Sunday, February 21, 2021

Carolingian Cavalry Artizan Design

        See previous post on the Carolingians for intent and information. All these miniatures are Artizan Design miniatures. 

Gripping Beast middle Artizan figures on the side

Carolingian Cavalry Gripping Beast

   The Carolingian period in my mind is a great one to represent. The enemies are varied that they fought including Vikings, Arabs, Avars, Middle Saxons and Lombards all being some examples. They have a nice look to them with scarlet leggings being popular as contrasted with blue, white and yellow (or ochre) shirts which were all popular clothing colors.  As with my Saxons it is a project that is a slow fuse one. The other challenge and also a positive of building a Carolingian force is the allied contingents that were utilized and I have yet to decide on all the components and size I plan on having. No doubt some Swabian foot infantry along with some Breton mounted will join in as some Saxons themselves(unless campaigning against them). My current aim is to have roughly 72 (or more) mounted Carolingians themselves of which I have 36 based with others currently painted but yet to be based. The two key manufacturers I have gone with are Gripping Beast and Artizan Design. Both ranges are very nice with my only complaint is the open hand figures of the Artizan figures as the javelins are less than ideally glued on. At any rate....I will in the future include some historical notes and campaigns with both the Carolingians and the Byzantine Empire as my personal collection comprises a large selection of this time historical campaigns and battles can be replicated. The following figures are Gripping Beast with a group shot of Artizan included and some size comparison pics.

Gripping Beast in the middle with Artizan on the wings

Gripping Beast in center Artizan front and back



      Second unit of Saxon foot that would of existed in England from 850's to its fall to the Normans. No real plan for these...that is....I plan to paint up roughly 32 at a time in between other projects with the intention of having some 10 units? 320 figures sounds like a good number to have but as I work through these I'm certain I will become more specific in my intentions. All the miniatures are made up from Foundry, Crusader and some Footsore. They do not yet include the latest round of releases that Footsore has recently done with late Saxons but I do plan on adding some. I did choose to add some mail figures representing some Thegns joining the Fryd to help stiffen them up. When I paint the Huscarls I will go with all mailed clad figures and use mostly the Crusader line.

Crusader King

    Unfortunately cannot recall the maker of the king figure I believe Footsore as the bishop is a Footsore figure.

Crusades mounted Crossbows

      I believe these figures are Wargames Foundry.....painted as mounted crossbow for the Crusades. The owner of these figures will provide his own basing.

Sunday, December 6, 2020


   All figures are Foundry and comprise some of the individual knights that fought in the third crusade. Again these as with all the Crusade period figures have been painted on behalf of another individual who will provide his own basing. The one figure in scarlet I painted up based on a known appearance of a german knight whos name is now escaping me...all the rest I went with acceptable appearances of the time.

Teutonic Knights

     The Teutonic forces are meant to match the Templar in terms of size. Again, mostly Foundry figures and perhaps some Footsore thrown in. They include mounted knights, mounted sergeants and dismounted knights. One of the sergeants had an Islamic type of appearance which was a nice touch to include. The Teutonics went with white which made the other mounted sergeants a little more difficult to paint for any meaning full contrast but I did as much as possible. Black type crosses on white backgrounds was common whether on the horses barding, the habit and shields. However, the Teutonics did add more color to their shields and sometimes a yellowish gold would be utilized on their crosses. It did add a little more color and flavor to painting these. On a final note I made a huge error on the standard......It was noticed after taking the pics but the standard  should be on a cross pole and the angle of the standard is incorrect it needs to be mounted by turning it 90 degrees.