Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Wolftail Warriors


Finally managed to take some photographs of the figures that I finished over the weekend. Although I only need 20figures for the Arthurian army, I plan to use these in the future in a Shieldwall Saxon army so have painted 28 figures.

All the figures are Gripping Beast and the standard is LBMS. The flowers and grass are Silflor from Antenocities Workshop - thoroughly recommend both.

Next unit will be based on the Dumnonian army from the Warlord Trilogy which had red dragon symbols on their shields.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Wolftail Warriors WIP

The third unit is now nearing completion and since I haven't posted anything recently I thought I would add a couple of WIP shots. These are slightly darker than normal as I didn't set up all the lamps I normally use for photographing finished miniatures.

This unit is loosely based on the Derfel's Wolftail warriors from the Bernard Cornwell Arthur trilogy. They are described as having round shield and fighting in shieldwall formation with spears. I've painted the entire unit with 5 pointed stars but in the book a number of warriors are only allowed to have a 4 pointed star device - I'll probably add these in.

These figures represent the back ranks of the unit and once again they are all from Gripping Beast. I've also changed the spears for this unit and am now using the much thinner steel spears from Gripping Beast as they look more realistic and don't bend. The down side is that I now have a number of puncture wounds on my hands and fingers where I've stabbed myself on them.

Since photographing these I decided to shorten the spears based partly on feedback from people on the Steve Dean forum and a realisation that scaled up they would be between 10 and 12 feet long. I've now shortened them so that they would be between 5 and 6 feet.

Basing is progressing nicely on these and I hope to have the full unit finished, photographed and posted on here early next week.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

King Tewdric of Gwent

I finally managed to take some photographs of the latest unit to be completed. This unit was inspired by the Arthur Trilogy written by Bernard Cornwell. In his books he describes the army of Gwent led by King Tewdric as wearing Roman style uniforms with russett cloaks and helmet plumes and a Bull's Head symbol on their shields. When I bought these figures I couldn't find any infantry with cloaks so went with Romano/British figures from Gripping Beast. I've since found that Foundry do a very nice Late Roman unit with cloaks and ordered these during the recent "20% off" promotion, these will eventually form a second Cohort.

The figures were painted with Vallejo paints, the shields were done with Veni, Vidi, Vici transfers that have been repainted and highlighted and the banner is from Little Big Men Studios.

In Warhammer this unit will count as a unit of Pedes with full command.

I'm already well into the next unit and hope to get some pictures posted soon.

In the meantime I present King Tewdric and the 1st Cohort of the Legion of Gwent: