Okay. okay, not entirely spot on – or close – but I decided to paint up these fine 15mm Dark Age Early Saxon’s from Splintered Light Miniatures in the ‘style’ of the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones.
(Imagination says they are a troop from an earlier – or later – period than depicted in the TV series – so there!)
I also decided to play around with my Silhouette cutter and make a bunch of shields.
You can see from this early test run an attempt to produce one of the Night’s Watch shields that carried their oath (far right). Didn’t work.
So I thought a simple crow image would be more effective. In the process I opted to do a few ‘alternatives’ that, if not useful for these guys, I could use at a later stage.
The planned Photo paper printed shields and auto-cutting of the Silhouette worked out pretty well. One draw back, which was anticipated, was the need to double up the shield thickness by using two shields stuck together. And the need to paint the edges and back.
An unexpected draw back was the effect of white tack on the shield fronts that I used to stick them down while painting the backs. This meant having to paint in the black afterwards again. Bother!
That aside, here is the finished unit;
As an aside, I painted up a random miniature at the same time and decided to use one of the Silhouette shields on him (also a Splintered Light mini).
Intended uses for the Night’s Watch? Any Dark Age games (SAGA, upcoming Blood Eagle?), Frostgrave, Mordhiem, Dragon or Lion Rampant or any other fantasy or historical game I fancy. (Having said that, hostorically I do not think early Saxons (or other dark age force) would have carried such a uniformed unit livery. But then, I did it again with this sub-Roman unit. Hmm, black vs white – was that a coincidence?