Category Archives: Citadel Six

Bouchier

A small contingent for A Crown of Paper/A Coat of Steel.

Three stands of archers.  And a stand of men-at-arms.

The flags and the livery badges are from Citadel Six.  This is Henry Bouchier, Viscount Bouchier, who is an inactive magnate at the start of the 1459 campaign.  He might come in on the side of the Yorkists.

I love the green and black and loved the falcon livery banner so much I used it instead of the knot which is the badge on the retinue jackets.

 

York

I spent some time finishing the basing on a lot of figures, so there should be a few updates coming fairly quickly.  Basing is the thing about this hobby I just can’t warm to.  So I save it for a long time and then just buckle down and do a whole bunch all at once.  Anyway, here is the Duke of York’s men-at-arms.

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Three stands of men-at-arms.  That is the Duke on the stand on the right.  I painted his heraldy by hand.  It came out well, but perhaps not well enough to photograph up close.  These figures are from the Perry men-at-arms box.  The flags and livery badges are from Citadel Six.

Here’s another pic:

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They are based on 60 wide by 30 deep Georgo mdf bases.  This size is suitable for any wrg system games and I plan to use it for A Coat of Steel.  The size of York’s retinue in ACoS is 3 stands of men-at-arms and 9 stands of retinue archers.  Here are the archers.

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Again 60×30 bases.  I really like the livery flags so I put a stand with one of those on for every stand without one.

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A couple of these livery standard bearers are figures from the kit-bashing I talked about in my last post.  Here are some close-ups of those.  All of them are built up from WotR infantry bodies but with arms from the Light Cavalry set.  The first one was pretty straight-forward, adding a shield from one of the Perry sets.  The guy to the right of the standard bearer is testing the wind.  I had to build up a bit under the arm to get it to look natural like that.  I just trimmed off some sprue and added it in with plastic glue, then a little filler afterwards to smooth it out.

 

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The next one is straightforward also.  The guy to his right is going for more arrows and I imagine he’s yelling at him to get back in line as it’s time to stop shooting and come to blows.  I love the banner.  You can see how I painted around it on the photo though that contrast is hardly apparent outside the photograph.

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And this is the one that was really a lot of work.  The right arm comes from the light cavalry.  The left arm is made up from three pieces from the light cavalry (with the brigandine on the shoulder), not sure where I got the elbow, a hand from the men-at-arms and the mace from one of the command sprues.  I think it turned out fine.

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Now I remember that the join on the left arm was a little tough to get right and I lost some detail when I filled it, but it seems ok now that it’s painted.  I love York’s blue and white livery with the dragon on it.

Salisbury’s Retinue

Here are the archers of Salisbury’s retinue.  6 stands of longbowmen made from Perry plastics, the War of the Roses set.

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The livery badges, front and back, and the banners are all decals from Citadel Six.  In the pack you get two livery banners in each pattern, the gold wyvern and the green wings.

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I’m loving the Perry plastics.  I do have a couple of critiques of this set in particular.  There aren’t enough swords to give all of the archers a sidearm.  I think they should probably all have one.  And there aren’t enough arrows stuck in the ground to have some in front of each archer.  You can remedy this by backing extra of the command sprues and I’ll do that in the future, but I was a little disappointed by that.

Cleaning up all the plastic figures is quite a bit of work.  I’ll do a post soon on how best to clean and assemble these guys.  They are easy to assemble but a real pain to clean the mould lines.

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With the Citadel Six badges and banners these guys are going to look awesome once complete.  It’s very motivating.

And here is the whole of Salisbury’s contingent with the two stands of men-at-arms.  I plan to do several stands of men-at-arms with no banners to allow me to fill out battle groups as needed.  One does wonder how men in white armor determined who was on which side once the fight began.

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Citadel Six War of the Roses Banners and Badges

I love them!

Here are a couple of stands of War of the Roses Men-at-arms.  Salisbury.  The figures are Perry plastic foot knights.

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There are two standards there.  Hmmm, at this angle, end-on, you don’t see much of the second.  Drat.  And the men with tabards are wearing Salisbury’s livery with badges from Citadel Six also.

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OK, you can see the banners better now.   The banners are decals.  They come on a big sheet.  For Salisbury you get his personal arms and a company standard (those are the two pictured here) and 4 livery standards.  I’ll show a pic of those in a few days when I finish basing the archers I’ve completed.

The badges are also decals.  You get a big sheet of decals with badges for the front and back of the livery coat.

I liked them a lot so ordered sets for two more nobles: Bourchier and Richard of York.  I guess that means I’m doing a WotR army also….

Here’s an example of what you get as it comes out of the package.  This is from Bourchier’s banner set.  You get a sheet with the banners:

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If you notice the lower left livery banner got bent by the post office and the ink lifted off.  This isn’t really an issue, but I’ll come back to it in a bit when I talk about putting these together.  Also note that the left and right don’t go back to back on the sheet.  There is a reason for that.  Again, I’ll come back to that.

You get a package of brass wire.  This is handy, but you can also use these on Perry plastic standard bearers with plastic standard poles for example.

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And you get a package with photo-etched brass standards to mount the decals on.  Here is at it arrives and then spread out so you can see them.

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Tres cool!  So, what you do: you wrap those long fingers around your standard pole and glue them together with a tiny (really, you only need a little) bit of super glue.  The best way to do this I’ve found is to do the top and bottom.  You bend each around the pole, shape it a bit so the fingers go together nicely, then spread them apart and insert a tiny dab of super glue, and clamp them together until it sets.  It takes awhile for me.  Is that because of the brass?  Don’t know.   Then you can go back and do the same with the middle ones.  After the glue is thoroughly dry, shape the standard into the final shape you want it to be in.

After that I primed the photoetch brass along with the rest of the figure.  I painted the rest of the figure and then came back to the standard.  Remember that I recommended to shape the brass before painting.  I learned from my first one that if you apply the standard and then shape it, you can crack the standard and have the color lift off.  (You remember my photo of the bent standard at the top, that’s what happened).  This is not a big deal to fix, but if you shape the brass first, it’s very easy to slide the decal onto the standard and not have it crack.

The standards are waterslide transfers that work very well.  They separate from the paper easily and slide into place nicely.  I use microsol and microset to get them to lay down perfectly.  Then go back and touch up around the edges so the underlying brass isn’t visible, and voila!

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You can see the livery badge on the back of the two tabarded figures in this pic.  These are a little more tricky to work with but are still awesome.  I had two issues with mine.  First, they don’t want to lay down on the figure when straight from the water.  This isn’t really an issue but it does require some care.  I paint the figure first then transfer the badge onto the figure.  It will be kind of standing up.  After letting it set for a little bit, I put a drop of micro-sol on the badge just from the end of the brush.  You may have to fiddle with the positioning a bit again if you’re not careful.  After a while the decal will start to lay down on the figure.  Usually a second drop of microsol will get it to lay down perfectly then.  Second, on the red part of the badge, some of the color around the edge lifted as I transferred it on to the figure.  I spoke to Geoff at Citadel Six about this and he sad that sometimes he’ll get a bad print result.  He offered to replace them but I didn’t think that was necessary as I’m painting around the edges anyway.  After it has set you paint up to the edges and blend it with the rest of the figure.

The results are fantastic!  I highly recommend these.  You can see the complete range for the War of the Roses here: http://www.citadelsix.co.uk/wotr.html.  And he offers decals for other periods as well.  Check ’em out!