Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mounted Yeomen w/Bows for Lion Rampant

Here is a unit of Mounted Yeomen with Bows for Lion Rampant. Granted it is unlikely the longbow was fired from the saddle, but I wanted to have the "look" for the game. These guys will be upgraded as Expert and will be able to Skirmish move and fire without the -1 Shooting penalty.
The horses and riders are from the Fireforge Mounted Men at Arms kit with Perry WotR and GW Empire Huntsmen arms and bows. Their long swords were scalpeled off. The mail from their lower legs was also shaved, and Testors glue applied over it to smooth it off, and painted as riding boots. Several of the mail coifs were also similarly converted to look like cloth hoods.
They were painted rather quickly with basic colors and followed by Minwax staining. The riders' coats were given a bit of highlighting afterwards. They are a decent match with Black Tree Design as the horses are on the taller side. The kettle helmets are particularly nice too.
These are likely the last figures to be painted for 2014. I have several projects already in mind for the new year - one being a 1/8th re-release of an old Aurora kit picked up off of ebay. The original goes for a ridiculous amount, but this one was less than $30 USD with free shipping. The intention is to build the kit to represent Richard III - a crown will have to be fabricated. Here's the still wrapped box with some OG 28mm figures in front of it for scale.

29 comments:

  1. I very much liked a gray horse - enviable result

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! Best, Dean

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  2. These are absolutely gorgeous Dean. The conversion work is amazing and you'd never know they were kit-bashed or further converted. On top of that the paintwork is superb, especially the grey horse. Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks, Michael.. really appreciate the kind words. Regards, Dean

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  3. Outstanding work, Dean! The MinWax stain really brings your horses to life. Your dapple grey is extra fine!

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  4. Death on hooves! I do love your dapple grey the best.

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  5. Thanks, Gents. Appreciate the visit and nice comments. Regards, Dean

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  6. Great conversion work Dean. I have to say your horses are probably the finest I've seen, very, very nice :-)

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    1. Ah, you're too kind, Paul. Much appreciated, Dean

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  7. These look fantastic Dean, and they'll be a real pain in the ... on the gaming table with their ability to move and shoot over large distances. Something for those hard hitting foot knights to look out for :0)
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Soren. I always like using mounted missile troops . Regards Dean.

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal! Appreciate the visit and kind words. Best, Dean

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  9. Excellent mounted yeoman Dean! The Richard IIII figure looks intriguing.

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    1. Thanks, Mike. I'm looking forward to putting him together. I had the Black Knight of Nurnberg as a kid (long lost to history). And have the Red Knight. They are very simple kits (age 10 and older ;)! ) Best, Dean

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  10. Stunning work here Dean! Lovely horses!

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    1. Thanks, Rodger. The Fireforge horses are really nice - they have separate body halves and heads, so you can vary them a bit. Regards, Dean

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  11. Excellent work Dean! The horses are indeed amazing - but then, they had to match their riders awesomeness! :D

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    1. Ah, you're too kind. I appreciate your visit and comments. Love the Moors you just painted up. Best, Dean

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  12. I concur with the group the horses are really nice and the figures are up to your stratospheric painting standards!

    How do you like playing "lion Rampant"?

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    1. Thanks, Miles. I must admit that I've not played LR in a while as most of the local guys (including myself) have been attending to family and friends during the holidays. That said, I'm looking forward to more LR games. It's a favorite set of rules for me right now. Regards, Dean

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  13. Fantastic painted bowmen! And really great conversions!

    Seasons Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Happy New Year to you too!

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  14. Really well done. Like the basing you've done on them.

    I'm in the Maple Valley WA area and would like to find a wargaming group but have had no luck here. Drop me a line if you know of any please!
    http://attheunderbrush.blogspot.com/
    Email is under the about me section. :-)
    Thanks,
    Tracy

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    1. Tracy - thanks for the nice words. As far as local groups - there are several that immediately come to mind- but for good discourse on who's playing what and when please join the NHMGS FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/groups/NHMGS/ and/or Yahoo Group. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NHMGS/info

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  15. Face slap! yes, of course, use the remaining 6 horses with the FireForge lads, new heads and bow arms as earlier English HYW cavalry.
    Thanks for the idea, Dean!

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    1. Lol! The power of plastics ;)! Thanks, Doug - and Happy New Year!

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  16. They're really great minis. What a great conversion job, I would have never been able to tell you used GW and Perry arms, or have to get rid of mail.

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