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CATenWolde04 Aug 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

When I discovered the Dux Britanniarum "Arthurian" campaign rules, I decided to use the fantastic Splintered Light 15mm figures for the new project. Although I was going to do a "quick and easy" project and just substitute 15mm figures for an equal number of 25mm figures, I ended up doubling the number of figures to make diorama type bases. I have been very happy with the result – which is my first ancients project since high school! After our last game I finally remembered to keep the table up and take some photos, to share what has come of it. Although I was using my phone camera with home lighting, they came out pretty well, and are available for your perusal in the Flickr album here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1KM53W

There are short descriptions in the comments for each photo, but most will be pretty obvious. As I said, the fighting units, and many of the individual characters, are from Splintered Light (with LBMS shield transfers for the most part). Most of the rest of the villagers, livestock, loot, baggage train, peasants, and clergy are from Donnington (as are the replacement spears). The village is from Peter Pig, except for the customized watchtower from Warbases, and the village fencing and city wall … which are from Starbucks (okay, scratch built from drink stirrers).

As I noted above, we have started using Lion Rampant for the tabletop battles, which works very well indeed (with some tweaks to take into account the different setting and campaign type). I'm currently expanding the Saxon horde, and next up is adding some Briton cavalry of various types, with the goal of at least a 100 point Art de la Guerre force.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers,

Christopher

bruntonboy04 Aug 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

Really good stuff.

Louie N Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

A great collection. Thank you for sharing

blacksoilbill Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 5:53 a.m. PST

A great project. Those full bases of heavy infantry look very good. I had been contemplating doing Lion Rampant in 15mm, but more or less decided to go with 28mm instead. This definitely makes me rethink!

A few questions. What bases size are you using? Are you using two bases per LR unit? And do you just use casualty markers to track losses in a unit?

Thanks, Bill.

CATenWolde05 Aug 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

Thanks guys!

@Bill – I'm actually going to post an AAR in another Flickr album, so you can see a game unfold. I'm using one base per LR unit. They are 60mm frontage bases: 13 shieldwall figures on a 30mm depth (the extra figure goes in the front rank to get that tight ranked look), 12 warband figures on a 40mm depth, and 6 skirmishers on a 20mm depth. Heavy Cavalry will eventually be 7 figures (4 in rear rank, 3 in front rank interleaved) on a 50mm depth. Light cavalry will probably be 5 figures – still pondering. So, the number of figures actually matches pretty well with LR units.

As you can see, my leader figures were originally based around needing 3 nobles for Dux Brit (3 figures on a 20mm circle), so I'm kind of faking things for their unit, adding a champion and standard bearer. I might make custom LR "leader bases" in the future.

I use micro-dice as markers. I made a small dice tray with a double dice frame on a 20mm circular base, painted green. White dice record the first 50% hits, red dice when a unit drops below 50%. A yellow die marks a Battered unit. That's all you need for LR, and it works well – you will see them in the AAR. I'm currently using extra shields to mark units in shieldwall, but I have a bunch of the Peter Pig figures with the cartoon "word bubble" yelling "Shieldwall!" that I think will look good.

I've made a number of changes to LR to make it fit the Dux Brit period and scenario types better, but the basic engine works very well – even the Boasts! I'll eventually write something up detailing the changes.

Cheers,

Christopher

blacksoilbill Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 7:06 a.m. PST

That's a very thorough and helpful reply, thanks! Looking forward to your AAR and will be interested to read about your mods for Dux Brit too.

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