Anyhow, here's a group shot. I armed most with sword and kite shield, though there were not quite enough shields for all of them, even with the unarmored set's gear. So, a few got a round shield and a few got no shield (two got the dragon standards of which I got something like 8, which is way too many unless there's a parade on). I did 8 as spearman for Saga purposes (they'll make a fine warrior unit). Just for fun, I gave one guy a soft cap instead of a helm. I like little things like that -- nobody will probably notice, but if they did, it would imply a story for the guy.
For shields, I did a mix of transfers and handpainted (about 60:40 in favor of decals). The decals work good, though they needed serious trimming to fit the shields since they were not the right size. However, afterwards I thought they looked TOO good. Someone here probably can articulate this better, but my somewhat sloppy hand painted ones just seem right, even if the decals do look good.
From the reverse, Nothing too exciting. I did mix up their tunics, trousers, etc to give some color interest and reduce the uniformity. The gold dragon bannerman got a horn.
Here's a group shot of many of the handpainted shields. I've decided I like my squiggly dragons. They're fairly easy to do and look decent.
And up on the parapet a closer view of a few of the lads.
As an aside, I played Jutland with miniatures on Saturday. My Naval challenge entry will be along very similar lines. Here's a sneak peak:
Keith - more fine work on the these lads , staying up past badtime - good lad... the mix of sheilds looks just fine - i have rounded up to 165 for the effort. Defintly not as angry the Vikings , but they look efficient and effective - we will see eh when faced by those nasty Norsemen. Big battle with ships just the ticket - lots of shouting "You sank my battleship!"