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13 June 2016

SAGA: Crescent and Crosss: The Crusades Part 2

Not slacking on building and painting. Just not posting very much.I have purposely built and painted by Muslim forces so that they can be mixed and matched to form different factions from the Crescent and Cross book. The buildings are also starting to look middle-eastern (I think)Anyhow, here goes:

Mutatawwi'a and light horsemen emerging from the dunes

Generic Muslim Infantry with swords

Camel Riders and Warlord, Archers and Tuareg-styled infantry. 
I particularly like the look of the fez-wearing hadji figures
(Muslim warriors who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca) 

I painted the camel riders and command group, as well as some spearmen as Tuareg warriors


                                                                 from Crusader (Chris De Burg):

A messenger came, blood on his feet and a wound in his chest,
"The Christians are coming!" he said, "I have seen their cross in the west,"
In a rage Saladin struck him down with his knife,
And he said "I know that this man lies,
They quarrel too much, the Christians could never unite! 

I am invincible, I am the king,
I am invincible, and I will win..." 
Closer they came, the army of Richard the Lionheart,
Marching by day and night, with soldiers from every part,
And when the Crusaders came over the mountain and they saw Jerusalem,
They fell to their knees and prayed for her release

They started the battle at dawn, taking the city by storm,
With horsemen and bowmen and engines of war,
They broke through the city walls,
The Heathens were flying and screaming and dying,
And the Christian swords were strong,
And Saladin ran when he heard their victory song; 

"We are invincible, God is the king,
We are invincible, and we will win!" 

"What do I do now?" said the wise man to the fool,
"I have spent my whole life searching, to find the Golden Rule,
Though centuries have disappeared, the memory still remains,
Of those enemies together, could it be that way again?"

Then the fool said "Oh you wise men, you really make me laugh,
With your talk of vast persuasion and searching through the past,
There is only greed and evil in the men who fight today,
The song of the Crusader has long since gone away...
...Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost, 


31 January 2016

The slacker returns - Crusade 's - a-coming

SAGA Crescent and Cross

Just before Xmas my SAGA Crescent and Cross Arab/Saracen/Muslim faction and dice arrived.
Been slacking on blogging ( but not painting, converting or modelling)

I had already been converting my long unpainted (read base-coated only)  LOTR figures to represent Crusade age warriors. Humming Chris de Burg's "Crusader" I thus set to work...

"What do I do next?" said the bishop to the priest,
"I have spent my whole life waiting, preparing for the feast,
And now you say Jerusalem has fallen and is lost,
The king of heathen Saracen has seized the holy cross;"

Then the priest said:
"Oh my bishop, we must put them to the sword,
For God in all His mercy will find a just reward,
For the noblemen and sinners, and knights of ready hand,
Who will be the Lord's Crusader, send word through all the land, 
Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost ..." 

"Tell me what to do", said the king upon his throne,
"but speak to me in whispers for we are not alone,
They tell me that Jerusalem has fallen to the hand,
Of some bedeviled eastern Heathen who has seized the Holy Land;"

Then the chamberlain said "Lord, we must call upon our foes
In Spain and France and Germany to end our bitter wars,
All Christian men must be as one and gather for the fight,
You will be their leader, begin the battle cry, 
Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost,Jerusalem is lost"

So therefore: Spain came first. 
(Any resemblance to LOTR characters living or dead; is non-intentional and completely incidental)

The Spanish Forces of El Cid (The Reconquistada)

Command on foot

Mounted (Standard bearer still on the desk top)

Archers. Found it an interesting challenge to paint the amrour as leather rather than metal, and  I am quite happy with the result

Spearmen /Levy, possibly a bit heavy armoured to be levy, but with the numbers they can double for anything on the battlefield

Warriors/Hearth guard

Another command group (or simply more warriors).
Seems to be a bit of a waste of Aragorn though

And a shield wall of warriors

Thundering hooves

I already had the Spanish Cavalry, ready painted, only needed basing and minimal touch-up. Bought these off Jon Bettin. Will be put to good use, thanks Jon!