Saturday, March 27, 2021

Normans Warmaster Ancients Paper Army

As the opening of the Normans entry in the Warmaster Ancients rulebook states, "Here is an army fit to conquer England. It is based upon that of Duke William and as such represents the Norman army of the second half of the 11th century." This is the 31st counter set I have made for the original fantasy version of Warmaster, Warmaster Revolution, and Warmaster Ancients core rulebook. It's been fun returning to historical armies. If you like these Normans, check out my Anglo-Saxon counter set.

Norman Warmaster Ancients Army List
The Warmaster Army Selector website lists all the armies in the Ancients core rulebook, so you can use it to create your own Norman army. I don't have any sample Norman armies to present, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out some.

I have also included a scan of the Normans page from the Ancients rulebook, listing all the army information and tactics. You can download it as pdf file by clicking its image to the right. The Normans take a single page in the rulebook, so that makes it easy! On his old Warmaster website, Rick Priestley did have an army list for Sicilian Normans (1035-1194), which is very different from the one presented here. Right now, I have no plans for that army.

Ancients Using Warmaster Revolution?
Also, if you do not own Warmaster Ancients and do not feel like rummaging around online for a copy, I would think the Warmaster Revolution rules would suffice because they merged the Ancients rules into the Fantasy rules. Don't quote me on this. I haven't done any comparisons. If anyone knows if using the Revolution rules would or would not work for Ancients armies, please leave a comment below.

Old Glory 10mm
10mm Norman Miniatures
For those looking to recreate a Norman army, here are a few suggestions in various scales. They are the usual suspects for 10mm. Let me know in the comments if I missed any 10mm Normans or what you think about them.


Old Glory Miniatures has 8 packs of 10mm Normans. Two of those pack are command, one mounted and the other foot. I'm not sure if William and Bishop Odo would be in there.

Magister Militum has a number of Norman packs, but their website always drives me nuts. I leave it to you to search for them!

Pendraken Miniatures, the perennial historical 10mm manufacturer, has 9 packs of Normans, one of which is a command pack.

Kallistra has six packs of Normans, one of which is a command pack. Of course, these are on the 12mm side.

I wanted to add a 15mm listing, but have run out of time tonight. That will be another post for another day.

Battle of Hastings in 10mm
If you want to see an excellent Battle of Hastings recreated in 10mm using Pendraken miniatures and the Warmaster Ancients rules, check out Dan Becker's website. He also gives a good historical overview of the battle and advice on painting Saxons and Normans in other scales as well. His page is from 2019. Tell him I said hi!

The troops are deployed. Let the battle begin!


Printing the Counters
Print the counter sheets at actual (100%) size. Do not print to "fit margins." You can cut the counters and then use them how you like. If printing on cardstock, for example, 110lb has worked well for me. You could also glue the counters onto wooden stands from Litko, giving them a miniatures feel. I sized this set so each page of counters will fit on a cheap 'Silver Age' comic backing board. Spray glue the sheet onto the backing board, and then cut out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. The counters will last a long time this way. However you do it, I hope you enjoy using this set of counters. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF.

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Normans are Almost Here!

I'll be honest. I have really become fascinated with the Norman army. Before working on my Norman army counters, I never paid too much attention to them. Sure, I studied the Battle of Hastings in college, but I always thought the battle boring--a bunch of doomed-to-lose Saxon 'scrubs' standing in a shieldwall on top of a hill. The Super-Power Norman army at the bottom of the hill, just waiting for the Saxons to get bored and do something stupid, and then crush them. That never seemed like a fun battle to game.

As prep work for my Normans, I began reading more about them beyond Hastings. Long story short, the Normans began fascinating me. There were more battles than Hastings, which was more interesting than my superficial judgment.I love when this happens to me. (The same thing happened to me with Republic Rome.)

All of this is my way of saying that I will be posting the set of Norman army counters by the end of the week. It will be for Warmaster Ancients, but I have other plans also. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Anglo-Saxon Warmaster Ancients Paper Army

Anglo-Saxon warrior
The Anglo-Saxon army in the core Warmaster Ancients rulebook covers the period from King Cnut (1016) to King Harold (1066), so the army list focuses on late Saxon England. As Rick Priestley says in the army's introduction, this is the classic style army of Harold that mostly fought up close on foot with a bit of inept cavalry. Their main enemies in the core rulebook would be the Norse and ultimately the Normans.

On Rick's now-gone Warmaster website, he had posted an army list for Early Saxons covering 420-885 AD, which I have. Right now, I want to get a Norman army set posted before I move onto something like the Early Saxons. Norse should even come before them.

