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!
Just found this picture on the Wargames Factory website. As yet to be released plastic Vikings painted up. I’m not sold on these plastics yet, nowhere near as much detail as the metals and therefore less rewarding to paint. However, might be good to use as rear ranks, especially in larger Dark Ages armies, so you fill up the back ranks with the plastics and have metal miniatures in the front two ranks.
Not sure, we’ll see.
Check out the article on the Wargames Factory site.
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.