Monday, March 7, 2016

Seljuk Heavy Cavalry

In January I picked up three units of Medieval Muslim foot from Black Tree Design to start a retinue for Lion Rampant (or a warband for Dragon Rampant…) when they had their crazy 50% off sale going on. I managed to get a half dozen camel riders from their fantasy Saracen range and replaced their goofy looking shields to make them look slightly more historical… But I knew I’d need more cavalry so I began looking around for options – thinking I’d pick some up once I got what I had painted… then I found a few packs listed on the Sentry Box’s online catalogue – some Gripping Beast Seljuk cavalry that were clearly old stock that had been sourced when the US dollar and UK pound were in the tank – So instead of waiting I decided to just order them, lest they be snapped up by someone else…

While I’ve been painting a few individual medieval Middle Eastern figures for use with Frostgrave Warbands, I thought I’d try paint up a few of the units for the Lion Rampant Retinue and ultimately decided that I should start with this newly acquired cavalry… (last in, first out, I guess…).

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

As I mentioned these figures are from Gripping Beast.

These will be classed as Mounted Sergeants (@ 4 points) with the Bow upgrade (+1 point = 5 points) in Lion Rampant.

(in Dragon Rampant they’d be “Heavy Riders” with the “Mounted Missiles” upgrade – also 5 points – same stats, different names)

I reallyhad fun painting them – they’re quite colourful! I figured the elite cavalry would be a bit more well off than the common foot soldier and would like to show off their “bling”. I’m really happy with how the shields turned out.

The guy with the upright spear probably could have had a banner… but I got lazy. Perhaps I’ll add one later – when I have other units – to distinguish them from one another and indicate where the leader of the retinue is…

I also just finished up some Treasure Tokens for Frostgrave (but they went in a separate post just before this one)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have a few more European foot Men-at-Arms on the work bench that I might paint up next… but they could easily be swept off and replaced with… who-knows-what!?


  1. Lovely miniatures and also pleased to see more Frostgrave related posts! Really like the game both simple yet challenging. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks! I was rather pleased with how they turned out as well!

  3. I agree, the shields (and the models themselves) look great! Where/how did you come up with the shield designs?

    1. Thanks!

      Mostly I looked at what other people were painting or at various manufacturers of shield transfers.

      The most inspiring bloggers were:

      The Anderson collection

      An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

  4. Lovely looking figures, great looking shields you must have a fair few Arab troops now.
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain. Well... enough for a Lion Rampant Retinue... (most still needing painting!)

  5. Great figs! And those shields are the business!

  6. Lovely work on those.


  7. Lovely cav, Tim. They'll look great as part of a Retinue or Warband.

  8. Outsranding shields and great paintjob!