Tuesday, 21 April 2015

French Society - highs and lows

Have added a couple of command vignettes for the French high nobility and leaders at Agincourt. Firstly the Oriflamme, the sacred banner of the French from the Abbey of St Denis, last flown in battle at Agincourt. It was carried by Guillaume de Martel, who's lead by Charles duke of Orleans, the latter taken prisoner at Agincourt and finally released in 1440. Figures are Perrys and the banner is a Mirliton casting.

The other stand represents Jean Boucicault, the Marshall of France - who was captured on the day and died as a prisoner in England a few years later. Flag is by GMB Designs.

Whilst not on the 'critical path' (for anyone working in project management) for the extras I needed for Agincourt, I have been distracted from my priorities to get a few early 15th century peasants done. All done pretty swiftly - the application of washes, with a quick highlight, has become my go-to method in order to get figures to the table in the last few weeks.

These are from the newest metal codes for the Perry AO range, which surprisingly were released a few months back, after a gap of many years for this range. Perhaps we may see some more soon? They are great figures and so I thought they can be milling-around as locals guarding the Agincourt tower/castle? The left hand figures had a plastic bow added and the right-hand one is now a master of hounds (but sure about the colour of that coat! - was trying to achieve a light madder and so may repaint one day, as per the bowman's coat?).

Sunday, 19 April 2015

English Commanders

Blog posts are now coming thick and fast ...raining down like English clothyard arrows at Agincourt!

Here are two of the English leaders of the army for the Agincourt game. It appears most likely (he says relying on my reading of Anne Curry's Agincourt book) that the English army comprised three battles on the day.

For the game we'll have three commander vignettes - King Henry is already done, so here we have Lord Camoys and Sir Thomas Erpingham. The latter would not have been in command of the whole battle/wing, as although he was very experienced his status was not sufficiently high - but the Perry figure is a lovely one (with his coat of arms cast on) and GMB also do his banner! It seemed appropriate to have him protected by some bowmen. The knight in discourse with Camoys is the beautiful brushwork of Dave Imrie.

I have some French counterparts in progress too.

Casualty Markers

Both the HYW games I've put on have come up short - of casualty markers. I keep making a resolution to paint more and I've managed to complete a few for this year's Agincourt game.

They are a mix of Old Glory and Perrys - the former are actually for the earlier HYW period (circa 1350/60s) and are fairly rough casts by today's standards, but I had started them some months ago and so they'll serve their purpose for the game. They're supplemented by some arrows from Perrys WotR box, just in case.

More pics comin' soon.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Agincourt demo - state of play

So, I'm afraid that I've neglected the blog updates with figures I've been doing for the Agincourt demo at Salute. This week I have made little progress due to later evenings at work and am now a bit behind schedule - some pieces may have to give and not make it to the table.

For the moment here are the rest of the French men at arms that were done a few weeks ago. All a mix of Perry plastics with some metals interspersed. I will try and put up a number of quick posts this week to show other stuff as it gets done. Flags are GMB attached to stiffeners made of thin foil - all rather rushed and I've not done the best job that I can in getting the colour match between the printed flags and the foil.

On the schedule are casualty markers, English and French commander stands and some local peasants.  In addition to figures, I'm adding some terrain broads, just flat grassland, to match the Keith Warren ones I have had for some years - but therein lies the challenge in achieving a match which is acceptable and right now they look noticeably different tones - so next challenge tomorrow in daylight is to try and drybrush static grasses to get a good enough colour match!

Now...back to the painting table.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

English Men at Arms for Agincourt game.

More figures now completed for the Agincourt game at Salute.

These are all the English additions I need to do – the longbows are from the previous post – and three of the men at arms bases are all new – the base on the left has been ‘liberated’ from some Burgundians I’ve already done, by just swopping the flag for one of St George, which will suffice for the day. They are a mix of Perry metals and plastics – I’ve attached arms holding bills and spears from the Wars of the Roses sprue to the Agincourt bowmen bodies, to make a few retainers in the rears ranks.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

English bows - extra bases done.

A quick diversion from painting French men at arms - I've based up the additional English bowmen for Agincourt game.

I planned to add four extra bases, but when I've based them up I appear to have created six  - but this will allow evenly sized 'wings' of longbowmen for the English set up. All are Perry plastics and are based on 50mm square bases, as per the rest of my HYW. At previous games we've used two together to create units for Impetus rules - which seems to work Ok for a display game where the minutiae of record keeping is best avoided, to enable the players to chat with visitors and have time for their own look around the show. We'll discuss with the players what we're going to do for this years game.

Now, back to those French...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

French Men at Arms for Agincourt (I)

The production process is underway, with goal to expand the French men at arms for the lance & longbow Society game at Salute. These are my ‘speed painted’ figures; although I worry that I maybe spending too long on getting them done (but it’s much too early to panic just yet). I have a schedule drafted and have to stick to it – and cross my fingers that no unplanned distractions occur along the way.

The good news is that the plastic Perry figures are primarily attired in white harness, making the figure painting process quicker. So these have been done on thinned black enamel undercoat. A heavy drybrush has then been applied of GW Runefang Steel, over which I’ve added a wash of inks – an approximate 50:50 mix of GW Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade (brown). When fully dried a much finer drybrush of GW Steel is made, just to pick out the raised edges and joints of the plate armour and any mail.

Other parts to be painted are then re-blackened and all the leather, cloth, wood and flesh areas are painted in – without any highlights, as they’ll be lost in the morass that is the French foot at Agincourt. Gilding is then picked out to create a bit of variation – on couters and poleyns, dagger and sword pommels, visors, and scabbard & belt fitments, etc. A couple of rather old Citadel waterslide transfers have been dug out and applied to the shields - all in efforts to save time. A few banners will be added by retainers, who are currently in prep stage, using some Perry metals.

Although I have a schedule I do still get tempted to convert and alter figures. So far I’ve limited this to just three figures – changing heads on metals as the new plastics have much finer definition to paint. I've also added a visor to a metal foot knight – for variation and to save time on one less face that I have to paint! All of these are relatively easy to do of course.