Saturday, 21 February 2015

First plastics for Salute game

I've started work bulking out both armies for the Agincourt demo game at Salute in April. These have been painted using ink washes and highlights restricted to some areas only, and no bowstrings added, to 
help speed things up. All the basing will be done as a single task once the figure painting is all done.

These are all Perry plastics from the new Agincourt English box – although the men at arms will be used as French, alongside a few metal colleagues and retainers. I particularly like the plastic men at arms – very well defined mouldings, with minimal cleaning up required and which are easy to paint. They take ink washes well over a silver base coat, followed by a  silver drybrush; before the leather, cloth and any gilding details are picked out. A few longbowmen have had pairs of arms attached from the WotR box, to produce differing poses, which seem to work OK, despite the bows being a tad shorter. 

You need to take immense care however when removing some of the arms and weapons from the sprue – even with a new scalpel I have had polearm shafts snap. Whilst those exquisitely made visors are also a challenge to clean up and attach, after you’ve dropped them on the floor and spent time finding the little b*ggers again! Useful to add spare visors to some of the metal figures though, to produce a bit more variety.

Plenty more to be done – this month I will largely be painting French men at arms….

Monday, 2 February 2015

Agincourt at Salute 2015

Just a quick update. The good news is that the Lance and longbow Society have had a table confirmed for Salute 2015 to put on a demo game for Agincourt.

I've been sorting out what needs to be done in the next 12 weeks, to ensure that the armies are adequately represented to put on a decent looking game for those attending - both players and visitors.

The 'essentials' list currently shapes up as this:
- Casualty Markers - mainly for the French(!) - starting with this chap above who I painted up over Christmas.
- French dismounted knights and men at arms - hopefully using a mix of Perry metals and plastics.
- English bowmen - to ensure there are goodly numbers of the 'battle winning weapon', although not to the apparent ratio of 5:1 in the actual army.
- Commander vignettes and banners - to represent the main leaders on the day.
- Terrain - a couple more boards to be done.

To meet the schedule some of the painting may be completed 'at speed', but better to ensure the figures are on the table. I have some other possibles too, should time allow.

More to come as I make some progress...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas - hiatus is over.

Oops, I’d not realised that it has been over five months since the last update on this blog. 

My apologies for the ‘radio silence’ but the reality is that I have made no material additions to my HYW – focussing instead on my Burgundians and some extra units for my AWI collection. However the good news is that 2015 will see the resurrection of the blog, as I have some expansion plans. These are primarily inspired by the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt and the related Perry Miniatures plastic and metal additions to their AO range. I’m hoping to use my figures and terrain for an Agincourt demo game on behalf of The Lance and longbow society at Salute next year – Agincourt being the theme for the 2015 event. However I understand that the Society are still awaiting confirmation of the game from the South London Warlords – so if any blog readers can kindly give them a gentle nudge that would be appreciated!

The picture at the top is one taken by Alan Perry, with some of the bowmen from the new plastic Agincourt English, which I’m sure everyone’s now aware of. I was lucky enough to be given a test sprue. I now have the plastics box and am very impressed by the men at arms in full ‘white’ harness. The sculpting is fantastic of course, but I think Renerda have surpassed their previous craftsmanship – there is hardly any loss of definition along the sides of the armour plates, the visors are wonderfully detailed and the figures have been aligned so that mould lines largely follow joints in the armour plates and only helmets need a small amount of smoothing before paint is applied. The flag sheet by Alan is also very informative on the styles of armour over the circa 1415 to 1430 period that these figures cover.

For Agincourt I will need to add some casualties, vignettes, flags and banners of some leaders (as I have largely focussed on the 1420s so far) and some French mounted knights. For the casualties I have found some half completed ones from Old Glory I have – not the best of sculpts, but there is a lovely fallen horse and rider. Although the horses head is noticeably too small, I’ve replaced the body of the knight that’s provided as a two piece model with a cut down plastic Perry one, which is a big improvement. Just need to decide on the heraldry for the caparison on the horse.

More anon  in 2015 – in the meantime have a wonderful festive break and hope Santa brings you some hobby related gifts…assuming you’ve been good all year of course!!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Medieval Hounds castings

The information on these models is on my other blog - - so forgive me for those who follow both, but I have commissioned some sculpts for medieval hounds, as none were currently available.

Typically termed aluants, they were greyhound-like hunting dogs and are regularly shown in medieval illustrations and tapestries. Steve May has done the wonderful sculpting and Griffin Moulds have converted them into some crisp castings. If anyone's interested, I have a modest stock that can be purchased as a set of the four poses. See the 'Je Lay Emprins' blog for details.

Also of interest is Perry Miniatures announced venture into plastic HYW figures - a box of English and French figures seems to be planned and Alan has shown some of the greens that he's working on. This will definitely re-generate my own project and extend the collection. I will be adding more French mounted figures for an Agincourt game soon. And I'm now thinking on what other theatres in the 1410-1430 period, these forthcoming figures could be used for...hmm.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Masters In Miniature - a new chapter.

