Thursday, November 11, 2010

1/72 DBA III/40a Viking army complete

(click for much larger image)
I finally finished my 1/72 plastic army of vikings to play De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA). It's a mix of Zvezda and Emahr/Imex models. The last DBA armies I made were the Romans and Gauls painted way back in 2000. I'd like to think my paint skills have improved since then. I half-finished a 15mm Dacian army 2 yrs ago, but I gave up. I'm just not into painting 15mm.

These 1/72 models are based following the 25/28mm base size rules. However, you'll notice all the bases are the same 30mm depth and all the blade elements have 3 models. I did this for a few reasons. The army list for III/40a calls for eight 3Bd elements and 1Ps (which are all 30mm deep). That left only three elements with a different base depth. I've always thought it was kind of dumb that the same element, whether 3Bd or 4Bd, had different depths. I realize this has to do with using the same bases for other wargame rules, but I'm not into that. I wanted all my infantry stands to be a uniform size. It's difficult to fit 4 models in an even row on these 60mm wide bases, and adjusting this army to all 3Bd saved me on some painting time (because of fewer models).

On Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog you can see he tweaked the rules to make all his infantry bases a standard 40mm deep. He does this to fit two ranks of troops on a single base, thereby creating more of a big army look. As for my vikings, I prefer to think of this as a raiding warband from a single ship—not a representation of a full army.

I didn't do anything especially clever with conversions except for the general's paper banner and the viking seen above with the red shield. This Emhar figure (painted in the yellow tunic) was holding a mace in his left hand. I trimmed off the weapon, glued on a Zvezda shield, and painted his fist to look like the iron shield boss.

My wife recently bought a new camera for her food photography, so I finally have a way to take some decent quality photos. Click on any of the images for a larger view. And you can see close-ups of some of these elements in this previous post.

You can listen online to a BBC Radio 4 piece about the Volga Vikings, those who travelled east into modern Russia. It just aired today. Also check out BBC Radio's older series, The Viking Way.

Thanos painted these same models over on his blog Miniatures and Terrain.


Thanos said...

A daunting force there my friend!!
Great work!
Well done!

Dan said...

They all look excellent, very well done Sir!!

Paul´s Bods said...

They look great...Now all you need is a saxon village to ransack and burn down :-)

Andrew said...

Thanks, guys! I actually do have a village. I bought the Usborne paper viking village book. The buildings are HO, but look pretty good with the 1//72 scale models. I'm going to mount the buildings to a single base to make it more permanent and easy to move.

Cameronian said...

Isn't it a great feeling to get a project finished! Well done mate. What's next? :)

Andrew said...

Next up I'm painting some 1/72 US Army WWII guys unloading a DUKW—an homage to my grandfather's port battalion.

Then I'll do a goblin DBA army to fight these vikings. Then I'll do a historic opponent, 9th century saxons.

west1871 said...

Brilliant painting and a great subject.

cooey2ph said...

Well done! I wish I could paint mine to look as good as yours:)