Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Gripping Beast Shieldwall

After painting up the little fellows I wanted a bit more larger scale painting and as such went for a bunch of 28's. These are the now unavailable shieldwall set (x4) that Gripping Beast used to sell. I can see why they were removed from sale as the amount of mould lines was painful and in some cases really difficult to remove. Also I had to drill out a number of hands to allow spears to be put in place. However I hope they are re-released as they are nice figures once you have sorted these two problems out.

I plan to sell them just got to decide if I need to sell them as a job lot or four sets and of course the thorny question as to how much?


 I am not sure how well these would go down with the SAGA players as they seem better suited to actual shield wall games than the more spread out skirmish style of play. That did not stop me basing them on 2p's though.

I went for bright again rather than the dour Dark Age look that is favoured by many. Not that I have anything against the dark look it's just that I agree that whilst dies were often not colour fast as today the way they were washed would have limited the die loss and you tended to dress up for battle.

I mixed in simple and more complex shields into the mix. All the figures are lacking in armour so I suspect these would be the less experienced and willing of the men involved and as such were less likely to have the posh shields of their more experienced comrades.

It's a fairly basic paint job with single colour and ink washed but on the light side so the shading is somewhat more natural. I am not such a fan of the high contrast way of shading.

So that's twenty figures, four sets of the shieldwall figures and an extra four general spear men to beef it up a little more. I have also found a further six large shield types that would mix with these well so they will also make it to the paint table, not sure if that will be this month but it's a definite possibility.

So if any one is interested in these send me an email (button near the top on the right) happy to ship at cost anywhere in the world. Now it's back to 6mm Napoleonic's that are so close to finishing.

10 comments:

  1. "you tended to dress up for battle". Ahhh, the infamous "best fighting pants" :)

    Nice work Ian :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, OK your quotes the best ;-)

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  2. If you don't look good, you can't fight good :)

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    1. Well the proof of that will be someone else's issue LOL

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  3. Well done. Will have to remember the infamous best fighting pants'... thanks Tamsin, you made my day.

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    1. I have a feeling Tamsin said my painting was pants LOL

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  4. That's a good looking and brightly coloured unit Ian. I was just cursing mould lines myself recently having missed a couple which I noticed after they were primed. Rather than go back and see to them properly, I convinced myself that they were duelling scars!

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    1. Those shields make the rest of the unit look really bright. My units had so many scars they would have been a rare sight LOL

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