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Wayniac24 Jan 2023 5:06 a.m. PST

This is a period I am interested in, based on my love of knights and fond memories of an old computer game called Defender of the Crown where you played a Saxon nobleman trying to win the crown from the Normans; you could even work with Robin Hood! The time frame is the mid to late 12th century (~1150 AD+), basically the period in the Ivanhoe/Robin Hood period.

Anyway, in miniature what are my options for this period (bonuses for Robin Hood and co in case I want to use them)? Both 15mm and higher (20/28mm) are preferred as I may want to do both "mass" battles (probably using DBA or ADLG rules) and some small skirmish games or even jousting (rules TBD). I've been pointed to the fact that in DBA I'd probably use the same army list for both Norman and Saxon as they were pretty indistinguishable at that point in time.

If it helps at all I am US based so that will factor in as far as shipping costs etc but I have no issue ordering from overseas.



rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 5:14 a.m. PST

Wargames Foundry has a good selection in 28mm.

LPGallagher Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 5:52 a.m. PST

Footsore Miniatures. 28mm. Full range of all the Robin Hood characters, plus Norman and Saxons. In the US you can order them through Shieldwall Gaming.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine24 Jan 2023 6:14 a.m. PST

1150s is the tale end of the Anarchy in England. Lots of fighting between the supporters of King Stephen and the Empress Matilda.


In 1151 you have the Norwegians raiding along England's east coast so you could throw some late vikings into the mix.

You might also want to check out Hereward the Wake technically he was a bit earlier than the 1150s but he is a good template for a Saxon freedom fighter.


Miniatures wise conquest games have some nice Norman's and even a Robin Hood range


Also check out Perry miniatures 1st Crusade range for some useful miniatures.


Prince Rupert of the Rhine24 Jan 2023 7:34 a.m. PST

Just been struck by the thought that as you are in the US you can get your hands on the perfect miniatures for knights from Khurasan who are probably the only company to do a proper 12th century knights range.


Wayniac24 Jan 2023 8:01 a.m. PST

I completely forgot about Khurasan! That mostly covers the larger-scale stuff for the mounted and I can supplement with others as I need for like the regular men-at-arms.

Now to try and find 15mm for larger stuff…

Prince Rupert of the Rhine24 Jan 2023 8:16 a.m. PST

They are oldies but still pretty good Minifigs 15mm feudal Europe range

Dagwood24 Jan 2023 10:56 a.m. PST

Hinchcliffe Robin Hood range is available again, I believe, and these are very large "25mm" figures fully compatible with current "28mm".

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 12:24 p.m. PST

For 15mm try the Old Glory 15s "Dark Ages" sets: link


Steamingdave224 Jan 2023 2:21 p.m. PST

Donnington New Era 12th century range are worth a look.

Swampster24 Jan 2023 11:52 p.m. PST

Splintered Light do a 15mm Robin Hood range link plus various Normans, Saxons etc.

Mirliton do a mid to late 12th century range in 15mm based on the pictures of Pietro da Eboli.

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