The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Friday, 17 December 2010

They think it's all over..... well it's not! :O)


Just a quick note to let you all know that things are still "go" with La Journee. As a full time professional miniature painter it's sometimes difficult to fit things in and get stuff photographed as much as I would like.

There are a couple of things that I've been working on that will be gracing the pages of this blog soon- Lombards, which have taken a little conversion and a slight historical liberty (but they are as close as I'm going to get using miniatures on the market at present). Also, there has been a lot of re-basing of my WAB HYW English army with a few additional miniatures. Unlike most re-basing, a phrase that usually has an awful resonance with wargamers, it has been a pleasure to re-base much of my collection as it has given me licence to base the miniatures in my usual vignette style but with a bit more flair.

Anyway, pics coming very soon which will include the conversion and painting of the Lombard cavalry.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

English Men at Arms: Step by Step III

Ok, so a bit faster then last time, here is the third and final post for the English Men at Arms step by step.

As you can see they are now complete. Final colour selection was not too difficult for the men at arms as they are in full harness and it was really only a matter of choosing what colours to do their respective belts, shoes and scabbards etc. I chose a very dark blue and a very dark green (both from Foundry)- applying the paint in three layers paying attention to follow the contours of their equipment.

That out of the way, this being Bedfords main battle, I decided to keep with the theme of liveried retainers so one was chosen as one of Fastolf's men and the other was to wear the livery of Bedford and the Lancastrian kings.

Fastolf's livery is red and black. I used the Vallejo Dark Rust for the red from one of their Panzer Ace sets and added Vallejo Scarlet to highlight. Having just been delivered of the Black Andreas paint set it seemed the perfect moment to try it out of Falstolf's man. His gambeson was painted Vallejo Black and then highlighted with No's 5 and then 6 from the Andreas Black set. I think that it came out very well and is a very subtle way of highlighting black.

Bedford's man. I started with Foundry Midnight Blue(B) and added progressive layers of Foundry Sky Blue (A) then Vallejo white to the mix. The White being done with the Foundry Arctic Grey set but instead of using their white I use Vallejo Model Colour White as it is both strong and vibrant, all the better for painting up Late Medieval armies.

The leather work was GW Scorched Earth with Black, then Scorched Earth by itself and finally Dark Flesh. Polearms were Scorched Earth with a little Black and a highlight of a medium brown- any will do as long as it's not too light.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

English Man at Arms Step by Step II

Sorry this post is a little late; it's been a very buisy time here in sunny Durham.

OK, here's the pic of the men at arms with the armour fully painted. In the time since my last post the PO delivered the Andrea 'Silver' metal set to my door. I have used the lightest colour in their set to add an intermediate hue to the fully harnessed knights. With the 'lesser' man at arms I just stopped at the Andrea highlight and dropped the Mithril Silver- I think that it has had the desired effect in that they are hopefully looking slightly less bling! Note that I have also made a point of going over any areas between the plates where my brush may have strayed, this gives greater definition to the armour and neatens everything up to boot.

Next up will be the painting of the gambeson, the coat of plates and everything else. Should be done in a day or so.


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

English Men at Arms: Step by Step I

Having not managed to make a post in over a week and finding myself painting a few men at arms I decided to do a quick step by step of how I have painted the more generic men at arms/knights. These will go towards making up the final base for Bedford's battle

As you can see above we have four Perry Miniatures knights in the early stages of painting. Basically what we have before us is the figures cleaned up, given a dusting of black spray undercoat. This is then followed up with a 50/50 coat of Vallejo Matt Black and water. Into this I mix a small amount of Matt Acrylic Medium to give an excellent flat surface which nicely elucidates the detail on the miniature.

