Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Medieval Scandinavian Army

I thought it was about time to get a new army update. I love seeing miniatures all together and it gives me a easy way of knowing exactly what I can muster and maybe give me some ideas of what Im lacking and should add later.

And with relatively good light this day Im happy with the pictures.

Beridna skyttar - Medium cavalry with crossbows
Armborst skyttar, medium crossbowmen
Ebbe Sunesen Hvide - Commander
Tiny unit of  skirmishers with bows. And a lesser commander somewhat behind them.

Ryttare - Medium cavalry
Bågskyttar - Light infantry archers
Ledung - Medium infantry with mixed bows 
Riddare och Svennar - Knights and Serjants, Heavy Cavalry

Ledung - Medium infantry with mixed bows  
Ledung - Medium infantry with mixed bows  
Ledung - Medium infantry with mixed bows 

And lastly a picture of my whole collection at the moment.

So where do I go from here?
If you have any wishes please tell.

Im thinking about adding a unit of dismounted knights, maybe some other kind of heavy infantry. And some mercenaries in the form of German Knights or infantry. I might need some more types of light infantry or skirmishers.
Oh and I might need some more commanders.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Beridna skyttar

Why not combine horses and crossbows...

The miniatures are from Fireforge Games.

I used some of arms from their infantry kit to get a lighter appearance, I didn´t want a unit with the level of protection as a heavy knight unit. I didn´t have enough arms to equipment to arm them all like that unfortunately.
And I tossed in some round shields. You cant have enough round shields in a Scandinavian project...

As two of them are single based they can also be used in Lion Rampant without a problem besides Hail Caesar that is my main idea for this unit. In HC I mean to use them as medium cavalry with crossbows.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Call out the leþunger

This is my by far greatest batch paint...
So now you know why its been relatively quite in this blog. Besides other things outside hobby time this batch painting have taken up my time.
Its not the must fun way to paint miniatures by batchpainting them but as you see it gives results in numbers....
But from now I think I will try to keep the numbers down a little.

It all started when I started converting some Fireforge miniatures and mixing in Gripping Beast Hirdmen and Dark age warrior bits and miniatures. After that I wanted to include archers to get a mixed unit and so I started looking for archer miniatures or spare bows to include, and to even further get a mixed feeling with the unit I ordered some infantry from Curteys miniatures.
I needed some archers from them but thought I could include some command miniatures to.
And to sum it all up, by the time I had gotten the right mixtures of bowmen, command miniatures and miniatures dedicated to close combat their numbers had swollen...

So this is what I ended up with.
I plan to use these in Hail Caesar as three units of Ledung mixed rank medium infantry.

Modelwise Im really happy with the overall feel of the unit. The units have Fireforge Miniatures as a base but with heavy influence from Gripping Beast Hirdmen box and some of their Dark age warriors. All the leadminiatures, archers and command are from Curteys miniatures. I have included some old Brettonian plastic archers with head or arm swaps. And together with some archer arms from Perrys Wotr infantry kit I have a unit of all kinds of mixed bows. Those old Brettonian bows are really huge in comparison with some of the other bows but I think this only adds to the overall effect of the unit, and I am glad I can pay homage to those old sculpts by including them with my new miniatures.

These units include greater number of single based miniatures then I would normally do when Im doing whole units at the time. This is to get more miniatures suited for Lion Rampant or other skirmish games.

 The whole Ledung battle line.

Paintingwise it was some hard choices. I wanted to have a rather generic looking bunch of miniatures so they could be used in as much factions I could. So I didn´t want paint them all in the colours of a decided noblemen or nation.
The dresses are kept simple and more colours are used on some of the shields.

By trying to keep the shieldpatterns rather generic maybe I can use these for about anything, even things outside my project theater. Maybe use them as Scotsmen fighting some English, maybe Frenchies (at least from Normandie...) or Germanic mediaeval troops.

And same thoughts about the banners, generic colours that could be used for anything.

Im not totally happy with the shield patterns but I think they work. Some of the patterns or shield designs looks a little wrong but I have no plan to redoing them at the moment.

Thanks Michael for those extra Perry bowmen arms.