Wiglaf Miniatures is my small (one-man) company producing a range of 18mm metal wargaming miniatures for my favourite period: the British Dark Ages or Early Medieval Period. I’ve written several sets of wargaming rules and countless magazine articles covering this era, and finally decided to produce my own miniatures range too. I’m hoping that other gamers are just as interested in this period as I am.
The Age of Penda range is designed for the wars of the seventh century AD Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and their enemies. The range includes named historical leaders, Vendel Culture warriors, and I have plans to release Welsh and Irish warriors, possibly Picts, and certainly cavalry.
I’m working with my favourite sculptor, Mark Copplestone (who also has a keen interest in this period), to produce high-quality models that I’m proud to deploy on the tabletop. I’m delighted to have him on board! Mark’s own superb range of fantasy Barbarica miniatures are really eye-catching and in my opinion they are the best small-scale range I’ve seen to date. His work for Wiglaf Miniatures is in a very similar style. “15mm”, “Big 15s”, “18mm”, “1/100th”, call them what you wish, but I think of Wiglaf Miniatures as “travel-sized 28s” due to their level of detail.
I’ve written a set of rules to celebrate the launch of Wiglaf Miniatures: they’re also called Age of Penda, and you can find out more by clicking here.
Thanks for looking at Wiglaf’s offerings, I think they’ll look grand in your great hall.
Daniel Mersey, Wiglaf Miniatures
HOW TO ORDER
I’m pleased to say that North Star are handling all Wiglaf Miniatures orders; they have a superb customer service reputation and I’ve been a happy customer for many years. Your order is in safe hands!
THE AGE OF PENDA RANGE (18mm)
|PEN01||Warlords & Followers (1)||8 models including Penda of Mercia and Raedwald of East Anglia, 2 standard bearers, and 4 assorted armoured warriors from PEN02.|
|PEN02||Anglo-Saxon Armoured Warriors||12 models, assorted poses.|
|PEN03||Anglo-Saxon Unarmoured Warriors||12 models, assorted poses.|
|PEN04||Skirmishers||12 models, assorted poses with javelins and bows.|
|PEN05||Vendel Culture Armoured Warriors||12 models, assorted poses|
|PEN06||Vendel Culture Unarmoured Warriors||12 models, assorted poses.|
|PEN07||Warlords & Followers (2)||8 models & 3 flag toppers. Æthelbert of Kent, Sexred of Essex, Edwin of Northumbria, Caedwalla of Wessex, Oswald of Northumbria, Vendel standard bearer, hornblower, Roman Church monk.|
WIRE SPEARS & DBA/LION RAMPANT ARMIES
I stock packs of thin wire spears (40 per pack) which are great to use with my range, and I can make special DBA and Lion Rampant army packs for customers. Drop me a line using the form at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in either.
MORE ABOUT THE RANGE
Rather than producing generic ‘Anglo-Saxons’, I’ve launched Wiglaf Miniatures so that I can focus on the seventh century AD. I find this period really fascinating, but have struggled to find miniatures that have the look I’m after.
The seventh century is a great period for wargamers to get stuck into, with plenty of battles, famous warlords to lead your armies, everyone fighting everyone else (and also providing allies for one another), and the emergence of a fledgling written narrative. I’ve put together a short reading list if you’d like to find out more, and some design notes on the current and future range.
The poses are variations on a theme, which allows for the right level of uniformity I’m after in my own tabletop armies – the look of a cohesive force at the ready.
I’m lucky to have had support not only from Mark Copplestone, but also from the talented James Morris of Mogsy Makes and commission painters Steve Dean and Glenbrook Games, who have painted some of the miniatures shown on this website. If you’d like to submit photos for inclusion in the gallery, drop me a line!
CONTACT WIGLAF MINIATURES
If you’d like to get in touch about the range, please email me HERE. All sales queries should be addressed to my distributor via the “How to order” section above.
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