Sunday, 15 November 2020

Dux Bellorum 11 More Pict cavalry and home made sabot bases

 Here are two more tiny mounted skirmish units for  my Pict force and also my mounted leader and companions and a unit of mounted nobles.

Once again the skirmish types are wargames factory with some Perry and gripping beast plastic additions .

The companions and nobles are a mix of dark age and late Roman Gripping beast plastic cavalry with the odd anachronistic Saxon helmet thrown in for good measure together with some Perry Ansar shields and some Black tree design shields to try and tie them in with the infantry. I enjoyed painting these chaps and they went together well, I would have preferred that you had full arms, rather than half arms but its a minor quibble on my part.The leader is a  metal Gripping beast figure. 

This completes the Pictish army ,giving me three Dux Bellorum forces, I'm moving onto the shieldwall armies next, so it will be Romano British and Late Romans over the winter, which should be fun!

They're all sabot based onto 120mm wide MDF bases with balsa cut outs. I've also included the previous mounted Pict skirmishers on their sabot bases and the ordinary Irish riders. 


















That was strange, the pictures uploaded in the reverse order! Still better quit while I'm ahead!

All the best Iain 


42 comments:

  1. Excellent cavalry and sabot bases!

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  2. Excellent looking additions Iain, great work on your bases, can see a lot of work has gone into those, and the colours on the models like perfect for the time period

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  3. Nice work! with 120mm frontages, these could work for "To the Strongest" or 'Impetvs." Were the sabots hard to cut?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! You've worked out my cunning plan! I figure I've got a barbarian army for To the strongest! now and combining the late Roman and Romano Brits who are muscling they're way onto the painting table so that I could field a late Roman army for TtS or Impetus. The balsa is easy to cut.
      Best Iain

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  4. Neat idea to use balsa for a bespoke look.

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    1. Thanks Norm! Yes easy to do and works well!
      Best Iain

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  5. Nice work Iain, interesting idea the bases 🤔 although I am tending towards 2 cavalry figures on a square 50 mm base for ease.

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    1. Thanks Matt! Most of my cavalry is on 2 to a 45mm wide base ,its only my dark ages that are all single/sabot based and as pointed out by Jonathan I have had TtS in the back of my mind!
      Best Iain

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  6. Nice looking Pictish cavalry Iain and re the picture order - Blogger V2 strikes again!

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    1. Thanks Keith! Yes V2 strikes again, quite!
      Best Iain

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  7. Lovely cavalry, and bases, well done!

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  8. Excellent bit of scratch-building, the first pictur (the last ?) showing the whole force, shows just how well the bases would normally appear, almost without any visible seams!
    Very impressive indeed.

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    1. Thanks Joe! I am happy with the scratch building, glad you agree!
      Best Iain

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  9. Great job Iain! The cav looks really good and I admire you for making your own movement trays. That seems like it would require really precise cutting. 😀

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    1. Thanks Stew! The movement trays are pretty easy, especially as you are so good at terrain building!
      Best Iain

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  10. Lovely work Iain, and those sabot bases look seamless. Nice to see the new version of blogger is still throwing up a few surprises as well.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence! Yes blogger is still entertaining us!
      Best Iain

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  11. Great units Iain, I do like the way you mix figures from different manufacturers. The bases are very clever and most effective.

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    1. Thanks Lee! The bases worked out pretty well I think!
      Best Iain

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  12. Excellent reinforce to your picts band, Iain.

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  13. Splendid toys and bases Iain...

    All the best. Aly

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  14. Even in the wrong order these pics speak by themselves. I really enjoy the disposition of the minis and how natural they look. Amazing work.

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  15. Looking good. A few carefully Pict men...

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  16. Great paint job and a useful basing idea! Thank you :)

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  17. Nice work Iain! It looks like you are a man who keeps his scalpel sharp! A lot of effort has gone into making those bases and figures look so good. The sabot bases are a great idea.
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. Thanks Jason! Yes, always taught to have a sharp scalpel, although when I worked in industry, I found I couldn't change it a blade unless it broke!
      Best Iain

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  18. They look excellent Iain, I do like the bases too!

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    1. Thanks a lot Ray! Happy with the bases too!
      Best Iain

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  19. Ah, sorry for not seeing this post earlier, Iain, but superb looking cavalry and impressive custom movement trays.

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    1. Not a problem Dean,thank you very much!
      Best Iain

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