing Person.
The site  Jeanne d’Arc la pucelle from which I´ve borrowed the titel for this post,  is an exceptional Collection of stuff about her. Well worth a look if not a read.

*A Problem I am slowly but surely rectifying by replacing the downed links from back up files..a laborious  Task. Some Posts will eventually be deleted due to minimal or irrelevant content, 10 or more have already gone.
Oddly, the pics still Show up on searches, just Nothing to see when linking to the blog.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

More mixed Kniggits

This lot came more or less painted but I´ve  repainted bits and pieces and based them.
A mix of C-o-A´s, some based on reality, some, as far as my Research has led me,  made up.
The ones with a base in reality.
The three black bars on yellow? Used by quite a few places and People. The town arms of Inchy-en-Artois, Puygouzon, Beutal or the Family arms of Corbel Corbeau de Vaulserre or Kielmansegg among others but the Dates aren´t certain and some appear  after  the medieval period  or later.

The black Lion on Yellow. One of the Counts of this case a son due to the cadency mark, I´ll go for Robert III  Count of Flanders as he was of Fighting age during the life of his Father Guy of Dampiere . Orginally he was Holding a lance but I swopped his arm.
I found one or two Patterns which could fit the C-o-A of the bod in the middle, ie; John Lovel, whose C-o-A appears in the Falkirk Roll.  Barry wavy, or and gules but his has eight "waves", not six as shown and starts with yellow at the top, not red. 
The one on the left of the pic is Valdemar (resin) The other 2 are metal and unknown make(s)

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Airfix Medieval Seige - Bod Conversions

Bod conversions for a Castle seige dio.
Pictured are 29 conversions, which mainly use the bods from the Airfix Robin Hood set as the base to which Scratchmade shields, weapons or Body parts from other bods in the Airfix range have been added.
Another 12, the Crews from the Catapult and Battering Ram are not included

The Bod Source material
The mixed pile of Airfix Robin Hood and Sherrif of Nottingham bods and Nags with a couple of other Airfix bods mixed in.
The  5 archer poses from both sets. My usual method of holding bods while adding paint, bottle tops with a lump of wax covering from the Babybell cheeses. Black acrylic basing brushed on.
After adding paint (they have been put in the Colours of Stephen´s younger brother, Henry of Blois) they get stuck onto 2cm diameter plastic Discs. Nags or small groups of bods generally get put onto 3.5cm Diameter ones.
From left ot Right
1. A mix of sharp sand and PVA gets added. Any blank spaces on the bods actual base gets  thinned out PVA dabbed on and then a sprinkle of sand gets added. This is then left to  dry.
2. Base painted with dark brown, left to dry.
3. Highlights with mid brown and static grass applied...again using PVA.
4. After a drying period of about 24 Hours, the new base is prised off the plastic disc. A thin blade such as a stanley knife is good for this. The new base gets stuck onto some thin card using..again, PVA.
5. Excess card trimmed off and the visible edge of the card gets painted .

Why not just leave them on the plastic Discs? I did start to do this but producing Discs for the ever expanding armies proved more time consuming than the above method.
Bowstrings are from  3" Paintbrush bristles. The "How to" is HERE.
Interesting (maybe) is that I didn´t use (european) flesh colour to paint thier skin but experimented with  a mix of Brown/Yellow/White.
Tools, Pins, sharp blade and some second glue or PVA. I´ve done a post on conversion Methods..HERE.
Using bits and pieces from other Airfix Bod sets and swopping body parts among both sets I managed to create 31 new poses. Some are simple, others required Major surgeory.
An ongoing seige needs more Missile troop poses than Hand to Hand Combat poses. As there´s only 5 Archer poses in both sets   some  conversions were needed to avoid having too many repeats. The first ten conversions. Head swops, top half/bottom half swops, arms swopped etc. The one with the red top/yellow Bottom is a conversion I made some 40 years ago.
The bottom row will end up as defenders.
The defenders are in the Colours of Geoffrey de Mandeville II, 1st Earl of Essex. I´ve already painted this particular Coat of Arms with his succesor, Geoffrey FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville, 2nd Earl of Essex.  
The arrows are made using thin steel wire and for the flights I added blobs of PVA. When dry it gets painted to represent flights

 All together, conversions and OOB, they create a decent force of Bowmen.
More ranged weapons bod conversions.
Archers, slingers and crossbowmen.
The archer drawing his bow has had an arm added from the archer bod in the  Airfix Romans set and two others have been converted to Staff slingers and armed with Fistabuli. I´ve made them before using Zvezda´s Medieval Peasant Army bods and can be seen HERE.
At the time, a common a weapon as bows but seeing as they are very fiddly and time consuming to create I´ve only made a representative 2. I could have used some from my spares box but that would be cheating.
Bits of shaved down toothpick for the tiller, Tiny Strip of Card for the staves, thin pieces of copperwire for the stirrups, thread/copperwire for the string.
The bags for the crossbowbolts (which are not visible in the pic) were made from bits of coffee stirrer, trimmed/filed to size and shape and glued on.
Bit of thin Card, make a stencil in the shape and size. This saves recreating each Shield individually.
Shield Patterns get drawn onto another bit of thin Card, ceral packet is fine for this.
Paint on the pattern and add blobs of PVA to create the bosses. Paint the back  brown. When all dry, cut out, shape by bending the Shield over a pen/pencil and attach to bod with some second glue. Paint the rim - finished.  Easy eh?

The commander (far left) and the spearman (second from Right) have had head swops using heads from the Airfix Romans set..neckand cheek guards removedThe one on the far Right has had the polearm cut down and it´s had a spear head added. Unfortunately not visible in the pic

Even More Bod Conversions
One more for the catapult.  Pole with a bit of sprue added to create a hammer to aid with releasing the trigger on the catapult.
The one running is attempting to put out a fire.  Bucket added from the Airfix Waterloo British Artillery set, bow stave removed. Hood cut down.
Bod from the Ancient britons set with a head swop
Two assault troops who are in support of the Battering ram.
The one with Sword has had it donated from the bald headed bod in the Robin Hood set arm Holding bowstave bent up
The other had his left arm repositioned, arm carrying the axe from the Bod in the Sherrif of Nottingham set who was Swinging it above his head.
Gate defenders
From left to right
Spearman created by twisting his head to the left, shortening the staff, adding a point
Swordsman. Bow removed, Right Hand removed and another Hand with Sword added from the pose 2nd from Right.
Spearman and swordman - poses unchanged.
The bod lobbing the rock was an easy conversion. Staff removed, Hands pressed between the jaws of a pair of fine toothed pliers which slightly flattened them and gave finger like indentations, then "hot water Treatment" and the arms bent upwards. I freed his left foot so as to give the Impression he´s puttting some swing into chucking the rock.
More Blois Boys and Mandevillians.
Friar tuck OOB.
Archer conversion (Top row, far left in the unpainted conversions above) Torso and leg swop, Head Twisted to the Right, Hood cut down.
Captain created by swopping Bottom half with that of one of the archers, headswop from running pose, Hood cut down
Another spearman. Head swop and staff given a point
Total number of Bods
35 Blois Boys and 17 Mandevillians, 52 in total  of which only 11 are unconverted in any shape or form.