This article describes Goth Noble Cavalry figures from the Gripping Beast historical line recommended for their Swordpoint miniauture game rules. The 28mm figures are suitable for use as displays, painting hobbies, and table top wargaming.
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Sorry about the simple background. I painted and photographed these while away on vacation and did not have access to my usual modeling materials. As in my last article the dry plains of Poland appear to have been modeled with a green towel.
As with the last few sets of miniatures, I based coated these with black primer, then white primer from above, and a bit of white dry-brushing. This performs a fast highlighting and shading for the next step.
Then I block in the main color areas of the figure with Armypainter Speedpaint. Because the Speedpaint is semi-transparent (like an ink), the highlights and shades poke through the paint. Then I fill in details with regular Armypainter Warpaints.
Suddenly the Goths have changed direction and race to the right.
Like my other miniatures of late, I base my cavalry on 20x40mm capsule (rounded rectangle) bases from Litko. Then I apply some talus or small peebles, some static grass (from Woodland Scenics or Armypainter), and any other base details. A few sprigs of "tufts" give the odd tall grasses under foot.
These miniatures look much like the Riders of Rohan in their fancy armor as they head to Minas Tirith.
The Goths in Europe spanned from the Dark Ages of Post-Roman Europe to the Middle Ages of the Holy Roman Empire. In the Dark Ages in Europe, most armies did not have extensive cavalry. As time progessed into the Middle Ages, the cavalry became stronger, more numerous, and more heavily armored. Formation riding and impactful charges became a more common tactic.
The shields are made with designs from Little Big Men Studios. By far these are the best shield and banner designs for 28mm figures.
The horse colors from left to right are bay, chestnut, and roan. The roan color is a slightly reddish brown undercoat with light or white tips on certain parts of the horse, especially the haunches as seen in this photo.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of these figures and the photographs. These figures were enjoyable to build, and I will certainly be expanding my Dark Ages and early Middle Ages figure collection. Thanks for reading about my latest miniature figures.