Sunday 19 June 2016

Phalanx 2016

Another year and another Saturday trip to St Helens to visit the Phalanx show, the main one in the North-West. No exhibition game from Furness Wargamers this year, but the usual suspects made their way down individually. Some of the goods purchased are displayed below.

The decision had been previously made by our group at the club to try and organise a Lion Rampant campaign, set around an unspecified area of the Mediterranean in the Crusader era. Given how disorganised we traditionally are this would be quite an achievement if successful. So there the three of us were, trying to sort out what boxes of plastics were needed.

Templar Knight Horses
From Phalanx 2016

I've initially chipped in to purchase a box of Fireforge Templar Knights (12 figs - 2 LR units worth) and a box of Foot Sergeants (48 figs - 4 units worth) - This is going to be split as part of a swap with Jim that should result with me having individual units of Mounted Sergeants, Foot Sergeants and Crossbowmen. This should result in a Crusader force straight out of the book. Jim's going for a Spanish force, Matt an Arabic one. Out of the other campaigners, who were not present, Mark's already going Arabic, and Dave M is rebasing his existing classic Medieval figures.

Leper Knight Transfers
Managed to get some inspiration from some Battle Flag transfers. Why go the boringly predictable Templar white and red when you can go the green and white of the Lazarus Leper Knights. Note to anyone trying to go faux Medieval with your fonts - the 'long s' is never used at the end of words - that's what the small s was invented for. I initially thought it read Lazaruf, which sounds like a dodgy holiday resort!

The trader stands seem to be a bit larger than previous. It looked like Irregular Miniatures was missing, and only one Board-games stand, not many dedicated booksellers around either. Managed to get an Osprey on the Crusades for cheap from the Bring n Buy, and purchased a book about Pegasus bridge so I can read up and possibly expand on the Heroes of Normandie Pegasus Bridge scenarios once the fruits of the latest Heroes Kickstarter comes in.

Now that I've had look at the Plastic sprues the boxes breakdown was as follows.

Templar Knights -
3x sprue of Horses with Caparison (6 mounts), 2x Horses (6 mounts), 2x Knights (8 knights), 1x Knight command (4 knights), 1 set of bases.
Templar Knights 'Command'


Foot Sergeants -
6x sprues of Sergeants, 2x bases.

Foot Sergeants

Bases are dedicated to the 'Deus Vult' game system, so will probably break out the 2p coins for basing. I also purchased some grass tufts for basing purposes as I've never been proficent with using loose flocking.

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