Saga Sunday: Progress on the Anglo Danes

Well this week has been a fairly busy one, and not a whole lot of progress has been made on the Anglo-Danes. I spent a few nights painting up the shoulders for one of my Imperial Knights for Warhammer 40k/30k, then cut one of the Knight arms apart so I could magnetise the weapons and I’ve been working on a Blightking for next week’s video.

Oh, and I’ve been trying to have some sort of a life outside of that! But, I have managed some work on the hearth guard.

When I started the Anglo Danes, I wasn’t really sure how they dressed, what colours their clothing would be. I’d started to watch The Last Kingdom after Adam saying it was great, and it was, and this got me into the look of their clothing and the colours. I loved the leather-type helms they had with the brass edging and detailing on them as opposed to the shiny metal replicas that are made today, or the dulled metal ones of the time, so I decided to go with them, but for tunics and clothes?

Dave was kind enough to share a link with me – a post on the 1000 foot general blog – which showed a rough guide (the writer says that it’s not 100% historically accurate, but was the best he could come up with on limited information) to what were common, uncommon and rare colours of the time. Having no knowledge on the subject, I used his post to choose their colours.

As they were the Hearthguard, I thought that they would be a little more well off than the standard warriors and troops, so user uncommon colours, though I’m considering some rare colours, such as red for some of the tunics. On the next post from my Anglo Danes, they may well be slightly different.

For all of the miniatures shown below I’ve used the following colours:

Tunics and trousers – Citadel Russ Grey, Vallejo Tan Yellow, Vallejo Green Ochre, Vallejo Beige Brown, Vallejo Flat Earth.
Leg wraps: Vallejo Beige Brown, Vallejo Flat Earth
Shoes: Vallejo English Uniform
Helm: Vallejo Burnt Umber
Weapon Handles: Vallejo Burnt Umber
Chainmail and Weapon heads/blades: Citadel Leadbelcher

For the base coats there is only the reverse of the shields, the rim of the shields, helmet trim, straps and hair to go, then I’ll be applying plenty of shades to bring them to life a little more, before starting on the details and shield patterns.

I did manage to get the rest of the army undercoated too, so they’re all ready to go.

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