These are part of a large WWI French commission that I will be tackling over time.
On an altogether different topic, I managed to acquire a copy of the Lion Rampant rules set by Dan Mersey, published by Osprey. I also picked up a copy of Wargames Illustrated which has an Article by Mr Mersey on adapting these rules for the "Dark Ages", with some example army lists etc.
Over the weekend my son and I played our first game of Lion Rampant using his collection of Lord of the Rings figures, supplemented with a few figures from my own collection. We had great fun, with plenty of laughs and unexpected twists and turns - I was particularly surprised when the leader of my mangled warband managed to defeat his leader in single combat. I can recommend this rule set for fast play, fun packed games, that don't require huge numbers of figures and can be played in lots of different scales. I'm pretty woeful at remembering and learning rules mechanics, but I managed to get my head around these quite well - assisted by a couple of useful play-throughs I found on YouTube:
HERE & HERE
So, my new project? Well, I have started painting up some 28mm Anglo-Saxons from Gripping Beast, with an eye to play Lion Rampant and other skirmish style or small battle games with them. I was fortunate to obtain a bunch of brand new GB metal figures through a trade with a fellow Tasmanian wargamer - even got some of those tasty Little Big Men Studios shield decals.
I will be basing the figures singly - I prefer that to element based stuff for this period - which will mean that I could also use them for the Saga rules system.
I have had a long standing interest in the "Dark Ages", and already have a few books related to the period. The Anglo-Saxons will give me an opportunity to play not only against Vikings, but against other Anglo-Saxons, Welsh, Picts/Scots & probably Irish raiders. I have long been impressed by the character of Alfred the Great, and aim to have a force that is nominally from that period.
Another cool thing about collecting the Anglo-Saxons is that they mix in quite well for Middle Earth style warfare too.