Friday, 21 July 2017

Wallachia - Under Vlad The Impaler 3

Wallachian Army Part 3 - The Baggage & Voynuks

At the beginning of May those of you that follow my blog would have read that I purchased an incomplete and partially painted Warhammer Historicals Wallachian Army for Vlad Tepes. I have already blogged about the army and its progress. I then had to stop working on it whilst I finished off my Early Polish army and buy the missing infantry for the Wallachians. After I completed the Poles on Monday I decided that I needed a break from them and resumed work on the Wallachians.

I purchased a lot of infantry and cavalry from Donningtons and a also took advantage of their rather interesting baggage figures and accessories. Those of you that are aware of Vlad III Dracula and his reputation will know that he gained the appellation "The Impaler".

The Donningtons castings mix in well style wise with the ERM mounted figures. So today I completed the four elements of Armoured Voynuks Irr Bd [O] that the army list has. I used a mix of OF23a and OF32a for the Voynuks and I purchased more OF23a as Baggage Guards.

The Voynuks painted up really well and the castings required minimal cleaning up, mainly a little light flash on the halberd blades and around the sword scabbard. I found a few pictures of Wallachian heraldry to work from and will use these for all of the figures that carry shields.

Donningtons OF23a and OF32a Armoured Voynuks 

Next up are the baggage elements and their guards.
I used Donningtons codes OF23a Voynuks as guards, DD34 Pile of stripped bodies, DD36 Impaled Man, DD41 Tower of Skulls, CB30 Prisoners Barbarians and CB31 Prisoners Medieval for the baggage elements. Because a human body when it is dead loses heat very quickly it ceases to look pink like very quickly. It goes a greyish colour and the surface of the skin started to take on a mottled bluish purple colour quite soon after death. I wanted the baggage elements to be as gruesome as possible and am very pleased with how the baggage has turned out. All of the castings were quite clean and required minimal preparation. I hope that it scares the Ottomans when I play against them!
Donningtons OF23a Armoured Voynuk with DD36 Impaled Man

Donningtons OF23a Armoured Voynuks with - DD34 Pile of Stripped Bodies, CB30 & CB31 Mixed Prisoners or DD41 Tower of Skulls.

Little Ancient Greek Painting Commission

A Surprise Commission From A Clubmate

After Attack last weekend my clubmate who also attended complained that he had lost two Greek Ps elements to damage and wanted to replace them. I had a quick look through my spares box for Book 2 figures and found 10 Naismith Greek Javelinmen. I had intended to paint them to sell on EBay one day but other items from Project Lead Mountain are in front of the queue. I completed my Early Polish army on Monday so after talking to him about what he wanted them to look like we agreed a price and I painted them up over Tuesday and Wednesday. I don't mind small commissions like this as they help friends out and clear out things I know I will never use. Naismith used to be owned by Navwar but were sold on in 2015. The Roundway website is a bit better than the Navwar one which is just a web presence to show the company exists and doesn't even have a on line purchase facility. The figures are true 15mm scale but given that these are light infantry they would not be huge warriors but much more nimble types anyway.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Attack 2017 Devizes

DBM 500 AP Doubles at Attack 2017

I came 7th out of 12 entries

I used the Welsh List Book 3 No 19 DBMM v2 Army List
C1 29 E/26.5 EE/9 D [25% = 7 EE] CinC
C2 29 E/26.5 EE/9 D [25% = 7 EE] Sub
C3 22 E/20 EE/7 D [25% = 5 EE] Ally
C4 22 E/20 EE/7 D [25% = 5 EE] Ally
Army 102 E/93 EE/46.5 B

Game 1 v Welsh [Jer and Richard] 5-5 draw [they came 3rd] A long hard fought game where my South Welsh with two South Welsh internal allies and lots of Ostmen fought another South Welsh army with Manx Viking ally. – some confusion over the march move rule that persisted through all four of my games meant we ended up in a solid slogging match.
C1 27 E/25 EE/8.5 D [25% = 6.5 EE] CinC
C2 34 E/30.5 EE/10.5 D [25% = 8 EE] Sub
C3 20 E/16 EE/ 5.5 D [25% = 4 EE] Ally
C4 19 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] Sub
Army 100 E/95 EE/47.5 B

