Monday, 25 August 2014

(Flogging) A dead Horse

Recently a question turned up...someone was looking for 20mm dead nags. There are a few sets with one or two dead nags in them and Ykreol make sets, covering all eras  of dead and dying bods and nags but it´s easy enough to create dead nags using spares.

First select the nag...a running one is better than a stationary or Walking pose. Remove the base.
I´m also going to add a couple of dead bods.
Slice off the bumps (rump and shoulder) on the underside (the side it will end up lying on) of the nag.
This enables it to lay flat. You could make some thick basing and press it into that but I´ve found the head and neck end up "unaturally" embedded in the surface, almost as if the horse was made of lead and fell onto some sandy earth.
Put into boiling water for a minute or two to soften   the plastic before twisting and turning the legs and arms etc. The new Position has to be Held until the plastic cools. If it isn´t,  the old Position (or very near to it) will be taken up again. The reason? Plastic has a "Memory" Heating plastic up makes it maleable but the "Memory" isn´t taken away. Parts altered by heating up the plastic can be returned to their original (or very near) simply by putting the bod into hot water again.

The raised hand of the Knight was holding a sword but this has been removed and a glove effect made by squeezing the empty hand  with fine toothed pliers. One Thing...don´t Forget to add a stirrup to the "topside" of the  fallen nag.
They now get painted. The base gets a thin smear of woodglue/fine sand mix and the bods and nags get pressed onto the mix. Any small gaps between the nag/bods and the "ground" can be filled with small amounts of PVA-Sand mix or camouflaged with static grass. Let dry,  paint and decorate.
 
The stirrup is made from a thin Piece of paper

Monday, 18 August 2014

Orc females

Introducing Marga and Morgu, the two winners of "most lovely orcette of the year" 1067 and 1068 respectively. Marga´s Body is from the Linear -b Roman Port set and Morgu´s from the Roman Tavern set. Heads from Caeser´s Orc Warriors set.
"so I told him I did..."
Hello Georgeous!!!!!

Monday, 11 August 2014

I´m Spartacus!!!

No..HE´S Spartacus!!
Top half from the Linear-b Spartacus uprising set, his legs donated from the "my Barrel!" bod below. The nag is from one of the Roman strelets cavalry sets.

and a couple of other conversions......
The top half of the "my Barrel!" bod is from Strelet´s  Crusader Transport 2 set, his legs from the Medieval Levy 1 set. The Monk´s top half is from the Crusader Transport set 1 and his legs from Linear-b  Roman Market set
This couple are from the Linear-b Roman market set. The woman and her child always looked lonely so the potter has stopped selling pots for a while to proudly present his new child
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Roman Port 2 - Linear-b

The second set of Romans at the Harbour, but the bods can be easily used elsewhere.
15 bods in all, 8 of which are in pairs, meaning 11 pieces. Virtually no Flash, excellent Detail...all in all, a very nice set.
The whole set together.
Roman soldiers on leave.
Couple looking out to sea.
Poor workers being watched by the foreman
 
 
 
Some dancing Girls. What they might be doing at the Harbour I can´t imagine...but who cares..they are nice additions.

...the faces are pretty good as well .
With These it brings the numbers for my town up to 160 plus, 132 of which are obviously male with only 28 obviously female bods and 6 children. A set or two of Roman women and accompanying children would be very usefull to Balance things out.

Friday, 18 July 2014

El Cid Moors - conversions

Mixing and matching again
Top halves from the  HaT El Cid Almoravid Infantry, bottom halves from the Airfix Arabs (Bedouins).  I reckon I could get another 4 kneeling archers / Crossbows using bods from the HaT  El Cid Andalusian Infantry set and a dozen or so kneeling spearmen etc from both sets.
With thier mates.
Musician conversions from the HaT El Cid Moorish Command set. Easy conversion, top and bottom halves swopped .

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Moor Camel Cavalry

Mainly because it´s assumed they didn´t use camels in combat unless it was forced upon them, there aren´t many Medieval era Arabian / Moorish camel bods in 1/72nd..but I like the idea and they could be employed as a mobile archers unit, some needed creating.

