martedì 21 luglio 2015

Hospitaller knights

After the publication of the new Gripping Beast’s rulebook (SAGA - the Crescent & the Cross) I started to paint a group of Crusaders.

Considering that I was not the only person of my club interested to play with this new game system, I painted some 28mm Hospitaller Knights … The Templars were already chosen by Biagio and the Saracens by Flavio ... The idea in the club was do not play (and consequently do not paint)  the same army.

My goal was to create a small army that could be usable for both Saga and Lion Rampant.

Hospitallers (with the Templars) were one of the most important Catholic Military Orders of the Middle Ages. They started to operate in Palestine after the conquest of Jerusalem (around in 1099) even if they were created in the mid of 11th Century. Probably the order was founded by a group of Italian merchants  but, till their birth, the order's purpose was to take care and defend the pilgrims.

Ranks within the Order reflected the status and the function in the middle age society. Generally they were divided between brother  knights and brother sergeants.

I painted three group of knights (1 mounted and 2 not mounted) as bodyguard ... 

and four group of sergeants (1 mounted, 2 not mounted and 1 crossbowman) as warriors.

Till 14° century the Hospitallers wore a black/grey or brown/grey tunic. Many brother knights wore iron helmet with a face-mask or mailed coif.

(Osprey Publishing Copyrights)

I painted some warriors of Jerusalem Kingdom too. Unfortunately I haven't performed adequately studies so tunic and shield colors are wrong. It is blue instead of white ... at least the banner is correct.

I prepared a group of Genoese crossbowmen ...

and finally some generic warriors 

For the four warriors in the last photo above I was inspired by Balian of Ibelin livery as well as in the movie "The Kingdom of Heaven"

(20th Century Fox Copyrights)

sabato 4 luglio 2015

Game World Day 2015

Also this year, at the end of May, I partecipated to the Game World Day 2015. This year our tables were placed in Via Roma, one of the most important historical street of Turin. 

... In the photo below there is a partial view of Royal Palace in the landscape 

In this period the city is full of tourists for the Holy Shroud exhibit and our tables attract more people 

The main table was managed by Ezio with a demonstration of the Osprey’s Lion Rampart. 
There was also another table completely prepared (miniatures and table board) by another member of the club (Riccardo) 

I was placed in the third table. I couldn’t prepare a scenario and in this period I’m very busy so I decided to use my time to increase my miniatures production

Currently I’m working to complete a Trajan army and I started with some Late Imperial Roman in 28mm

For all the day the main table was used for Lion Rampart scenario. In the morning with renaissance miniatures painted by other two member of the club (Alberto and Biagio)

In the afternoon Papal units were replaced by the Mongols and the Byzantines painted by Riccardo

As in the past year the exhibition was a very nice experience thanks to the efforts of all the members of the club