Game 2 v Ottomans [Dave Madigan] 5-5 Draw [he came 2nd]. Another 5-5 draw where neither side could gain any advantage. The Irr Bw S Welsh archers of the MM2 list supported by the Ostmen meant that if neither side could get the perfect match up. One of my internal allies was unreliable and just sat there watching the Ottomans which decided to sit out of range of their front whilst they tried to take apart my wings. Dave tried a flank march which never arrived until it was far too late to influence the game.
C1 24 E/21 EE/7 D [25% = 5.5 EE] CinC
C2 20 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] Sub
C3 21 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] Sub
C4 7 E/7 EE/3 D [25% = 3 EE] Ally
Army 72 E/65 Ee/32.5 B

Game 3 v Burgundians [Derek & Stuart] 4-6 loss [they came 9th] the confusion over how the march move rule worked meant my flank command of infantry was delayed by three Reg LH I when they should have been quickly pushed back to the table edge then eventually fled off. This allowed the Burgundians to close into my other large flank command and eventually break it. I tried a flank march which failed to arrive. I eventually rolled a 6 with this command 4 rolls after the game had finished!
C1 19 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] CinC
C2 19 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] Sub
C3 19 E/18.5 EE/6.5 D [25% = 5 EE] Sub
C4 10 E/10 EE/4 D [25% = 2.5 EE] Ally
Army 67 E/65.5 EE/33 B

Game 4 v Anglo-Norman [John and Andy] 4-6 loss [they came 5th]. This was their second game against the Welsh. They flank marched with William of Ypres’s command [C4] which took ages to arrive. I anticipated a flank march and deployed accordingly I only ended up having four elements fled from that table edge and these ended up in positioned where I wanted them to flee to. His dismounted knights being Irr Bd S were virtually impossible to kill and the game developed into a slogging match. When time was called I had lost my C2 command with little damage done to their commands.
C1 26 E/24 EE/8 D [25% = 6 EE] CinC
C2 26 E 24 EE/8 D [25% = 6 EE] Sub
C3 26 E/22 EE/7.5 D [25% = 5.5 EE] Sub
C4 16 E/16 EE/6 D [25% = 4 EE] Sub
Army 84 E/86 EE/43 B

Each round was a hard fought game because the MM2 list has made the Welsh very hard to beat frontally. I realised that given the standard of players on the tournament circuit we normally get that it’s an army that will be hard to win with unless you get lucky with the right enemy army in the draw and that its difficult to also beat by most enemies. I am pleased that I held the 2nd and 3rd placed players to a draw as this would not have happened four years ago.

I gather that due to there being two similar South Welsh armies in the tournament the five other teams that ended up playing against the Welsh didn’t appreciate the experience too much. [One team ended up playing against both Welsh armies!]

Some pictures from during the weekend.
During Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Unfortunately I was so engrossed in my last game I forgot to take any pictures.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Early and Later Polish - Part 9

Feudal and Medieval Polish - Part 9

The last part of the Early Polish army is now complete.

When I blogged part 1 back in April 2017 I didnt think I would have managed to get so far so quickly. I decided that I would only build two Early Polish armies rather than three because I reasoned that the changeover from 10th C cavalry to very Early 13th C Fast Knights would not have been overnight so the figures would do for both options. The changeover in the DBx list in 1242 AD to Ordinary Knights seems the most logical time to change figures sculpts.

Having completed all of the Polish mounted troops left me with just three elements of Irr Cv O Russian Cavalry. I had some Minifigs ZC326 castings for these so these were the last mounted troops left to complete the army. I discarded the Minifigs horses and replaced them with a mixture of Donningtons HH01-03 mounts and put the Minifigs into the spare mounts box.

Russian 13th C Cavalry

This left me with the optional dismounted generals elements. Normally Polish generals didn't fight dismounted but there comes a time is some games where this is allowed and therefore an option. This meant I needed to create some elements for this army from scratch using what ever suitable figures I had to hand. The 9th C generals are a mix of Minifigs and Irregular castings whilst the 13th C generals are a mix of Essex Castings with left over Legio Heroica Muslim Spearmen as standard bearers.

Polish 9th C Dismounted Generals

Polish 13th C Dismounted Generals

I still have 160 13th C Polish Spearmen to paint up to give me the final part of the army but for now the other Spearmen will fill in until they are done.