Way back in the day when I lived in Texas, a couple of us there got a few Vikings with the idea of forming some warbands for playing Pig Wars. I had ordered 16 Gripping Beast Vikings, however I only got one model painted before the move and the rest have sat in the unpainted bin since then. However, on the recent drive to Fall In!, Bob and I got to talking about doing some Dark Ages gaming and Bob already had a bunch of miniatures ready to go. The final jolt needed to jump start the project was the release of the Wargames Factory hard plastic Vikings. Their sample pack of 8 Viking warriors for $5 offered a great opportunity to rapidly expand my collection. Bob offered further incentive by offering to sell excess Old Glory Vikings from his unpainted lead pile for a ridiculously low price. So Vikings moved straight to the front of the queue and I’ve gotten 26 painted in the last month (to go with the 1 I had before). Twenty-four Wargames Factory Vikings are on the way as well. Our group has already gotten in two games – one between Mik and Bob using Bob’s Clans and Companies rules and one between Bob, Tom, and myself using Pig Wars (report to follow soon). Here are a few photos of some of the Vikings I’ve painted so far. These are a mix of Gripping Beast and Old Glory figures.
Some of my Vikings form a 20 man warband for Pig Wars
Some of the shield patterns I’ve done so far
Two unarmored Viking warriors from Gripping Beast
A pair of Gripping Beast berserkers. The one on the right in the wolfskin was the first Viking painted – 4 years ago and 1000 miles away…
Two Old Glory Vikings, an unarmored warrior and an archer
Stay tuned for more Viking updates as the frenzy continues…