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Monday, 20 August 2012

Dux Britanniarum Early Saxon Army

I spent an hour or so costing up the various alternatives for Dux Britanniarum this afternoon. These came down to the Splintered Light 15mm range, the Westwind 28mm, Musketeer 28mm or the Gripping Beast 28mm ranges.

I really, really like the 15mm Splintered Light figures and they're now available in DB battlepacks for $38 including postage but I'd need to get both sides for any solo games, which makes it as expensive as 28mm in the long run.

The Westwind Arturian figures also look pretty good and, at the moment, are on offer at 30% off, making them much cheaper than the Gripping Beast or Musketeer options, even when using the pre-packed army sets that are now available from Toofatlardies. In 28mm, I can also find an opponent or two at the club, so I only need one force rather than two.

I've decided to go for the Westwind Early Saxons as a result. This involves an unarmoured and an armoured Warband pack, a single pack or five archers and a single character pack of Mordred and three warlords, just to add a bit of variety to the army command.

With the 30% discount added in, this cost me just over £40, which I think is a bit of a bargain, even if the figures aren't as varied as the Gripping Beast or Musketeer ones. I have no idea when I'll get round to this but at least it's now a viable project for the future.

I may still have a go at 10mm or 15mm, though, perhaps using the new Dux Bellorum rules from Osprey, which are designed for larger scale battles using element based units. I've read a couple of positive reviews and they seem like excellent value for  money, as well as being fun to play.

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