I spent the weekend finishing off painting my first box of Conquest Games 28mm Normans and assembling a second box. With some additional work, I think I have a much better handle on this set. Among the "discoveries" are that all of the horse halves fit together so there are four possible body types. Add on three heads and it becomes possible to have 12 unique horse poses. That is some good design!
I made up two bases of 3Kn for my DBA army, including a general stand. I decided to make the rest of my Normans in mail. This allows me to reserve the extra fellows in padded armour or tunics from the other two sets (nine total, I think) and mate them with some additional sprues of horses to make mounted Vikings or Saxons. As I was thinking about doing some Wargames Factory and Gripping Beast Vikings over the Christmas break, this works out pretty well.
I also did up the single base of 2LH I needed for the Normans. Here I used the tunic-clad fellows from the first set and some round shields. With different heads, these could easily double as mounted Vikings or Saxons, I think.
I found putting together the second box to be quite a lot easier with all 12 assembled (at a leisurely pace) within an hour. I took my time to save the right parts for the Saxon/Viking cavalry as well as to get some diversity among the poses. I'm quite chuffed to see what a foot set from Conquest might look like.
Below is one of three dead Normans I have (one per box). I did this one to see what it would look like. I presume this fellow died from a respiratory ailment caused by inhalation of static grass. I'm not sure of the value of these dead poses but I think I use this one as part of a Saxon camp.
Below you can see the Conquest Games mounted Normans matched up against the HaT 28mm El Cid heavy Spanish infantry. I had hoped to use the HaT foot but clearly they don't work together so I'll wait on Conquest's foot box. The height is the same between the sets but the girth is different (compare the helmets) which means the HaT fellows will need to serve as Anglo Danes for the Normans to ride down (in my experience playing Anglo-Danes).
Up next: I'm half-way through painting a 15mm Macedonian DBA army and should have that done by next weekend. I will also get the 12 Normans I built together primer. And the club is this week.