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Thursday, 6 February 2014

but....but... he's riding a horse!!

                      Way back in the distant past when I was at school I KNEW because history said so, that King Arthur kicked the shit out of the Saxons with his cavalry because they had never fought them or used them. I knew that! No arguments, no discussion, that's just how it was. However as we all know history and truth are not always the same thing. Modern history recognises the idiocy of Saxons fighting against and alongside the Romans for two centuries and not knowing about cavalry. No self respecting gamer can deny that Saxons had cavalry.. For goodness sakes they make figures on horses so it must be true. I finally gave in and decided to mount at least the warlord on horses.
                        That was the easy bit. The hard bit was they don't exist in 10mm gaming. I was stuck with converting the Kallistra Romano-Brit cavalry and attempting to make them appear more German (or british) than Roman. I used the cavalry and the mounted archers from this range and swapped heads shields and weapons from the infantry packs. Here's the end result:-




Because of the large amount of conversion work needed on these figures, they are probably one of the most technically challenging jobs I have done. I am highly delighted with the way they have turned out.


                          While making the cavalry I had a lot of waiting time for glue etc. to set so I decided to work on a couple of bases of skirmishers. These are from the Saxon skirmish pack with a few conversions thrown in for variation.



The bows were first. It's difficult to get much variation on these but a subtle change to arm and bow positions with a head change here and there helped.






 
All I could do with the slingers was modify sling positions , change a couple of heads and I added a helmeted figure after changing his sword for a sling.




                                 I'm in a bit of a quandary with these bases. In the case of Saxons we are talking basically warband organisation. The question is, is it likely that there would be a bow armed group and a slinger group? Would the tendency be for a band to use slings not bows and vice versa? Finally would they all be mixed together in one group ie slings and bows on the same base. Anyone got any thoughts?


                   As an afterthought I am amazed that, in a time when "dark age" Britain is so popular via "dux bellorum", "dux britannarium" and "saga to name a few, I cannot find any manufacturers with a decent range of enemies in 10mm. For me, because a decent army is 300 to a 1000 men, 10mm is the perfect scale to game in . Almost all the manufacturers in 10mm make late Romans or Romano-british, however the enemies are notable by their non existence! Is someone missing an opportunity?  I wonder how many more of their late Romans would sell if they had someone to fight?. 

7 comments:

  1. Nice work on the mounted warlord and his retinue Robert. With regards the bows and slings, I'd go for separate bases as you've done.

    As for enemies for the standard armies of the period, I completely agree. I really want to have some Irish and Picts for Dux bellorum, but will have to convert some of the Gauls when they are released later in the year. There has been talk on the Pendraken forum about sculpting some suitable enemies, but that will be some time yet...

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    1. I suggested to the guy at kallistra that a short and dirty answer would be sprues of separate heads! heheheh. he seemed to think that may be a bit of a challenge in 10mm. Some folks have no sense of adventure hahahah.

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    2. It's been mentioned on the Pendraken forum as well, but generally not well received:(

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  2. I really like the warlord and his band, love the helmet (it's perhaps my fravorite for the period, very menacing).

    As for figures, i know there are 15mm figures, but nothing about 10mm. Seems odd.
    I don't know about size, but Baccus have some Anglo-saxon figures and Vikings. Some might have kite shields but the Vikings don't, but being Baccus they might be on the big se next to your's.

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    1. Unfortunately the kallistra 10mm figs are BIG 10mm so the baccus 6mm even if they were on the big side would never match.

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  3. Very impressive conversions on the mounted saxons!

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    1. Thanks much appreciated. It was however a considerable effort in chopped figures and my fingers and left me a bit MEH! I'm half way through another warrior element and it's taking a bit of effort to remain focus

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