Saturday, January 15, 2011

North Star Spears Have Arrived

Well worth the wait; and the wait was really no fault to North Star. Nick shipped my order about a day or two after I placed it. It just so happened that it was made during the Christmas mail season, coupled with bad weather (more than normal winter conditions) and also stiffened USPS mail handling thanks to some not-so nice domestic mail incidents. Anyway, I managed to paint up some of the spears for the Early-HRE knights.
The spears are about 70mm long, after I cut them down from the 100mm length I ordered. I needed 100mm to arm the Foundry Silver Shields I hope to start on next. These spears, or more specifically the spear points, are very nice; No need to hammer and file the tips. All of the spears are painted with spirals matching the knights' arms. They probably look more like going to a tournament than war, but it will do.
I also added a unit standard to the Szekler Light Cavalry unit too. I downloaded the design off of the Wiki page on Szeklers (aka Szekley). Yeah, I know - I'm quite the historical researcher!
Here's a photo of the entire Early-Holy Roman Empire Clerical Army - less oxen to pull the Carroccio.

26 comments:

  1. I'm a bit taken aback by how beautiful that army is. It's glorious.

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  2. I have been watching the recruitment of this army with great interest. Very inspiring.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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  3. Thank you, honored guests. Warm Regards, Dean

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  4. Spectacular show my friend!!!! Amazing miniatures, well done!!!

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  5. Absolutely marvelous ! Congratulations !

    Jean-Baptiste

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  6. Fantastic looking troops! Not sure I could bring myself to paint spirals on spears... the waggon is a creat centrepiece.

    Simon

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  7. The knights really are spectacular - a great looking army and with the wagon - very innovative. Isn't it fun painting the 'barber's pole' lances? Great result!

    Cheers,
    Doc

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  8. Fantastic work Dean, great looking army.

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  9. Hey Dean! Wow, what a fab looking army you have. Well done in this project.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  10. Oh man... look at that spears!!

    Probably the BEST medieval army I´ve ever see. Great work!

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  11. I have to agree with all these good chaps. An absolutely superb army.

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  12. Thanks so much for the great comments. I appreciate them a lot. Now it remains to be seen how they will perform on the "battlefield." Warm Regards, Dean

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  13. Beautiful looking army. That is great stuff all put together.

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  14. Beautiful figs as always Dean. I am a huge fan of the Northstar spears. They're so easy to use and the points are so perfect (I have the scars to prove it.)

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  15. Wonderful figures - as for how they will perform on the table top I can only envision very well as your opponent will be too distracted looking at your troops to concentrate on playing!

    How do you paint the "barber poles" on the lances - is it freehand or do you use a guide - they look fantastic

    Miles

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  16. Miles:

    Thanks; the spirals were done free-hand. It was my first time doing it, and wasn't sure how hard it would be. It wasn't too bad. The spears not being tapered may have helped. I painted on side with diagonal stripes - then turned the spear and continued the stripes until they connected. Mind you, there was a bit of correction, but not so bad to restart. Try and error is the best way to describe the effort. Regards, Dean

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  17. Dang it Dean! I've only got the chain mail painted on my knights and sergeants... A long way to go to be anywhere near yours. Great work!

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  18. Too superb too tempting - sigh.

    I really should stop visiting your blog before i get to finish my current project...

    *leaves to charge paypal-account*

    Regards,

    Schrumpfkopf

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  19. Can't believe I missed these 1st time round. They are really stunning.
    Cheers
    Paul

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