Ancient Celt (Historical Sample)

Ancient Celt

Ancient Celt


Ancient Celt

Ancient Celt

One thing I really needed to expand my miniature painting portfolio were more samples of historical figures. I picked an ancient Celt from the really excellent Warlord Games Celt Box-set. Warlord really has created some excellent figures for this range. I found the sprue to be clean and user friendly. The details were very crisp and the figures seemed to accurately represent ancient Celtic warriors (according to illustrations found in Warfare in the Classical World by John Warry, as well as some oline research).

Painting historical miniatures is different from painting fantasy, sci-fi, or superheros. Yes, I know this seems childishly simple, but it is something you should think about before painting. It just changes your entire approach. For example lets look at color selection. When I am choosing colors for a fantasy figure I’m looking at the pose, the facial expressions, the gear, and I am asking myself questions: “What is the mood I want to inspire as I paint this figure? What are the materials his/her clothes are made of? How would this character dress?”

For a historical figure I need to do research. Warriors in historical armies had uniforms and looked a certain way. Depending on how organized the army was this can be extremely specific (Napoleonic uniforms) or more vague. This Celt falls into that vague range. The Celts wore clothes that looked a certain way (due to available materials and the fashion of the day), but generally did not have an army uniform. Now books like Warfare in the Classical World show pictures of these warriors and you can get an idea of how they should look, but it is up to you, the craftsmen, to interpret them. What colors would be available to dye clothes? What are some traditional designs used by that culture? Questions like these will help you refine your work and the added realism will help bring your miniature creation to life.

Now go, expand your horizons! Grab a historical mini and an Osprey Book and let slip the dogs of war!
~GPC

Ancient Celt

Ancient Celt


Ancient Celt

Ancient Celt

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