What was Camelot famous for?
Its Knight life.
Camelot is also where you park your camel.
Ahaha. Sorry, they’re the only medieval jokes I’ve got.
I’ve been wanting to start a larger scale historical type project for quite some time. I did convert and paint some Spartans but that’s about it for historical minis so far. Ever since I was a kid and watched movies like The Vikings (Kirk Douglas), El Cid, Warlord, Robin Hood (Costner), Spartacus, Ben-Hur (Heston), The Long ships and then later movies like Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy, 300 and Centurion I’ve had a fascination with sword and sandal eras and Medieval times.
So this new project has been a long time coming.
As is my way I’ll be forging my own path and nothing will be 100% historically accurate BUT they will all be historical miniatures. What do I mean by that? I mean French, Battle Of Agincourt, foot knights might be in the same army as Saxon Thegns haha. I’ll also be making up my own fluff/lore etc. This project falls somewhere between fact and fiction. There will also be NO conversion work, I repeat NO conversions, just building and painting for a change.
Soon I’ll be acquiring siege machines (Ballista, Trebuchet, catapult and other bits and pieces) and a castle which I’m very excited about. So this project will be quite epic.
When I was a kid a friend of the family built me a wooden fort which I played with constantly. Plastic army men, cowboys, knights and even Star Wars figures manned it at one time or another. A few years ago I built my nephew a similar one which he loved too.
There’s something quite cool about a castle, a bastion or fort. The battles through history, that have involved forts and castles, are fascinating. The tactics incorporated to lay siege upon and to defend castles were quite advanced for their day and extremely brutal. For example the pouring of molten metal/lead or boiling oil over the battlements onto climbing enemy troops!! Ironically the best tactic when attacking a castle was to just surround it and wait them out. After all a castle needs food and water to sustain the inhabitants.
I think one of the most interesting siege battles was the one at Chateau Gaillard in 1204 where pretty much every siege tactic was employed. The attacking French even crawled up an unguarded privy (toilet) chute to gain entry into part of the castle.
What I’ve painted so far are actually from The Lord Of The Rings range from GW. However I have minis from Perry, conquest, gripping beast and frost grave as well.
Pretty simple paint jobs will be given to nearly all the minis for this project. I usually prefer one off “character” type painting but there is something quite cathartic about batch painting. I put my music on and zone out for a while. Lovely.
These Gondor guys will, from this day forward, be known as the Red Shadows and break down into three units.
Archers (22 minis)
Spearmen (22 minis)
Swordsmen (22 minis)
Their leader is Godwin The Red who is not a king just a nice, brutal leader for the red shadows.
All the minis for this project are what, I believe is called, true scale 28mm which basically means they’re all in proportion. I usually paint hero scale minis which are a lot bulkier so these dainty little blokes were a bit fiddlier but still fun to paint. I really didn’t spend too long on each mini because they’re more for playing with in the game than show pieces. They should look quite effective on the battlefield though.
Heres what I’ve painted so far (haven’t based any yet) starting with Godwin.
Now some swordsmen.
I still have another six swordsmen to paint before I make a start on the spearman. Then it’ll be archers. After that I’ve got a PILE more to do and more on the way!! Luckily the castle is Pre-Painted.
I’m not sure to which army the red shadows will belong at this stage. They may even be hired mercenaries or something.
The two, main, armies I’ll be building and painting are the Eumarians and Mortimers Crusaders.
For the Eumarians I’m thinking the colour scheme will be mostly Blue and Red. Something similar to this.
Mortimers Crusaders will be in Black and White or cream and touches of red.
I also quite like the orange and yellow English uniforms featured on Braveheart. Which might be for a third army.
So some some big plans, as usual haha.
As mentioned, in my last post, I’m determined to learn some rules that I’ve downloaded called Lion Rampant. I’m watching some demo games on YouTube this evening. My lack of attention span annoys me sometimes. For me it’s all about delivery. For instance, I find I enjoy striking scorpion 82 battle reports on YouTube more than a couple of dudes who have no personality what so ever and get so lost in their own game they forget the viewers haha.
Remember, I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day… when it’s cold outside… I’ve got the month of May…