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These once again look good, a couple of observations, while there is nothing wrong with the poses there is room for improvement, first off the long handled two handed battle axe, the guy wielding it is at risk of being an easy kill by over reaching, the way it is thought that this weapon was used was in a kind of figure of eight swing above the head,so as not to over stretch and to be pretty lethal to anyone in front of you, the axe always being in motion. The spear was more of a stabbing weapon than throwing and was used under arm not overhead. But that aside I am really liking these guys and will buy them for the slightly earlier period of Alfred, the round shields work very well for that.
Nice figures, indeed.
I'm glad the mix of armour, protected & unarmoured doesn't seem too out of kilter. I will say more bowmen might have been nice.
I'll use them to add to my SAGA wargaming armies.
I have a feeling I could be buying multiple copies of this set. Really useful figures for where my gaming is at the moment (Saga and Lion/Dragon Rampant).
Alan, I broadly agree with your comments, but perhaps the axeman is caught at the moment his axe is splitting open a Norseman or a Norman. And I see the germ of a shield wall, so maybe the spearmen are reaching over the shields in front of them.
I think this set is looking good and hopefully it sells well enough that a 2nd will be made with more of a shield wall.
Off topic: I've just started reading Warriors of the Storm by Cornwell. What's Uhtred going to do this time!
I like the sculpts but I am still hoping to see some Huscarls with long mail hauberks, kite-shaped shields and armed with spears,swords and long axes. The last figure is a great pose for the spear and shield but he appears to be unarmored.
BTW I agree that spears were probably not often thrown in battle but kept for the close in fighting. Of course it would be hard to pass up a great target if it came your way. I have read that norse/german warriors were known to begin a battle with some chieftain throwing a spear over the heads of their enemy's shield wall to symbolically sacrifice them to Odin.
Thanks Strelets for adding to this range. I have plenty of the older sets but I know many folks are hoping to see these released again as well. Good work.
Glad I hadn't painted my previous ones these are so much better.
Archers always seem to be a problem with most manufacturers. Too much imagination and too little observation*.
The left wrist guard is to protect your wrist from the bowstring not to lay the arrow on. The arrow(shaft)shouldn't be touching the left arm at all only the left thumb and index finger(outer edges). The left arm should be a gentle curve and thus the bowstring will miss it when loosed and funnily enough a relaxed arm is stronger than a locked one. The arrow should be longer and drawn to the chin not the sternum.
I have shot bows many times but I have not chopped anybody up with an axe or speared anybody so I will keep out of those pose issues..
* a later period but the basics are similar
Signor Rava gets it right on the Italeri box but the archer figures(set 6027)inside are very weird. Zvezda get the 4 archers about right in their set 8060 though a pity there is not one loosing the arrow.
I don't agree with your underarm spear technique: it's not very easy to do that in a shieldwall unless all you want to do is tickle you opponent's knees and trip up the bloke behind you. I wouldn't recommend it in single combat either: it's too passive and too slow.
I reckon spears are thrust overarm so that you can get some weight behind it, and, more importantly, get behind your opponent's shield without moving yours and give them a nasty jab in the face. Indeed, if you have a look at the Bayeux tapestry, that's precisely what the English are doing, and exactly what the Normans are doing in return.
I don't have an issue with the axeman: he's clearly a Fyrdsman rather than a skilled, trained huscarl, who would have had a mail byrnie and helmet to go with his Dane Axe.
Well done Strelets, Keep up the good work.
Steve , while I accept your points, and stabbing down while in a shield wall would be logical, fighting with a spear raised above your head in any other situation would leave you at risk and tire your arm out pretty quickly, especially if like the two poses here your holding the spear away from it`s center of gravity. Over head works offensively, while underarm works both offensively and defensively ie you can protect yourself by deflecting the other guys weapon pointed in your direction.
Alan, you're right! Maybe what we 'need' are sets such as "Saxons in open order combat" and "Saxon Shield Wall".
in this case we are running the risk of making more Anglo-Saxons, than there were in reality.
We were thinking about yet another 1066 big box set for battle aftermath but, quite honestly, how many people would be interested in this period/episode? After all, what we see, is that this series is being actively discussed by very few people, whereas we need, at least, few hundred to make a set viable.
Strelets, I am the proud owner of all your Anglo Saxon sets, and will buy the above figures too. After battle ? what have you in mind. Sales I am very confident that more will buy them than are discussing them here.
we meant immediate battle aftermath: KIA, wounded, plundering, victory celebration, etc.
That sounds like a good plan, although spare us Harold being gelded by four Norman knights
More likely being carried dead from battlefield by a couple monks.
count me in for as many saxons sets as i can get.
I can live with Harold post op in the hands of monks. Having gone through a vasectomy twenty five years ago, I know you would never be able to portray the fear on Harolds face as a Norman knight grabbed his genitalia in one hand while wielding a very sharp knife in the other....besides I could never paint it way too much sympathy going on .
Not having read much about Hastings nor having any vasectomy experience but hopefully understanding something about knives I think Harold would have feared even more if he saw that very guy damaging the knife first on purpose to make sure it's not going to be sharp at all...
I haven't posted posted here before, but I just wanted to pop in and say that my dark age armies contain a great deal of Strelets and I would definitely purchase these if produced. Thanks for continuing to produce quality miniatures in a variety of interesting periods.
With the new sets being released in the big boxes, and all the interest being shown, I think Strelets would be wise to re-release their Norman, Anglo-Saxon, and
Viking shield wall sets. People who buy the big boxes will want more of these sets
to fill out their armies.