Copyright © 2019, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Monday, 25 March 2019

Hundred Years War: French (12)

A few weeks ago I made a couple of French infantry with falchions and you can see them at the bottom of this post. I liked them so much that during my recent vacation I assembled another ten of them so that I could complete a unit of 12.

I tried to use as many of the dynamic running figures as possible for this group to give this set of figures the look of motion.

All are made using components from the English, French and mounted Knights sets from Perry Miniatures and as well as falchion some are armed with a standard sword, one is even armed with an axe.

I've painted a mix of liveries and plain clothing to give some variety to what I see as a group of pages and other troops supporting the men at arms in the attack. The 'Cross of St. Dennis' is quite prominent among this batch.

As usual, each figure is individually mounted on a 20mm Renedra round base and then grouped on a movement tray that I made a custom order to Warbases for.

Five of these made it under the radar for my final Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge post and the rest were completed over the weekend.

Some front and back shots of each of the troops.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Hundred Years War: English (10)

Recent holiday saw very little painting but much assemblage of Perry Miniatures plastics, including 30 more English bowmen. These mainly drew on the English Army 1415-1429 set but includes many bodies and heads from the Agincourt French Infantry 1415-29 set. I also got some use out of the mounted archer components in the Agincourt Mounted Knights 1415-29 set, if a bow is held in a right hand it's from that set.

Following on from the recent brown and green French spearman unit I painted this time I opted for the brown and blue livery of John Mowbray. The brown is off a base-coat of VMC Flat Earth and the blue is off a base-coat of VMC Medium Blue.

The unit movement trays are a custom order from Warbases, while the stakes are included in the English Army 1415-1429 set.

A close up of each of the individuals. I tried to maintain the blue-brown particoloured look but without applying the same livery to every figure.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Hundred Years War: French (11)

Before I went on vacation I had completed these French Pavisiers, but was waiting on the shield transfers from LBMS so that I could finish off the pavises, I really did not fancy trying to free-hand six identical shields.

Arriving back from our vacation in Florida on Tuesday we were able to pick up our post and the transfers were in - bingo! There was a slight problem though, this set is sold as to fit Perry Miniatures French Pavises. Unfortunately it's designed for the pavises provided in the metal range in this pack and this pack, not the plastic pavises that I am using. So this involved a bit of painting to fill in the gaps where they did not reach the ends, also some of the fleur-de-lys are bent around the sides of the shields.

This unit is painted in the half-red, half-brown colours of Lyon and the shield transfers used also represent the arms of the city of Rouen. I have enough transfers left to do units of Pavisiers for Tours, Lyon and Soissons so expect more units in the future.

The angle of the shot above catches almost all the brown and none of the red, making them look a completely different unit to the one in the shot below.

The pavisiers are a nice option to build out of the Agincourt plastics sets.

As usual, everything is a single figure on a 20mm round Renedra and sabotted into a Warbases custom movement tray.

Here are some detail shots of some of the individuals.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Poilu Reinforcements

On the run up to my vacation I ran out of Hundred Years War figures to paint, Oh the horror! However a swift order to Arcane Scenery did remedy that and on the day before I went on vacation I had another couple of boxes of Perry Agincourt arrive.

With no Hundred Years War to paint it was time to clear some of the lead mountain and earn myself another point in the squirrel duel, so I dug out the last nine Brigade Games WWI French infantry from the order I had in 2018 and got to work on those in the meanwhile.

Most of my WWI collection is from the Gripping Beast "Woodbine Designs" range but the Brigade Games stuff does mix in well. There are two distinct sculptors on the Brigade Games range though, the hands and faces on some of the figures show this up the most.

The first group is five riflemen three are mounted individually and the remaining two as a pair.

The Horizon Bleu recipe I use is based on a 'Bondi Blue' paint from a very old Gripping Beast paint set, unfortunately they don't seem to do it any more and I am still looking for a good match, although with plenty enough French for my games I'm not really sure if I need much more.

In this order I went a bit mad on ordering Chauchat teams, and this painting session saw another two completed.

I tried to capture the 'blasted ground' of the Verdun battlefield on the bases. The remnants of barbed wire entanglements are sealing wire wrapped around cocktail sticks and the groundwork is pumice gel is mixed into a paste with grit and static grass and then some Vallejo Flat Earth is stirred in and the gooey mess is slathered all over the base.

Hundred Years War service shall resume shortly....

Friday, 8 March 2019

Hundred Years War: English (9)

Richard de Vere the 11th Earl of Oxford was commander of the English rear-guard at Agincourt and one of those 'happy few'.

The figures are all from the Perry plastics range, mainly the 'English Army' set, but Oxfords sword arm is from the 'Agincourt Knights' set.

I made a simple sabot command stand as a test piece, 50mm MDF circle made up with DAS clay to 'socket' the bases. Not that happy with the result but it shall suffice, maybe another custom order to Warbases is needed.

I'm out of figures for this project now, so a new order has been placed on Arcane Scenery, I took them on vacation with me and now have 72 figures assembled and ready for some paint.

More to come.