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The most recent, and fairly definitive, full-of-words book on this would be Building Anglo-Saxon England by John Blair (9780691162980). An archaeological/building history and fairly academic book, 471 pages including index. (Very heavy, quality paper, relatively expensive.) Description calls it "beautifully illustrated", book description quotes 109 colour + 43 b/w illus., but many of these are ground plans and maps (including maps counted as colour because they have red or blue dots on them :-) ).

Probably not enough in the way of illustrations of reconstructions/artist's impressions (a handful, though they are good) as you would want for the price if intended as a source for modelling. Definately a 'look to see if it is appropriate' before buying. I have a copy, but I enjoy academic level archaeology and history as well as wargaming :-)

Goes into detail about how farmsteads, villages and towns were set out. Makes comparisons to more modern rural Russia and Finland.

Excellent! Thanks. I've just picked up a copy for £30 so I'm very happy and a little pleased with myself to boot.

Thanks for your help. Without a background in Anglo Saxon architecture I was finding it difficult to know where to start. After time spent, in my youth,  working at Durham Cathedral I have a relatively high 'high end' lexicon in hybrid Norman and Anglo Saxon building styles but as to the 'lower' offices of society it was proving difficult to find a place to start. Your book recommendation sounds perfect.  8)
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Workbench / Re: A figure a day til Christmas.
« Last post by Scrubber on Today at 01:42:01 PM »
Update.
Playing catch up, found box of plastic Russian napoleonic, started for selling on eBay, still 16 not painted. Could normally knock these off quickly.
So thatís this weeks job which will allow me to finish last weeks and prepare the beastie for painting.

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Medieval Adventures / Re: 28mm Medieval Church Recommendations Please
« Last post by Atheling on Today at 01:40:50 PM »
Winston, one thing to think about is the size. I believe the Magister Militum buildings are the old Ian Weekley range

They are but they are fine for 28mm. I've got quite a few models from the old Ian Weekely ranges. I'll try to pop up a picture ASAP.
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The most recent, and fairly definitive, full-of-words book on this would be Building Anglo-Saxon England by John Blair (9780691162980). An archaeological/building history and fairly academic book, 471 pages including index. (Very heavy, quality paper, relatively expensive.) Description calls it "beautifully illustrated", book description quotes 109 colour + 43 b/w illus., but many of these are ground plans and maps (including maps counted as colour because they have red or blue dots on them :-) ).

Probably not enough in the way of illustrations of reconstructions/artist's impressions (a handful, though they are good) as you would want for the price if intended as a source for modelling. Definately a 'look to see if it is appropriate' before buying. I have a copy, but I enjoy academic level archaeology and history as well as wargaming :-)

Goes into detail about how farmsteads, villages and towns were set out. Makes comparisons to more modern rural Russia and Finland.

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Iím not aware of this manufacturer and ranges (though that sounds not unexpected). What periods / eras do they cover?
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Russian 18th century Grenadier Natasha from Hot & Dangerous season 2 painted up. More pictures on my blog as usual: https://www.anatolisgameroom.com/blog/hot-amp-dangerous-natasha-painted-up

Third miniature from the review sample I received from Wargamer.pl and their Hot & Dangerous season 2 Kickstarter. This is the "Natasha" 18th century Russian Grenadier. Great sculpt with a dynamic pose, and another mini for which I decided to use snow and frost effects on the base.

Russian 18th and 19th century uniforms are really fun to paint, love the use of green color. I had a great time painting this one up and look forward to painting my 4th and final miniature "Celine Ė French Old Guard grenadier" from this range next. When all 4 miniatures have been painted I will post a group shot of them as well.
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Time well spent - you are off to a good start
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If the siege engines have the option to break down wall sections, then on a small castle, you could concentrate fire. So I think, that a small castle has not only benefits.

You are right, but this also means the defender only has one area to defend - still an advantage to the defender I would say.

Having just read through your blog, I think the Warhammer Siege rules cover most of what you are looking for, with the exception of building your castle using point values. It removes rank bonuses for both attacker and defender on the walls, but the wall counts as hard cover against shooting and a defended obstacle against hand to hand combat. Attackers can only attack with one model per ladder and each ladder needs 4 models to carry it without penalty. The defender bonuses last until the attacker wins a round of combat when they can then put as many models on the battlements as they can fit. Siege towers remove the defensive bonus but still only allow a maximum of two models to attack until a combat round is won. Only walls can be assaulted, towers are judged to be too tall for ladders and siege towers.

Walls, towers and gates each have a damage table - there is a target number for destruction which is difficult to reach quickly but lower scores add positive modifiers to benefit future attacks. This works for war machines, battering rams and monsters (and even infantry, but their strength is likely to be too low to damage walls!).

Rocks and boiling oil for the defenders are shooting attacks which can only target next to the wall, but can be used whilst the unit holding them is being assaulted by ladder/siege tower.

Siege towers and battering rams have profiles too so they can be attacked/destroyed by defensive fire.

One thing to consider when developing a siege assault scenario is keeping it playable - Warhammer adds a seventh turn to its usual six for the assault. I haven't played Oathmark but to make a scenario viable it needs to broadly fit into the same sort of timeframe you would usually expect.
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Medieval Adventures / Re: Gaming the Crusades
« Last post by OB on Today at 01:18:45 PM »
Ive got the Byzantine light cavalry done and my first unit of light infantry archers.  All from Outpost.  Next it's the Legio Heroica Varangians.

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Medieval Adventures / Re: A 15th Century Byzantine Project
« Last post by OB on Today at 01:13:04 PM »
Well done, they look great.

I'll follow your project with interest having often fancied doing it myself.  You might find the following reading of Runciman's Fall of Constantinople of interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAsmnj_WFB4&t=2739s
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