Monday, December 10, 2012

Mini Monday: 52 Weeks, 52 Miniatures & HYW

I completed painting 52 miniatures this year, and then some!

Below are two units, 16 miniatures each, done up for Neil Thomas's Ancient and Medieval Wargaming. I completed them just in time for the Hundred Years' War game last Saturday. The figures are from Black Tree Design.

These knights are meant to be generic so that they can serve in nearly any army in Western Europe or even Italy during the Hundred Years' War period. I used the Army Painter method on them--primed them with Army Painter metallic color, painted everything, then dipped them in the Army Painter varnish. I do need to be careful about too much varnish getting on shields, however. 

Here's a unit of commoners/levy troops. Again, I used the Army Painter method. It really cuts down on the time involve because you don't used paint for shading, just the varnish. I don't plan on using this method for all of my miniatures. But if you just want functional miniatures it is the way to go. And they look good on the tabletop.

So, 37 miniatures + 16 + 16 = 69 miniatures done this year! (No snickering in the back). I need to paint up a Reaper Mousling for my girlfriend to make it 70. 

Speaking of looking good on the tabletop...

Last Saturday I ran an Ancient and Medieval Wargaming scenario at Treefort Games. We hadn't planned on recreating the Battle of Poitiers, but it just kinda happened that way. 

Here's the initial set up (above). French on the left, English in on the right. Notice the longbowmen and their stakes.

French footknights advance under bow fire. 

A force of French levies reach the English stake barrier, but not without losses. Even if they do defeat the archers, a force of English billmen is in reserve.

The French peasant horde on the march. The English hobilars eventually charged right into it, took some loses but dispersed the horde, and broke through to go behind French lines, like Captal de Buch did at Poitiers.

Meanwhile, on the other flank, the French continue their approach while their King hangs back. Note the half-strength unit of Genoese crossbowmen in the background. No, the French knights didn't ride them down. They suffered from longbow fire.

The End: The French cavalry got flanked by English foot knights, while the hobilars encircled them from behind.

Nearby King John II points to the Oriflamme, perhaps demanding his knights to retrieve it. In any case, we can safely say that the English captured the Oriflamme and took King John II for ransom.

It was fun game, the participants enjoyed themselves. I enjoyed watching and running it. We played the scenario mostly rules as written, since none of the players had played Neil Thomas's rules before. 

I like these rules because they are not overly complicated, and you can add additional rules to them with little problem. Someday I'd like to try them out for fantasy armies. 

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