The next stage is to drybrush the mail and add a wash to the flesh. Any 'medium' flesh colour will do for a base- you will no doubt have your own preference. The flesh is given a couple of washes of Citadel Devlan Mud ready for highlighting later on. As for the drybrushing the mail, I start with a darkened mix of GW's Boltgun Metal (90% boltgun/10% Valejo Black) then progress to GW Chainmail then GW Mithril Silver. over the years I have found that the GW metallics are about the best in terms of quality. On the 'lesser men at arms' I then add a diluted wash of Citadel Badab Black over the mail. This helps indicate their status as the riguers of campaign and the lack of a page to clean up their armour means that they are likely to look quite shabby next to their gentlemanly superiors

The layering over the armour is done in much the same way but instead of drybrushing the paint is applied carefully in layers. It is important to take a look at a few suits of full harness before applying these layers. I have a collection of photo's that I've taken at various exhibitions and re-enactments but there is plenty available on the internet if you are stuck. Oddly enough the thing to do to get the impression of light bouncing off the surfaces of the armours is not to attempt to copy it direct from the pics. Instead try to create a general impression of what you see on your source material. This in my opinion gives the best results.

It is essential that the undercoat/earlier preperation is left showing through the different pieces of the plate. If you make a mistake, don't fret, you can easily rectify this by blacklining or in the case of the figures we are painting, just add some Vallejo Black to some Boltgun Metal and use this to line mistakes.

OK, that's it for now. Next I'll be adding the flesh tones and colour to the clothing and fabric covered armours.


Saturday, 4 September 2010

English Vignettes

I've posted these on my other website in the Gallery, I wasn't really going to post them here but they are just as relevent to the demo game of Verneuil as to sitting pretty in the Gallery on the other site! Also they are perfect to be used in the role of Impetus markers for the game and will look a lot better than placing counters on the table. The idea is that each unit will have some casualty markers or such like on round bases that will be used to determine how much VBU a unit may have lost etc.

I'm not a great fan of putting down tokens and that sort of thing, though I do recognice that it is often a necessary evil in many games. These vignettes will eliminate this factor and hopefully add something to the aesthetic of the game.

Well, that's about it for today. Partizan is tomorrow and I still have a load of work to do for one or two of clients so I had better get to it :O)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Bedfords Battle III

Here are the final two mini's in the formation. Quite simply, a man at arms runs forward with his bill slung over his shoulder. He wears little in the way of bady armour except his gambeson and a kettle hat. The other soldier is better armoured than his brother in arms, wearing a coat of plates, mail shirt, padded leg armour and a bascinet helm with a mail aventail. He confidently strides forward whilst punching with his buckler before 'making hay' with his falchion, a terrible slashing sword capable of producing monstrous wounds if it struck home, although relatively slow to wield when compared with other comtemporay swords.  Although it should be mentioned that the bill is not reported in large numbers until the ending stages of the HYW and the beginnings of the Wars of the Roses. I would hazzard a gues that the bill was favourite weapon of the lower classes- the falchion being used by these very same men from the time of the Third Crusade and possibly earlier.

Next up there will be an expansion of another 60x60mm base to give the unit the right 'feel' and re-base of the whole unit painted thus far onto two more 60x60mm bases. making a total of three bases There will be a nice big frontage and a reasonable depth to the unit that should leave it looking the part.

Finally, for today, I have a pic of the whole unit as it was based for WAB:


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Bedfords Battle II

OK, now it is the turn of Sir John Fastolf, Knight Banneret. Here he is wearing his "cote amor", thrusting forward a fist, joining Bedford in egging his men forward. He carries his poleaxe in his right hand ready for the ensuing melee. Behind Fastolf a knight is in the process of finishing off one of the poorly armed and untrained French men at arms after jabbing him in the face with his cruel battle axe. Not all of the men at arms in the French contingent at Verneuil would have been so poorly armed and negligently trained but I felt compelled to include quite a few as a substantial number are likely to have been so bearing in mind the arriere ban had been enforced to put the army together.

Sir John Fastolf was created knight banneret by Bedford and thus had the right to bear his heraldic banner. His banner bearer wears quite old fashioned armour in that he has a gambeson covering a coat of plates and little else by way of plate covering his torso. Nevertheless, the protection afforded by his armour would more then likely be adequate for the job at hand. Next him a man at arms is in full swing with his bill, often a dangerous manoeuvre during the press of combat, not only for himself as it leaves him open to a counter attack but for his friends too if too tightly pressed as is probable at Verneuil.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Bedford's Battle

Here we have Bedfords Battle for the WAB army that accompanied me to Havok! at Gripping Beast HQ, Evesham. The first unit I will be putting together for The Battle of Verneuil demo game will contain many of these miniatures, if not all of them. I think Simon and I have settled upon the idea of using Impetus, with some modifications, as it is probably for the good that we keep the rules simple as we are hoping to be chatting with a few folks as we play the game!

