This week I've been working on some of the new plastic Conquest Norman knights. What can I say? They are the best plastics I've made so far- lovely poses and proportions- I can't recommend them enough! You even get 3 extra figures and Conquest are now releasing a horse sprue so that you can make use of these too. I also have a box of the Crusader Normans, I haven't compared them size wise yet but I' so happy with these guys that I'll be using plastics for all Norman types in future.
A few people have complained that the horse heads are a bit flat but this is a minor quibble, I may end up using the horses for many different forces! One plus of the horses is that they are all interchangeable so you get even more variety in poses, maybe another head or too for even more variety wouldn't have gone astray but other than that they are great.
Downsides? A few more arms for variety may have been handy! I plan to convert them to Welsh, Saxons and am even thinking of trying to make a few Muslim types!
Not sure what I'll do with the dead horse models? I may use them to put where the knight stands are killed.
I was going to put four figures per base but it was looking a bit crowded and so after consultation with my "does it look good" expert- my 9 year old son, we decided 3 figure looked better, so three it is. Which means I can make a lot more stands! So I think in future I'll stick to the DBA suggestions- 3 knights or cavalry, 2 figures for light horse- will save a bit of time in painting and cash in buying.
Kent is currently working on his Crusaders army so not much point carrying on with my Normans, I think I'll try to work on my Syrian army next. I've a few Old Glory Muslim Cavalry but they aren't my favourite figures so I think I'll upgrade my Muslim Ghulums for my Syrian army to Perry Miniatures which are my favourite range in this period. I am tempted to try and convert a few Conquest Normans into Syrians but we will wait and see.
Gripping Beast Dark Ages Buildings
Gripping Beast has a fantastic range of Dark Ages buildings which can get bought very reasonably from War and Peace games in Australia- reasonable for me as the shipping is not too bad to New Zealand. I ordered most of the range of Thursday and they should arrive in the next few days.
Work in Progress- Conquest Normans
The first stand nears completion.
They may look a bit sparse compared to some of seen online but 4 figures per base just looked too crowded, so three it is.