I loved the concept of a shield wall, and really liked the sculpts of these shields when they first came out. I was most looking forward to the fun I could have with decorating the shields. In my mind I had the images of traditional Viking shields, using quartered colours, but the rectangular shape of the boarding shield with a gun slot in one quarter would have made it look a bit strange in my opinion.
In the end I decided to go with a red and gold theme, as per the rest of my army, and settled on using icons, which fitted in with my new found love of using decals...
There are purposely no unified squad markings, because in my head, when a ship is boarded, whoever is closest is the one to pick up a shield and repel the boarding party, so there would be a mixture of squads.
Without further ado, here's my 13 man squad.
The Sergeant is the FW limited edition miniature with a wolfy head swap and a fist instead of a hammer (which I stole for my wolf lord)
Below are some front and side shots of each sub-team so you can see what's going on behind the shield
If I would do anything differently, I would scrape off the moulded details on the shields, so that there was more room for the icons. I was a bit disappointed when some of the decals I wanted to use were slightly too big for the available space.
I will paint up another 7, to give a full 20 man squad, but I am waiting to see if there are any legion specific shields released. Maybe some circular ones? I may even equip some with spears next time too. Lots of ideas...
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