The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Painting Armour Version II: Part II

I'm rather keen to make the Henry V vignette (below) to take on a more dynamic appearance. I also want to replace the Front Rank Henry V model with the one I got free with the Perry Miniatures HYW English Boxed Set. The more dynamic pose of the Perry Henry calls for some lavish attention and the stand need more banners and variation. It is for this reason that I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and show two slightly different techniques for painting armour and heraldry.

My (Old-ish) Henry Belligerent Vignette

Perry Miniatures Henry V model:

In the case of Henry V, I undercoated his black with Halford's Black Primer, this has quite a Satin sheen to it and is not entirely to my liking. This can be remedied when applying the base coat as I use Andrea Flat Black which really allows one to see the details on the model.

The pic below shows the model with a coat of Halford's primer and the initial drybrushing of the armour. I use GW metallics as I think they're the best available on the market. Sometimes if I'm painting armour that I want to depict as being 'out in the field' I will use Vallajo Oily Steel which gives a pleasing off colour, just be careful not to highlight too high if using this hue. So it's just the GW three stage dry brushing and then paint over any areas where the brush may have strayed.

Here's the result:

When it came to the Banner and Standard Bearer's I decided to use the Grey Undercoat method. They are given an undercoat of Halford's Matte Grey primer (this lacks the satin sheen of the black) and I mix up a grey to match using Vallejo. the next step is to liberally apply a black wash of GW Nuln Oil. This picks out all the areas of detail and is on fact a more efficient way of doing so than to use Andrea Flat Black as a base coat. The chainmail is dry brushed in the same manner as the Henry Model (though in these pics it has not been done as of yet!):

Banner Bearer:

Standard Bearer:

That should give you the basics of the two different methods. Next will be the painting of the armour itself to be followed by the heraldry and other items of equipment/adornment.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Verneuil, The Second Agincourt, 1424, Richard Wadge Arrives!! Excited!!!

I get back from the gym to be greeted by a package that I have been looking forward to with relish. Other then reading his inspiring Phd Essay Verneuil, Towards a History of Courage, Mike Jones, War in History and  The Agincourt War, Alfred H Burne (An out of date account by any standards) I have not had the pleasure of reading anything on the battle other then the usual mention in the many military history books pertaining to the HYW.

Unfortunately, the book has landed on the hall floor and caught me in the middle of some heavy reading on the North West Frontier and in particular the  Second Afghan War so I'm left with a bit of interesting dilemma! Do I interrupt my research into the NWF or go with my first love, the Hundred Years War and get stuck into the book?

I think I know which one of the two will win out!

Of course, The Battle of Verneuil was the original inspiration for this blog as well as being the subject of our (Simon Chick and I) Award Winning game at Salute in 2011 so it would be trite not to reintroduce a few pics from back then to round this little article off. One last thing, I'll be reviewing the book the moment I've read it so stay tuned!

Bye for now.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Pre-Saute Plea!


I may (or may not) be able to get to Salute this year. If I can make it I will almost certainly be helping out with the Agincourt game that the Lance and Longbow Society will be putting on which means I will not be eligible for the free Agincourt Giveaway designed by the Perry Twins.

So, I was hoping that given my obsession with Late Medieval Warfare I was hoping that one of you guys and gals would be willing to part with their mini? I know it's a bit of a cheeky question but it may be the only way i can get hold of the miniatures.

I'm happy to pay for the mini as is only correct.

Anyway, if anyone is willing to part with their mini and sell it to me please contact me at:

You will make me a very happy man.

Of course, if I am able to make it to Salute I will let you know in advance.

Bye for now!