Eventually I'll add some Gripping Beast figures for this but the WF figures came up alright- a variety of German Cavalry and Viking heads. The figures looked a little stilted and "Thunderbirdish" to me before being painted but I was surprised at how much better they looked after a coat of paint. Most have Gripping Beast shields and spears.
The rest of the army are a mixture of Gripping Beast Hiberno-Norse, Irish, Saxon and Viking ranges. The big bases give a nice feel of an army of irregular troops on the move and I think captures the right look for such a force.
The complete army is:
- 6x Auxilia (including general)
- 4x Psiloi
- 2x Blades
The stand on the left are all Gripping Beast, on the right Wargames Factory- sizewise they fit well together.
The figure on the far left is a Gripping Beast Saxon, the rest are all from the Wargames Factory Vikings sprue.
Auxillia General flanked by Irish-vikings/Ostmen. The figure taking a swig from the jug is probably my favourite.
And from another angle- gotta love the Little Big Man Studio Celtic shield designs- I wanted my Norse to be suitably Irish-a-fied, so they'll be easy to tell from the "proper" vikings whenever I get round to painting them up.
And again. Spot the Irish- Danish-Anglo-Saxon huscarl in the front rank.
6 stands of Auxilia, including the general.
And from another angle.
The army assembles behind a screen of skimishers.
and one again.
Hopefully in the next few days Finn and I will get to test them out vs the Anglo-Danish
I'm really happy with the basing I used for these guys- simple but effective.
My Basing technique:
- Sand from a nearby beach painted and dry brushed.Reasonably fine but has some coarser stones in there as well. Gives a nice texture.
- Rocks are either real stones from the garden or barkchip which was covered thin a layer of PVA and left to dry (seals it but more importantly makes a protective coat that prevents the barkchip from flaking off- however after a whiled decided the stones were even easier to do an didn't require hanging round waiting for the PVA to dry).
- Woodlands scenics flock- a mix of course and fine
- Woodlands scenic dark green clump foliage
- Silfor grasses, late autumn range.