I found this Viking type figure with a slung bow and longsword in a box of random figures. The base has been filed so I have no idea of the manufacturer and there are no identifying marks.
Several helpful wargamers have told me that he is a Foundry Figure. I didn’t think old Foundry were that big. I have some old Foundry Napoleonic figures and they are like hobbits compared to modern 28s. Anyway – mystery solved. Thanks guys.
I acquired these miniatures a long time ago. So long ago I am having trouble remembering exactly when and where I got them. I am pretty sure that I got them from the Citadel Miniatures shop in Hammersmith when I was living in London in the late 80s.
It is probably a stretch to call these 28mm – I think they are more like big 25s. They are apparently Perry sculpts made c85-87 and were released initially under the “Fighters” range. Later released as Vikings. Apart from three of the figures that I couldn’t find you can still get them from Wargames Foundry – the figures are in sets VSN1-4.
I know the current trend is for round bases but all I had were square ones and I needed to paint while the painting itch was on me – it has been markedly absent in my life for over six months now – so rather than wait to get some rounds I went for it. And before you tell me – yeah I know – I saw the mold lines I missed when cleaning up the figures too.
I am pretty sure I got these in individual blister packs – but so long ago I cannot be sure. Anyways, they were among the lost treasures I found when tidying my stuff up. I knew I had them – just had never got around to painting them. They are forming the basis for a Viking warband for Saga or, more probably, Columbia Game’s Battlelust – a game I enjoy a lot.
A bit of a departure this week from the fifes and drums of massed bandsmen, the strumming ukulele of George Formby or sorrowful ballads of a lost generation. Time for some Viking Metal. The Varangian Guard is a military force that always intrigued me. These guys from the fjords of the north who traveled all the way to Byzantium to serve as mercenaries. The stories they would have told around the fire when they were back home – the young ones would never have believed them. This music video will probably not be to everyone’s taste but I have a fondness for the group Amon Amarth. I have included the lyrics so that those who cannot make out the words can get the gist of what is going on, Much to my daughter’s disgust, I present Amon Amarth and the Varaygs of Miklagaard. I told her if One Direction or Justin Beiber did a song like this I would showcase it as well.
Make a pack of 30 Varangians. Good value if building an army, but for skirmish gaming probably not the best. As usual, the Old Glory website does no favours to the models. Some undercoating and a wash would bring these figures to life.