The first 5 of 8.
The top halves come from the HaT El Cid Almoravid Infantry set , the bottom halves from the Airfix  Arabs (Bedouins) set.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Battle of Bannockburn - Day 2

Under nightfall the English forces have crossed the  Bannock Burn and taken up  position on the plain beyond it.
The scottish army advances into Position. The Abbott of Inchaffray again passes among the Scots soldiery, blessing them.    The Abbott has brought relics of St Fillan and Abbott Bernard of Arbroath has brought the reliquary casket of St Columba to encourage the superstitious soldiery. 

Seeing Scots knelt in prayer , Edward asks  de Unfraville wether they are craving his forgiveness for opposing him.  De Unfraville answers that they are craving divine forgiveness. 

To the astonishment of the English, the Scots army then begins to advance towards them.    
 
Edward says to de UmfravilleWill these Scotsmen fight?”  de Umfraville replies “These men will gain all or die in the trying.”  Edward says “So be it” and signals for the trumpets to sound the charge.
As the english cavalry attack, the Welsh and english archers, (on the extreme right flank)  open fire, which causes a pause in the Scottish advance but  Keith’s force of light horsemen disperses them.
Again, Gloucester leads the cavalry charge but few follow and  when he reaches the Scottish lines he is quickly surrounded and killed.
The English knights hurl themselves onto the Scottish spear line with a terrible crash.  Along with Gloucester, many   English knights are killed in the impact: among them Sir Edmund de Mauley, Sir John Comyn, Sir Pain de Tiptoft, Sir Robert de Clifford.
Supporting the   schiltrons,  Scottish archers pour volleys of arrows into the struggling English cavalry line as it´s slowly ground down and pushed back.
The flight of the english army begins. The Scots spearmen press forward against the increasingly exhausted and hemmed in English army. The cry goes up “On them. On them. They fail. They fail.”
The final blow! The ‘Small Folk’ attack. The English army begins to fall back to the Bannockburn with ever increasing speed and confusion and foot soldiers and horsemen attempt to force their way across the stream.  High banks impede the crossing and many are drowned in the confusion.  Many escape across into an area of tidal bog where they fall prey to their exhaustion, heavy equipment and the knives of the Small Folk.
The Earl of Pembroke seizes King Edward’s bridle and leads him away from the battle field surrounded by the Royal retainers and accompanied by Sir Giles de Argentan.  Once the King is safe de Argentan returns to the battle and, throwing himself against the scottish spears,  is killed.
The defeat is complete. The english army is broken and retreats.
It leaves behind several hundred dead and captured Knights and men at arms. The numbers of the lowly foot soldiers killed numbers as many as 11,000.

Edward is taken to the gates of Stirling Castle.  Here de Mowbray urges the King not to take refuge in the castle as he would inevitably be taken prisoner when the castle is forced to surrender to the Scots.  Edward takes this advice and with his retinue skirts around the battlefield and rides for Linlithgow.  He then rides to Dunbar and takes a boat to Berwick.

A group of nobles, the Earl of Hereford, Robert de Umfraville Earl of Angus, Sir Ingram de Unfraville and others flee to Bothwell Castle where they are taken and handed to the Scots by the Castle Constable Sir Walter FitzGilbert.

The Earl of Pembroke leads his Welsh archers away from the battle field and after a tortuous and hazardous march brings them back to Wales.



Monday, 23 June 2014

Battle of Bannockburn - Day 1

Day break on Sunday 23rd June 1314.  Roberts army forms up to meet the English. Maurice the aged blind Abbott of Inchaffray celebrates mass for the army after which Robert de Bruce addresses his soldiers, informing them that anyone who does not have the stomach for a fight should leave.  A great cry re-assures him that they are ready.  The camp followers, known as the ‘Small Folk’, are sent off to wait at the rear of the field on  St Gillies’ Hill.  The Schiltrons are formed for battle fronting the fords over the Bannockburn that the English must cross.
The English advance continues and  moves out of the Torwood with the advance guard under the command of the Earls of Hereford and Gloucester,  riding to cross the Bannockburn and attack the Scots   beyond.
 
