Saturday, 2 November 2019

New Steel Fist Late Medieval Men at Arms

I was gawping rather randomly flicking through Facebook, as one sometimes does, and I came across the latest releases from Steel Fist on (surprisingly) the Steel Fist Miniatures which is HERE!

For me these mini's are ideal for Italian Men at Arms for Fornovo as their armours are certainly of Italian (and Spanish) fabrication. They will certainly not look out of place among Gonzaga's men as he leads that futile charge across the River Taro.

I'll let Simon do the talking.....

"We're pleased to release new figures for our Late Medieval range.
These are available in our website shop.
There are 3 new packs of mounted men at arms, wearing armour circa 1470-1500. The style of arms and helmets are typical of Italian and Iberian mounted men at arms for this period, however as much armour was made for export they'll not look out of place in any Western European army. They're suitable for French and Italians at the start of the Italian Wars.

All figures carry heavy lances and are supplied with separate heads, allowing them to be swapped with other figures, and are mounted on unarmoured horses."

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Demo Game for Partizan 2020 Decided Concretely!

I've come to the decision to put my Early Renaissance painting in the background for now and concentrate on getting the miniatures ready for Battle of Fraga 1134, a Spanish Reconquista Game!

If you want to see how the Reconquista demo progresses you will be able to do so on my Just Add Water Blog.

The reasons for doing so are in the main to do with painting. My plan was to speed paint the very large number of Foundry, The Assault Group and Steel Fist Early Renaissance mini's of late. This simply would not do the miniatures justice and I would not be satisfied with the results at all. In a manner of speaking it would be demoralising to paint such beautiful miniatures up in a hurry!

Instead I'm concentrating on the Battle of Fraga 1134  which will be do-able when it comes to speed painting up large numbers of Almohad miniatures which I have managed to do when I was painting professionally and a customer wanted an army doing quickly. It would have been less swift to paint up the 'Christian' forses but thanks to some new painting techniques I've picked up from David Imrie on his Saxon Dog Painting Facebook page I think I now have that in the bag.

The Renaissance painting will continue and the odd unit and vignette will be gracing these pages so there will be plenty of posts here on Gewalthaufen for you to enjoy.

OK, that's about it for now. Hope to here from you soon on both Gewalthaufen and Just Add Water

Thursday, 17 October 2019

For Sale- The Italian Wars 1494-1559- War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe

I've got a brand new copy of the essential book, The Great Italian Wars 1449-1559:War State and Society, Mallet and Shaw up for sale which I received as a present from a kind relative but it is a book I already own which is unfortunate.

I am selling it for £40 which I don't consider unreasonable as it's out of print and second hand copies are selling for that amount

Buyer pays for postage.

If you are interested please contact me by leaving a post her, PM me or via email at:

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

The King, Henry V Netflix Movie Release Date Announced!

Not exactly Late Medieval but I think that it's safe to assume that there is a lot of interest among the readers of this blog for me to go ahead with this short post.....

The movie, The King, which is based on Shakespeare's Henry V with modern lingo is due for release according to The Radio Times on November 1st. I do not really know what to make of the reworking of Shakespeare's beautiful prose but that so I  have to reserve judgement on that point. Will this movie hit the spot? We shall indeed have to wait and see.

I'm not sure if this is a US release date or simultaneously a US and UK release date.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Settled on the Battle of Ravenna

For the last few weeks I've been humming and haring over which battle to to for, Fornovo or Ravenna for a demo game which,will be featured at Partizan and Salute 2020 (I need to organise the Salute game if possible!).

I've decided to settle on Ravenna. Why?

It is basically a more interesting battle. Any re-fight of Fornovo would involve the crossing of a limited number of fords accross a raging torrent of a river which would only serve to leave the vast majority of the number of miniatures on the tabletop out of the loop. The units simply would not all be able to engage even given the extended time available to play the game at a show. I thought about doing the battle with the River Taro at a low ebb but in the end I would have to be creative with the rules, which as many can attest to is something that I'm dreadful at doing- trust me! I'm not ruling out Fornovo for a future project. In fact it's going to happen, possibly after Ravenna when I've had more time to get my head around game mechanics and dealing with the river situation. At the end of the day Ravenna seemed to speak to me more as there was a lot more happening during that particular battle:

The most important of which is the artillery duel at the start of the battle. This was not your Late        Medieval shoot off a few rounds at one another then get stuck in affair; rather, it was a sustained          artillery bombardment by both sides inflicting significant casualties and effecting morale for both        parties.

