Storming a Monastery...

by DMF

Being a monk was dangerous during certain periods of the medieval ages.  Even the pope had to pay 200,000 francs and give a blessing to a company led by Bertrand du Guesclin to leave Avignon unharmed (he ruefully remarked afterwards that people normally paid him for a blessing).

Woodcut of a Monastery Looting by Peasants

Here is Pete Smith's owwrk, he is an excellent wargames figure painter.

A Doppelsoeldner

This blog entry contains a few images of a larger modelling project I have long wanted to get my teeth into.  Many moons ago I constructed a small diorama with 4cm Elastolin figures depicting Frundsbergs camp. This new project depicts the corner of a wagonfort-the chosen method of fortification for the roaming peasant bands in 1525 following the traditions of the Hussites who had penetrated Southern Germany during the 15th Century.  I also used a line drawing of a peasant camp by Hans Baltzer from from Wilhelm Zimmermann Der Grossdeutsche Bauernkrieg ("The All GErman Peasant War").

This is still very much a work in progress. I hope to present a more comprehensive blog entry later. For the time being some shots of the base and palisade sections made of balsa with gabions fashioned from wire. Bottom left is my first stab at a tent -the hanging tankard denotes a place of refreshment. Some contemporary depictions of encampments show beer/wine barrels kept cool in trenches with lean to shelters shading them from the sun.

Woodcut by Hans DoeringOne of the figures I always missed from the Hausser Elastolin range were mounted knights on fully armoured horse. I based the mounted general figure on a woodcut by Hans Doering which was used as a source for the title plate of my Landsknechts book for Osprey.



Renaissance Bunkers

by DMF

Renaissance BunkerRenaissance bunkers or ‘sconces' feature in a number of contemporary woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer and in this one by Eberhard Schön. They were generally positioned on the outskirts of fortified cities and strategic positions so that advancing troops would be caught in the crossfire.

Little is known about their construction but they were made of circled piles of earth probably against a circle of wooden boarding. The illustration shows a ‘Fähnlein' waving from the far sconce. For those fortunate to have the old Elastolin ‘star fort' section this could be enhanced in a diorama by a series of these sconces or for those who wish to have such defences on a skirmish board here is my attempt to recreate one of these in 40mm scale.

The Peasant Haywagon

by DMF

Landsknecht GeneralA Peasant Haywagon struck me as a important part of any medieval diorama and a good complement to my range.

And with lots of historical images I am off to a head-start...