This terrain piece was another joint effort between one of my children and I for a school project. At the time my daughter was about eight and was doing a module on Stonehenge. She wanted me to help her make a model that she could show off at school. They had just visited New Zealand’s own Stonehenge to see a replica henge and she was all inspired. I think the chances of her and I cooperating on any projects like this now are pretty slim so this model is rather special to me.
Once again we used insulation foam and a base of MDF. Now we could have made an exact replica of the real Stonehenge, but I persuaded her that a representative ruined henge would be just as good – and I got a decent piece of table top terrain for Warhammer Fantasy battles.
The stone effect on the blocks was produced by the simple expedient of putting the foam onto the concrete path and standing on it. Seemed to work. Of course, my daughter had to add her very own touch and while her brother was watching TV she sneaked up and snipped off a lock of his hair and used to to make some of the grass tufts we used. Needless to say, he was not happy.
Knights and a Bretonnian Damsel riding through the henge.
This Bretonnian henge has two large trilithons – visible in this shot.
Bretonnian Knights Errant riding through the shrine to the Old Gods.
A large fallen column lies broken.
Another shot of same.
An overhead shot showing the alter stone in the centre of the henge. Tracks wend their way amongst the ruins of the monument.
The Damsel can draw power from the ancient magic of the stones. Well that is the theory. I haven’t played Warhammer for a while.
As a final note – the current state of the Bretonnian Henge is not good. It has fallen into even more ruin. A pesky possum got into the Woolshed and knocked it off the shelf it was stored on and it was somewhat damaged. Well, it was flattened really. All the bits are there so I will repair it. As to the fate of the possum…well possum fur goes for NZ$140 per kilogram at the moment.
Years ago when my boy was at primary school they were doing a module on castles. They had to build a castle, so we worked on this project together. The wobbly lines of masonry I blame on my ten year old son. Pictures of this castle have previously appeared on the Round Table of Bretonnia forum.
We used the castle in the Bretonnian army book for inspiration and as a template – including the damaged wall, that should have seen the keep collapse. No apologies for stealing their ideas. The castle was made from high density insulation foam, card, pollyfilla and bark. It is mounted on a piece of mdf board.
This picture shows pretty much the entire front of the castle, including a dry moat and drawbridge.
The Gate Tower.
A close-up of a knight at the Gate Tower.
A close-up of the damaged keep.
A shot along the rear wall.
An overhead shot of the interior of the castle.
Here we have a Bretonnian friar at the main entrance to the Keep.
Here are some archers defending the keep.
Overhead shot of the Gate Tower.
The Lady of the Castle rides forth.
I have been building a Bretonnian Warhammer army for years and years. I have done very little gaming with this army, but it probably gives me more painting pleasure than anything else I have ever done. I went for simple strong primary colours on the knights, and lots of drab colours on the peasantry. I am also a notorious cheapskate when it comes to wargaming and can happily say that almost all the models in this army came from second hand stalls and internet auctions – given Games Workshop’s pricing regime for Australia and New Zealand, with a few exceptions (paints being a good example), they can take a hike.
This unit was made from converted Front Rank 100 Years Wars Knights. The conversion was pretty basic. I took off the hands and lances and pinned and glued on Games Workshop 6th Ed Bretonnian Knight hands/arms. I did this to keep a uniform look with the other knight’s in my army who are standard GW Bretonnian miniatures. The legs were not quite sized right to straddle one of the monstrously huge GW Bretonnian Chargers, so a bit of bending with pliers sorted that one out. Added a few GW Bretonnian shields and symbols and Bob’s your Uncle. There is a GW knight in the unit for comparison (front left in the next photo)
I am not sure where this figure came from. I thought he was a Front Rank but I am not so sure now. One of those acquisitions that you find in a box and have no fecking idea where it came from.
The finished unit of nine knights. The heraldic decals are from a variety of sources. Old 5th Ed GW, 6th Ed GW, Space marine decals and some by a chap in the States who no longer makes them.
The command unit of this Lance of Knights.I really enjoyed doing the heraldry on these guys. The trumpeter came out pretty well I thought.
The three tear drops on the knight at the back came from a Space Marines decal sheet. I use movement trays for all units in this army. Balsa, sand and flock.
This is about half my Bretonnian Army. Not shown are the Pegasus Knights and hordes more peasants (two units of 50 halberders and one more or 40 archers). I also have another fifty or so knights to paint.
I am not what you would call a great player or fan of Warhammer, but I do like some of the models. The Bretonnian Army was the least fantasy-ish and I really liked a lot of the models for this range. However, being a wargamer, and not a Games Workshop Hobbyist, I am not too fussed at where my miniatures for this army come from. I always balked at the prices that are charged for these miniatures here in New Zealand so almost all of the GW models I used have come from internet trades, mostly at a fraction of their ‘shelf price’.
The first photo is of the first unit of Men at Arms I have completed. I have another two of these. Don’t ask me why – it is just when I see twenty or thirty models on sale for $10 or so, I have to buy them.
I figure that my knights will each bring one or two men at arms with them to battle so I have a big range of liveries on their gigantic shields.
I had a whole bunch of Front Rank 100YW or War of the Roses figures so chucked them in as well. Hacked arms off, added shield, the odd head swap and gave them some humongous Games Workshop halberds.
Another view of the same three figures.
Finally a shot of some mounted Men at Arms. These are really nice little models. I picked up these ten figures for about NZ$20. A bargain considering that the same ten figures new would have set me back NZ$200.