Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Perry WotR Yorkist Command on Foot

These are the freebies from the "Yorkist Battle" Army deal (3 boxes of WotR Infantry). Even though Edward IV was not at First St Albans, and had died two years before Bosworth, he'll be on the gaming table for both scenarios. "Golden" armor is too cool not to paint him up as such. The guy holding his standard is in generic Yorkist blue and red livery. The guy with the warhammer to his right (front rank) has his tabard painted up as Sir John Say.
The images are a bit washed out, as I'm still trying to get the lighting right.

Except for Edward, who was sprayed with gold, the rest were undercoated with silver spray paint as the previously painted plastic men-at-arms.
I added flowers and grass tufts to these bases as I felt they needed a bit more bling being "character" sculpts in metal.
Next up are the cavalry - a box each of Mounted Men at Arms and Light Cavalry. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Perry WotR Infantry and Foot Knights Completed

After a couple of false starts and setbacks, here are the core foot troops for Wars of the Roses games. Intending to use Lion Rampant as the set of rules, there are 10 Foot Yeomen units (12 figures each). These can be used as separate bow and spear units, or they can be combined in Mixed weapons units. There are also 6 units of Foot Men at Arms (6 figures each); one more unit of Foot Men at Arms will be added using the free metal command figures that came with the Army deal.
Note the banners on brass rods on either side of the front ranks - these can replace the ones held as the standard bearer hands have been drilled out.
The delays mentioned above included my failed attempt at adding Citadel Six livery badge "decals" - and the non-arrival of Dom's Decals (which he kindly refunded my payment for). Also, part of the delay was the basing and re-basing of the figures themselves. This was due to me using a handful of existing 40mm Litko bases I had and then what I thought were more 40mm bases which I had ordered. It was only after basing the figures (using acrylic caulking) and painting the bases that I found out the new bases were actually 1.5 inch bases. Ken apologized for the mix up and quickly sent out the correctly sized 40mm bases. As far as not using livery badges, I think this actually works out better, as the figures can be used for different retinues more easily. For instance, the blue and white livery was used by many families, both York and Lancaster. To identify units, the flags supplied with the kits can be switched out as the hands of the standard bearers were drilled out. The flags themselves are attached to brass rods.
Yorkist troops; the banners of Lord Fauconberg, Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick with Foot Men at Arms in the foreground.
These red liveried troops can be used for the Earl of Warwick (currently represented by the large standard), or the Earl of Oxford. For the First St Albans game they will be with Warwick; for the Bosworth game, they will switch to Oxford's.
Henry Beaufort's standard lead these troops for now, but for the St Albans game they will be Henry VI's soldiers, and for the Bosworth game they will belong to the Stanleys.
The white and green livery is mostly associated with Henry Tudor, who was not even born when the Battle of First St Albans was fought. However, these troops will be used for that game, as well as for Bosworth, of course.
The remaining figures for this project in my possession are the 6 metal command figures, a box each of Mounted Men at Arms and Light Cavalry, and a cannon and crew (also included as a freebie with the Army deal). The Light Cavalry and cannon will be used for the Bosworth game. In fact, I may even get a box of European Mercenaries for the Bosworth game too. Heck, I still have an almost full can of Minwax stain. Until my next post, best wishes to you all!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Perry WotR Foot Knights - WIP +1

The box of Perry "Foot Knights 1450-1500" as well as the 12 fully-armored WotR Infantry guys are painted; just need to add livery badge decals to the guys wearing jupons or tabards.
Edit: I just noticed I still need to paint the feather plumes on several of the figures. :)
These were, dare I say, a joy to paint. I find fully armored figures easiest to paint - I first discovered this when I painted up a Norman army (for WAB) with most of the guys in chainmail. Just black undercoat and dry-brushed silver and very little exposed skin and clothing.
Besides the 3-step armor painting process (described in the previous post) and the jupons/tabards, the only parts painted were the few exposed faces, wooden staffs of weapons, leather boots and straps, and the hilts and pommels of the swords. The faces, wood and leather parts were given a wash of Vallejo Flesh Wash mixed with some Sepia.

With the completion of these figures, the core units for this project are done. Next up are the six Yorkists Foot Command figures which were included free with the Yorkists Battle (3 boxes of Infantry). They'll be an additional unit of Foot Men at Arms - per Lion Rampant. Thank you for visiting and checking out the blog!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Perry WotR Foot Knights - WIP

The box is actually titled "Foot Knights 1450-1500" - but, for this project they are WotR Foot Knights. Still awaiting the arrival of the livery badge decals, figured might as well start on the foot knights/men-at-arms box, and the remaining fully armored guys from the infantry boxes. Here they are with the armor painted. They still need their faces, leather straps and wooden staffs painted, as well as the jupons on some of them.
The armor was painted using a simple 3-step process. First, sprayed the figures with Rust-Oleum Metallic Aluminum - I wanted something darker than silver, like gun metal, and this was the closest I could find at the local hardware store.
Next, they were given a wash of Vallejo Black Ink to bring out the details and black line the armor plates, etc. Finally, they were dry-brushed with Vallejo Silver (the first image posted).
The guys with jupons will be given basic livery colors and then badge decals will be added. Thanks for stopping by and checking out this project.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Perry WotR Infantry - WIP +3

