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Offline tancrede

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Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:27:13 AM »
hi everybody,

After showing my Saxons for SAGA and my Mexican gang for Dead Man's Hand, I will present you my medieval army.

Basically, it was a bretonnian army for Warhammer Battle.
But I have tons of old minis from the 80s and the 90s, and they do not really have a fantasy look, mainly due to the work of the Perry brothers.

So I will certainly use lots of those minis for Lion Rampant or Hail Caesar games.

That's why I've decided to post pics in this section instead of the fantasy section.


First, just some minis painted some months ago. Thanks to the Perry brothers for their fantastic minis !


- some foot knights :






- bretonnian sorceress / damsel :





- a knight with some of his men-at-arms. This unit is the one currently on my painting desk (17 MAA done, 12 more to do) :




Stay tunned as I have tons of minis for this collection, both painted (but I still need to update the basing) and to paint.
And I'll certainly add some more minis from historical ranges (Perry and Claymore Castings are really temptings, but some others too...) in the coming months.

And as always, you'll find more pics on my blog...


My blog, for personnal and commission work, and sometimes other things too => http://studiocaillou.blogspot.fr/

Offline Paul

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2015, 08:44:00 AM »
 :-* :-* :-* Eye candy indeed!!!!  :-* :-*
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Offline Modhail

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 08:56:15 AM »
 :o Amazing paintjobs on some lovely miniatures!  :-*
I love how clean and crisp your heraldry painting is.

Offline le bon roi rene

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 04:50:41 PM »
I rather like the floral element you used in your flocking. Can I ask what it is?

Cheers,
Fred :)

Offline von Lucky

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2015, 08:35:51 PM »
Lovely painting - what a great start to the day.
- Karsten

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Offline Michi

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2015, 08:51:43 PM »
The heraldry is excellent as is the basing and everything else! True eye candy indeed!!!

Offline A Lot of Gaul

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2015, 09:19:16 PM »
That is some very nice painting and basing!  :)

Cheers,
Scott
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Offline Tactalvanic

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 08:52:26 AM »
Great work on some  fine miniatures

Thanks for sharing  :)

Offline tancrede

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2015, 09:07:56 AM »
Thanks for comments, guys !
XIIht/XVth century armies (and Bretonnia) are my favorite period of history for ages.
And it's a great pleasure for me to paint minis for this period.

I rather like the floral element you used in your flocking. Can I ask what it is?

Cheers,
Fred :)

I use variety of tuft :
- little rocks and grass tufts come from a french online shop (http://www.minisocles-store.fr/)
- flowers are Silflor and come from a US online shop (http://www.sceneryexpress.com/)
- and some GF9 "summer clump foliage mix".


I have a little question for you, guys. I have a unit of bretonnian squires to paint and I'm undecided on the color scheme to keep an historical feeling on them (even if I use the GW minis for Robin Hood and his Merry Men).

Just to be clear : the following minis were not painted by me...

Must I paint them in a colorful scheme ?


Or must I paint them in a more neutral/natural color scheme ?


Thanks for help...  :D
« Last Edit: March 04, 2015, 03:42:11 PM by tancrede »

Offline Paul

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2015, 10:08:37 AM »
My vote is  for the colourfull ones!!!

Offline rumacara

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2015, 10:52:37 AM »
It depends on the scenario/use of the miniatures.
If you have enough you can paint a few as some nobles retainers and others as simple peasants like those for Robin Hoods merry men.

I tend to pick up 3 or 4 diferent nobles and their heraldry and then paint a few retainers on their livery colors.
Medieval armies would be made on this way. Several nobles with their retainers.

Offline Miantanomo

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2015, 12:36:58 PM »
I think if you were going for militia, they would be more dull. But colorful is definitely more fun.  ;)
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Offline Little Odo

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2015, 02:19:15 PM »
Both sets are beautifully painted. As mentioned by Rumacara above, paint some in bright liveries and some as foresters so they can be used for a multitude of games/scenarios/genres.
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Offline Patrice

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2015, 07:06:47 PM »
Very nice painting!

As others have said, for infantry/bowmen you could paint them in liveries by very small groups of two or three (= each of these groups belonging to one of you knights);
or as a single, larger group (town militia, or recruitment by units);
or in neutral colour but historically you wouldn't happen to see many groups of "civilian" bowmen except in very special contexts.

For liveried troops I would suggest to follow the same coulour pattern for hoods as for tunics (as they were probably given two large pieces of coloured cloth to make both), and perhaps have a few different for variety, as you'll always have a guy or two wearing a "civilian" hood in the lot, at least if the campaign lasts some weeks away from their castle or town.

Offline Blue in vt

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Re: Generic medieval army, for historical and fantasy games...
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2015, 08:45:29 PM »
I guess I kind of split the difference going with mostly natural/muted colors...but with one contrating/brighter color to bring them to life.



I'm sure whatever you chose to do will look fine...all of your work is an inspiration!

Cheers,

Blue
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