In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Rohirrim/Gothic Chieftain

The next unit of Gripping Beast Gothic cavalry has trotted out of the flocking paddock. I liked the leader waving the sword so much I decided that this group would be my army commander/Gothic Chieftain/Rohirrim Lord with his comitatus. I decided that to mark them out as extra spffy they'd all get grey horses.

I know JRRT doesn't mention draco standards in the books, but they are a) cool and b) pretty common with ancient central European cavalry heavy armies, so I think the Professor would be OK with them. So very appropriate for my Chieftain when he's a Goth fighting the Romans, and why not when he's Adhelbert, Lord of the North Downs! defending the Northern marches of Rohan from marauding orcs. He missed Theoden's muster to march to the Pelennor Fields and instead fought alongside the Ents and Elves from Lothlorien at the Battle of the Entwash.


  1. Terrific work and two roles too! What’s more to ask.
    Alan Tradgardland

  2. Great work getting double duty out of your minis; I think they suit Rohirrim very well. Impressive stripes on the shaft of the draco standard,

    1. I learned that striped poles were a thing during the era, and really liked the effect on my Middle Empire Romans so I did it again

  3. Great looking cavalry and double roles is always a bonus in my books.

  4. Lovely looking Goths/riders of Rohan, great idea to get double duty out of them!
    Best Iain

  5. As John mentioned above, I have to tell you how much I like the work you did on the shields. The designs are artistic and the execution is so crisp. Beautiful!

  6. But these look nothing like the real ones from the fil-um!!
    Sorry James, I read your post above first and could not resist :)
    The figures look marvellous!
    Regards, James