Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Old Glory Bulgar & Avar light cavalry

   The following pics is a mix of Old Glory Avar and Bulgar light cavalry. I like the variety
these miniatures provide to my Steppe army and I have included a comparison pic to
both the Wargames Foundry Huns and Aventine Steppe Cavalry figures for anyone who
desires a comparison view. This unit brings the total of light cavalry to 48 figures and
I'm still undecided if I should add one more unit. Next month I will begin another unit
of the Steppe nobles to bring their numbers also up to 48 figures which will join the 160
Slavic foot.
 The four middle figures are Old Glory. To the right are Foundry Huns and on the left are     Aventine miniatures.

 Old Glory in the middle. Foundry on the right Aventine on the left.

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Sassanian Clibanarii #5

     The fifth unit of of my Sassanian cavalry is completed. I will add 2 additional units of
elite Cavalry later this year hopefully by summer which will bring to a close the mounted
arm of this army. The foot are underway in being painted and when the units come together
I will get them posted.

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.