Sunday, 7 January 2018

The 'Flight' Theme is Now Up for Viewing! (and Curt's 'Flight of Arrows')

Hello All!

The first Theme Round of Challenge VIII is now up for viewing!

This fortnight's theme is 'Flight' and we have 45 participants (I think that's a record for percentage of participants) that have submitted entries for your enjoyment. In the gallery you will see birds, aircraft, ornithopters and all sorts of wonderful interpretations of our first theme. 

Please click here, or on the 'Bonus Theme' link in the navigation bar above to enjoy the efforts of the participants. Also, once you're there, please use the links on the right sidebar to navigate through the entries. There is a persistent glitch in Blogger in how it displays multiple entries over several pages on a single day. Don't know why, just another thing to remind us that this is a free service I guess.

Finally, remember to take time to vote for your favourite entries. You can vote for as many as you like. The top three in votes will get additional points added on to their total for the round.


As to myself, I've recused myself (a new word that I can thank that twerp Jeff Sessions for) from the entries eligible for voting, so instead I'll grandstand out here on the main page. ;O)

Mulling over the theme of 'Flight' I thought I'd do something illustrating 'a flight of arrows'.

Ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated by the Wars of the Roses, and for the past few years I've tried to complete a handful of models for this colourful (and bloody) period of English history.

First up in this group are seven longbowmen wearing the livery of the Earl of Northumberland, who fought on the side of the Lancastrians (Boo! Hiss!!). 

Nothing much to say about these fellows. They are all stock 28mm plastic figures put together from the excellent 'Wars of the Roses Infantry' box offered by the Perry twins.

Next up is the first in a new series of casualty markers I'm making for my Late Medieval / Renaissance collections.

This particular marker shows two Men-at-Arms who have found themselves at the rude end of a well-aimed 'flight of arrows' - the much feared 'arrowstorm' that levelled the field between the well-armoured nobility and the bow-armed lower classes. Apparently there was little place for social standing when you had a yard of goose-fletched poplar sticking in you.

These two poor chaps are also from Perry Miniatures, specifically their 'Agincourt to Orleans' range. They work reasonably well together, and since they're not wearing the earlier tabards I thought they could stretch into the late medieval, or even Renaissance period.

The spent arrows were bits of brass rod with cut paper for fletching. They were a complete swine to make, but I knew I needed a few of them to dress the base properly.

These fellows have been mounted on a D-Shape base that I've come up with for my upcoming casualty markers (thanks Byron!). The reasoning behind this is that they will be able to fit snug against their associated units to help aid players in keeping track of which status-markers go with which unit.


Now, please visit the theme gallery and enjoy the wonderful entries for 'Flight' and remember to vote for your favourite submissions (voting closes next Saturday at 11:45pm).