The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Friday, 30 March 2012

Coming Very Soon!

I've been a little ill again of late (well, a little bit more than a 'little' ill!- more later) and it's taken it's toll on my work yet again. Literally six out of the seven days of last week I was almost bed ridden and in a bit of a state. So, what is this mystery illness? Well, if I were to tell you that it is Clinical Depression and that I was suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks what would you think? You see, this is really the question, what would you think? This is something that I am very conscious of when discussing my illness with friends etc. I do wonder what they think..... for example, I was supposed to travel down to Evesham with some friends for Martin Gibbons excellent Medieval WAB event Havok! I started feeling ill on the Friday evening and by the time Saturday came around it was looking very unlikely that I would make it down even, as my girlfriend offered, she was to drive me there. I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence but I do know folk have varying degrees of understanding when it comes to the psychological and physical traits of depression. I got the feeling that my friends were quite angry with me for not making it. to be honest it wouldn't be the first time- but- if I'm ill I sometimes can't do crowds. Imagine having major panic attacks in a room full of 30 wargamers all buisy rolling dice and having a good time! Some may think, it's not a 'real' illness or you'll get over it and start feeling better (to some extent this is true). The thing is, according to my psychiatrists I am always going to have the shadow of Clinical Depression hanging over me. It isn't the flu and it will be there to some extent, probably for the rest of my life. It's about managing the illness and of late this has been undertaken in a very professional manner by the great Psychiatry team they have in Durham. Kudos to those guys- you know who you are!

OK, so why mention this in a blog about Late Medieval Warfare? It's simply a matter of getting the word out to folk who read the blog and having a real need to express myself on the subject. I'm not trying to play you guys some sort of 'blue jam', merely bringing to attention the problems that I have faced over the past few years and especially over the last seven or eight months.

I'm pleased to say that although I was ill haven't remain idol and pulled out of their soft wrappings some of my original HYW Perry stuff that was painted up for Agincourt. I decided to set about putting together a few vignettes as it seemed such a shame to waste such brilliant sculpts. Over the next week or so I'll be posting pics of these before diving back into then Verneuil stuff. There should also be some news on the terrain for the Battle of Cravant that I am modelling.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Great News! Claymore Castings Website Goes Live

It's great to announce that Andrew and David's Claymore Castings website is now live.


For those that don't know, their range has been sculpted by Paul Hicks and was commisioned by both David Imrie and Andrew Taylor.

Here's a quick pic of what you can expect (they're from an earlier post in my blog, but it will give you an idea of the high quality of the castings):

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Talbot's Battle Stand One

In all likelihood Gilbert lord Talbot's Battle was placed in the centre alongside that of Bedfords. Unfortunately, no rules set is perfect and so we place Talbot in command in a separate battle where, in truth, the commanders of the English at Verneuil would have been at the front of a more of less continuous battle line. Or so the theory goes....

Here's Talbot and part of his fighting force in all their belligerent glory.I hope you enjoy the pics:

Friday, 9 March 2012

Bedford's Battle Stand One


Back again! I know it's been a long time since I updated this blog and some of you may be wondering what happenned to me(?). For the past six or seven months or so I've been quite seriously ill and to be honest wargaming was really the last thing on my mind. It's been a very traumatic experience but I am certainly now over the worst and am getting back into the swing of painting mini's and planning games etc.

OK, explanation over with.

Here's a few snaps of Bedford's Battle that featured in the Battle of Verneuil game at Salute last year. I decided to go all out for Impetus style basing as this gives the maximum space to create drama and tension which can only serve to imrpove the vignettes on the bases.

If you want to read about my choices for miniatures, painting, heraldry etc you can pop over here, which will explain well, everything really.

I intend to photograph each base and say a little about why I chose to make certain choices as I put the models together etc. I hope to do one base a day but perhaps one every three is more realsitic with my current work load.

Please enjoy the images:

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Perry Salute Releases (OK, The Medieval Stuff Anyway)

Just taken from The Miniatures Page- definately out  for Salute:

Cottage should be usefull from 1300-1600 plus with the addition of the smoke hood. Looks splendid and as it's plastic it is opens up the possibilities as far as conversions go. A real surprise to see this cottage released.