Gripping Beast: Dark Age Cavalry Review

Well into its third decade of operation, Gripping Beast are a powerhouse of model manufacturing who recently acquired Front Rank Figurines; a move which further bolsters the company’s position as a leading provider of high-quality, highly detailed miniatures, backed with exceptional customer service. From the ancient period to medieval, from fantasy to World War I, World War II, and modern day, with much in between, such is the breadth of Gripping Beast’s miniatures catalogue, many of these models are ideally suited to games of Shadows of Centralis.

In last month’s issue, we reviewed Gripping Beast’s Dreng Warriors as we described how these miniatures can be fielded in games of Shadows of Centralis as Extinction Warriors of a Servants of Extinction army. This month, continuing with the Servants of Extinction aspect, we review Gripping Beast’s Dark Age Cavalry models.

Sculpted by renowned modelmaker Bob Naismith, Gripping Beast’s Dark Age Cavalry, wild-looking, wearing light armour, and armed with an assortment of hand weapons, are ideal for using in games of Shadows of Centralis as Extinction Riders.

Sold as part of Gripping Beast’s superb plastic range, packaged in the company’s trademark yellow and red boxes, each set of Dark Age Cavalry contains parts to assemble a total of twelve figures. Such are the optional extras within the set’s sprues, players will have more than enough components to arrange a selection of differently positioned models, with parts left over for future conversion projects.

‘Dark Age Cavalry’. Copyright: Gripping Beast Ltd. Photo copyright: John Wombat.

Extinction Riders

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Extinction Riders – unit of 5102/ 1 per model7+7+6+2 per model6+40

Equipment: Mounted on a horse, wearing light armour, and carrying a shield, each Extinction Rider is armed with a bow and an axe or sword.

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Extinction Riders – unit of 10102/ 1 per model7+7+6+2 per model6+80

Equipment: Mounted on a horse, wearing light armour, and carrying a shield, each Extinction Rider is armed with a bow and an axe or sword.

Detailed within the Shadows of Centralis book, players fielding a Servants of Extinction army can take Extinction Riders in blocks of 5 or 10. Like their foot soldier counterparts, in addition to being armed with an axe or sword, each Extinction Rider carries a bow, something Gripping Beast caters for in the form of their loose metal bows (available separately).

‘Dark Age Cavalry’. Copyright: Gripping Beast Ltd. Photo copyright: John Wombat.

Such is their extensive selection of high-quality and highly versatile figures, many of which lend themselves wonderfully well to games of Shadows of Centralis, Shadows of Centralis Monthly Magazine looks forward to exploring further the models provided by Gripping Beast as we plan to review more of the manufacturer’s fabulous miniatures in future issues.

For those yet to purchase their copy, while perusing their wide range of superb miniatures, visitors to Gripping Beast’s website can also purchase Shadows of Centralis (simply search ‘shadows of centralis’).

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