Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Norman Conundrum

Norman saw on English oak,

On English neck a Norman yoke;
Norman spoon in English dish,
And England ruled as Normans wish;
Blithe world in England never will be more,
Till England 's rid of all the four.

-Sir Walter Scott

While attending the NoVA open, I stopped by the Footsore stand and learned to play Saga. I also picked up a Saxon army. So what does this have to do with the Norman above? Well, Bill Thornhill gave my son a pack of models to paint. Any while teaching my son to paint a Saxon warlord, I used this Norman to show him with. At one point I had been working on a Warhammer Ancients Shieldwall Norman army and had acquired a lot of Crusader Normans. I've long since sold off all but four of the foot knights (hmmm...perfect size for a Saga unit of Hearthguard!).

Now, I really love the Crusader Normans. Mark Sims is a great sculptor and has the old school GW style I love with slightly exaggerated proportions. And I would love to have an Saga force of them.

But then I saw these:
Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/FootsoreMiniatures/
Damn. Those look good. Really good.

Now, I'm not convinced that the two brands scale terribly well. As seen below, the height is pretty close, although the Crusader is a little taller. But it's in the proportions. The Crusader is bulkier than the Footsore model. And, to be honest, I like that bulkiness as it helps convey the "bully-boy" portrayal of the Normans I grew up with from the way my down-South, Anglo-Saxon descended family portrayed them as when talking about family history (not that we really know if we're either!).

So, what does everyone think?


  1. Footsore looking great! but remember of V&V miniatures. These Normans are masterpiece of quality!

  2. saga is loads of fun. Still yet to finish my Jomsvikings or Saxons....

    Your painting looks smashing mate. Crusader really do look lovely.

    1. It is and I'm yet to finish my Saxons or Vikings 😂