Monday, March 3, 2014

IV/39a Navarrese

15mm Essex Miniatures DBA 2.2
This Army consists of 12 elements: 1 x General (3Kn)  6 x 3Ax, 1 x 3Cb, 1 x 3Sp, 3 x 2Ps

Historical Enemies: Feudal & Medieval Spanish, French, English, Morean Byzantines, Ottoman Turks, Catalan Company, Italian Condotta and Albanians.

Brief Historical NotesNavarre and Gascony Mercenaries fought during early 1200's to early 1400's These guys were hired by any or every factional group within the Latin Empire of Greece which was divided into vassal states. the Kingdom of Thessaloniki, the Principality of Achaea, the Duchy of Athens, the Duchy of the Archipelago, the Duchy of Philippopolis (Thrace) and the Duchies of Nicaea and Philadelphia (Asia Minor)

The Navarrese Army is playable and not bad at all the bulk of the army consists of light infantry units, speed is the key factor to over run your opponent. The terrain placing i.e. rough going, woods, steep hills etc. is obvious and critical for the Navarrese player to use in his favor for any chance of a victory. 




I decided to paint the Navarrese figures using shades of brown/tan/red/orange/deep reddish pinks colors, I hand painted the shields, which was fun to do. I would have liked the 9 Essex Ax figures (wearing tan/brown shirts) as Heavy 3Ax (The guys wearing helmets kite shields etc)... oh well..  I will hand paint the Banners for the 2 Cavalry figures Escorting the General at a later stage and um..  maybe for the 3Sp?  :o)  to make this Army/Company look pretty on the table top battlefield.















10 comments:

  1. Phil, wow - what an excellently painted and based army. The shields are beautifully painted. They do look like a no-nonsense, hard hitting army - very mercenary like. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, yeah.. I wanted the "red for hire" appearance of this "mercenary" free company.

      my flocking of these units is sort of moderate quality...but I'm happy with them for now.

      cheers,
      Phil

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  2. Excellent Phil, lovely painted wee minis and all those shields are terrific!
    If anyone is a great advert for 15mm it surely is your talents at this scale!
    All the best
    Chris

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    1. Hello Chris, Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind thoughts and words regarding to my painting the wee mini buggers :o)
      All the best to you too!
      cheers,

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  3. Superb work, Phil! You're making it impossible for me to have a favorite as each new army is my favorite, until the next drops.

    Every time I paint ancients and medieval in 15mm, I debate using uniform colors. I adore the uniform color and themes that tie this army together so well. And the shieldwork too.

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  4. wow! thanks Monty for your kind words.

    :o) I am sorry Monty for causing favorable armies headaches ;o) to you... actually you do the same to me with your fantastic 25mm 28mm painting style as does DeanM, Chrisfigurines, Crazy Bald Joe's figures, Richard's Tarty's tin to name a few, simply blow me away!

    I'm looking forward to your reactions and comments after publishing/posting the Cumans, Lithuanians, Nikaian, Romanian Franks and properly one of my favorites the Islamic Persians.

    I know what you are saying regarding to uniform color themes, I tried to paint historical and realist colors used by armies from Ancient to Dark Ages to Medieval time periods.

    All the best to you Monty,
    cheers,

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  5. I love the mix of historical article and great painting
    thanks

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    1. Hello Marco, thank you for your kind words.
      I sometimes type up some historical notes about the figures/armies I paint.

      cheers,

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