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.