A Welsh army was generally made up of lords, retainers and locally raised free men over the age of 14. Welsh warriors dressed in linen shirts and pants, covered by a wool cloak down to the knees. Hair was kept short and mustaches were common. Their primary weapons were the spear, axe and bow. Spearmen could operate in close or loose order as the situation demanded. Javelins were common and a circular shield was often employed. Welsh bows were made of elm and fired at close range as an ambush weapon. The Welsh longbow would not make an appearance for some hundreds of years.
The Welsh tended to rely on agility and cunning rather than armor. They relied on ambushes and raids, utilizing the rough and hilly terrain covering much of
Based purely on looks, there's slim chance these fine fellows will lose heart on the tabletop battlefield. Gripping Beast did a fine job with the sculpts. Short hair, mustaches, woolen cloaks, spears, axes, bows and circular shields. Check, check, check and check. Nicely done!
Over the weekend, I grabbed 3 lines of triad paints by Reaper Miniatures. They just might be the paints I'm looking for. Big plus that they come in dropper bottles! After I get a chance to put them to use, I'll post up on how they compare to Vallejo.
And if that isn't enough to bring you back, it's on to the adorable Welsh ponies and riders. I'm very pleased to say that Gripping Beast did an outstanding job casting the Welsh horse. Short, stout and almost cuddly!
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