Monday, 29 April 2013

More Vikings!!


You may recall my enthusiasm for the last lot of plastic vikings I bought has waned somewhat. The issue with the hands not holding the weapons properly did little to inspire confidence, never mind fear in the enemy. I had heard good things about the Gripping Beast Vikings and was compelled to take a closer look.


This box set is a little more expensive than the last lot but has 44 models in it! That works out at roughly 40p a model which is quite unbelievable value (remember I've lived a sheltered, expensive gaming life thus far). There are tons of options on the sprues and hands that actually hold the weapons!


I have counted five different body poses and ten different heads. However, even better than all that is the command sprue that is included – actually the box has two in it which is even better. I can now make a leader (or two) without the need to spare bits or greenstuff.

The details seem sharper and the kit just seems to be better all round than the previous vikings I bought. In addition the proportions, next to my Romans, seems better though admittedly not much.


I have already built my initial four models (as I have with all the kits) and I may even splash some paint on them at if I get the urge… but let's not be hasty.


9 comments:

  1. I like the Gripping Beast Vikings. I thought they were a very good set of figures.

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    1. I concur completely. This is a really sound box of minis.

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  2. I have to say that there doesn't seem to be a lot wrong with these; proper wargaming miniatures - none of this over elaborate detailing nonsense, favoured by you sheltered chaps! :D

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    1. Haha, it's all in the detail!

      I was pleased with these as they don't have the 'banana fingers' that I associate with historical miniatures.

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  3. Ray is still shouting that he hates them!

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    1. I found these a dream to work with (unlike the last lot of vikings), and only a step or two shy of GW's quality plastics.

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  4. GB have also just released plastic Dark Ages Warriors, these don't have armour so compliment the Vikings well. Buy a box of each and you can make TWO legal Saga armies!

    http://www.grippingbeast.com/webpage.php?PageID=1036

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    1. Oooh, sounds interesting – I shall investigate.

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