New Anglo-Saxon releases now available in store
New Anglo-Saxon releases now available in our New Releases section you lucky lot. Athelstan and Banner man, Saxon Thegns and a Christian Warrior Priest to help get rid of those pesky heretics.
Æthelstan or Athelstan is widely regarded as the first king of England. When his father Edward the Elder died in July 924, Æthelstan was accepted by the Mercians as king. His half-brother Ælfweard may have been recognised as king in Wessex, but died within weeks of their father's death. Æthelstan still encountered resistance in Wessex for several months, and was not crowned until September 925.
In 927 he conquered the last remaining Viking kingdom, York, making him the first Anglo-Saxon ruler of the whole of England. In 934 he invaded Scotland and forced Constantine II to submit to him, but Æthelstan's rule was resented by the Scots and Vikings, and in 937 they invaded England. Æthelstan defeated them at the Battle of Brunanburh, a victory which gave him great prestige both in the British Isles and on the Continent. After his death in 939 the Vikings seized back control of York, and it was not finally re-conquered until 954.
Aethelstan and Banner man miniatures shown here are painted by Charles Baynon. Miniatures supplied unpainted and may need some assembly. Banner supplied by LBM. Spears and bases not supplied.
Thegns were the retainers of powerful nobles in Anglo-Saxon England. Professional soldiers of the day, they would be well equipped for battle and were usually to be found in the front rank of the shield wall brandishing their long spears and bolstering the courage of the less professional Saxon Fyrd.
Saxon Armored Thegns are supplied as 4 random figures (8 variants). Miniatures supplied unpainted and may need some assembly. Spears and bases not supplied.
Christian Warrior Priest
With stirring quotes from the holy texts, priests would often be found in the ranks encouraging the faithful to battle. Often they would only carry a staff of club so they would not spill the blood of others (beating them to death was seen as perfectly ok). Our warrior Priest has no such inhibitions when it comes to clashing with the enemies of God.
Christian Warrior Priest (single figure) miniature shown here is painted by Charles Baynon. Miniatures supplied unpainted and may need some assembly. Base not supplied.