15mm III/51 West Frankish or Norman (Khurasan Miniatures)
By: Neldoreth

Overall this was a great army to paint. Normans are really a must have for a Viking age buff like myself. Sure, they were french-ish, but they started out as Vikings and then they went on to invade and control a huge part of Europe and the Middle-east. They wore bright outfits with simple yet eye-catching designs. Great stuff.

The figures were great to paint as well. Khurasan has some nice figs here, especially the attacking overarm poses; most manufacturers are stuck in the couched or upright lance poses and so these figs are a breath of fresh air! The spearmen are all business as well with their forward-facing shields and whatnot, and the psiloi have a lot of character as well. Overall, I highly recommend the Khurasan figs.

Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The army assembled. The weight of all those cavalry is quite imposing. I am very happy with the way the army turned out.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The Norman general rallies his troops for another charge! The banner is based somewhat on William's banner when he invaded England. I am quite happy with all of the shields on this element, as I went with slightly more uncommon Norman shield designs and they turned out very well. .


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
Another element of knights. With such a knight heavy army I had a lot of opportunity to do all kinds of great shield designs. I am quite happy with these more medieval looking dragons done in the Norman style.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The last element of knights I painted for this army (8 in total), I went for a black, white and red scheme on one, and I think it was quite sharp. I am happy with all the shields on these figs, as well as the horses and riders. All in all, excellent stuff the Khurasan figures, lots of character.!


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
Norman levies march to battle at the will of their commander. Overall I stuck with simpler shields designs that kept the bright colour scheme of the rest of the army. Also, a lot of round shields inherited from older generations. Overall, as very spiffy set of figures.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
These I imagine are knights whose horses failed ot make the journey (accross the channel?). So, they fight on foot. The round shielded figure there is sporting his grandfather's shield (inspired by a picture from the Osprey Normans book). A bright and imposing element of spearmen.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
With a knight and spear army, there is definitely a need for light troops to hold the forests and craggy hills. So, a couple of elements of skirmishers (2Ps in DBA speak). These schemes were based on the pics in the Osprey Normans book.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 23, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The final element that was finished for the army, this skirmisher unit has paint schemes based on the Osprey Normans book. In particular the red-tunic wearing archer. The cuff and fringe pattern is hard to do well on such small figures, but I think it turned out okay. Also note the positioning of the figs; not the standard equidistant positions, which turned out well I think.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 8, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
These Normans were very nice to paint. Khurasan Miniatures is quickly becoming a major player in the historical 15mm market. The Normans are one of my favourite lines.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 8, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The dragon on the centre shield turned out extremely well. I like the crosses as well; these Normans are one of my only Christian armies! This element is meant to play both the Knight and the Cavalry role in DBA. The Normans allied with the Bretons at Hastings; while the Normans fought as knights, the Bretons fought as more of a loose order cavalry that could charge or fire missile weapons. Unfortunately for DBA, the Normans and the Bretons looked practically identical for wargear. So, to show that this element could be a Cavalry element, I made sure all the figs had arms up, skirmishing and not charging and I also put a light gray stone on the front of the base for my opponent's reference.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 8, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The shields are certainly one of my favourite parts of painting Normans, and these guys are no exception. Also, note the light gray stone on this base. This element can also play the role of a knight or cavalry element in DBA.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 8, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
The dragons on the shields turned out well, but not super... I am not sure why, but I will have to figure it out before I do the next batch of knights. The cross on the figure on the right though is one of the best shields in the army so far. It works very well on the split colour background.


Miniature Figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Posted: July 8, 2009  -  Manufacturer: Khurasan Miniatures
I really like the speed of the horses in these sculpts; it gives the element a real sense of momentum. Again, the shields were fun to do on these figs.