Saturday, 17 October 2009

Painted Norman infantry




I have just been painting Norman Conquest infantry and they illustrate a couple of dilemmas. Firstly, the unarmoured archers and spear men both have headgear which could either be pointed helmets or cloth hats - I'm not sure which. I have painted them as helmets but suspect this may be wrong - can anyone comment? Also very few of the spear men's weapons are complete, so I suspect I will replace these. This is the same problem as I have with the accompanying cavalry. I only have a few (less than ten) Saxons, so I think I will try to do these before tackling the Norman cavalry.

6 comments:

Stryker said...

Hi Clive - Fascinating to finally see some pictures of these. I spent many hours with my Hinton Hunt Catalogue deciding which ones I one buy back in 1971. In the end they missed their chance as the film 'Cromwell' came out and my school friends convinced me to get Minifigs ECW instead!

The castings look a bit rough and ready - are they genuine HH?

Ian

The Old Metal Detector said...

Hi Ian, they are originals.

Did you see the Lamming RHA on The Old Metal Detector? I thought they were an interesting contrast to you Hinton Hunt posts.

Clive

lewisgunner said...

The Poles look like good pirates. HH never produced an open handed Pole!

The hats on the Norman archers and spearmen are cloth or leather. All you have to do is look at the Bayeux tapestry online to see the archers wee pointy caps!!
Roy

lewisgunner said...

Also, you should bend the spear arm to make the weapon to the horizontal. Its only cast at an upward angle to enable moulding!!
Roy

Stryker said...

Clive - yes I thought the Lamming RHA were very interesting against the HH. Different style but how do they compare height wise?

Ian

The Old Metal Detector said...

Roy - thanks for the info

Ian - i would say they are prestty much the same, difference is the thickness of the bases. Mind, I've compared against one of the Normans, not an HH RHA guy