OR A TRUE RELATION OF STRANGE PROCEEDINGS IN A SOMERSETSHIRE LOFT

Saturday, 23 February 2019

AN HISTORIC LANDSCAPE

As it was such a lovely day here, we went for a long walk round the Avebury landscape in Wiltshire. Parking at the Sanctuary we walked along the Ridgeway towards Avebury, skirted the village and back up towards Fyfield Down. Mrs. Atticus snapped up taking a break overlooking Windmill Hill on the path up out of the village.
Although I have always lived in Somerset, I always get the feeling I am coming home when we go across the border to Wiltshire. A move might be in order one day.




Tuesday, 12 February 2019

POP GUN FOR SALE

Just posting some pics for a potential buyer of my matchlock musket. I can't imagine I'm going to ever fire it again, and the licences need renewing every few years.





Wednesday, 6 February 2019

ECW REGIMENT AND MORE NOW LISTED

I always like pale blue uniforms so painting these was most enjoyable

(above ECW unit now
 sold)


and also listed some more Normans 
(above Normans now sold)

I took delivery of some Spencer Smith Austrian Succession  figures yesterday, so I am thinking about how to paint them. Anyone recommend flags for them?


Saturday, 2 February 2019

NORMAN FOOT KNIGHTS AND OLD SCHOOL GARRISON INFANTRY LISTED

Just listed a few knights here
(above unit of Normans now sold)





and some units of 25mm Garrison infantry I painted a while back for a fantasy game, billmen, bowmen and flailmen.





Thursday, 31 January 2019

THE OLD SCHOOL MEDIEVAL LOOK

I've been taking stock of mountains of old school lead that reside in the attic, wondering how I want to progress with my own armies. Simple , shiny and medieval sum it up. This got me thinking about the influential films which I saw as a youth which filled me with fervour to recreate the armies portrayed in miniature (not that I have done yet, but there is still time hopefully)

The look of the troops in the following stills is the sort of look I would like to recreate. A lot of the armour has that brushed steel look, plenty of colour and no mud or grime in sight

above are 3 stills from El Cid. What a fantastic film. The battle scenes still inspire me.
These 3 above are from the 1960 Polish film Krzyzacy (Knights of the Cross) about the battle of Grunwald in 1410.
I can't remember where these 2 are from, but the soldiers in the picture directly above look just like Revell/Accurate medieval figures.

2 stills from Henry V . The charge of the French knights was rather splendid.

Any other suggestions of similar films?




Monday, 28 January 2019

SPECIAL OFFA! SAXON KING AND GUARD NOW LISTED

Just listed a Saxon King and his guard which were nice to paint. I think they must be mid Saxons, so about 8th century? Early Vendel type helmets, but also a Coppergate helmet and 2 Benty Grange (I know my Saxon Hats)!


Some Normans coming soon, and then a unit of Teutonic Knights I think!