As the unit is based for WAB it gives me an opportunity to talk a little about the composition of the stands and what prompted me to paint up the miniatures in the manner that I have done. As I have said before long the mini's will be based for Impetus..... I'm thinking of 60mm by 60mm bases as this fits with other rule systems like Foundry's Medieval Warfare, and as many Medieval wargamers will know, it is not always easy to find a fellow enthusiast that plays the same rule system as one another. I will be adding another 60x60mm base in order to make the units 180mm wide as this will look much better on the tabletop and will make no difference whatsoever to the way in which the rules operate.

As you can see from the pics above featuring Bedfords stand, his heraldic attire is not in what you might expect from the third son of Henry V and the uncle of Henry VI. As will be explained later, in an indepth introduction leading up to and including the battle, Bedford made a great deal out of Heraldic Pageantry prior to the battle in a dramatic display designed to bring a strength through unity and a sense of purpose to the army. He wore a surcoat combining the white cross of France with the red cross of England in order to convey the message of union between the two kingdoms and that Bedford alone had the right to bear this coat of arms. I have painted him up with the white cross of France quartered with the red cross of England instead of superimposing the images as is suggested in de Waurin's account (you will hear more about this chap later). Bedford is a from Perry miniatures as are most of my collection. The actual mini is taken from their French High command at Agincourt on Foot pack and is the Duc de Orleans figure. His heraldry was beautifully sculpted on to the miniature by Michael Perry which in this case was actually an impediment to getting the effect I wanted! So, I took a Dremel to the heraldry (yep, you heard me! A Dremel) and carefully ground off his coat of arms. This was smoothed down by hand with a needle file before priming.

Next to John of Bedford stands John Talbot, known for his prowess in battle and his daring. There is only one chronicle that indicates his presence at the battle but I have included him as the rest of the 'cast of characters' were present and there is no reason to suppose that such an important figure would not be in amongst the action. Talbot wears his heraldic coat of arms and wields a vicious poleaxe as appropriate.

The musician advancing behind Bedford and Talbot wears the Lancastrian livery of Bedford. Musicians of this type would have had a limited but important role on the battlefield, indicating where the banners were, at what pace to advance etc. It has to be said that once battle was joined they may have become superfluous.

This brings us onto the next base. Sir Henry Tilleman was given the right to bear Bedfords Heraldic banner. Tillemen was over 70 years old and had been active in the Black Prince's expedition to Spain and fought at the Battle of Najera, 1367! Bedford, by honouring Tillemen was making a deliberate link to the past and the Battle of Najera, which recalled the days of the Black Prince as a commander of renown enhancing the martial prowess of his army. Of the two other knights, one wears a surcoat and is evading a blow, perhaps as a feint, wielding his poleaxe. The other advances without bearing his arms as was often the practice of the English at that time.

Next I'll be taking a look at Fastolf and his retainers as pictured in the unit at the top of this page.



Welcome to this my new Blog that will be centred around putting together a demo game of the Battle of Verneuil fought on 17th of August 1424, between the forces of John of Bedford acting Regent of France for Henry VI of England and France and The Duc d'Alencon on behalf of Charles VI, titular King of France.

This struggle was to prove to be one of the most epic of the HYW, yet the battle has often been reduced to a few pages or a footnote in most history books dealing with the HYW in English. This is a strange turn of events as Verneuil was equally as hard fought as Cravant and Agincourt, certainly two of the more famous battles of the conflict.

Over the coming weeks I will be posting up pics of my English (actually Anglo-Norman), French, Scottish and Lombard forces as the army is put together. This is a joint venture with my friend Simon Chick. As of yet, we have never actually met but our passion for Late Medieval warfare and wargaming has inspired much correspondence and the idea of putting on a demo of the battle with the aim of the game making it's debut at Salute next year.