Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shieldwall, Army Banners and King Alfred

So the Analogue Hobbies final bonus round challenge for 2014 was Last Stand. I had this idea to create an iconic Dark Ages shield wall with King Alfred making his last stand before his retreat to a hill in a swampy wetland area. It's also my last stand as a painter for the Challenge as I may not submit any more with only a few days to go.
I started with the idea of how do I get that overlapping shield image but still consider my mass basing system. I wondered what it would look like if I put two figures per round 25mm base instead of one. End result.....I like it. Possibly my largest single submission for number of figures in the challenge.
The shield wall are 28mm Gripping Beast plastics and King Alfred is Gripping Beast Metal. I gave him a plastic Conquest Games sword though from the Norman sets. The smaller flag is Gripping Beast and the flag of the mounted Conquest Games character is a Little Big Man product as is most of the shields with decals.


The Danes are coming from over that hill!
I thought the Conquest Games big fella on the bigger horse would be perfect in my Anglo-Saxon army as an Army Standard bearer. His shield can not be removed and being round would be the only round one in my Norman force. I started him much earlier in the challenge than the rest of this mob.
Tactical retreat!


It's been a blast participating in the challenge and I would certainly do it again. I reached my target points which was cool and I am sure I submitted something to every single Bonus theme round. Not something I was planning to do really as I was scratching my head what to do for a few of them including this one. But the Bonus themes is probably definitely why I met my points target. I will post another bunch of minis from the challenge here as I sent some pics of figures including the entry fee figure I am sending to Curt before I sent him the ones above.

Cheers from Brendon

14 comments:

  1. Two figures per base is such a good idea! Nice entry all round.

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  2. Never seen that done before. Really effective!

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  3. Not much is going to get through that lot! Blinding work Sir!

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  4. Thanks for the comments.
    Cheers

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  5. A very clever piece of basing Brendon

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  6. Beautiful troops, love the overall impression!

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  7. Brendon, this is a brilliant piece of work - the colour palette is well-chosen and the standard of the figs is top-notch. Plastics have certainly improved over the past few years!

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  8. Great brushwork Brendon, they look superb!

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  9. Thanks everyone. Blown away by all this feedback.
    cheers

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  10. Simple genius - works really well.

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  11. Excellent work Brendon, really evocative!

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