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Maddaz111 Inactive Member27 Aug 2012 5:09 p.m. PST

I am building 3 armies – and hoping that one of them will be the Wends.

Anyone got a figure manufacturer or range that make figures for an army?

timurilank27 Aug 2012 7:33 p.m. PST

Look for Slav figures (Dark Age/Early Medieval) with tunic, breeches and round shields with head uncovered.

Essex, Old Glory, Alain Touller, Black Hat, Baueda have good choices.


RudyNelson27 Aug 2012 8:17 p.m. PST

timurilank has it right. the Wends are listed in the DBM lists as a Slav.
Most companies including Minifigs make Slavs.

Maddaz111 Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 2:39 a.m. PST

Sorry – I am looking for figures for Wends, And I believe that Wends might not look the same as Slavs, even if the army list in DBMM groups them together!

I have the Same issues with players who build hunnic armies and use hun allies that are not very period specific.

Anyone got any references on the Dark Age Wends? (recent would be better)

RudyNelson28 Aug 2012 5:38 a.m. PST

Even according to the Armies of the Dark Ages book, the Wends or Polabians were regarded as a Western Slave. the primary tribal group were the Obodrites.

Dave Crowell28 Aug 2012 7:12 a.m. PST

The term "Wends" was used for western Slavs, Vandals, Germanics, and even some Scandinavians. Specially those on the southern shores of the Baltic.

I agree with the general consensus that you will probably have to pick and choose appropriate figures from amongst various Dark Age figures.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:32 a.m. PST

I suggest Black Hat I think they were designed to cover the Wends. They look ok on the website.

Maddaz111 Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:37 a.m. PST

thanks, so no one will call me for using slavic figures of the appropriate date, with the odd scandinavian hairy type mixed in? – At least in 15mm?

paulgalenpotter Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 8:32 a.m. PST

Wends are slavs.

Depending on the period the blades can be mercenary scandinavians, wendish pirates that looked like vikings or locals with axe and rectangular shileds.

the general and cav could have some norse influence but would most likly be dressed in typical slavic outfit (mostly white with colorful shield).

The knight element can be germans, locals dressed in in typical slavic dress or evan magyars.

the aux, psiloi and bow elements would be wearing trousers, shirtless or with hip lenth shirts, fabric would be mostly white. no armor or very little armor.

Apporiate figs to consider would be anything marketed as slav, early poles, eastern franks, early russians etc.

the eye candy section on fanaticus has several examples of painted wend armies.


Ammianus28 Aug 2012 10:42 a.m. PST

Two examples:



Maddaz111 Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 2:54 p.m. PST

Paul – thanks for the mini history lesson –

I am building a DBMM army (or a few DBMM armies…) over the next few months, and I thought Wends would be a colourful and morphable one, capable of fighting RUS and Viking ones without too much of a stretch!

and the links – superb painting, much better than what I can deliver, and hopefully within reach of my painting service!

RudyNelson28 Aug 2012 5:15 p.m. PST

If you can get Two Dragon… I love their Rus and Slavs

mikeygees Inactive Member31 Aug 2012 3:06 p.m. PST

I remember painting those….

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