Sunday, November 29, 2015

carolingian 28mm figures. both gripping beast and artizan design offer an extensive range for these dark age armies and i have decided to include a few pics. the first two are a side by side comparison of the two manufacturers and they are a pretty close match. the gripping beast are slightly larger being a more true 28mm miniature. one nice addition was a closed hand, had to be drilled out but i prefer the fact that the spear will fit in with little chance of being knocked off the figure. i plan on going back and adding some more comparison side by side shots as most collectors and would be buyers love comparison shots before purchasing. the artizan figures do provide a shield of what at least according to ian heath in armies of the dark ages 600-1066 would be the correct design of their shields. how accurate that assessment is not certain as gripping beast did not follow the same example, nor do the LBMS shield designs decals made to fit their shields. however, in my mind a small moot point as it is the dark ages and perfect uniformity of clothing and equipment would be very unlikely. for the most part, i stuck with mostly blue and off white shirts, then added some ochre, yellow, dark and bright red with contrasting cuffs and collars. leggings were supposedly mostly scarlet, though i added some different shade of browns in there. on the artizan shields i only used one color (ian heath mentions frankish mss. indicated shields were usually painted a single color). on the gripping beast figures i used both LBMS decals or simple multi color shield patters similiar to the decals.

artizan on the left gripping beast on the right

gripping beast on the left and artizan on the right

gripping beast 

gripping beast

gripping beast

artizan design

Artizan design

artizan design

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