Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Condotta Knights For A Club Demonstration Game

Essex Warriors 2019 Open Day DBM Demonstration Game

I have been asked to put on a DBM demonstration game at the club open day in September. I have plenty of army choices and managed to find a fellow club member to take part on the opposing side. He wanted to use his Florentine Army so naturally I will be fielding my Milanese Army against him. I tend to had a lot of generic figures that end up being used in lots of different armies. As part of my Project Lead Mountain I am painting up the unpainted metal I have had for far too long to get rid of it into my collection or to sell on. I had 30 knights from Naismith/Roundway which I had based up as Knight Wedges a couple of years ago. I have never used them and they sat in my storage box alongside other knight wedges. I tried to sell the wedges on Ebay for the last few weeks but there was no interest. I have put a picture of the wedges at the bottom.

I decided since I am putting on the demonstration game I would break up the wedges and turn them into conventional knight elements and at the same time flag them up to represent troops aligned to Milan.

The knights came in two poses, 15 on armoured horses and 15 on unarmoured horses so I made two groups of five elements of knights. I intend to sell them on after the demonstration game.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

15mm Military Orders Knights Hospitallars Commission - Part 1

Military Orders For Richard the Lionheart - Part 1

At the club some players are time poor and ask me to paint up bits and pieces as commissions once in a while. One of the members is now building a Later Crusader Army for Richard the 1st and wanted some military order troops. He told me they are Legio Heroica castings codes CRU 6, 7 & 9.

The 18 castings were very clean but needed assembly which is my pet hate! Horses, riders,shields and lances where carried all make for a time sink. I was also asked to give them pennons, flags and decorated shields which meant I need to create new flag sheets for this period. There is only one set of command figures so I rooted through Project Lead Mountain and found three more castings from Essex that are ideal for a second generals element which I have offered on a first refusal basis. These will be on the next blog entry - probably?

I painted all the horses first then did the nine Hospitallars riders which is what this blog entry will show. He wants the figures unbased so he can match them to the rest of his army.

Friday, 12 July 2019

15mm Greek Cavalry Commission

15mm Greek Cavalry Commission

As part of an ongoing project one of my club mates is building an Athenian Later Hoplite Greek Army, specifically the one commanded by Iphikrates between 374 BC and 353 BC.

Part of the army commission meant I was asked to paint up sixteen Xyston Greek Cavalry, Codes ANC20025 & 20026. As with all Xyston castings there were lots of fine flow line tags and they of course require assembly. The figures on the website on show using one throwing javelin and with careful drilling out of both hands I was able to provide each casting with two javelins which looks more realistic.

I was asked to proved them unbased so he can match them to the rest of his army.