The rear ranks of the Suebi warband are made up of a mixture of Warlord Games' Warriors of Germania and the beautiful Black Tree Design Ancient Germans.
The Warlord figures have all been fitted with the metal top-knot heads which come on sprues in the Warriors of Germania boxed set. I'm still not really sure about the debate over top-knots! In the end I decided that it would be a good way to differentiate between Batavians, without top-knots, and Suebi, with them!
As before, some of the shields are painted, with fairly simple geometric designs...
While others come from various sets of transfers I've gathered together over the years. Apologies to the V Macedonian Legion, who have supplied captured shields for more than one of my hairy barbarians.
The final ensemble! The 24 figure Suebi warband, all with top-knots, ready to go into battle. I've really enjoyed putting this unit together, particularly the rear ranks, which involved all sorts of customization to avoid as much repetition of poses as possible.
A more head on view of this fearsome bunch charging into contact. This is what those poor Roman legionaries will see... just before they turn tail and run!
Back to more Batavian Auxiliaries next, as the IX Cohort gets an application of paint, ready to join their colleagues on the field of battle.