Guido got some unarmoured Saxons for me in return for a box of Republican Romans. When he left, he commented that he expected to see a painted miniature finished in 24 hours. Easy to say, but harder to do. Anyway, inbetween looking after my 10month old daughter and other work, I managed to do a quick job on one miniature. Once again I’ve resorted to Army painter, I’ve resigned to the fact that this is the fastest way to get miniatures on the board and I will reserve taking time to paint miniatures, for ones that I really like.
OK, it’s taken me ages, but hopefully it has been worth the wait. Here is my first Saxon unit, a unit of 24 Ceorls who are the beginning of my later Saxon army.
Yes I used Army Painter to save on time (family, films etc…) are all taking up most of my waking hours. I am pleased with the result and hopefully I can get onto my next unit soon.
Hope you like them. Oh… the film is coming along quite well, check out the link below.
This is where I have progressed to since my August 9 post titled, ‘Army Painter’. I’ve managed to complete 12 of my later Saxons, from a unit which will eventually be 24. Obviously they are not based yet.
I’ve been on a bit of a painting roll, but don’t know how I will got this week. I have a heap of writing I have to get done and a script arriving on Monday, which I need to give feedback on next Saturday. We’ll see how we go.
Miniature painting has been a little slow this week, mainly due to a mixture of being too busy and being too fussy with my painting, trying new things and slacking off. Anyway, I ordered a handful of Gripping Beast miniatures a couple weeks ago and they arrived early this week. They were, a packet of GET1 Armoured Command and LR23 Late Roman Leaders. I just wanted to see what the Gripping Beast Barbarians were like and how they compared to the Musketeer Miniatures that I have.
One Late Roman miniature in particular captured my attention and all painting on the Musketeer Miniatures, Early Saxons stopped, while I concentrated on this Gripping Beast mini. I’m going to use some Late Romans mixed in my Saxon units, referring to the WHAB Age of Arthur book that says: “May of the helmets of earlier warriors will have been ‘liberated’ or copied from the Roman empire, so you can quite happily use a few suitable Late Roman models”.
I am also going to get a few Wargames Foundry Saxon miniatures, to see how they combine and then figure out how I will make up my final Saxon force. I really like Musketeers range, so my dilemma is whether I combine all makes into each Unit, or do I make some all Musketeer and mix others… Hmm, not sure yet.
Here is the Late Roman figure I’ve been talking about, next to the last Saxon I finished.
As you can see the Late Roman is less hairy and doesn’t have the same Barbarian feel, but when mixed into a Unit, it won’t matter.
I saw a similar shield design in a book and decided to paint the shield myself.
Let me know what you think.
Here are the first few Saxons of my Early Saxon army. I have planned out a thousand point Sea Raiders force, which I am aiming to build up, in due time. The bigger goal is to eventually have a larger force, but that will take a lot longer.
Anyway, obviously these figures don’t have spears or bucklers and are not based. I’m trying Guido’s method of painting all the miniatures first before basing, which is quite frustrating because you don’t see the Unit grow on the tabletop, you just accumulate painted miniatures in a draw until you have enough for a Unit.
Hope you like them. Please leave a comment.
I never thought I’d ever collect a Dark Ages army and look what has happened. Here is the first of my Saxon Sea Raider Army, minus buckler and spears. I have been reading the Age of Arthur Warhammer Ancient Battles book and also Shieldwall. I really like to look of the Saxon armies in both early and later periods. Hopefully I will be able to build up enough troops to play them in both periods. There are some major differences between both periods, but I with some smart use of miniatures I’m sure I do it.
The challenge with painting Saxons, as with all non-uniform armies is coming up with different colour schemes and also shield designs. This takes longer than painting someone like the Romans (See earlier post) and can look really mish-mash, so I’m going to try and find a unifying feature to the Units.
I really like the early Saxon armies as you can use Late Roman miniature in the make-up of each Unit. Gripping Beast do some excellent miniatures that I want to get. Later Saxon armies are very Norse in appearance so it also gives me the chance to sample some of the new plastics the Wargames Factory will soon be releasing.
Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on my progress.