Codex Mannese – Fencers.

As promised two posts ago here come the Codex Manesse Fencers. First four gentlemen fighting with sword and buckler are wearing only Cotte and gloves. According to Sachsenspiegel such were requirements for judicial duel in German states so they are probably sides in trial by combat. Just my guess though, as in joust or at war I would expect the combatants to be armed as the fifth and sixth miniature – armoured and dressed in coat of arms.


As it was a couple of times in the past, this time we have also two special guest stars. This time Sacredos (priest) and Scolaris (scholar or student) from Fechtbuch I33 (so called Tower Manuscript), the oldest surviving European martial arts manuscript – a treatise about sword and buckler combat. I have coloured them up a bit as the images in the original I33 manuscript are only tinted and would otherwise stand out from the rest of Codex Manesse miniatures. Comparing to contemporary Codex Manesse, I33 Fechtbuch is rather poorly drawn, and supposedly written in poor church Latin, but these two characters are too important for history of European fencing to leave them out of the fencers set.


Concrete precast factory up and running – among other things.

MiniLab is going commercial.

I’m pleased to announce that my concrete barrier set is available on Wargame Vault for anyone who would need them. The set includes eight of each blast walls, jersey barriers and dragon tooth bollards in 30mm gaming scale.

Editing this set to publish it took me quite a long time (prose of life can be annoyingly distractive) but it should go faster now when most of things are set.

It is just first of many sets I have in my plans, as in the mean time many prototypes were born on my desk, and many more ideas in my head. Hopefully I will find some time to grab the camera and update the blog. Next set to follow will be (obviously I guess) the Veuglaire with 2d crew, and then 2-3 sets of some simpler models not sure what it will be exactly but you may expect some note soon.

The horse with cart and limber will be delayed however, as I care to much to make it right and I don’t want to jinx it with haste.

In the mean time you may expect more Manesse miniatures (free as always), and some modding stuff for the barriers.

The final team of jousting knights.

Not the last of Codex Manesse miniatures surely, but most likely a last team of mounted knights in full dress. I guess I could still make more, but it would require reconstruction of more than 50% of character silhouette making the knights more invented than source based. In such case I would prefer to make them 100% myself.


All minis in this team already required some work or reconstruction. Duke Henry of Wroclaw had to be armed and helmeted (as on the original illustration he rides triumphant, with arms handed over to the squires). Graff von Heigerlo’s horse needed some major surgery if not necromancy to stand on his hooves. The next two knights were actually unnamed victims of Duke of Anhalt and Graf von Liningen. I gave them crests and helmets of  Rudolf von Stadegge and Hesso von Reinach to add them to the joust. I’ve found out that killed or otherwise defeated knights make great material for really dynamic poses. The last  mini is one of Jan of Brabant knights, on partially (back partially) reconstructed horse.

There is still a lot of material for many great minis in the codex. Incoming are the foot fencers, then the court (kings, matrons and maidens, lords and servants). There are also many charts with hunting theme I intend to exploit. I am thinking also about Codex Manesse scenery but for now I have no concept how to make them 3d and still look good.  Flat scenery IMHO looks ok on the shelf but is not practical for gaming and this is how I intend to use them.