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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Saxons and Centaurs Oh My!

So my painting these days has been a bit eclectic. I have started the long slipery slide from historical to fantasy miniatures. Today I have some Narnians for a HOTT army, and waiting in the wings, as yet unseen, lurk the bugs and marines of the Star Ship Troopers. Not to fear however, my true love will always remain histprical gaming, and to that end I offer up pictures of my Saxon musket elements for DBN. Enjoy:

These are Eureka miniatures centaurs and though on the large size, more like 20mm, they are wonderful sculpts. I am using them with Splintered Lights beastlands range and their size should not be out of place. That's one of the nice things about fantasy. Who really knows how big a centaur should be?

These elements will play as knights, with the generals element in the center. I tried to pick Narnian themes for the shields, hence the lions and stylyzed antlers, as well as the pan pipes.

The archers and javelin armed centaurs will be classed as riders.

Now for a more serious subject: the Saxon line infantry regiments. I still have to look it up to be precise, but these are painted after the units present at the battle of Saalfield. I believe, the Clemmens, Elecktor and Xavier regiments. I usually hand paint my flags, but I decided to use the Napflag site this time, as there was so much detail in the saxon flags. I highlighted and shadowed the flags with gold paint and darker red shading for the red flag.

A frontal view...

and from the rear.

I opted to paint the saxons solid white and then wash with a diluted black ink to provide some shading. This did make for a very efficient method and the results, though not stunning, I found to be quite acceptable. The faces are a bit rough when enlarged to this degree, but in 15mm they actually look quite good.


  1. Yes, come join the Dark Side—fantasy! If it makes you feel better you an call it, "the fantastic." It sounds good and it rhymes with "historic."

    I like your centaurs! I only just saw the Disney Narnia movie 2 nights ago! I should read the book. The red color scheme looks good. Are you going to do an army of baddies as well? Finding a model to represent the Witch Queen will be interesting. Maybe you could take a Boudicca on a chariot model and match it with some bears.

    Where did you get your copy of HoTT? I was looking for it a while ago. Having failed I decided to just use DBA for my yet to be started LOTR armies.

  2. Thanks Andrew,

    Yes, you should read the books! As for the bad guys, I am going to do an army of Telmarines using Splintered Light historical dark age Saxon miniatures, so I don't have to worry about the white witch yet.
    I got my copy of HOTT from Wargames Inc. I believe they still have some in stock, but play some DBA first. That is a great game!


  3. I started on that slippery slope myself.. a huge amount of fun...HotT is tremendous (as is DBA)..