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Author Topic: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!  (Read 6084 times)

Offline Le Korrigan

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Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:12:11 PM »
I just finished painting the Armorican Britons for my Saga Aetius & Arthur project.



"Brittany was known during the Roman period as Armorica. It was home to several Celtic tribes that largely lost their identity following conquest by Rome. But one of them did leave their name behind. The tribe of the Veneti had been the most powerful of Armorica's tribes, and that name gradually changed during the Roman occupation to Vannetais. It's the same name, but with a different suffix, and a shift in pronouncing the first vowel. The name had a transition stage during which it was referred to as Guenet by the Bretons. This name is precisely cognate to Gwynedd, with any perceived difference merely being down to different dialectal variants. Even the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer (ar Gerveur in Modern Breton, or Guedel in Old Breton) to the south of Brittany was known by the Romans as Vindilis, preserving the link to the Veneti.

This was how Armorica was initially known to the Britons who began migrating there in the fourth century AD, during a period in which British town life appears to have declined. Links established prior to the coming of Rome between south-western Britain and Armorica seem to have been maintained. The low-key migration from Britain into Armorica seems to have picked up noticeably in the mid-fourth century, but it became a flood in the unsettled fifth century. Traditional certainly maintains that the British colony in Armorica was founded before the expedition of Constantine III in 407. People arrived mainly from the south-west of Britain, from Dumnonia and Cornubia, and each group retained its ethnic name (ergo the people in each region knew exactly what they were ethnically or tribally, regardless of who was king over them).

FeatureThis new colony of Britons formed in a region that was beginning to drift out of firm Roman control. The colony's traditional first king, Conan Meriadog, ruled Armorica as the kingdom of Vannetais, maintaining the local Gaulish tribal name. The very fact that this has been claimed as a kingdom by multiple original sources certainly expresses a diminishing of Roman control over the region. The area was permanently 'freed' of Roman control by Magnus Maximus as the first stage of his invasion of Gaul in 383. Conan was placed in command, with a probable capital in Vannes. Although Brittany extended as far as Blois until 491, the land holdings outside its traditional borders are vaguely described, and may not even have been part of the kingdom's accepted territory.

The usual Celtic practice of dividing territory between sons soon created the smaller principalities out of Vannetais during the course of the fifth and sixth centuries whilst other Britons also popped over from the mainland to found their own principalities. The old name of Vannetais appears to have fallen out of use after its last remnant was renamed Bro Erech, and the colony's high kings simply termed themselves kings of the Bretons, or Brittany - the land of the Britons. Although the principalities of Bro Erech, Cornouaille, Domnonia, Leon and Poher, are mentioned often in Brittany, whenever the Bretons had dealings outside their borders only one king of the Bretons is mentioned. It seems highly likely that these many principalities operated on the same basis as their mainland British equivalents - petty kingdoms that vied with each other for power, but which acknowledged the strongest king amongst them as their representative in external affairs, and sometimes internal affairs too, when the interference warranted it. Britain itself had a well-established tradition of recognising a high king, and the later Anglo-Saxon invaders recognised the power of such a 'brand' by adopting their own format of it in the Bretwaldas."


From Kings of the Bretons (Vannetais / Britanni / Brittany).
Retrieved from http://www.historyfiles.co.uk/KingListsBritain/ArmoricaHighKings.htm[/i]


Here are the first shots:

Mounted Hearthguards







Druids (with Nimue on the right?)



Hounds



Levies with bows



Hearthguards on foot





Myrddin, the enlightened





3 units of Warriors









The whole warband



Ry'n ni yma o hyd,
Er gwaetha pawb a phopeth!

http://latanieredukorrigan.blogspot.ca/2017/08/saga-arthur-aetius-pour-la-bretagne.html


« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 09:01:25 PM by Le Korrigan »

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Re: Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 06:52:36 PM »
Fantastic stuff 8)

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Re: Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 07:24:37 PM »
Great collection  :-*

Offline Thargor

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 09:21:56 PM »
Wow.

Great painting and a great army.

Offline Phil Portway

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 09:24:51 PM »
Fantastic Project and lovely painting!  8) 8)
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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 10:56:58 PM »
Nice!  Good luck to them in battle.

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2017, 01:50:13 AM »
Great painting.

And nice to bump into another Dafydd Iwan fan.
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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 05:29:25 AM »
Amazing stuff there - highly evocative! :-*

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2017, 06:05:18 AM »
 :o great job!

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2017, 12:17:38 PM »
Beautiful painted and beautiful bases - very well done!

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2017, 12:24:05 PM »
Very nice collection.
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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2017, 03:53:14 PM »
Beautiful stuff!

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2017, 05:02:29 PM »
Rhagorol!

Thanks for sharing.

Offline Le Korrigan

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2017, 04:48:13 AM »
Trugarez d'an holl! Diolch! Merasta!  :)
« Last Edit: August 15, 2017, 04:51:42 AM by Le Korrigan »

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Re: Saga Armorican Britons - Y ddraig goch ddry cychwyn!
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 03:46:27 PM »
As a matter of interest, on your map: who are the 'Ebrauc'? I've covered a fair bit of the history of these times, but never come across them.

 

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