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.
Beccas wanted a comparison if West Wind miniatures with Gripping Beast, so I grabbed whatever miniatures I had and took a photo. What you see are four miniatures from different manufactures of 28mm Dark Age miniatures. I am building up a Saxon army which can be used as an early and later Saxon army. The first (L-R) is a West Wind miniature. These minis come with different head combinations, I really like the poses and variations. Next to it is a Gripping Beast, Late Roman which I will be using as a Saxon, basically because early Saxons used much Roman military equipment that they either bought, were supplied with or stripped from the dead after battle. The next is an Early Saxon from Musketeer Miniatures. Lovely miniatures, but the big beards and hair give them a little fantasy edge, still I think they are great. Finally is a Renegade Miniatures, Late Saxon, the bulkiest of the selection displayed and probably the least exciting range in regards to poses.
In conclusion, I feel that they all fit well together, especially the Gripping Beast and West Wind. My Early Saxon units will be a combination of GB, WW and MM, which will be added to by RM when I make up a Later Saxon army.
Oh, I also have some Crusader Miniatures Varangian Guard, which I will be using as Huscarls in a later army. Both the RM and CM are bulky, but en mass it’s not going to make too much difference.
Hope that helps Beccas!
Guido came over yesterday to have a peak at my pockets full of miniatures. I think he was surprised at the quantity there was. Anyway, I got him a Pictish Command packet from West Wind Productions when I was in the UK.
I discovered a link to West Wind Productions quite by accident, I think it was from the WAB Forums if my memory is correct. I really liked what I saw on the website and had to sample the Early Saxon miniatures. West Wind were very prompt with delivery which took two days after the order was placed (Even with an apparent postal strike in effecting the UK). I received a Saxon Command and Armoured Spearman pack in the order and liked the service and the miniatures so much that I immediately placed another larger order, which included Guido’s Pictish Command pack. The Picts are really nice miniatures and should make a good addition to his Pict army, but we’ll see how long it takes Guido to paint them. Hopefully I will be able to feature the finished product on my blog.
So, I ended up purchasing Saxon Warband and some special characters from West Wind. These were added to 5 regiment packs I had previously purchased from Renegade, which included later Saxons and some Celts. So you see, my pockets were really quite full!
BTW: I am attempting to make another short film. It is not 100% confirmed as yet, but hopefully we will start shooting in the first week of November.
Apologise to all my readers who started following a wargames blog, which turned into a travel blog and a photography blog, but that is just who I am.
As you all know, I am back in Western Australia and to my distress, I am back at my day job, although I am desperately working hard to get out of it and into my chosen career. There are just a number of steps I have to take to get there.
I have had limited time to get back to painting, because of the jet-lag my daughter is going through, but I thought I’d post a couple work-in-progress photos so that you can see I haven’t dropped off the face of the wargaming Earth. This is the Saxon unit I have been working on for some time, but there is also a bonus photo of a miniature I picked up in the UK and couldn’t resist painting (see work-in-progress below). Some of you may recognise the manufacturer. I really liked their Saxon range so I made many purchases when I was in the UK, to build my Early Saxon Army.
If you don’t know the manufacturer, check back soon as I will be painting more in the near future. In-between my day job, making another short film (one of my true passions) and everything else!
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.
Usually, the challenge for wargamers is getting painted miniatures onto the tabletop and recently a very good product was released, which will definitely solve that problem. Army Painter, is a product released by Warlord Games, which enables you to paint the basic colours onto a miniature and then, using Army Painter, you can add tone and depth to your painting in a fast and simple method.
I was a skeptic at first and also a purist, but not wanting to be precious or having any pre-conceived notions about how anyone puts an army on the tabletop, I was willing to take a look. Guido did a few tests on his Pict Army, which I thought gave very good results. I gave it a go on my Normans (see previous post), with mixed results.
The beauty of Army Painter and where it really comes into it’s own, is in the painting of Barbarian Armies. Usually the number of miniatures required to be painted, is daunting to say the least, but if used strategically, I believe Army Painter will give a good result and allow the gamer, who doesn’t want to be a competition painter, to get his/her army onto the tabletop a lot faster, so that they can spend more time enjoy playing! So for those people with families, small children or demanding spouses, it is a ‘Godsend’.
I am going to try to experiment with some techniques and see what results I get, on a Unit of late Saxons, which I intend to use as Duguth in my later Saxon Army.
Here are my first four, miniatures are Renegade. NB: they all haven’t had weapons attached and are obviously not based.
Let me know what you think and what are your views on Army Painter?