Added some highlighting after spraying them with Testor's Dulcote. They're pretty much done, except for the addition of the livery badge decals. Anyway, these will be the core figures for a couple of games I hope to host at next year's big local convention, Enfilade! Granted it's still a year away, but I like to have stuff ready early and then veg out for a while prior to the con.
As these are production line painted figures, the highlighting is haphazard and not really following the folds of cloth and such. I just added a few strokes of highlight here and there.
This rear view shows how nicely the stain worked to pop the rivets on the brigandines. Oh, and it's probably apparent, but I didn't add peripheral items like swords, bucklers and quivers. Just down and dirty gaming figs.
Next up in the paint queue are the Foot Knights which I plan to spray with silver as the base coat. More to follow!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Perry WotR Infantry - WIP +2

Here are the foot (less the fully plate-armored guys), with a Minwax Tudor Satin stain applied. They'll get a shot of Testor's Dulcote and some highlighting. Basing will be done after the livery badge decals are applied. Just wanted to show the nice detailing the staining accomplished.
Glad to get this far on the project!

Perry WotR Infantry WIP +1

Finished block painting all of the grunts, at least the ones not in full-plate armor. They'll get the Minwax treatment later today after the paint sets.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Perry Wars of the Roses Infantry AND Foot Knights - WIP

Just a quick post to show you all that I haven't given up on this project - the first one in some years. Started block painting the the infantry, and also glued together the foot knights. Swapped some of the arms and heads from the two sets. I ended up painting the foot in very uniform colors - probably way more than historically accurate, but I wanted them easily identifiable as belonging to the same units, as well as simplifying the color scheme. Also ordered some livery decals from both Dom's Decals and Citadel - only realizing after placing the orders that a lot of the infantry have padded jacks or brigandines which don't need badges - oh well, they were fairly inexpensive.
The Foot Knight set has some great figures and poses, however, some of the helmeted heads appear a bit on the smaller side. The helmeted heads for the command figures in the Infantry box are actually nicer - and I used them on the knights. Oh, there is also a very nice Richard III figure with crowned sallet that will be painted separately at a later date. Hope to get the infantry done this weekend - managed to pick up a can of Minwax Tudor Satin which has worked wonders in the past. Best to you all!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Perry Wars of the Roses Infantry - WIP

Here are 108 of the 120 infantry from the three box "Yorkist Battle." The other 12 figures are the command in plate armor and will be painted separately - probably using a can of silver spray paint followed by ink wash. There are 60 archers and the balance with pole arms (including the command figures). Although the ratio of bow to bill was historically higher in period armies, I wanted more pole armed troops as the scenarios I envision using them in will have more melee than missile fire. In fact, a box of 38 Foot Knights will be added, and also a box of 12 Mounted MAA. These will be the core troops for the First St. Albans scenario. I also plan to add a box of Light Cavalry and some mounted personalities for a Bosworth scenario. Both will use Lion Rampant for the rules. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I best get these figures primed.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rebasing Completed - A Third Post in a Day Ridiculousness

Having not posted stuff in months, here is a third post on the same day! What the...? Anyway, now that this rebasing project is done...which was just to pass the time until the Perry WotR plastics arrived...it's time to get serious. In fact, I washed the 3 boxes of WotR Infantry and plan to start putting them together tomorrow.
On the left: two 6 figure trays holding 12 Early-HRE knights of various makes. On the right four 3 figure trays holding 6 HYW knights (Front Rank and BTD) and 6 yeomen with bows (FireForge). The new  paint rack and paints in the background.
Had to also show off the new Vallejo Paint Rack as well as the 16 new bottles from the Vallejo Intro pack. The older bottles of Flesh and White to their left on the second tier. The top row fits the craft paints I forgot I had. The rack fits about 50 or so Vallejo/Reaper bottles. Don't think I ever had that many, although the empty holes make it tempting to fill. That said, I normally just mixed paints for different shades.

And So It Begins...

Well the box from the Perrys arrived today - after returning home from a sunny picnic lunch on Puget Sound with my wife and our little pooch. God is good!
As my order included an "Army deal" of Yorkist "Battle" I also got a pack each of metal foot command and artillery.

Easing Back Into the Hobby - New Stuff and Rebasing Old Stuff

Still waiting on the 5 boxes of Perry plastic Wars of the Roses figures ordered about a week ago. In the meantime a Vallejo Game Color "Intro Set" as well as an actual paint rank (again a Vallejo product) arrived ahead of them.
The new Vallejo paints and rack behind the re-based 13th & 14th C. cavalry. To the side Litko bases. I'm back!
Also ordered some movement trays and more bases from Litko. I committed to participating in a Lion Rampant game day in September, and plan to use my as yet untried English Hundred Years War retinue. As I hate moving single figures - even in skirmish games - the 3-figure movement trays should be perfect. In fact to have them match the trays, I rebased the figures onto the stands that came with the trays. I also switched their former GW-style bases with some other figures - 13th C. knights used as Early-Holy Roman Empire troops. Re-basing figures is a sure sign that I've relapsed into the hobby. Hopefully the next post will be with the Perry plastics. Until then, best wishes to you all!