Having taken a look at these models, I really want to go and finish off a 6 point Byzantine force fairly soon.
Here's a look at the models I received...
|Byzantine Hearthguard Cavalry (Gripping Beast models)|
Byzantine General (SZ01)
This figure has a very stately pose, commanding the field, rather than a dynamic one. If you take a look at the painted figure in the link to the Gripping Beast website, you can see how good the finished model can look.
|Mounted Byzantine General|
The mount has next to no mould lines and only a tiny bit of flash was seen under the rear left leg which just wouldn't be seen on war game table. The models come with a plastic Renedra cavalry base.
|Closer look at the Warlords horse...|
|you can see the detail on this Byzantine General|
|The Generals cloak...|
Byzantine Kavallaroi - Hearthguard spear (SZ02)
|A closer look at the Cavalrymen.|
|Weapons options for the cavalry|
Byzantine Psiloi (Javelin Levy) - (SZ06)
This unit is fairly uniform, with a little variation (some with hat, some with pre-cast buckler type shield).
They are a fairly dynamic bunch of 12 models. You can probably see a tiny bit of flash in the picture below, mainly around the base of one figure. Cleanup should be pretty quick, just some slight mould lines up the side of the boots and occasionally up the underneath of a raised right arm. There is a little less detail to these models, but then they are the "peasant class" in Saga, so there is no fine armour to paint! they come with Renedra round plastic bases and soft metal spears. Some will not have shields at all.
|Levy javelin men|
|plenty of folds in the clothing to give detail...|
Byzantine Hearthguard bowmen (SZ03)
These guys have great detail and all came ready to shoot. There are four bows (below) to glue into the hands and some swords as well for backup! The models are nice and clean with plenty of detail.
|depth to the armour|
|equipment for the bowmen|
|all the cavalrymen come with these types of mounts|
Side by side Hearthguard.... scary looking troops! Good sculpts I think, well done GB on another good looking Saga faction!
|The detail on the Hearthguard cavalry is clear|
The General and Hearthguard models have a lot of detail and will really add a good looking force to your collection of Saga models. The Levy are less detailed, but as a peasant class, you won't expect too much. They are functional after all! Give them some shaded tunics in various colours and they will look great.
Thanks to Gripping Beast for supplying these models for review.