Sunday, 3 May 2015

German knights

Ever since Fireforge Games released those plastic Teutonic knights I knew I wanted to have a unit with those over the top helmets...

And here we are now.

The plan was to use them as Mercenary German knights in my Medieval Scandinavian project. It seems that during all of middle ages German mercenaries where deployed by at least Danish and Swedish interests for bolstering their own ranks or added needed troops types not found in the army. The German mercenaries would be continued to be used far after the middle ages for that matter but thats another story.

I wanted to go all out with the miniatures so I added the nicest helmets I could find and painted them in colours and heraldry that I liked. I think that the colour combinations or heraldry are really to "modern" for my other miniatures in this project but when I had the chance I really thought I should go all out, history be damned...

These were a real joy to build and lots of fun to paint. It was nice to add those extra details that I normally wont do when I paint units as I wanted to have these to really "pop" on the gaming table. I could have added some more highlights, particularity on the yellow parts but I wanted to have these finished so I didn´t have patience to add that.
They have taken many late nights to finish and I really like the end result.

These are the first six miniatures on a planned unit of twelve. The other six are built and primed but I havn´t started paint on those so it will take some time before they are ready.
On their own these six can be used as a small unit of Knights in Hail Caesar or a unit of Knights in Lions Rampant.

The blue and white knight here is more interesting then first glance gives. From one side he looks almost totally white and from the other almost totally blue. The effect is unfortunately somewhat hidden as he got double based with another knight.  

The banner is printed on regular paper and then glued on with wood glue and bend around a brush handle for a smooth bended "flowing in the wind" kind of look.
The banner and many like it can be found at Michas blog:

Now look at that shiny metallic "non-metal metal" two-handed sword...

 Red, white and yellow, that's a colour combination that really screams German to my eyes...

So there you have a start of a small unit of German mercenary knights or maybe even a start of an Holy Roman Empire army... Only time will tell.