Dan Becker's 28 mm Arthurian Army
Here are a few photos of the beginning of what I hope to be a large Arthurian army. By
Arthurian, I mean the historical King Arthur of the post-Roman Britain period before the Dark
Ages who fought the Saxons and the Picts, and not the fantasy medieval king who pulled a sword
from a stone, danced around with Merlin and Guinevere, and searched for the holy grail. The
historical Arthur may well be a myth, but there are many writings on a strong British King,
who unified his countrymen, and fought and won against all sorts of foreigners.
King Arthur on the gallop
The horsemen are Gripping Beast 28 mm
miniatures. The front rank from left to right includes King Arthur, a standard bearer,
Modred, and a crested retainer. Some of the other figures include a few horse-tail helmeted
heavy cavalry, and a few with ceremonial helmets much like the Sutton Hoo find. I base them
on rectangular 25 mm by 40 mm bases because I like tight compact formations. All figures are
painted with Vallejo and Foundry acrylic paints.
It is thought that King Arthur lead his people in the 5th century. However, there is
much speculation over which people he actually lead. David Nash Ford has a nice article
on the possibilities. The stereotype is that he lead a heavy cavalry unit and ruthlessly
defeated his foes.
King Arthur through the swamp
The unit banner and shields were made with Little Big Men Studio transfers. The artwork
is excellent, although I am still struggling with making realistic shield edges and
covering any bare spots without blotching paint all over the transfer. The swamp terrain
pieces in these photos are a kit from Scenic
Express. They are primarily a model train site, but they seem to have the state of the
art in miniature flora and scenery.
I've been paying more attention to horses lately. From left to right we see a brown, a
chestnut, a dun, and a white horse. There are also some bays, blacks, and grays in there. Some
have socks and stripes. All are slightly different. A good, short reference for horse types
and colorings is Usborne
Spotter's Guide of Horses & Ponies.
A look at the horses
And now the heavy cavalry unit heads away. Note the "Chi-Rho" greek letter symbols on
many of the shields. These symbols indicate that Arthur was a Christian as chi rho are the
first letters in the Greek word for Christ. I balanced these shield symbols with pagan symbols
suchas twisted beasts and bears. I envision Arthur as a man on the edge between ancient pagan
and modern Christian times. The red capes show the unit's heritage from Roman times in Great
Fly away King Arthur
Thanks for reading about my 28 mm Arthurian figures.More miniatures and scenery photos are
located at the Miniatures section. There
will be more photos placed here as the restof the Arthurian army assembles.