Saturday, 30 January 2016

Medieval campain

The scene depicted here is of an army on the march supported by ships. A scene like this must have been quite common when manoeuvring in coastal area's. The ship is Revell's 'Hanza Kogge', the soldiers are from Hät's Infantry set (set No. 81760) I've chosen this set because it most closely reflects men in an marching position rather then a fighting one. An army on the move is always vulnerable for attack so I've also added 'on guard' figures. A bishop and a few figures with flags function as a command unit. Flags where very important in medieval armies because they served to identify different type units making it possible to command an army. (Which was still very, very difficult at that time). These figures are from sets of Valdemar Miniatures as well as the ship's crew. The whole scene was made in 4 different stages:

  1. The ship
  2. The soldiers on the march
  3. The command and crew figures
  4. The diorama itself

The model of the Hanza Kogge is well detailed, not difficult to build and huge. There is no wood grain on the inner side of the hull so you have to scribe this in yourself. The support beams of the construction on the aft deck have quite large ejector pin marks on them which need to be filled. The ropes on the pulleys are moulded in plastic. I removed these and replaced them with rope. The rest of the model is very good, all other surfaces have a nice and realistic wood grain, a lowered and raised sail is included. There is more then sufficient rope supplied in two colours and nicely printed flags as well. The model can be build as a full hull or waterline version. The surface to be painted is huge so the use of an airbrush is advised.

The figures from the Hät set are a bit 'flat' as in that they lack fine detail. The Valdemar Miniarure figures are great. The figures that stand guard are purchased a few years ago, the command and crew figures are very recant productions and are even better then the earlier figures. All crew members have distinctive faces and a clear expression on their face in just 2 mm2. This is great when building a diorama since it is important that the figures interact.

On to the photo's