Having scoured eBay a few times I came across some metal 28mm scale crossbows. Just what I needed.
Here is the completed conversion......
|ready for action - after a coat of paint|
To get to this stage I took a mail coated Norman Knight from the CG Norman Infantry box, using snips to remove it from the sprue. It's a bit fiddly as there is not much space between the base of the figure and the sprue. You will need to use a craft knife to level off the base and the neck to remove traces of the join to the sprue.
The Base is a 25mm round Renedra one. Each player will have their own method for basing, this is my preferred choice.
The arms come from the WF Saxon Thegns boxed set (they could equally come from the Saxon Fyrd set given what happens next).
There are no suitable arms for a crossbow (or any missile weapon) on the CG sprues that I can see. They are minimalist, allowing for no real choice in arms and shields. I found two suitable arms on the plentiful supply on the Wargames Factory Saxon sprues. Using snips to remove these, I then used a sharp craft knife to remove the upper part of the arm where the mail or cloth starts (see the image below). This is necessary as the CG Infantry bodies come with the top of the chain mail covered arm completed to just above the elbow. If you check the WF Saxons, the arm joins at the shoulder to the torso. This means a bit of surgery is required to cut the long arm down to fit at the elbow.
|cutting the arm|
|all the parts together|
Getting the position for the hands relied on a bot of experimenting withe the unglued arms to find the correct place.
Using different arms from the excellent Wargames Factory Saxon sprues it is possible to give the figures different poses despite the bodies being the same.
Here are some close-ups of the arms holding the crossbow each taken in different light....
|shoot from the hip...|
|not so fast.....|
Links to suppliers:
Wargames Factory Saxon Fyrd
Wargames Factory Saxon Thegns
Conquest Games Norman Knights
Conquest Games Norman Infantry
(note: crossbows were sourced from eBay UK after some searching around - eBay US site seems to have more options!)
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About the Author: "ambler" / Mike lives in the North West of the UK. After years of RPG's and GW wargaming he now plays in a long running Amber Diceless RPG and plays Flames of War at the NWGC in Stockport. Saga is a recent addition to the games-under-the-belt collection. Check out his blog: www.not2oldtowargame.wordpress.com