300 horsemen under Sir Robert Clifford and Henry de Beaumont ride towards  Stirling Castle  to re-enforce the garrison. Randolph rushes his foot soldiers down  the path to block the route of Clifford’s and de Beaumont’s force.  A savage fight take place with the English horsemen unable to penetrate the spear line of Randolph’s hastily formed schiltron.  The Scots are hard pressed and Douglas moves his men forward to give help but sees that the English are giving way.  The English cavalry breaks  in two with half riding for the castle and the remainder returning to the main army. 
 
Meanwhile, the main Body of the english army continues it´s  advance. With some suprise, as they expected them to just melt away in the face of such an army,  they see the Scottish army formed up and waiting.
Two divisions of the english cavalry, led by Hereford and Gloucester start the attack. Hereford’s nephew,  Sir Henry de Bohun gallops  ahead to challenge the Scots King to single combat. 
Robert de Bruce rides forward to meet de Bohun. .De Bohun rides at de Bruce with lance couched. De Bruce evades de Bohun’s lance point and as de Bohun thunders past him, he strikes  him a deadly blow on the head with his axe.  De Bohun falls dead.
Following their king’s triumph the Scots infantry rushes on the English army now struggling to clear the Bannockburn at a narrow crossing point which  has forced the mass of horsemen to pack into a narrow column. A terrible slaughter ensues, the English knights impeded by  shallow pits concealed with branches.  Among the extensive English casualties,  the Earl of Gloucester is wounded and unhorsed, only being rescued from death or capture by his retainers.
What part of the English army that has  come through the ford  now re-crosses the Bannockburn and the Scots infantry returns to their positions in the forests of the New Park.  The English army has been convincingly repelled.
In the English camp on the far side of the Bannockburn the infantry is more than discouraged.  Word now spreads  that the war is unrighteous and this had been the cause of the day’s defeat.  God was against the English army.  Order breaks down and the horde of foot soldiers ransacks the supply wagons and drinks through the night.  Heralds declare the victory as certain in the morning but few are convinced.
Sir Alexander Seton, fighting in the service of Edward II now deserts the English camp.
Meanwhile De Bruce  puts two proposals to his commanders.  Firstly, that the Scots army  withdraw from the field, leaving the English army to attempt a re-conquest of Scotland until a lack of supplies forces it to withdraw south of the border.  Or, secondly that they   renew the battle the next day.  Bruce’s commanders urge a resumption of the battle.
Sir Alexander Seton arrives from the English camp, and advises de Bruce that morale is low in the English army.  Seton says “Sir, if you wish to take all of Scotland, now is the time.  Edward’s army is grievously discouraged.  You may beat them on the morrow with little loss and great glory.”

The decision is made...battle will be given. So Ends day one.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Battle of Bannockburn - Prelude

Edward Bruce has had Stirling Castle cut off since the middle of febuary 1314*,  and Sir Philip Mowbray, defending the Castle  has made  a bargain: that he would surrender the castle, if it were not relieved by 24 June 1314.
King Edward sends out a call to arms. Villages and....
... towns across the land and from far flung lands ..
...send men and arms to join the greatest Feudal  army ever assembled on English soil.  On 17th June 1314, the army left Wark on Tweed on an 86 mile forced march to Relieve the siege.   
Priests encourage the troops along the way.......
...and the women  look on, wondering if they will see thier menfolk again.


* A rough estimate as to the exact date that Stirling Castle was besieged. All that I can find of any date is that the seige started is during the period of Lent, approximately six weeks before Easter Day and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10, so the middle of Febuary it is.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Last of the Gillies -Bannockburn

The last and final stand of the wee folk is finished!!!! The Flag is that of the Clan Donnachaidh (later clan Robertson) There´s Claim and Counter Claim that they weren´t at bannockburn, but I like the flag and with no definate "they weren´t there" I´ll include them.
Getting hold of bods to fill the ranks using only strelets medieval bods was proving near impossible and some of their Type 1 Dacian Light Infantry had to be drafted in.
The entire force, 40 bods in total representing 2000 "wee Folk"