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Project of Song Dynasty

Posted by rayloryan on 06 Apr 2019, 02:44

Besides Ming , Song Dynasty(960—1279) is also one of my favorite historical period. In traditional historical point of view, Song was always treated as a Dynasty that was weak in Military but strong in economy. The Song court always paid money for keeping peace with States of Liao and Jin. The north Song was even perished by the invasion of Jin. The South Song survived. It fought against with Jin, and then resisted the Mongolian for nearly half a century.
Bravely fighting the final battle with the Mongolian fleet at Ya Shan, the prime minister Lu xiu fu held the young emperor onto his back and jumped into the sea. So did all the Royal house.More than 100,000 civilians and soldiers also jumped into the sea to follow their fallen empire. No one surrendered. Song finally fell.
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Another prime minister Wen tian xiang was captured by the Mongolian and send to Da du (now Beijing). He never gave up his loyalty and before his execution, he told the executioner “ All my things are done now” and knelt to the South (where the South Song Dynasty located), accepting his death.
During its over 300 years reign , Song was the only Dynasty that was NOT perished by internal rebellion but fell in the hand of foreign invasion.
Since Song was surrounded by the nomad people, it was lack of good horses. Developing the heavy infantry was the way to fight against the cavalry. The armor they wore was called" Bu Ren Jia (Footmen's Armor). it had around 1825 scales and weighted near 50KG. Later the weight altered: for spear man 32-35KG; for archers 28-33KG; for the bolt man 22-27KG
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Here is my first attempt of the heavy infantry spear man, inspired by my friend Dominic( he is a fan of Chinese history, rare among western people...)
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Posted by MABO on 06 Apr 2019, 13:21

This going to be another dashing project, I am sure! :shock:
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Posted by huib on 06 Apr 2019, 16:46

Unbelievably good!
And you are right. Few Western people know much about Chinese history. Me neither.
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Posted by dombom on 07 Apr 2019, 10:16

Hey bro,
You did a great job as always. I feel honored to be your inspiration for that project.
Can't wait to get the first of these little guys and paint them. I plan to make a diorama with them and the song cavalry (italeri). I hope we can also inspire other people, Chinese and Westerners, to join in and maybe even add more content. Let's resurrect the Song dynasty to its previous glory and achievements and lets make the heavy infantry famous again.
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Posted by rayloryan on 08 Apr 2019, 16:19

Another two soldiers joined the army.
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Posted by Durruti on 12 Apr 2019, 20:20

Oh yes! Fantastic! Rayloryan, I'm really looking forward to this project as the Song Dynasty in the 13th century wars against the Mongols and others is one of my favourite subjects. However as mentioned by others (including PSR), I've struggled to find a complete picture of their appearence, organisation, tactics etc. in the West (although it did briefly figure in the pop-culture Netflix TV series "Marco Polo" that was axed). I have the Italeri Chinese cavalry and was planning to convert some of the Caesar Ming infantry into Song period troops.

In another thread, Lirui recommended a PC game mod covering 13th century China for Medieval Total War 2 called ""Shaoding: The Road to Luoyang" 绍定入洛 - I don't know if you've seen that? From what I can tell, for game purposes, it divides the Song into the following 4 forces:

Song Imperial Court
Liang Huai or Huai River region
JingHu region
Xichuan region

Each region reflects subtle differences in army composition and armour types.

The imperial guard and regular forces have armour – light, medium and heavy and different unit types – long spears, short spears and shield, halberds, sword and shield, Zhan-Ma-Dao ( 2-handed "Horse-Chopping Sword"), archers, crossbows and firelance infantry.

Provincial militia conscripts in each region have similar unit types but wear no or little armour.

Cavalry reflects the same but was supposedly relatively poor. Artillery has the Chinese advances in catapults, bolt-throwers and incendiary weapons.

Rayloryan, Grateful for your thoughts about that? Thank you!
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Posted by rayloryan on 15 Apr 2019, 15:35

Two new recruits.

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5 men team
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Posted by rayloryan on 15 Apr 2019, 15:49

Durruti wrote: I'm really looking forward to this project as the Song Dynasty in the 13th century wars against the Mongols and others is one of my favourite subjects.


Good to know someone who is also interested in the same historical time period. Here i Post some Song Armor references. You may have better idea.

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Posted by Hellboy on 15 Apr 2019, 19:14

I am absolutely speechless! :shock: Your characters are just fantastic. :yeah: Real works of art !!!
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