Sunday, July 31, 2016

III/51 West Frankish or Normans


888 AD - 1072 AD

DBA 2.2

15mm Essex Miniatures:

Army Composition: 1 x 3Kn(Gen) 5 x 3Kn, 1 x 3Kn or 3Cv or 2Lh, 1 x 3Kn or 3Cv, 2 x 4Sp, 2 x 2Ps or 3Bw.


So much has been written about the Normans I will not bore :o) you with Historical details... but ;o) having said that...here is a brief back ground note. There were Viking (militarily bases) settlements scattered along the western (modern day) France coast line and one Viking ruler, Rollo (Latin for Old Norse) demanded the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, or else there will be more raids/incursions in (modern day) France. The Frankish King Charles the Simple finally agreed and granted the "kingdom of Normandy" along with nobility titles in 911 AD to the Norwegian/Danish Vikings....fast forward to... 1066 AD one nasty Norman Duke William II, invaded England defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold at the battle of Hastings.......

Norman Baron (3Kn)



 
Norman "Milites" Knights (3Kn)















Breton Cavalry (3Cv)


Frankish Knights (3Kn)

Norman Milites (without chainmail) as 3Cv


Norman Milites (without chainmail) as 2Lh


Frankish Infantry (4Sp)


 
Norman Archers (3Bw)



Frankish (Flemish?) Crossbowmen (2Ps)





22 comments:

  1. Wonderful brushwork, Phil! Your fine shield work is the envy of all. Love the variety in patterns. Very colorful.

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    1. Thanks Michal, much appreciated!

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  3. Good old trusty Essex miniatures! Great painting Phil, love the shields!

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    1. Thanks Chris, painting the shield patterns was a bit of slog for me but manage to complete them all in one painting cession (2 hours)

      cheers,

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    1. Thank you Rodger, all the best

      cheers,

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  5. Lovely looking army, very nice painting especially the shields.
    Best Iain

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  6. Great looking army> Hmm, Normans and Saxons would be a nice addition to my col;lection, eh? No, no NO, LOL!

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    1. :o) oh yes you will Peter! 28mm Old Glory Miniatures! ;o)

      cheers,

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  7. Gorgeous Phil, great addition to the collection!!! I'll take a guess you used Vallejo cavalry brown for highlights on some of the horses? It's 1 of my favourite Vallejo paints.

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    1. hey! Thanks Paul, I used 'Brick Red' Acrylic paint and at a later stage go over the horses with Acrylic black washes...

      all the best,
      cheers

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  8. Stunning brushwork as always, Phil. Always impressed with the hand painted shields as well as the numerous tiny details.

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  9. Lovely stuff Phil. Another beautiful army.

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    1. Hey are you doing, are you still moving/unpacking boxes in your new house? :o)

      Thanks Lawrence!
      All the best to you Sir and keep on "brushing" :o)

      cheers,

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  10. These splendid Normans look strong and beautiful, another excellent job Phil!

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    1. Thanks Phil!....sorry for the delay replying to your comment and visit, I'm feeling better and recovered after a nasty flu virus..

      cheers,

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