Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Lord


My SAGA warband is completed with the arrival of my Warlord, a fine Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman.

He’s armed to the teeth of course, with a sword and spear. He stands on an ancient caern of stones to elevate him above his throng. Shields decorate the base, and a banner flutters in the breeze.

He was converted from the standard Wargames Factory Saxon Thegns box, with the addition of a cape from Warhammer Skaven Night Runners kit. His left hand got a swap so he could hold both spear and sword. His cape’s tie and the sword baldric were made from paper strips, with the clasps cut from plastic rod.

The kite shield was a standard cross design to tie him into the army (though the kite design differentiates it), while the eagle design on the round shield is a grab from some Saxon references. His clothing got extra decoration with dog’s teeth trim. With the red cape, he really stands out.

Maybe now that he’s painted, he’ll have some more luck in battle…


4 Responses to “Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman”

  1. Your base design is outstanding. Really adds to the miniature. The shading of the red coat is also very nice, as you achieved deep shadows without going to far into the orange. What colour combination do you use?

    • Anopheles Says:

      Thanks. Yes, I was worried about getting a deep red without the orange highlights.

      -The base (over black) was a Reaper MSP black-red (label has long faded so can’t remember the name; maybe Red Brick?). A pretty deep dark red, which shows in the deep folds of the cape.

      -After that, some wet brushing with MSP Violet Red. I kept it at first to the upper portions of the folds and the inside corners (face the front), but I made sure to hit any high points.

      -This was the highlighted with Violet Red/GW Mephiston Red. The Mephiston gave it more brightness.

      -Following that was Mephiston Red/Flash Gitz Yellow, favoring the red. I kept this layer pretty wet, and blended on the surface. If a part was coming out too orange, I went back with a light layer of the red. The layers were pretty translucent, so the brightest yellow/red mix shone through.

      • Thank you for the detailed list of paints used. I guess I often start with a midtone, which makes it hard to highlight without getting into orange territory.

      • Anopheles Says:

        Depends on the color I’m doing, but I tend to start with the darkest shade of a color. The red was dark to light, same as the browns for the leather and his skin. The clothes (his pants and the sleeves of his shirt) on the other hand started midtone, then were shaded and highlighted.

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