By Taoutis!

A package arrived a couple of weeks back loaded down with the celt models I had ordered.

That is one giant stack of sprues.

That is one giant stack of sprues.

Is that a skirt?

Is that a skirt?

So from this massive collection of miniatures I was determined to build one massive celt army that could be fielded as either:

Ancient Brittons

Gauls

Galatians.

Historically these were all tribes very similar (in fact Galatians were Gaulish mercenaries who came to fight near Greece and settled down.

Before I get too far into the model shots, I do want to comment on Wargames Factory.  They have had some pretty harsh reviews in the past.  Considering these are some of their oldest kits, I can see where some criticism would come from.  From the pictures the softness of some detail is apparent.  Some poses are a bit unnatural, and the selection of arms presents a limited selection of variation.

Britton slingers (Psiloi).  The soft and crisp contrast is evident here.

Britton slingers (Psiloi). The soft and crisp contrast is evident here.

Now, here is my reality check for all of that.  They are the cheapest celt models available.  The quality is not terrible, but if I was going for up-close hero level painted miniatures, I would have gotten maybe 10-15 that could present that good quality.  However, for the price and the fact they will represent rank and file troops…no issues.

On seeing these models, I think it is worth saying the Persian range and Numidian models by Wargames Factory are much better and closer in quality to the Warlord Games miniatures I have seen.

But enough of my ramblings, you are here for the pictures.

Wargames Factory plastic celt chariot.  This is one of 3 chariots I will be building for the various armies.

Wargames Factory plastic celt chariot. This is one of 3 chariots I will be building for the various armies.

Chariot from the obverse.  The halters and yoke are detailed and cry-out for the attachment of reins.

Chariot from the obverse. The halters and yoke are detailed and cry-out for the attachment of reins.

Wargames Factory Celt Cavalry.  In different armies these can count as either cavalry or light horse.  There will be one more unit of cavalry that will be a general option.

Wargames Factory Celt Cavalry. In different armies these can count as either cavalry or light horse. There will be one more unit of cavalry that will be a general option.

The four units of psiloi that could potentially be used in the armies.  The metal model is Warlord Games, all others Wargames Factory.

The four units of psiloi that could potentially be used in the armies. The metal model is Warlord Games, all others Wargames Factory.

The fellow on the right is armed with rocks.  Very evocative of the celts.  Not my idea, something blatantly stolen from some greek psiloi I have seen online.

The fellow on the right is armed with rocks. Very evocative of the celts. Not my idea, something blatantly stolen from some greek psiloi I have seen online.

The celtic hordes.  All plastic models Wargames Factory, metal miniatures by Warlord Games.

The celtic hordes. All plastic models Wargames Factory, metal miniatures by Warlord Games.

A closer look at the hordes.  All plastic models Wargames Factory, metal miniatures by Warlord Games.

A closer look at the hordes. All plastic models Wargames Factory, metal miniatures by Warlord Games.

In total, the various armies can employ up to 10 units of warbands (including a general option).  As a result, the raving barbarians took most of the work.  I did try to be creative and dynamic with the miniatures so the overall horde of warbands does not look uniform.

Warband general - Boudicca of course.

Warband general – Boudicca of course.

The final tid-bit from this is size comparison.  I have heard many comparisons of the size of these miniatures but no pictures were evident:

Wargames Factory and Warlord Games celts beside Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Easterlings.

Wargames Factory and Warlord Games celts beside Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Easterlings.

Easterlings/celts from a  different angle.  Notice the base height difference.  The models are within a couple of millimetres of height, enough to be justified as tall/short individuals.

Easterlings/celts from a different angle. Notice the base height difference. The models are within a couple of millimetres of height, enough to be justified as tall/short individuals.

Warlord Games Romans beside the fianna giants.  Even accounting for base differences there is almost a scale difference in models.

Warlord Games Romans beside the fianna giants. Even accounting for base differences there is almost a scale difference in models.

Warlord Games celt (metal) vs Warlord games Roman still shows the height difference.  That female looks slight and petite beside the celts but a beefy gal when against the Romans.

Warlord Games celt (metal) vs Warlord games Roman still shows the height difference. That female looks slight and petite beside the celts but a beefy gal when against the Romans.

So this time, I have let the pictures do most of my talking.  I am thinking I will base them as I did the Romans, as I think it might be an easier basing technique to repair if it warps/pops off.  Not all the celts are assembled yet.  The cavalry general and two chariots (including Cu Cuchelain as a general) are still to be assembled.  Painting priority will likely see these guys, but the Persians are calling to me.  And some 40k models.  And those Rackham models.

Hopefully something inspired you today, even if it helped guide you for miniature purchases.

 

 

 

 

 

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