Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Normans


A long while back I said I'd put some comparisons of various Normans on here. Now that painting for Montaperti is out of the way, here are the Normans.

Two Dragons and Khurasan versions of Duke William
One of my favourite figures - Two Dragons' William Rufus figure.
He comes with a rearing horse being (barely) held by a serf.
I have used figures from three companies - from the left: Two Dragons, Donnington and Khurasan. 
They mix pretty well sizewise but the style is different enough that I would not mix them on a base. This has the advantage as well that I can tell which command each element is from. Two Dragons are the most idiosyncratic with a good variety of pose and lots of movement though there is a touch more caricature about them. The shields are rather thick but this doesn't stand out too much.
Donnington have a good range of poses though the sculpting isn't quite as sharp as the others.
Khurasan have a  bit more limited range of poses but these are designed to give the impression of a galloping mass. I'm slightly wary about the chance of some of the horses coming off their stands though. The figures are probably the easiest to pain of the three as the mail definition is very clear - this does of course mean it is exaggerated compared to real life but it helps the effect. It is also handy that the hands are ready to take the separate weapons - no drilling required.

This shows Two Dragons dismounted knights and Khurasan infantry. Again there is a difference in style but the size matches pretty well.


Lots of variety in the Two Dragons range


Two Dragons Scouts
Some more of my favourite figures from any range.


In DBMM, the Normans are allowed to dismount so it is handy to have the mounts ready.
More characterful figures from Two Dragons.