Entrenched positions.

Massed Cavalry Charge- It just always looks fab!

Sustained Infantry Combat between the inception of two different approaches to the utilisation of infantry.

The use of the infamous Spanish "war" wagons. NThese were not at all like the Hussite War                Wagons but more like guns mounted on a cart which the infantry held and could push forward!!??      It is an enigma wrapped inside a mystery that I will delve into in more detailas things progress. It's      certainly very intriguing!! As for modelling the carts? It's going to be very interesting to say the          least! (once I've figured out what they are!!)

Heraldry. To be perfectly honest this was one of the main reasons why I was not keen on doing            Ravenna. There is a distinct lack of information in English on who bore what arms. This had the          potential of making the game look very bland. After all, what sort of Late Medieval/Early                    Renaissance wargame worth it's salt has not got a glut of standards and banners fluttering?                Thankfully I have been helped venomously by a couple of friends a few years ago (sorry, I have    forgotten who was who!! Gulp!) and more recently by Luca Gualandi and Alessandro Bazzocchi.

As a last thankyou I would like to express my gratitude to Charles Singleton, one of the editors for Helion and Company Books for sending me the draft for The Great Italian Wars 1: The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo which will be getting a full and thorough review just as soon as I am given the green light.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The Great Italian Wars 1: The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo

A couple of months ago I was sent a proof copy of The Great Italian Wars 1: The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo which is due to be published soon by Helion and Company in a rather exciting series of books called From Retinue to Regiment which already include, Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth and Tanaka 1587. Japan's Greatest Unknown Samurai Battle and will soon include volumes examining The Army of the Swabian League. I'm sure there will be more to come in this series!

I'm going to review the book, I'm not sure when as I only have a proof copy but I'm about to contact the editor and see if he thinks it's OK to go ahead now or to wait.

I'll leave you with a picture featuring the front cover teaser which illustrates the quality of the plates within the book.

And a Venetian vignette I found on the net. Apologies to the painter as I cannot for the life of me find the list of links at present! :>(

The vignette will of course be very useful when it comes to painting up my smaller 28mm Venetian forces for the battle.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

A Quick Note on Painting Horses

Four horses that were finished about four years ago where the Battle of Fornovo project left off. They are from the Perry Miniatures Stradiot Command pack and lack their undercoated but unpainted human companions. Basically they are speed painted as there is going to be a lot of cavalry in both armies and it just is not practical for me to meticulously paint every horse or I would have no chance of getting the game ready for Partizan in April. I'm looking at a ratio of about 75% of the horses to be speed painted with the remaining 25% painted up to a high standard. The higher end stuff will be reserved for character models, vignettes and the most eye catching units on the tabletop. 

As an aside, I'm going to be layering the foot and horse riders as normal but with the premise that I will not add more then three layers as I'm prone to painting in a very subtle manner with up to seven or eight layers which I will again be reserving for character models, vignettes ans special units.

Apologies for the lighting in the pictures, I haven't got my photographic space set up yet.

Close ups:
I should have dusted them down first!

More Mounts on the Way:
There will be another three in this unit so I have just three more horses to clean up and undercoat in this unit. I plan on doing at least two units of traditional Stradiots and one, maybe two units of Westernised Stradiots. That's anything from 40- 46 horses! Thus the speed painting!!

Westernised Stradiot Horseflesh:
I still have to complete the harness on the mounts below. These plastic Late Medieval Perry mounts were painted very recently; I had actually forgotten that I had originally planned to speed paint most of the mounts!! As soon as the harness is painted I'm going to do four speed painted examples at some point and compare them next to one another to see how the Perry plastic horses hold up when speed painting. I'll explain all of this at another point as i plan on doing a Speed Painting Mounts article that some of you may find to be of use.

Barded Horses!

I should begin by saying that I love the barding and champrons on the plastic Late Medieval Perry Miniatures horses but I am certainly in need of variation in my units. I'm planning on using a number of Venexia Barded steeds and Crusader Miniatures Wars of the Roses range after some major surgery to the saddles as most of the miniatures i plan on using have the saddles sculpted onto the mini's and I think consistency to be quite important in terms of presentation.


Crusader, Wars of the Roses:

Kind Regards