• dimanche 16 octobre 2016

    Saga : Norman Sergeants

    Hi,  The bulk of the Normand army was made of freeman, obliged to serve their liege lord in what was already a feudal systeme of governance. The duchy of Normandy made great use of professional mercenary soldier from France, Flanders, Italy or Spain. They called sergeants. So with the SAGA rules, the Norman abilities are largely oriented to Horsemen and shooting troops.Spearmen Sergeants are useless than the crossbow warriors but it's impossible for me to build a Norman warband without spearmen.

    The first unit of sergeant I painted is lightly armored with the emblematic Norman gambeson. A gambeson (or aketon or padded jack or arming doublet) is a padded defensive jacket, worn as armour separately, or combined with mail or plate armour. Gambesons were produced with a sewing technique called quilting. Usually constructed of linen or wool, the stuffing varied, and could be for example scrap cloth or horse hair.

    The second unit is heavily armored with chain mail and protected by another Norman iconic item: The kite Shield. This shield is a large, almond-shaped shield rounded at the top and curving down to a point at the bottom. The term "kite shield" is a reference to the shield's unique shape, and is derived from its supposed similarity to a flying kite, although "leaf-shaped shield" and "almond shield" have also been used in recent literature. Since the most prominent examples of this shield have appeared on the Bayeux Tapestry, the kite shield has become closely associated with Norman warfare.

    A last word about the Norman Helmet, yep, are they painted or not? In fact I don’t know but it’s better to obtain a color full army. I think, the Knights/Sergeants helmets was probably sometimes painted but I I also believe that a lot of the spangenhelm style helmets were metal frames with layered leather inserts, and that the paintings of those helmets we see reflect that. The Bayeux Tapestry show many painted helmets.
    Deus Vult
    Next step : Norman Knights

    mardi 20 septembre 2016

    SAGA : Norman warband

    Hi, since I’m back with a new gaming project : A Norman warband for game I play more and more in my local club, the great skirmish game SAGA.
    As the Vikings, the Norman faction is rather easy to play. Norman battle board is characterized by many capacities for range weapons and many capacities for cavalry. Bowmen, Crossbowmen and Horsemen were the priority troop choice when I created my warband. But to be exhaustive, I added some Spearmen to obtain a warband more representative and playable to other games like WAB or WFB as early Bretonian small army.

    All that miniatures come from the excellent Ex Citadel range sold on Foundry web site. They’re sculpted by the Perrys brothers in the middle 80’s under F4 Norman Fighters range.
    This first batch is based on the weapon range fighters, composed by 24 levies bowmen and 8 sergeants crossbowmen. Levies come from the lowest classes of the Norman society. These peasants could be called to arms by their local Barons and are generally the poorest equipped warriors in the Norman Warband. I apply on these lower troops some autumnal and neutral colors like Brown, Green and Grey. For the moment, no banners and no shield with bright colors that will be the subject of the next batch : Spearmen sergeants and dismounted Knights.

    Last volley before the clash!

    vendredi 19 août 2016

    Blood Bowl : Human Team

    New Blood Bowl season is coming! It’s time to select and paint a new team. Human seems to be a good team for an eternal rooky coach like me. They‘re pretty cheap, generously versatile and can easily adapt their style against bash or fast teams. Another reason to choose Humans is the excellent miniature range from the Blood Bowl 2nd Edition sculpted by Mark Copplestone. Kickers and Blockers are useless in 6th edition but some coach use kicker as Linemen and blocker as Blitzer (personally, I find them too bulky).

    Color scheme: Yep! The Bright Crusaders colors. Do you remember? This emblematic colors scheme was largely illustrated in the 2nd edition. I remember the crusader Linemen on the Blood bowl packs… So good memories.

    In fact, it’s an uncommon color scheme, Blue & White strips probably afraid lot of painters but I can’t resist to paint them, it look like Landsknecht Blood Bowl team. Another difficulty in this scheme is the amount of Yellow color. You certainly understand (…) the undescriptive pleasure of painting yellow layers on black undercoat (ironic of course).

    Converted things:  First, I deleted every spikes on the shoulders (I hate to paint them). Secondly, I sculpted cross/skull on every players. Thirdly, I added some bar/grill on the helmets to personalize the players. Fourthly, I converted a kicker in Chain saw Star player.  And to finish, I built Reroll and Stunned/Prone markers.

    lundi 18 juillet 2016

    AGMAT France

    Hi, no painted miniatures today... No, today I share with you all my archives about AGMAT France! This small French company was the french connexion of Games Workshop during the 80's and was in charge to translate English products of GW to the French gamers. In the early 90's this company became GW France. AGMAT worked on Hordes Sauvages rules (Ravening Hordes), Le Herault Citadel magazine(Citadel Journal) and Chaos fanzine (Black and White short magazine). In France during 80's, the only way to find some news about Citadel miniatures and Games Worshop was to buy French Role Playing Games magazines... Until AGMAT France was born . The AGMAT touch was they added their own painted miniatures to their translation, of course, the skills of the French painters studio was far from their partners of Nothingham studio but these pics converted a lot of young gamers to the fantasy wargaming during this period, me the first!

    The WHFB 2nd ed was tranlated in 1986, Hordes Sauvages (Ravening Hordes) was translated in 1988. The difference with the English edition, is that you can find some new rules to play like the 3rd ed (Yep! the 3rd ed was never translated). French gamers played to warhammer with this wargame system until 1992.
    Miniatures are painted by the AGMAT studio. The Fortress is awesome dont you think? Click on the pics and download them for better resolution.

    Le Herault Citadel, six issues since April 1986 to November 1988. It was an irregular magazine equivalant to the Citadel Journal. You can find the Citadel Catalogues and a lot of articles about miniatures painting, WHFB scenarios, RpG scenarios (WH, AD&D, Stormbringer...), Additionnals rules for Talisman, Space Hulk, Adeptus Titanicus. , some articles about new races like Skaven, Fimir, ... And some colored pages with miniatures painted by the French studio. Download all the issues here, good reading!