27 December, 2009

Pre-Feudal Scots

I painted this army in 2006 or 2007. All of the figures are 15mm from the Feudal Castings Scottish range, with the exception of the mounted general and his escort, which are from the Essex Dark Ages range. This was my first experience with FC figures and I found them very easy to paint.

There are 2 sub-lists to the DBA army list, with the only difference being the choice for the general's element, cavalry or warband in the earlier period vs. cavlary or knights in the later period.

Pre-Feudal Scots
III/45a (846-1051AD): 1x3Cvor 4Wb (Gen), 1x2Lh, 1x4Wb, 5x3Sp, 2x3Sp or 3Wb, 2x2Ps.
III/45b (1052-1124AD): 1x3Cv or 3Kn (Gen), 1x2Lh, 1x4Wb, 5x3Sp, 2x3Sp or 3Wb, 2x2 Ps.

As always, you can blow up the pictures by clicking on them.

General with nobles (1x3Cv or 3Kn), I used an early version of St Andrew's cross on the general's shield.:

General with Thegns (1x4Wb Gen and 1x4Wb). I used a LBM banner for the general's element, it had a Scottish look to me with the celtic-style cross:

Light Horse (1x2Lh):

Spearmen (4x3Sp):

More spearmen (3x3Sp):

Galwegians (2x3Wb):

Archers (2x2Ps):
Entire Army:

Goliath's Horses

Wow, what a long time between posts. Well, I have been painting, I just am not the best photographer and I find it hard to find time to set up and take photos of an entire army at once.

Anyway, this post is an update on one of my current projects and also a figure review. I have had an Avar army since the days of WRG 7th edition, originally painted around 1991 or 2. It has always been one of my favorites. I have slowly updated it over the last few years and recently decided to add 2 new command stands. So I purchased a pack of Khurasan Miniatures Avar Command, which contains 2 generals and 2 standardbearers. The riders have nice poses but the sculpting is only average and not quite as detailed as the Essex Avars, and are roughly the same size. This isn't the clearest photo, but you can see the size comparison (l-r: Essex Khazar, KM standardbearer, KM general, Essex Avar):Before I go any further, I should note that each of KM's ranges are done by different sculptors (listed on the KM website). The other KM figures I own and have seen are very well done. However their Avar horses are on steroids! Essex horses are not exactly underfed, but the KM horses make them look like ponies (l-r: KM, Essex, KM, Essex):

The riders look way out of scale when mounted. My solution was to mount the KM riders on some spare Essex horses I had. They are currently being painted and when they are done the whole army will appear on the blog.