Return to the Swedish Viking Project!
December 29th, 2009
Back on July 28th, 2008 I announced the start of a new 28mm Viking project
that was going to be based on Swedish vikings. I had intended to do a WAB army, and my
ultimate goal was to pit the vikings I had already painted against a new WAB army's
worth of vikings using my longships! Open ocean battle, that would be awesome, and thanks
to the Warhammer campaign supplement, it would also be easy enough! However, I have since
sold the painted and unpainted vikings I was planning to use for that project...
However, in light of my 28mm DBA Marian Romans, I figured I would finally put together
a 28mm Viking DBA army. This, along with the fact that Wargames Factory recently
released their 28mm plastic vikings, I was all over it! So, here is the first element;
the figures donated by a good friend (thanks man!), or rather loaned until I buy my
very own set :)
Overall, I really like the WF vikings. They are fantastic figures. A couple of things
to note though; because they are made with a harder plastic than the Romans, they are a
little more difficult to convert! Although, compared to lead, the difference is pretty
negligible. Another thing about the figs is that the arms don't have ball joints. It isn't
too much of a problem, but ball joints make it easy to get the arm in the right place,
whereas the flat joins make it easy for the arms to slip a few milimeters and make the
arms look wrong... It also makes it a lot more difficult to reposition the arms than
it should be. I am not asking for huge ball joints, but shallow ones would make my
life a lot easier! I should point out though that with lead figs, repositioning the
arms is very impratical, and impossible to do convincingly unless one has some skill
with the knife and putty!
On that topic, people that claim Wargames Factory figs suck and that 'metal' miniatures
are better are starting to drive me nuts! I mean, they don't even compare them to
a specific 'metal' range typically, but *all* metal figures. That is poorly considered though.
Honestly, Old Glory figs are not that nice, let's face it. Sure, they're heavier than
the plastics, and they aren't terrible, but some of the poses are attrocious, and impossible to
'fix' easily. The OG sculpting style varies considerably, as does the quality of the figs.
Early Gripping Beast stuff is similar, with very basic poses without a lot of character
(I don't have any of the later GB figs, so I can't comment). Furthermore, both OG and GB
figures are often poorly cast (sorry, but it's true, I've painted hundreds of them!). How easy
is it to fix a bad metal cast? I would rather trim plastic seam lines :)
Getting down to it though, I think the reason why people dump on WF figs is very simple
and has nothing to do with the quality of the figs themselves: with the availability of
nice, cheap figures their complete collection of highly priced lead loses some of its
value; why would anyone buy your painted Foundry Viking army for a million dollars when they
could buy a painted Wargames Factory army for $500? I sympathize with them though, so I can't be
too scathing! Anyway, check out the latest vikings in the
Swedish Viking gallery!
Okay, so another thing... You might be wondering how I only painted
four figures over the last two weeks? Well, I am almost done a number of Romans! But the truth is
I have been spending a lot of time on the reenactment project... I am making pretty much everything
myself (except forging metal... that's where I draw the line!). So, it's taking some time away
from painting! But, I am doing fun stuff! for example, I have done a number of tablet weaving
projects, which are great! Check out my latest on in my
Other Stuff gallery. Until next time!