This page will contain resources which will accompany a series of articles in Irregular Magazine. The resources will take the form of web links for suitable miniatures, painting advice, scenery and web sites with useful information.
Dark Age Miniatures
Recently two miniature producers have brought out onto the market plastic Vikings and this will be a our first port of call, because everyone wants a Viking horde.
Gripping Beast; Are one of two miniature manufacturers who have produced a box of plastic viking minis. Over 40 vikings in each box, the price tag of £17 is a bargain
Artizan Designs produce a range of miniatures for the Dark Ages that include Romano British and Vikings. Theses are a nice range of minis, and a great addition to a box of plastics from Gripping Beast.
Renegade Miniatures produce a nice batch of Saxons, and at an excellent price as well. These are well worth investing in if Vikings don’t float your boat.
If you’re more interested in native Dark Age British armies then take a swing over to West Wind Productions and take a look at the Arthurian range. These guys produce armies for the Romano British, Welsh and Irish , along with Saxons. These are very nice, I’ve picked up some of Arthurian character packs, as there are some really nice miniatures amongst them.
the first web link is An Hour of Wolves and Shattered Shields , all the information provided is for gaming in 9th Century. There are plenty of articles, campaign and ideas on gaming in the Dark Ages, this site is well worth checking out.
Anglo Saxon England; this site has some very useful and interesting articles about the period King Cnut and the English Church 1014 – 1035 AD.
King Arthur; The Britannia site is a good starting point for information regarding King Arthur.
Sub Roman Period: This gazetter loooks at the late Roman and early years of the Dark Age. It concearns itself more with the archaeology of the period, but it does provide some excellent detail on the period in question. It well worth a read, and bookmarking for future reference.The gazetter is written by Chris Snyder author of An Age of Tyrants: Britain,AD 400-600. University Park, PA: Penn State U. Press.
This next web page is also written by Chris, and is a good introduction to period, I would recommend that people go here first, and then the Gazetter site.