This article describes making and painting of two 54mm Dark Ages warrior figures. If you like these figures, you might also like my 2005 article on a 54mm Celt of the La Tene Period or my 54mm Celtic Chief.
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The first photo shows a Gothic Warrior (4-5th century A.D.) from Time Machine Miniatures. Although the company now appears out of business, they produced this nice metal and resin figure.
Although they label him a Gothic Warrior, he appears like a King Arthur figure to me, so I painted him with a royal red cape, and a dragon shield design reminiscent of Arthur lore. That is supposed to be a Christian Chi-Rho symbol on the shield, but my brush hand was a little shaky.
This second photo shows the rear of the figure. The cape, pants, and maille were done with Army Painter acrylic speed paints, and I think the shading came out quite nice. The blue tunic and other parts were done with Vallejo Acrylics. The resin base is done with more Army Painter materials.
The next photo shows figure 54004 from Aitna Model of Catania Italy. The figure looks like a Norse Hersir, so I painted him up as a wealthy Danish invader of Great Britain. That giant axe and heavy armor look ready to do business.
The armor was painted as bronze metal over an orangy-brown leather tunic. It was really painstaking to get the bronze lattice painted.
The base is painted to look like sandy limestone beach.
Here is the back of the figure. He is ready to shield-rush you!
Thanks for reading about my latest miniature figures. I thank my friend Dave Wuethrich for cleaing out his hobby closet and sending them to me as a surprise. I am happy to see how they came out, even though they sat on my bench for a year while I was doing other hobbies. Thanks again.