Sunday, 27 October 2013

Dark Ages Saxons 1

By now I think most of you know that despite occasional detours into other periods, my real passion lies in the so called "dark ages" and especially the British Isles during the 5-7th centuries. So unsurprisingly, for my next trick ... ahem, I mean project I will paint up a force of everyone's favourite Germanic raiders for Dux Britanniarum: yes, finally it's Saxon time!

This is the standard starting-force straight out of the rulebook and consists of:

1 Lord
1 Champion
2 Nobles
12 Elites
18 Warriors
4 Skirmishers with bows

The miniatures will be a mix of Musketeer and West Wind, as well as a couple from Gripping Beast.

I have decided to forego the smaller bucklers and instead use regular-sized shields as I just think it looks much better. Also, I've read somewhere that the historical evidence for bucklers is somewhat ambiguous. But mainly, as I said, I just think the large shields look better.

Anyway, here is the first unit to be finished – the skirmishers.


I've gone for a very muted palette on these, as I like to do for my skirmishers. It makes their job of hiding in the bushes to surprise the enemy easier.


The miniatures are from West Wind, and very nice they are too.


Have a nice week everyone, and thanks for reading!

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful, Jonas! I love your muted palette and subtle highlights. You've started a project I've been eyeing for DB. And proving great minds think alike, I agree with the choice of larger shields for the Saxons. This will be a treat to follow.

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    1. Thanks Monty! Looking forward to seeing your Saxons when you get around to them. Will you be using Gripping Beast?

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  2. Exellent paint work Jonas !

    Looking forward to the Dux Britt campaign you promised me when the warband are painted !

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Cheers Michael! Yeah, it will be fun to play the "real" campaign for once. Just a couple of more miniatures to do ... ;)

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    1. Thanks Ray! The next batch will be a little more colourful – but not much!

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  4. Nice looking archers, I like the colors too...

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    1. Thanks Paul, I'm glad you like them!

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  6. Fantastic work there Jonas! Very nice looking fig's and great basing too.

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  7. Superb work as always Jonas. May your passion for the dark ages never end. Good luck for this new exciting project.

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    1. Thank you Nicholas! It's very nice to have you back!

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  8. Great stuff. Love the palette...

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