i’m starting my fourth Kings of War army, one with an historical mythological theme: A Gaelic/Celtic war host. There looks like there are suitable models available out there for it, although not from Mantic.
My problem is, what army force should i build my war host on? None seem to suit the theme. Ideally, i’m looking for foot soldiers able to shoot bows/slings/javelins/darts, but that can also close for combat with sword and shield, and light armour, Light cavalry and chariots, and a beast pack for warhounds, plus lots of druidic magic, bards for inspiring, or to sow fear into the enemy… heroes on foot or in chariots… maybe even the possibility of some Irish Mythological beasts: Banshees (which ironically i have models for) Oilliphéist, Balor One Eye… maybe a mixed army of Men and sidhe.
I considered Northern Alliance, Varangur, even Kingdom of Men, but ironically, the closest match is the Herd… who knew!
Given that i want druidic magic, charioteers, and unarmoured foot troops as my core army, with leaders on chariots or with battle hounds and generally a close affinity with nature and the faery folk of the Túatha De Dannaan and the early humans of the Milesians and the smaller swarthy Fir Bolg of early Irish Mythology, i’ve chosen the Herd as the closest possible army to base them on.
I’m going to be able to have fun with my Bansee models as Harpies, a Murder of Crows for Woodland critters, and maybe even a Púca as Moonfang or a Lycan Alpha.
I’ve bitten the bullet and invested in my first models: 80 Celtic Warriors from Warlord Games: Hail Ceasar… bought locally in Ireland to save the headache of Customs and Brexit right now. I’ll need to add some Victrixs chariots and Atlanic Irish to this initial buy.