As if I did not have enough half finished and unstarted wargames project, I am about to add another one to the list. I really must get organised with more painting time though and start to clear some of these.
It has started with this book. A modern telling of the tale of Erik Haraldsson known as Bloodaxe. Erik Bloodaxe lived from the late 7th century until he was finally assassinated in 954 C.E.
The book has been (and still is) a ripping read and of course it has fired my interest in adding some Vikings to my wargame collection.
As I mentioned in Another Project – Vikings in 6mm, I have a fine collection of Two Dragons Vikings here in 15mm but I want to build the Vikings in 6mm. I originally started thinking about just two armies in 6mm and set them for DBA and/or Basic Impetus. That would have required about 400 figures all up using the basing scales I use of 15mm base sizes and 3 or 4 6mm figures for each 15mm figure.
Wargamer’s megalomania has now clicked in and I am thinking that 10 armies would make a nice collection. With those I could probably morph a few other traditional enemies if I wanted to.
So Baccus 6mm Vikings are nice and while the ones illustrated to the left from the Baccus website are based on a 60mm base, basing on 40mm will look similar, just 4 figures per rank less.
So, adding to the Vikings (DBA army III/40b) I am looking to add:
- Northern Slav (III/1a)
- Breton (III/18)
- Anglo-Saxon (III/24b) – two of these 🙂
- Andalusian (III/34b)
- Leidang Army (III/40c)
- Norse-Irish (III/46)
- West Frankish (III/52)
- East Frankish (III/53)
Thinking about a Pre-Feudal Scots as well – such is the megalomania!
So, I will need more than the original 400 digures considered and this will therefore go from being a nice little project to a big one.
The option other than Baccus is to use Heroics and Ros figures who also have their Vikings, Saxons and Normans and could therefore provide most of the figures here. This will lead, of course, to a few days pleasure planning and combing through catalogues.
I am also still considering the naval side with some additional bits, such as 6mm Snekke and Drakkar from Heroics and Ros. Another option is the 1/1200 scale Viking and Saxon vessels from Navwar.
Let the planning begin!