Friday, 16 February 2018

Bluemoon releases 15mm Landsknechts.

Bluemoon have released a rather nice looking Italian wars range. With the sad news that the venexia italian wars range has pretty much gone the way of the Dodo along with Sgt Major miniatures, this new range is welcome news to me at least. Looking at the images they appear to be very nice sculpts for the scale with plenty of variety.
  At the moment i am commited to finishing of the Lancastrian war of roses army(of which photos will follow soon) followed by my pile of testudo miniatures ECW which have waited attention toolong, but thanks to bluemoon a return to the Italian wars in the near future is assured.
 











Friday, 2 February 2018

Khurasan HYW releases.

Khursan have released these new figure packs to there 15mm( actually more 18mm) hundred years war range. I am very excited at the look of these, and can already see a mass of these in heraldry and banners . Looks like an Agincourt project is in order!





Thursday, 21 December 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

15mm Wars of Roses. Yorkists arrayed.

   Messenger:         
My Lord, Duke of Somerset, i bring terrible news, the usurper  Edward  and  his host                        have  gained  upon us, they are but a  mile from Tewkesbury  and advance towards us arrayed  for    battle with some rather nice petes flags banners displayed!

   Duke of Somerset:
  Oh bugger, he moved fast, no time to cross the river now, men, advance beyond the Cathederal and array in the fields, i have a cunning plan!

 I couldnt help include a bit of humour to this post,  you have got to love our history!

To the Yorkist host:
                             
    In the centre is Edward IV, to his left the Duke of Gloucester, and his right Lord Hastings.
    At the back is Richard IIIs mounted retinue, not accurate for Barnet and Tewkesbury but could not be left out of the photo shoot!
             










                                               

       Now its time to paint some dirty Lancastrians.


             

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

15mm WotR.Yorkist minor Nobles

Here is a few bases of minor nobles who fought for the Yorkists at Barnet and Tewkesbury in 1471.

 They are bases of ten figures with a mix of men at arms and billmen , with hand painted flags. All the info on these nobles was sourced from the three excellent freezywater books, Heraldic banners of the wars of roses.
   For anyone wishing to paint the period these books are the place to go, you not only have most of the nobles Heraldic banners in colour, but it also describes who's side they fought on and in which battles they fought in, i have owned my freezywater books for over 16 years now, and are valued as much now as when i first purchased them, also i have there fourth book Standards badges and livery colours of the war of roses, another outstanding source of info!
   To the figures.

                                          Sir Thomas Strickland and Sir Richard Corbet.


                         
                                           Sir Thomas Wingfield and Sir Thomas Leger


I will try to have a photo shoot of the Yorkists together soon.                                                                                                                         

Thursday, 19 October 2017

15mm WOTR. Earl of Warwick Retinue

More little peter piggies complete, the flags are petes printed flags except the square heraldic banner, which is lord scrope of Boltons heraldic flag, Lord Scrope was a Warwick man and the addition of his heraldic flag adds a bit more colour to the retinue. Next stage is to add four bases of Yorkist nobles, each base will be a mix of men at arms and retinue billmen, all the nobles will have fought for Edward IV at barnet and Tewkesbury!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

15mm Wars of Roses. Lord Hastings/ Burgundian hand gunners

Lord Hastings retinue completed. That concludes the boys in blue and murry. With no printed flags available i had to paint these myself, easily enough for the square banner types but the long tailed flags are just to difficult at this scale(i tried).  The last photos are Edward IVs Burgundian handgunners, and the flag is one of my left over prints from the 15mm Burgundian army i did a while back.
   I was unsure how to proceed with the Burgundians, i was going to put them in blue and murry livery with burgundian red crosses, and a burgundian flag, then i was going to give them Burgundian livery and white rose with sun in splendour badges, then i was going to give them full Burgundian livery and red cross badge with a Edward IV banner, all with the idea of them displaying some affinity to Edward IV, but in the end i went the safest and most plausable route and painted them straight up Burgundians!