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Author Topic: Kingdom of Domnonée, Dark ages, update 5/3 2021  (Read 14862 times)

Offline gibby64

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2019, 03:03:24 PM »
Lovely work!

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2019, 10:09:52 PM »
I have been bogged down for the last four weeks assembling plastic Celts, dark age Vikings, 100YW and Napoleonics, about 400 figures assembled and undercoated in orepearation of the winter painting season.

A Big desk clean up this morning, a vacuum of the workspace, brush washing and conditioning and then tonight back to painting desk for four hours.

 A lot of winter projects to complete before next spring and the battlefield/history and wargame season begins again here at L'Hotel de Hercé.

First off the desk was another dark age spear block,  the unit only required basing to be completed, 5 other units should be completed tomorrow including a General command base.



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Matt
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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2019, 06:32:33 PM »
Very fine work indeed.

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2019, 08:56:44 PM »
Alan general completed yesterday also, managed to take a photo this morning.





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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2019, 09:09:34 PM »
Two units of skirmishers completed today, they will fit my Goths, Alan's and Anjou-Maine dark age armies.





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Matt

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2019, 06:40:38 AM »
Great work mate, those Footsore Mini's paint up a treat  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2019, 02:45:50 PM »
A hive of activity on the desk this weekend as my mojo returns for painting, another Breton unit but for my Kingdom of Domnonée army. All metal from Footsore miniatures, with various shield makes, LBMS transfers and metal spears I made myself. Really easy to paint these and happy with the result. This base with its flag will designate an attached command on a stand for Impetus, although I prefer seperate commanders normally as I tend to get them mostly killed when attached!




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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2019, 08:48:59 PM »
Another unit added tonight, three more remain in this streak, then switching periods for a few weeks

Gripping beast plastic with a few Victrix head swaps, javelins and some mixed metal and plastic shields. Mix of hand painted and LBMS transfers.



Cheers
Matt
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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2019, 09:28:39 PM »
Nice work matey  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2019, 10:15:55 AM »
Lovely work!

Thankyou, they have been a joy to research and paint, I have learnt a lot about Breton history since I started.

Nice work matey  8) 8) 8)

thanks mate!

A few more units to do before off to complete some Napoleonics and Gauls!

cheers
Matt
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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2019, 04:51:04 PM »
Another Breton Coloni unit complete, the Coloni were colonists from Britain mostly Cornwall, escaping the Angles, Saxon and Frisian invasions and raids.




Cheers
Matt
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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2019, 08:39:14 PM »
Completed more light cavalry for my Kingdom of Domnonée army which spans from the 4th to the 11th century. These are great sculpts from Footsore miniatures. I am very happy with the light plaid pattern on two of the figures, not convinced with my red though.
The Bretons have a recorded history of light cavalry since the eastern invasion of Francia of the Goths/Alani in the early 5th century.

In the early 5th century the Romans settled the invading Alani (Sarmations) and Goths along the border with the Armoricans, the Notitia Dignitatum places them in Orleans, Poiters, Rennes, Alençon, Mayenne, Le Mans and Chartres. These areas became predominant Breton than Frank horse breeding areas in the 9th century and remained so up until the 19th century, 6 of the 8 French military light and heavy horse breeds come from the area).

  John Wallace-Hadrill in his book Long Haired Kings, links the strength of the Breton feigned flight back to the Alani tactic in the 5th century, and the the overall use of heavy cavalry by the nobles. In several battles with the Franks, Vikings and Normans they used this tactic very successfully.

By the 8th century the Breton border had moved to the west from the modern Mayenne and Sarthe rivers (when Mayenne chateau was originally built) to the Vilane river, then back and forth for the next two centuries. Under Pepin the short, the Neustria (Anjou-Maine) Franks gained the territory, capturing the remaining Breton horse breeding areas almost entirely.  By the 11th century the Anjou-Maine cavalry were also using the tactic of feigned flight, most famously allied with William the Conqueror along with the Bretons knights using feigned flight tactic at the battle of Hastings to break the Saxon sheildwall.



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Matt
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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton Dark Ages Project update 14/8
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2019, 08:40:42 PM »
Very fine work indeed.

Thanks, I am trying to complete a few more bases before I switch periods on Sunday

Cheers
Matt

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2019, 09:35:16 PM »
Lovely stuff Matt  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Kingdom of Domnonée, Breton & Armorican Dark Ages Project update 12/11
« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2019, 09:55:54 PM »
Absolutely lovely work :)
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