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Thursday, 27 April 2023

Wiglaf Miniatures Unarmoured Anglo-Saxons and Skirmishers

 Real life got in the way a bit lately but here is the latest batch of Wiglaf 18mm Angles from Edwin's retinue in the army of Raedwald of East Anglia.

Sunday, 9 April 2023

Wiglaf Miniatures Anglo-Saxon Hearthguard

 Here is the hearthguard unit to accompany Edwin, exiled Prince of Deira in my East Anglian 7th Century army. It was created from a mix of the Armoured Saxons and Armoured Vendel packs from Wiglaf Miniatures. I'm really pleased with how these turned out! 

Thursday, 6 April 2023

Wiglaf Miniatures 15/18mm 7th Century Anglo-Saxons

 Well, despite plans to paint US Cavalry, nothing got done! 

Instead I found myself buying a whole army of the fabulous Mark Copplestone sculpted 15/18mm Saxons of the 7th century AD - commissioned by Dan 'Lion Rampant' Mersey who owns Wiglaf Miniatures. The 7th century is a brilliant era to game and is very poorly served by historically accurate miniatures: Until now!

These were a joy to paint despite their small size.

This is Edwin, exiled prince of the Northern Anglian kingdom of Deira fighting in the service of King Raedwald of the East Angles at the Battle of the River Idle in 616AD, the battle where Northumbrian king Aethelfrith (who had exiled Edwin and tried to have him murdered several times) was defeated. Whereupon Edwin became king of a united Northumbria. 

I'm working my way through Raedwald's army (for the upcoming Midgard rules, but they'll also do for Dux Bellorum and Dan Mersey's own Age of Penda rules) in the first instance although once Wiglaf Miniatures release Saxon cavalry, the army will do double duty as both East Anglians and the Northumbrians of King Ecgfrith (who came to grief at the battle of Dunnichen against the Picts.)

Edwin's hearth guard will follow shortly but for now here's Edwin with his bannerbearer (banner from LBM)

Monday, 21 November 2022

28mm Hollywood US Cavalry - Knuckleduster Miniatures

After 6 months off from painting, I've just bought a set of the mounted and dismounted Knuckleduster Miniatures 28mm Hollywood US Cavalry. they are about to release a command pack with minis that actually resemble the actors from the classic 1950s John Ford movies and I'll be ordering those when they come out, but til then I've made a start on cleaning up and prepping these fist two packs. very little clean up to do and the quality of both the metal troopers and resin horses is superb! Gonna undercoat them tomorrow and then crack on with the painting! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Oldhammer Elf Spearmen and Axemen

Here are the spearmen for the Oldhammer Elf army I'll be using in Midgard and Dragon Rampant. The old 4th Edition plastic and 5th edition metal High Elf spearmen and the White Lions have had their uniforms and shields repurposed to fit the green scheme chosen for the 80s models I've been working on for 5 years now. I could make a pretty hefty unit of spearmen for Warhammer 4th/5th edition ifI wanted to although I'd ideally need a few more White Lions (which were crap in those editions due to striking last with their big axes...)

Anyway, I'm pleased with the overall look of these. The army is looking pretty cool thus far, I think...

Friday, 13 May 2022

Oldhammer Elf Heroes

 Following on from the Elf cavalry posted the other day, here are the Elf heroes. I love these sculpts. Some were painted over 25 years ago but have had a recent refresh in the green colour scheme of the recently purchased and painted models. I'm pleased with how these have worked out. They all look good together, whether recently painted or 'refreshed' and that's what I was aiming for.