Friday, July 4, 2014

IV/18 Lithuanian or Samogitian


1132 AD - 1435 AD

DBA 2.2

Army Composition: 1 x (Gen) 3Cv or 2Lh, 6 x 2Lh, 1 x 3Cv or 1 x 2Lh, 2 x 3Ax, 2 x 2Ps 

Historical Enemies: Early Polish, Early Russian, Estonian, Prussian, Teutonic Orders, Mongol Russian, Mongol Successors, Ottoman, Wallachian, Moldavian and Later Polish

During the 13th through 16th centuries Samogitia played a central role in Lithuania’s wars against the crusading order of the Teutonic Knights (Knights of the Cross and Knights of the Sword). Invasions started in Lithuania in 1229. Combined military forces undertook numerous campaigns against Samogitians and Lithuanians. Saule (1236), Skuodas (1239), Durbe (1260), Lievarde (1261) are just a few of the battles that took place. Since Žemaitija was the last pagan region in Europe left to be invaded and christened, the Teutonic Order set their sights on this last mission. 

Between 1345 and 1382, the Knights of the Cross attacked from Prussia some 70 times, while the Livonian Knights of the Sword made 30 military forays. Year after year, fortresses were attacked, farms and crops were put to the torch, women and children enslaved and men killed. Despite all their effort, the Žemaičiai managed to defend their lands until the 1410 decisive Battle of Grunwald or Žalgiris, where united Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the Teutonic Order and ended their crusading days.

Anyway.....on to the figures
Another Cavalry Nation Army painted up to face their fierce rivals the Poles, Russians, Mongols and the Teutonic and Livonia Orders. I decided to give these guys a winter-snow look. I used Baking Soda for my bases to get that smooth snow effect which is fine, but there's a problem, I wouldn't dare and try to travel with this army to visit friends/club tournaments because the baking soda will crack,flake off etc. I need to find, have been for a few years, a good solid sealer to protect and secure the baking soda from falling apart! :o) This snow "flocking" method is not entirely secured and it was put together for visual appeal only.


Army Arrayed











General as 3Cv or 2Lh


General as 2Lh


General as 3Cv


Skirmishers 2Ps


Spearmen 3Ax



26 comments:

  1. They look great, including the basing. Not being able to transport them is a serious drawback, though. I'm sure there's a solution out there somewhere, but I've never done any "snow-basing" myself!

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    1. Thanks Pete, I thought about flooding the bases with watered/white clue but to risky to try and may cause a huge mess of slush.. :o)

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  2. Excellent work, once again...Don't know much about this army, but they look great, and the basing is really nice!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I know very little about this army, doing more research coming up with some very interesting battle notes about the Lithuanian or Samogitian nation. very tough fighters indeed..

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  3. Another very handsome yet chilly looking force. Your detailing is fantastic! As for snow effects, I read a long time ago of using white, powdered laundry detergent as snow. Perhaps that is not fine enough for your application?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, um hmm...never thought of powdered laundry detergent as snow I will try it out, thanks for the tip!

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  4. Beautiful army and the snow looks just so good!

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    1. Thanks Mark, yeah the army looks cool (no pun intended) to go up against my Early Russians and Poles.

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    1. Thanks Telamon, appreciate your visit as well.
      cheers,

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    1. Thanks Christopher, I just hope I don't sneeze while handling these snow elements or else
      my face will be covered with baking soda! :o)

      cheers,

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  7. Fantastic painting and I see why you use the baking soda, great effect.

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    1. Thanks Dan, I agree, it just looks so great with the baking soda as snow, but really need to find a good strong sealer. perhaps use bathroom tiles "Grout Sealer"?

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  8. More splendid painting on the wee men Phil. The baking soda is very effective and realistic too.

    Chris

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    1. Thanks Chris, hey some good news for you, almost finish painting my first 28mm Swiss Pikemen block....

      cheers,

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    2. That's great Phil, hope it was not all down to my influence, but your certainly welcome to use mine for reference. Look forward to yours.
      Chris

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  9. Another gem of an army! All the furred hats and snow make a perfect compliment to each other. Love the fine effect of baking soda too.

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    1. ;o) Thanks Monty, I dry brush some of the foot and cavalry with off white color to give that extra snow/winter realism to the army.

      cheers,

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  10. Ditto everyone else's admiration of your snow effect. Could you spray with a glue, varnish or coating to hold it in place? We have recently 'discovered' this great product called plastidip, a plastic coating/varnish which comes in colours and also clear (gloss and matt)

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    1. Thanks James, I tried using Artist Fixture Spray which is used to protect chalk,charcoal etc drawings. It seems to work but not completely secured, perhaps more "flooding" :o) will do the job.

      "Plastidip" I checked it out and it looks like it may be the solution to protect and secure the baking soda, I will try it out Thanks for the tip.

      cheers,

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  11. Great looking work - shields are very impressively done. BTW, I admit I have never heard of Samogitians before - Samoans, yes, Samogitians, no :) Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, well to be honest here, I never heard of Samogitian as well. I thought Lithuanians were just that, Lithuanians :o)

      Having fun researching/reading about the Samogitian's and others who tried to survive during the Great Northern Crusades.

      cheers,

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  12. Another lovely DBA army Phil - the snowy bases are cool!

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    1. Thanks Mike, but your Chariots at your blog look a Awesome!

      cheers,

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