Monday, 8 February 2016

From IanW Gripping Beast Vikings (40 points)

My main entry for this week is eight Viking figures from Gripping Beast, though two of them are rather old ones. Six of the shields are off Blacktree Miniatures which are a lot better than the original shields. My son has also been painting up some of the Vikings as he builds his second SAGA army. I am hoping to get him back into painting them over his half term break.

They are all spearmen and the eight will count as a point in my army. All have been given a fairly basic paint job made better with a ink wash. If they have been a better class of troops I would have spent more time on them.

A better view of their clothes. The two on the end are actually different colours of yellow but look the same on the pics.

All eight actually have different coloured tunics and most hoses are also painted up the once. The shields actually only have two with the same colour across the eight, different shades of red, blue etc. allow this.

The figures have enough detail to make them interesting but not so much to slow the painting down. I really enjoyed the speed these guys got painted up.

The mix of poses make the unit look nice and irregular. I now have more points than I will probably use. Now we just need to get a few games in. The Boy, Lee and me now have enough figures done to get in a rather big game, just need to get round to playing it again.

So eight hairy hard guys must mean a quick and easy 40 points. The shields are hand painted but nothing special as the more fancy ones have groves in the shield to follow so no real skill required.

Your basic paint job certainly does the job here Ian.  This is a solid unit of arrow fodder.  If this is you mailing in your painting, I'd like to see you at full throttle in 28mm.  The basing is very well done on these figs.  Will we get a chance to see the full Saga collections at any time soon?

25 comments:

  1. Very nice work I like the shields simple but colorful.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, like you I am `resting` from 6mm :-)

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  3. Good solid work Ian! Well done.

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  4. Nice to see Vikings with spears. Excellent painting.

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    1. I must have ran out of axes LOL

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  5. A stalwart bunch of fellows.

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    1. Hopefully they will perform on the table

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  6. Fearsome looking chaps Ian! Well done...

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  7. Gripping Beast makes the best Vikings I think. Nicely done on these Ian!

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    1. Footsore Miniatures don't yet do Vikings but they do a mean Saxon but yes Gripping do some very nice Vikings

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  8. If I get chance to paint up another unit I will do a group shot of all my Vikings Peter

    Ian

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    1. Thanks, I wanted this lot to stand out a bit

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  10. For a easier pace, they look grand Ian! They look as though they have strode off the pages of Prince Valiant, which is pretty cool! ;)

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    1. Thanks David, will have to google that

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  11. David is right! They do look a lot like warriors come right off the Valiant comics pages, well done!

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    1. Thanks Chris, I have a few more lurking in my prep boxes

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