T’was the night before Ayton. Again!

Tomorrow I’ll heading down to Ayton for what will be our 7th year! This year we are playing a large Lion Rampant game so I have mostly been painting Normans! And mostly over the last month as inevitably I left it all late! 🙂 The last few days have seen me rattling off 12 archers, 12 yeoman and 12 mounted chaps!

So we have 6 Conquest plastic Normans: 12 Conquest plastics done as yeoman and with round shields as a sort of local force: And 12 Conquest plastic archers: And finally, the Brotherhood of the Swan! Three Perry Hospitaler command and three Conquest plastics. I intend to pick up three more Perry’s to make these a full unit. And Brother Donovan carrying the sacred banner!

Not bad for a week’s work! I’d hoped to get the force to the 42 points we need for Day Two but it was just too much. The remaining figures from the boxes will go to make some bidowers and once I have the Perrys, another mounted unit. So the force for Ayton is: Needless to say there will be a full report after the weekend! Really looking forward to it!

 

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As Ayton looms…

…I’m finally cracking on with the figures needed. To add to the crossbowmen I finished a few weeks ago I’ve added 12 more Foot Sergeants (though they may end up as Yeoman!) and 6 Foot Men at Arms. All are Conquest Normans. And as I’m retaining the Savage Swans theme the tough chaps get the usual colour scheme! I’ve got another 12 foot and 6 mounted half done. Hope to get them finished by Friday. Then may attempt some more!

Ayton always provides a good focus for painting. If only I could realise that a few weeks earlier….

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The Lidl Grass Mat thing…

Willz, over on the A Military Gentleman forum and also on TWW, posted a link to the current offer at Lidl for 2mx1m artificial grass mats.

Although a little darker than I would like they are quite a good deal. I have a 6’x4′ Mat-o-War which is lighter but if I use this on the small 4’x4′ the extra length is hanging off the end, doesn’t lie flat and then adds a crease along the edge… So this mat seemed a possible alternative. As I only needed to cover the 4×4 one mat was enough and by trimming the extra there was enough to cover the lot.

The end result is OK. The joins aren’t too obvious and I think will bed in. The mats are just held in place by double sided tape.And the remaining off cut will be used for fields and the like on the other mat as it will provide a nice contrast.So all in all it will do the job for smaller games. I may use a bit of the offcut to try some light dry brushing just to lighten it a bit.

Now, I really must do some painting for Ayton!

 

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