I'll also be posting a set of Anglo-Saxon counters that don't have any Warmaster Ancients labels on them, just one counter from each unit plus the command stands. Players can use those in any rules, mixing and matching to heart's content. Stay tuned.

Most of the images in this set are from the Wargame's Foundry Anglo-Saxon 28mm set. Some others come from Gripping Beast, at least from what I remember.

Printing the Counters
You can print the counter sheer at places like Staples, using 110lb card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. (Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.)

Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF format.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Chaos Dwarf Warmaster Fantasy Paper Army

The paper counter set for the Chaos Dwarfs is done and available for download. Plenty of style and counter choices, even for those who do not want labels on their counters. Keen eyes might spot new Orc counters that look more like Warmaster 2000 than those in my current Orc set. To download the Chaos Dwarfs PDF, just click the images below. Same as it always is. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Beastmen Warmaster Fantasy Paper Army

The Beastmen are the true Children of Chaos. Grotesque hybrids of fierce animal and primitive human, these horned and stinking warrior-beasts infest the blighted forests that cover the Old World. Their savage tribes explode from the depths of the haunted woods to wage bitter war against the civilized races. So profound is the Beastmen's hatred of order and reason that they seek to drag the world kicking and screaming into a barbaric and primal age. -- Warhammer 7th Edition

Finally, my Beastmen counter set has arrived. You can find the army list for Beastmen in Warmaster Revolution 1.1 and in Warmaster Trial Armies (2009). I think you should be able to get a 2000 point army out of these counters. Most of the images are of Games Workshop miniatures from across their Beastmen ranges. Even some old Foundry and Harlequin miniatures are in the set. As always, I try to allow gamers to customize their units (mixing and matching stands) as much as I can, which is why some units, like Dragon Ogres and Minotaurs, have more units than needed.

I have never played Beastmen in Warmaster or Warhammer, so this was a new army for me. I know there are 10mm Beastmen out there from Pendraken at least. I do have some 15mm Beastmen from Splintered Light's Kickstarter last year or so. I got those for Dragon Rampant, but the miniatures sit unpainted. Each of the units in the 'skirmish' set I got from the kickstarter is short a few miniatures for units in DR. But that is another story for another post.

Well, I hope some of you find this Beastmen set useful.

Printing the Counters
You can print the counter sheer at places like Staples, using 110lb card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. (Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.)

Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF format.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Albion Warmaster Fantasy Paper Army

The mysterious, mist-bound isle of Albion is a dangerous place. On the one hand it is a land of endless opportunity, the battle-hungry eager to carve a niche for themselves into its hallowed ground. On the other it is a bleak expanse of moorland full of pitfalls for the unwary. The army of Albion is filled with barbarian warriors and mystical creatures. --"Albion Unofficial Warhammer Codex" by Mathias Eliasson

This set has taken me longer to complete than I had expected, mainly due to the holidays and a malaise from months upon months of lockdowns during the Coronavirus outbreak. While others used all that "down time" to crank our painted armies or binge game, my family felt the opposite. We found ourselves unable to focus much on gaming, especially since we all had to work from home every day. When we had free time, we wanted to get out of the house! In many respects, we feel like we have lost a year of our lives. I know many feel the same way. Anyway...

Finally, I present the finished set of counters for Albion. Aside from a few stand-alone Albion miniatures, this is an army that Games Workshop never made for Warhammer or Warmaster that I am aware of, making it more challenging to find good images to use.

A Bit About This Set
Albion has a Celtic/Briton feel to it, so I borrowed some counters from my Warmaster Ancients Celt-Briton set. However, I changed how I make Chariot counters. I like seeing the entire chariot instead of just the riders. While I recycled a unit of classic Warhammer Ogres from a previous set, I also created a new set of Ogres. My favorite counter is the Druid on a Giant Eagle, though I think it might be a giant hawk. Regardless, it looks cool, and I would love to push that real miniature around the table! I hope this Albion set fits the bill. Remember, you will also need to download the separate Giant Eagles for Warmaster Albion set!

The Future
I'm not sure what I'll work on next. I have bits of 10 other fantasy and historical sets I've been messing with the past few years. Republican Roman is closest to completion, which means I would have to do some enemies for them! Then there are the Beastmen and Chaos Dwarves fantasy armies. So many choices! Plus I want to get back into painting real miniatures instead of pushing digital cardboard around!

Printing the Counters
You can print the counter sheer at places like Staples, using 110lb card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. (Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.)

Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF format.