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    A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Hi all, I've been working on my own game idea, Age of Bronze, for a few years and though I was thinking of 28mm I've recently been toying with the idea of starting in 40mm scale so I thought I'd grab a handful of minis just to see what they are like. I am also kinda tempted to make a whole SAGA force in 40mm so this should give me enough time to get the painted before Salute incase I decide to pick up more minis.

    Anyway, though my own game is set in the early european bronze age there aren't any minis available anymore; Monolith Designs did sell some but they have since ceased trading. In the end I decided to grab some of the England Invaded minis from Hoka Hey Wargaming. I ordered the Pict Noble and a pack of Saxon Warriors; the customer service was brilliant, Alan is a great chap.

    So my plan here is to check out the scale and then if I like them, actually try to sculpt some minis of my own for Age of Bronze. First things first though, I need to build and paint my new 40mm minis.

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    AS you can see I've already started on the Pict Noble. The casts are great with only a bit of pitting on the horse, which will be covered by the rider anyway, so that will actually help the glue bond. I can already see the minis have a great sense of presence; interestingly though the noble towers over
    the Eldar Guardian and the Wargames Factory Numidian (both 28mm scale(ish)) he's pretty much the same height as a Stormcast mini (not shown). So 40mm is GWs new fantasy scale...?

    My next step then is to finish building these fellas up then I can crack out the paints.

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Egg View Post
    So 40mm is GWs new fantasy scale...?
    I imagine so... I look forward to seeing these painted.
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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Quote Originally Posted by Codsticker View Post
    I imagine so... I look forward to seeing these painted.
    I was gonna say 40mm sounded too big, but that doesnt shock me that GW Has scale-creeped that far...

    Im excited to see them painted up!

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Well, progress is slower than I'd like...

    The Pict Chieftain has a couple of little hollows in the casting I had to fill with GS, I also had to fill in some dings in the hands. The saddle kinda floated so I used GS to help ground it to the horse. The chieftain's sword was missing a pommel so I had to GS one.

    The Saxons have been tidied up and as with the chieftain I slapped on a bit of GS to hide the integral base they came with. Hopefully this week I can get all the weapons fixed and start painting.
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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    *thumbs up*
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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Nice

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Thanks guys.

    Things are moving a little slow right now as I've been sculpting up a new spear to replace the javelin...it looks more like a Roman Pilum to me so I thought I'd go with another spear. The spear head is sculpted I just need to finish the hand then pop it in place. The rest of the minis have been built so once the spear is done and bases sanded I can undercoat and get the paints out, fingers crossed by the end of the week.

    So far I'm enjoying working on these chaps and am a little tempted to build up a couple of small forces using mostly Sash & Sabre minis from Old Glory. But, if I want to collect them at Salute then I only have just over a week to decide so they can be ordered up in time.

    Now GW have said they are gunna release Shadow War: Armageddon which is kinda the 40k game I've been waiting for so I'm a bit torn...

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    I finally finished putting them all together!



    I've included a GW Stormcast to give a sense of their scale, just for interest.

    I also managed to finish sculpting a new spear as the javelin looked more like a Roman plum to me...



    I think the new hand is a little big but when I held it up to the original it looked must the same.
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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Lol... the Stormcast dwarfs the 40mm historical model.
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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages



    Remember though the Stormcast is in plate armour so the human inside is about the same size as the Dark Age chappie. The Stormcast also looks bigger cos he's striking a 'heroic' pose... I think he's been watching the scene from Black Adder where the two ACTORS! teach the prince how to deliver a speech

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    The Pict Warlord is finished


    The glare of the flash is a bit harsh so not all the highlights are showing up. Part of me thinks I should have painted his eyes but to be honest I'm not sure the sculpt is really up to that. These guys were quite fun to paint. I will be starting the Saxons at some point but first I want to build up my Bloodaxe kill team for Shadow War.

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    Re: A Brief Diversion into 40mm scale Dark Ages

    Thanks Sigur

    Both the saxons and the picts are from Hoka Hey. Some nice looking minis there though the range could do with being a bit bigger.

    I really like the 40mm scale but it'd difficult to find a well fleshed out range ( I dislike mixing ranges) for the periods I'm into. Th fullest range is Sah & Sabre but you have to buy most of the minis in packs of 20! I think 4 or 5 minis is about the most I'd want in a pack.

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