From the front...
...And facing the tower.
Here's Arthur. In white and purple, he looks every inch the warlord, with the hopes of his people, and his own expectations, hanging on his shoulders. The shield decal is an icon of the Virgin Mary, recalling Geoffrey of Monmouth's descriptions. The scale armour and oval shield help to mark him out as different. The oval shield has another reason behind it, too. A standard round shield totally hides his face, covering up all the work I did there!
The warlord himself
Next comes Kai, Arthur's half-brother and seneschal, shown by his cross keys. Bluff, fierce and wily, Kai will, I suspect spend a lot of time controlling good quality troops as the strong heart of the army.
Finally, we have Bedwyr, Arthur's marshal, with his red hand shield overlaying the staurogram proclaiming his faith. What I really wanted with a figure of Bedwyr was to remove one hand, to really make him part of the old legends. Maybe in the future, I will revisit this. Bedwyr, I think, will get the questionable task of trying to keep together the levy. He will need every bit of strength and power he can muster!
And another, nobler still.
These all come from West Wind's armoured Sub-Roman spearmen pack. Lovely figures, these and I would recommend them. My only caveat is that my pack didn't contain many variants - In fact I think I've got about ten or twelve of one pose! Still, I like a bit of converting, don't I?
I confess to finding myself wishing I had waited just a fraction longer and gone with Musketeer Miniatures quite breathtaking Arthurian heros, but all in all, I'm happy with these.
These four will hold the line against Aelle. Watch out, Saxons. Albion may not fall as easily as you think!
Merry meet again!