The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A Horse is a Horse of Course of Course.......

Lombard Cavalry.

Both man and beast amously harnessed in 'arrow proof' armour at Verneuil.

How to model them on the table top? As there is almost no contemporary illustrations that I know of depicting horse barding from 1424 or there abouts I decided that the best route to go down would be to purchase some barded horse flesh from a later period. For this I chose the mounted Men at Arms from the excellent Venexia Late Condotta range. The harness on the horse dates almost certainly from a later date but rather importantly the Perry mounted Men at Arms are a good fit and consequently there will be a lot less sculpting to be done- something at which I am certainly no expert!

There are alas only two barded miniatures in the range but this has been remedied by some simple head swaps. I don't think thay have lost much of the dynamic in terms of pose in transition so as soon as I fill in some gaps with putty and start upon the daunting task of sculpting I'll let you have more pics:

                               Don't forget you can click on the images to enlarge :O)


  1. wow, looks really interesting - nice conversions, i've never thought of doing headswops like that. watching with anticipation...

  2. Thanks Simon.

    I've got to fill in the gaps left between the heads and bodies.... then I'm thinking of having a bash at changing the form of some of the armours/barding. a daunting task and one that may easily go wrong! :O)


  3. There aren't many pictures of Venexia's 28mm stuff around. Is the scale and quality similar to Perry's, then? This is going to be one of the best looking armies ever.

  4. Hi Emilio,

    Yeah, it's a shame really as the cavalry models are especially good as are the artillery and crossbowmen. The Spearmen are a bit so and so as are the Stradiots, though I'm sure that with a bit of conversion work they can be made to look good.

    The scale of the horse is slightly larger then the Perry equivelent but it is very marginal. The actual scale of the foot and mounted figures are a good match or as near as you are going to get.

    Well worth buying a pack and seeing what you think IMHO.

    Thanks for the compliment too- it's always nice to hear that one's work is appreciated :O)