Thursday, January 18, 2018

Slav Heavy Infantry

     The following pics comprise some of the 120 figures that I painted up to serve as the
main battle infantry component that would of served with both the Avar and Bulgar armies.
Needless to say they in themselves can comprise a complete army with plenty of historical
opponents also. For my personal needs this is large enough force that will join roughly the
120-140 Steppe cavalry I have. Some notes on the Slavs they mostly would of been
without armor armed primarily with javelins and axes (the 2 handed type) which was a popular weapon put into use. I mention this as my collection of figures do include a fair
amount of mailed armored figures, one handed axe and spear in a standing static pose.
The miniatures I selected to use had the look that I wanted to achieve for the Slavs and
I'm not one to get to bogged down on too many mailed figures or not enough 2 handed
axed armed figures. In any rule set to be used they will be considered unarmored and
armed with short spear/javelin type weapons. As per comments under the bowmen I went
with primarily linen colors (common during this time frame for the Slavs) and added lots of
bordering type colors for contrast. Historical in that regard of contrasts I cant say but it adds extra punch to the appearance of the figures. I included side shots of the shields for those who like ideas on painting dark age figures. I prefer to hand paint shields than use transfers and let my imagination dictate what I want. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bulgar/Avar Slav archers

       The following pics make up one half of my Slavic infantry that would of fought under
both the Bulgars and Avar forces. The Slavs had the ability to deploy a fair amount of
bow armed infantry in which I have collected a total of 48 figures. The pics do not account
for all 48 but of a sampling  of them. I have also painted nearly a 100 spear armed infantry which will complete the Slavic contingent of my steppe armies. I did choose to go with a paint scheme on these with linen colored clothing which was in much use (some sources indicate over time they would fade into more of a greyish color) during this time frame. I also like to give each dark age army a themed look and using as many creams, off whites, and light grey colors really tied these figures together. Most of the models came from either
Foundry or their off shoot Casting room miniatures Germanic ranges and a few Dacian
range line of miniatures. Later this month I plan on posting the heavier Slavic infantry.