You may remember that some time back I bought some West Wind miniatures for my mate Guido, when I was in the UK. I threatened back then, that I would post the finished, painted miniatures on my blog to let you all see the result.
Well, here they are. I’m sure you will agree that he has done a great job and I reckon they are the best command group in his very big Pict army.
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.