Salute Gold Ex-Citadel Normans

Years back I bought loads of ex-Citadel Wargames Foundry Normans and Vikings, with the intention of converting them as Men of Rohan to go alongside my 1980s Citadel Lord of the Rings. The project never materialised. Years later, I’ve dredged up the figures to make a historical Norman force.

Ex-Citadel Norman Regiment
I sold off the bulk of the Vikings, but kept a few to sprinkle into the force – everything kinda blends together in the Dark Ages. One of these Vikings has been repurposed as a Norman banner bearer.


The figure’s spear was replaced with a length of brass wire topped with a plastic spear point (which I later switched for a Goff Ork helmet spike). The banner is tomato purée foil cut to shape with a scalpel. To move the figure slightly away from the Viking look, he’s got a Norman kite shield. I later decided to Normanise the figure a little more by sculpting a t-bar onto his helmet. He still has the long hair and trousers that give him a hint of Scandanavia, plus I plumped for a Nordic dragon motif on his shield.

The design and colours are lifted wholesale from a Little Big Men Studios banner (sorry guys, but I’ve bought a load of your Legio X transfers recently so you’ve had some cash off me). The design seems to be a variation on William the Conqueror’s banner, so I’m unsure if they borrowed it too.   The design also pops up in Nico’s fabulous Norman army, which has inspired a lot of my own collection.


I had fun researching the shield designs – Normans give you licence to paint everyone as an individual with their own proto-heraldry and colours.  The unit champion, Lord Weuere de Hallam, has a pair of entwined griffons on his shield – a variation on the family crest.  Here you can also see the mud and blood splats applied liberally on the unit to distract from any irregularities in the sculpting, casting and painting.


The force has had several Saga outings, and I hope to grow it to a fully-painted 6-point force as soon as I can figure out how to paint horses.  Can’t have Normans without lots of horses.  I do deeply fantasise about having hundreds of troops for Warhammer 3–8E outings, but that’s at least several years off at my current painting rate.

IMG_0568Normans in action against James’ Viking Berserkers at the Battle of Stinke Bridge.

I entered the all Normans I’d finished as of April into the Salute 2017 painting contest.  Normally I paint miniatures specially for the contest (like these Algoryn last year), but I just took all the figures I’d got finished from my Saga force and blu-tacked them to a piece of plasticard.  To my utter surprise and delight, I won Gold in the Historical Regiment category!  I thought with them being painted to be “gaming standard” and also released in 1987 they’d be outclassed by regiments of newly-released plastics painted in NMM.  Those Perry sculpts still got it.

IMG_1088The Normans on the day of Salute.

I originally mixed together unarmoured archers with armoured sergeants as they were simply all the figures I had finished painting from across my Saga force, and I wanted the biggest mass of troops I could manage.  It made me uneasy blending different troop types in the same regiment, but my friend Rob reminded me that was the Warhammer mindset speaking – only able to conceive of rectangles of identically-armed troops.  In real life, Dark Age warfare was just a jumbled scrap of dudes with assortments of kit.  Reading up on the period I discovered that King Stephen had used the tactic of mixing together archers and dismounted knights at the Battle of Standard Hill in 1138, so what was initially a bulking-out cheat turned out to have good historical grounding.


Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

12 thoughts on “Salute Gold Ex-Citadel Normans

    • July 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thanks! How did your Moorcock shield design come out in the end?

  • July 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Just brilliant, I’m surprised to see you bent the flag prior to painting, it must have been quite tricky to do so !
    A well earnt award here, your trophy must stand proudly above your chimney I guess !

    • July 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thanks! I use two paintbrush handles to bend the flag around, to keep the folds straight. Though it does come out looking a bit Lego. I’d like to experiment with doing more realistic wind-ripples in the future.

  • July 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Great Norman warband, I enjoyed to paint my own warband with these exCitadel, hope you’ll find pleasur as much as me , thank you for the link !

    • July 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Wow! Thanks! Your army’s been the major source of inspiration for my own – in fact you’ll even notice I’ve copied some of your ideas (sorry) like painting the archers in more muted colours than the dismounted knights, and tying shield designs back to the figure with a common colour.

  • July 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    No problem Curis ;) we’re all in the same boat :) You copied but sometimes I’m copy too :)

  • Pingback: Ninjabread - Gnollin the Gnoll – Citadel Pre-slotta Norman Great Goblin

  • Pingback: D&D Paladin and Gobslob the Bugbear – Curis's Ninjabread

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.