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.
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.