Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 2, 2015

More Random Celts

Filed under: Ancients — Tags: , , — gisby @ 00:01

When I was 18, I first tried my hand at sculpting. I sculpted a naked Celt, using Sculpey clay over a wire armature. (Epoxy putty did not yet exist) He was sculpted spread-eagled, and when cast, didn’t animate well, paint up well, or look particularly good. Weapons are wire, shields are cut from plastic sheet.

In spite of all that, he didn’t look worse than a lot of the stuff that was on the market.

mirl3 mirl

I wound up using him as the bodyguard to a General converted from a Lamming Viking.

The shields are decorated with waterslide decals I had made. I sold them for a while, and still find occasional sets in random boxes.

mirl2

Believe it or not, where I’m from, Old Glory are almost exotic. No retailer within an 8-hour drive carried them, and for a long time the exchange rate made ordering them very expensive. These are two of the few packs of Old Glory I own.

First of all, Celtic Naked Warriors. All weapons have been replaced with wire versions. (Swords are flattened wire). Shields come separate.

ogcelty ogcelt1

The figures are pleasing, anatomy is in general good, although as always, some poses are somewhat suspect. But enough make sense that the group looks good together.

There may be a few too many helmets in the mix, but that’s just a matter of taste.

ogcelt2a

The second pack is Bare chest, no helmet. (Their clothed Celts are sorted by helmet/no helmet and bare chest/tunic so you can tailor the mix to your own taste. Command is sold separately) All the comments about the above pack apply to this pack as well.

ogcelt2 ogcelt1a

Overall, the Old Glory Celts are good-looking sets, I wouldn’t mind having more of them.

They also have released more Celts in their Carthaginian range, with weapon hands that peg onto the wrists, and they look to be even better figures. (I’ve only seen photos)

June 15, 2015

Warrior Miniatures 25mm Celts & Gauls

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

Warrior Miniatures has several under-appreciated ranges useful for building or filling out 25-28mm Celtic forces. They are also economical, especially if purchased in armies.

The first is listed as 25mm ‘Celts’, and is illustrated on their Gallery Pages. All figures are open-handed, with separate spears and shields. I have replaced the cast spears with wire spears.

Detail tends to be a bit soft, but it’s there, and the anatomy is good. Shields are held in front of the body, and they aren’t waving weapons around like they’ve never seen one before. They mix well in size with other ranges listed as 28mm.

The range has three cavalry types, one in mail, two without. There is only one horse pose, but it’s not bad-looking.

warcav2  warcav3

I thoroughly recommend their Chariot. Mainly because I sculpted it. (Actually, they had the crew, ponies and wheels, so I sculpted the rest of the chariot. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I encourage everyone to buy a unit or two of them.)
warchar1  warchar4

warchar3 warchar2

The range has 8 various infantry that paint up quite well. They are mostly rather sedate, but look good in units, and rank well on bases.

warcelt1 warcelty1 warcea

There is also a range of ‘Gauls,’ rather more spirited, and with a bit of a ‘Victorian illustration’ look to them. There are seven infantry poses plus a single cavalry pose.

They are a slightly smaller 25mm, but not so different that they do not mix well. They are cast with spears and shields in place, I have replaced the spears with wire spears. The cast-on spears tend to be a bit thick but aren’t hard to remove.

warcelt2 warcelt3

The horse for the mounted warrior is small, more of a pony, making him more suitable for British cavalry than Gallic .You could of course remount him on a larger horse. I like the figure very much though.

warcelt4 warcav4

In the mixed group below, the figure with the yellow shield is from the Celts range, the rest are Gauls. There is a slight size difference, but if mixed in a unit, it would not really be noticeable.

warcelt5 ‘ warcav1

There are also a pair of Celts in their ‘Macedonian and Punic Wars’ range, similar in style  to the ‘Celts’ with separate weapons and shields.

The figures are available from Warrior Miniatures

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.