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Koyote's Britons

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:55 pm

The addition of the hard basing really brings it all together.

Still waiting for Guinevere to arrive...

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:05 am

The display bases at this year's Adepticon SAGA tournaments put mine to shame, but next year, things will be different. Well, at least I hope so...

Like many of the best display bases at this year's event, I want my display base to tell a story. Inspired by my mounted Mordred model, which looks like it's about the chuck a spear into some poor *******'s chest (or back), my display base will depict a battle scene. More specifically, it will portray the rout of a Saxon warband. Casualties will lie scattered on the ground where the Saxon shield wall once stood. The ranks of my Britons will be advancing and on one flank the Briton cavalry will be galloping ahead of Briton infantry, in pursuit of the fleeing Saxons.

The models that I will use for the prone casualties arrived this afternoon. They are made by Curteys Miniatures and sold by 1st Corps, out of the UK. The two columns on the left are Saxons and the two columns on the right are Britons. The models are resin and the detail is amazing. For casualty models, I give these 4.5 out 5 stars. Or, if you prefer, 4.5 out of 5 butchered Saxons. Image

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I ordered some blisters of birds from Kromlech, hoping to get a good crow/raven for Morgan Le Fay's base. In contrast the Curtey models, these models are terrible -poorly sculpted and cast. Image Nevertheless, I was able to find one that, with a bit of GS, will work for what I need.

If I do, on occasion, play my Britons as all infantry, then I need 5 HG on foot to replace my 5 mounted HG. I distinguish my HG by their cloaks -HG have them, warriors don't. I'm not going to include any War Banners in this warband, but I want each Briton unit to have a Roman style Draco. I ran out of cloaked models that are suitably posed, so I broke out the GS and added a (passable) cloak to the standard bearer from Footsore's Mordred blister.

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The models the foreground will be my auxiliary unit of foot HG. The models in the year will be my first string HG foot. I love the model holding its helm in its arm. It's made by West Wind Productions.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby zhodanicommando » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:22 am

Some nice hobby tips, the project is coming along nicely. I've started up some Saxons from the A&A book, put them aside to paint some Infinity, then read your postings, and get them back out again (so do I hate you or thank you, I'm still not sure yet;)). I have a quick question are they going to allow A&A entries? I've heard rumor about possible split of C&C from the rest, but not sure if this is true or what direction they will go at Adepticon.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby NoisyAssassin » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:53 pm

Ooh, your display board idea sounds amazing. Looking forward to seeing it develop.
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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:08 pm

NoisyAssassin wrote:Ooh, your display board idea sounds amazing. Looking forward to seeing it develop.

Thanks.


Below is a (very) rough sketch of the plans for my display base.

Guides are A&A mercenaries that are armed with javelins and not slowed by uneven ground. Guides permits the owning player to: 1) move one element of terrain, or 2) remove one element of terrain, or 3) add to the table one M x M element of terrain. I have the perfect piece of 6" DIA modular terrain (made by Worldsmith Industries), that I will rest in a circular insert in the display base.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:21 pm

I've played a few games with my Britons and I'm beginning to wonder if I should add some 'shooting' to my list. The Sea Wolves' Marauders ability gives me a nice advantage in scenarios where the objective is to be somewhere or capture something, but Guides, Deserters, or Briton Levies will give me shooting attacks to degrade certain types of units that I'd rather not tackle in melee, such as Beserkers, Attecotti, or mounted Hearthguard. Also, shooting attacks can be used to encourage a reluctant opponent to close with me.

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Also, my first test-model is ready for painting.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Mon May 01, 2017 5:27 pm

I didn't make much progress on my Britons this weekend. I spent most of my hobby time assembling some Vikings for use in demo games.

I did get my Cymry Guides (Footsore Miniatures' Scots), assembled and mounted on bases. So they aren't confused with Picts, I equipped them with the bucklers that came with my FS Early Saxons. Because these fellows operate best in uneven terrain, I used the extra white-stuff to sculpt some logs and stumps for their bases.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Thu May 04, 2017 3:07 pm

Queen Guinevere arrived in the post yesterday. The model is made by Dragon Bait Miniatures, which sells several lines of quirky minis. I am very pleased with my purchase. Both the sculpt and the quality of the cast are quite good and my order arrived fairly quickly. It's hard to make out in the photo, but her wrists are manacled and connected by long chains.

The Bishop, who is extolling Mordred's virtues and trying to convince Guinevere that her impending marriage to Briton's new king is certainly no reason to cry, is made by Gripping Beast. The guard is a Footsore mini.

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The other two baggage models include a bird (the owl and the two headed eagle banner topper), so I added a feathered friend to this model as well. The bird reminds me of this little fellow:

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"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole." Image
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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Mon May 08, 2017 3:32 am

I finished my test model. I think it turned out ok.

Painting eyes is always challenging, but painting them in the recesses of a helm is even harder.

I tried something new. I added a light red wash to the models lower lip.

As always, I am very pleased with the LBM shield transfers. I went with the iconic white and red motif that you see in many modern illustrations of shields from this period. I also have the same design in white and black. I haven't decided if I'm going to mix them or use the colors to distinguish different units or just stick with the red.

I tried using some of my Skull Craft Autumn Mix Leaf Scatter to add some fall leaves to the base, but it just didn't look right, so I removed it. More experimentation needed.

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About a month ago, I ordered a set of very cool mastiff mins from Sgt Major Miniatures, but after receiving the order confirmation I haven't heard a peep. No minis. No notice of shipment. Nothing. He won't respond to my email so I opened up a dispute with PayPal. It's too bad, because the set included a mastiff posed perfectly for my Mordred display base. Oh well, Sgt Major Minis' loss is Footsore Minis' gain. Looks like I now have an excuse to order Footsore's new wolfhound minis. Oh darn. Image

In the meantime, to give you a better idea of what I have planned, I have place a proxy war hound on the base along with the Saxon casualties. The doggy is one of the Dog Companions from Zombicide.

So I can play this warband as either Britons or Romans, I purchased Gripping Beasts' Late Roman Manubalista kit. I question its effectiveness, but how could I resist trying out SAGA's first war machine.

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Re: Koyote's Britons

Postby Koyote » Sun May 14, 2017 4:04 pm

And so it begins.
Image[b]. . . Man your painting stations![/b]

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