Irish Bonnachts (Warriors) for Saga

Next up in my Irish War-band for Saga are my warriors . The Irish Bonnachts. Made up of 3 groups of 8. Totalling 3 points in Saga. Most are armed with javelins. Though for variety I have included some command and feature characters which offer some aesthetic variety.

They are mostly made up from Footsore’s excellent range of Dark Age Irish models, here and here with some additions from Warlord’s Celtic range.

The banner is from the extensive range offered over at Little Big Man.

I’m again pleased with how these have turned out each group has a lot of individuality colour and character. I think I have managed to inject just enough colour without overdoing it for the dark ages. All of which my earlier Welsh Priodaur (Warriors) were definitely lacking.

I’ve been continuing to really enjoy the photographing and compositing process. I have learnt a lot and am happy with my progression and continue to move forward with the practice finding my way though trial and error.

I have found the Irish to be a formidable force on the gaming table a good match for all comers and great fun to play.

Hope you enjoy I certainly have.

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Irish Kerns (Levy) for Saga

So I’m back at the table and keen to show off my Irish War-band That I was working on when last I was blogging. First up are my Levy. The Irish Kerns. Made up here of a group of 12 slingers, 1 Point in Saga.

I made the group up from a mix of figures from Crusader slingers & skirmishers and slingers from Warlord.

I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out, with a lot of character. You can see everyone in the settlement banded together to drive back the invaders.

With the Irish’s formidable shooting abilities they make a force to be reckoned with on the table. Strategically placed they can be a real headache for your opponent for a good many turns and a considerable drain on their troops.

Lots of fun to play !

Blue screen experiments

Thought it would be fun to share some of last nights process of experimenting with blue screen compositing my images of my little men with you.

I just messed around with a free app Bluescreen-it which I down loaded from the App Store on to my trusty iPhone 6S. It was simple fast to learn and easy to use. Being very basic it of course had its limitations.

So here they are warts and all.

1. Dark Age Pylon 🤣

Didn’t closely check the background image I was using here. I was selecting from tiny thumbnails whilst not wearing my glasses. Made me chuckle once I spotted it.

I can just imagine this on a larger scale on a film shoot. Trying to re-create the dark ages out on the marshes or an alien land scape in a quarry somewhere. Reviewing the footage later only to spot an errant pylon in the background.

The hard comic book line around the rocks is far from ideal. On the positive side the image took  no time at all to achieve few minutes making selection then just seconds of rendering time a quick trim then done. Ok

2. Red sky at Night Warlords Delight.

Went for something more dramatic second time around hoping it would hide the hard edge. Wasn’t fully successful. But moving in the right direction.

3. And the Sky Turned Black with Rage !

This was far more effective and completely made up for the limits of the app in creating a quick effective image. Over all however I may have to seek out a more effective app to use for creating these kinds of images as I don’t want to exclusively use dark or night sky’s.

I will experiment with green screen next as there seem to be more apps available for that.

I will also look at finding a piece of software which might allow me to soften the hard edge this app is creating which might also be the way forward.

I am now enjoying photographing these little guys just as much as painting and gaming. It brings a whole new dimension to the creative process.

Back at the Table.

Well life as they say sure does get in the way ! Finally after a long hiatus from blogging painting and gaming I am all set up in a new place with a new work space. Back at the Table !

A lot has happened since I last posted a blog.

It seems an age ago that I was so excited about Saga’s Age of the Wolf. We’ve had The Saga Aetius & Arthur Which I really enjoyed, and has now been revised and updated. Now there’s an entire new edition of Saga complete with the soon to be released Age of Magic. Something I am quite excited about as I have always wanted to be able to incorporate more of a mythological element within the framework of the Saga Mechanic.

I haven’t yet had a chance to check out the 2nd edition of my favourite game. I admit my feelings on hearing about it were initially cynical, feeling that I was being exploited in the manner of Games Workshop for more money. Looking at things more positively thought everything can be improved upon and after all it’s not the same as having to constantly buy new figures to keep up or an entire new painting system (Made up of paints which constantly bloody dry out !)

Now I’m finally back at the table I’m sure I’ll be checking out the new SagaV2 soon enough. Hmmm sure are a lot of new books to buy and more to come ! Well I’ve never had a problem buying books before! Just ask the Mrs. In fact she’d tell you I do have a problem with buying books 😂 I’m sure the guys at Gripping Beast won’t let me down and it’ll be worth it ! It’ll be worth it won’t it guys ? As you can probably tell I’m still a little conflicted over this one !

Now I just need to crack on with this backlog of miniatures that need painting ! I need to get some new paints mine have all dried up 🤣😂 Army Painter for me in future me thinks !

Really enjoying getting some photography done of everything I completed before I had to temporarily pack my life up for a time.

Did my first experiments with blue screen tonight one result of which can be seen at the top of this post.

Nice to be back at it catch up and begin to move forward 😊