Tuesday, September 23, 2008

1/72 Plastic Barbarian WAB Army

I have always had a special fondness for 1/72 plastic toy soldiers. My dad collected them which is how I was introduced to the hobby. They're great for building large, yet inexpensive armies.

One of my many unfinished wargame projects is an army of Iron Age British to play WAB. I'm following the sample Barbarian army given in the WAB rulebook, using 1/72 scale plastic models from a mix of manufactures. I started with an old box of Revell Celts. In real-life horned helmets were not as common as these models make it seem, so I simply trimmed off most of them. In fact, helmets in general were quite rare in Iron Age Britain. On Oct 20th I posted some close-up photos of these guys.

I am also using Celt models from Airfix, ESCIHaT and Italeri Gauls. Most of the dated Airfix figures are unusable, but the standard bearer and archers are quite nice (see above). The Airfix chariots are in need of some converting. The solid wood wheels are definitely no good, but they were easily be replaced with spoked wheels from the Egyptian chariot set made by the old company, Atlantic. I will have to post a photo of the conversion made. Hat make much better chariots, based on more recent archaeology. PlasticSoldierReview.com doesn't give the best review of Hat's Gallic warband, but I like them.

I have yet to actually play a game of Warhammer Ancient Battles, so I am looking forward to completing this army (if that ever happens!). Most wargamers prefer 28mm or 15mm metal, so I'll have to make another 1/72 scale Roman army to fight these Celts. I actually met a guy who was working on his own 1/72 plastic barbarian WAB army, but I don't think he is any closer than me to finishing.


Chris said...

The figures are looking good. It would be nice to have a larger picture to zoom in on.

I've had some good use out of my 1/72 ancient Britons which like yours are a mixture of Airfix, Italeri, HaT and Revell. I scratch built my own wheels for the Airfix chariots.
I've just bought a box of HaT chariots which I will paint be painting up next. They seem very narrow compared to the Airfix ones.

Andrew said...

I've read that British chariots were narrow, so narrow that the passenger most certainly had to stand behind the driver (not side by side).

I wanted to buy that same HAT set, but I wasted all my birthday money on books!