Next up are my Saxon Levies for my Saga/Valhalla game and these chaps are from another plastic boxset from Gripping Beast, this time from the Dark Age Warriors box. Again the boxset is priced at £22.00 but you only get forty figures this time, and that is still stupidly cheap for forty Dark Age warriors. In this box set you lots of weapon choices in fact you have enough to arm them all with spears and shield or have thirty two slingers or sixteen armed with javelins as well as swords and hand axes. They are quite generic so there well fit in most Dark Age forces and being hard plastic there can be converted very easily.
Now please bear with me with the photos as I have just got a new camera and I am still learning how to use the bloody thing. But as you can see I have assembled twelve of them for as I have said to be used as my levies for my Saxon force. I have to say I have cheated a wee bit with these as I have included a mix of weapons so I can use them as normal warriors or as javelinmen or slingers depending on the force I want to play.
Like the Saxon Thegn boxset I have no idea who has sculpted them but there are very nice and you could mix of match, especially the heads for the other boxsets, just to add a little more interest and give the unit the odd helmet or two, as I have.
Now I have enjoyed painting these chaps as I have had less in the way of armour, well mail shirts, to paint and more in the way of clothing. I have actually gone for a more natural colour scheme with the odd bright colour to accent them, especially around the cuffs and trim around the neck and on the bottom of the tunics. But it is still amazing just how bright these natural dyes can be.
The shield again from Little Big Men Studios, the Dark Age set especially designed for this boxset, add more colour to the figures and I think them really set them off.
Overall these were a dream to paint and a fun unit to build and I am happy with the whole result. I think that I will be adding more of these figures to my Saxon force in the future when I next build some more of them.
So thats it for the time being but more units for my Saxon force will be up here soon, once I have got around to photographing them. So have a great day.