As you may have seen, Atlantic Publishing are releasing a new book at Salute in two weeks. It comprises of hundreds of photos of the Perry's figure ranges. Alan and Michael have staged and taken all the photos, which are beautifully done. My modest contribution has been to lend them my HYW collection, which forms the bulk of the 'Agincourt to Orleans 1415 to 1429' part of the book. One of these pictures has made it as the cover of 'Miniature Wargames' magazine for April.

I've seen all the photos  taken for this chapter (nearly 18 months ago). The are all very impressive and it's interesting to see your own figures in picture compositions that you've not thought about before - throws a new perspective on your collection. Alan's added some arrows in-flight to some pictures, using Photoshop, which creates some contemporary feel to the battle scenes.

Pictures from the other ranges that I've has a sneak peak of are really excellent too - it's the kind of book that you'll keep returning to for reference and inspiration. So I know what's on the top of my shopping list for Salute!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Old Burgundian Army (& Swiss) ON SALE

I'm planning to sell my OLD collection of Charles the Bold's wargames army, plus the smaller units of Swiss that I did in the late 1990s. These are comprised of the great and very varied 25mm Citadel (now Wargames Foundry) range that the Perrys sculpted. The sale is to fund other historically-based hobbies and I've got to a tipping point with my more recent Burgundians and Swiss collections.

They're planned to go on ebay at the weekend. A couple of pics to whet any appetites (I have taken more pictures for the ebay sale - I'm yet to photograph the Swiss.). Below is the draft entry for the sale. Should anyone here be interested, then I'd be happy to discuss further. My email for this is  I've added new flags to all the men at arms.
Note that these figures need to be collected/handed over - they will not stand a postal journey!

A complete 28mm army of Charles the Bold’s Burgundian Ordonnance, for his battles and campaigns from 1465 to 1477.

All figures have been painted by me and collected over a number of years. Elements of this army have featured in photographs in ‘Wargames Illustrated ‘ magazine.  Figures are from Wargames Foundry/Citadel and designed by Alan and Michael Perry. They are painted and based to a high collectors standard and mounted on plasticard or plywood. Flags are a mix of printed or hand painted.

This is a unique collection, which is being sold to fund other historical-related interests. The opening bid price represents an average cost of less than £3.00 per figure and less than £5.00 per mounted figure.

The army comprises of:
2 command bases, representing the Duke of Burgundy and Antony Bastard of Burgundy, with mounted men at arms (total of 8 mounted and 2 foot figures)
12 bases of mounted Men at Arms/Gendarmes (total of 70 riders & horses)
8 bases of pikemen, comprising 2 units (total 72 figures)
6 bases of longbowmen (total 64 figures)
2 bases of handgunners (total 11 figures)
3 bases of crossbowmen (total 30 figures)
4 bases of halbardiers (total 24 figures)
1 base of dismounted men at arms (total 11 figures)
6 bases of wheeled artillery with crew
2 bases of siege bombards with crew - plus 2 swinging mantlets and 600mm of wooden siege defenses.
3 vignettes.

Total of 78 mounted figures and 212 on foot (exc artillery crews).

All bases are 100mm wide, with varying depths dependent on the types of figures. This is ideal for rules such as ‘Impetus’, but they could easily be rebased for other rulesets.

This collection is not going to withstand the vagaries of the postal system and would most likely suffer damage. Therefore the agreed sale is on the basis that THE BUYER COLLECTS (from NN7 in UK) or I will travel up to 50 miles from NN7 to meet and hand-over the figures at a mutually convenient date. Consequently I regret that I cannot offer this sale to non-UK buyers.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cravant game at Vapnartak.

Belatedly here are some pictures of the Cravant game,  put on with fellow members of the Lance and Longbow Society at Vapnartak show, a couple of weekends ago now. My thanks to Darrell Hindley for sending me some of his pictures, which are great and prompted me to do this post. - his own excellent blogs are here and here.

This was a re-run of the Salute game, with the same set-up on a slightly narrower table; albeit that we started with Lord Willoughby's battle crossing the bridge to speed up the fighting. The forces were divided into three players for the Anglo-Burgundians and four playing the Franco-Scots (we simply divided the largest Scots pike contingent into two units for the purposes of the game). This time however we managed to fight the battle to a conclusion.

The Bugundian centre and the earl of Salisbury's contingents duly crossed the river, under cover of their longbows, whilst the Scots approached in an attempt to prevent the crossing. The French left wheeled to aligned themselves to fight Willoughby. In the ensuing contest the Burgundians fought valiantly, but were eventually routed. However by then both of the Scots pike had taken heavy casualties and Willoughby was on the verge of finishing off the last French contingent, who were effectively surrounded. Therefore a hard-won English victory, as per 1424.

The field was left for the heralds to identify the dead - which reminded me yet again that I need to create some more casualty markers!

Many thanks to everyone who played the game - an extremely enjoyable and rare opportunity to game for me - and Steve Ayer's helpful guidance through the Impetus rules provided us with a playable game, whilst allowing us to natter to the show's visitors and part with our funds at selected traders. Thanks to Dave and Lynn of Dave Lanchester Books for their local hospitality too. Thanks for all the kind comments from those who I spoke to - many of you were aware of the blog I know.

Now, can I bring myself to paint up a heap of extra mounted figures, so that Agincourt, Bauge and Patay could be refought? Hmm...