Sunday, 16 June 2019

1066 Saxon Paper Army Completed

I am now at the last stage of completing my paper 1066 Saxon army. The last two units are about to leave the painting (or should I say cutting table). The army consists of 10 units although likely or not only 6 will be deployed, seeing I am planning for a few games using One Hour Wargame's scenarios.
  • 4 x Housecarl units
  • 2 x Select Fyrd units
  • 2 x Archer units
  • 2 x Mounted Warrior units
  • 1 x Individual commander stand
The completed army
Whether or not I use the cavalry I have yet to determine, but having the mounted unit will allow for some variety within the games.

As I don't plan to remove stands during the games to track hits, paper soldiers look best when units have multiple rows. I decided I would make a test tracker as an alternative to using dice to track hits.

A clock face was found on-line and printed to find the best size.
The printed numbers were stuck to cardboard and the top also cut out.
A spare shield was cutout and glued to cardboard. This will be stuck on to a split pin paper fastener. 
All the pieces completed and ready to be put together.
The completed tracker
And now I need to start working on the Norman army, which will hopefully only take 3-4 weeks to complete. During this time I can think about what rules to use, or modify, and read "A Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest" by  Daniel Mersey.

Current reading

14 comments:

  1. Fantastic looking Army Peter! I like your bespoke counter - the shield is a great touch.

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    1. Thank you. I just need to make 5 more for the Saxons and another 6 with kite style shields for the Normans as they get completed.

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  2. Yes, great looking army! I, too, like to see your craftiness with the addition of the casualty tracker.

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  3. Casualty tracker is nicely done.

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    1. It will be interesting to see how they work out in an actual game. Thanks.

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  4. The army is excellent and the hit tracker is a brilliant idea.

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    1. Thanks. I just need to finish off the Normans now.

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  5. They look REALLY good, a little light of Fyrd compared to Housecarls perhaps, but still gorgeous. Can't wait to see them see off those pesky invading types.

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    1. Thanks. I will probably add a few more once I get the Normans done.

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  6. The armies look great, and I love the casualty tracker as well!

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  7. Another fan of the clock face tracker here. Brillint idea!

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