The second unique feature of the Irish in Saga is the ability to upgrade 2 of your Fianna (Heathguard) figures to Curadh (Champions). So these were the next figures added to my Irish war band.
Curadh act as individuals so a single figure makes up a unit. They can be mounted or unmounted. They share some of the abilities of a War Lord, although are obviously not quite as powerful. (Full rules are in The Raven’s Shadow Saga rule supplement.)
These guys came in the pack with the figure above the 2 in chain mail have served as Fianna in my interim war band. They will probably become alternative Curadh models now, as I have 3 points of nasty Dane axe wielding manics awaiting final touches, varnish and flocking on the painting table as I write ready for my all new Irish war band 😀
The chieftain in the centre has thus far only made the table as a N.P.C.
The first thing I did when I decided to start playing the Irish in Saga was purchase one of the speciality units that the Irish can field, war dogs. Initially they went on the table with my welsh forces, who were now, temporarily, subbed as the Irish, whist I built up and painted my new troops. The dogs replaced my mounted half guard in my new war band. War dogs are played as Bonnachts (Warriors) with some differences in movement and armour.
With the long movement of mounted troops, they are able to move through uneven terrain with out penalty, they do have a lower armour but if you load them up with the right dice and abilitys and the dice gods are on your side they can be devastating !
They are NOT armed with javelins! There some debate about this in saga forums. My view on this is in a proper game of saga which is a historical war game, of course the dogs should not have javelins. At most the handler could throw one once the dogs are released. However, it would be fun in a fantasy based game like Dragon Rampant to make the dogs anthropomorphic beserker warriors armed to the bloody teeth! 😀
I picked these miniatures up from Northstar Military Figures who kindly put a package together of the right number I needed for Saga.
I don’t play any Norse War Bands so this character will be a story catalyst. I’m really into the idea of multi world campaigns at the moment, with various magical practitioners opening portals into different realms, possibly even played across multiple tables of terrain simultaneously. I’m hoping this is something I can explore in Dragon Rampant if not then I guess I’ll have to start looking at developing my own rule set. I think he’d make a good wizard for a Frostgrave party also, although I already have mine set aside ready to paint.
At the foot of a towering wicker man druids have gathered to summon a dark aspect of the mighty Cernunnos the horned god. In a desperate, last ditch, attempt to drive blood thirsty invaders from their lands.
Cernunnos comes flanked by standard bearers and musicians from the realms of the dead as the druids open a door to the underworld to destroy their enemies.
In the distance astride a bear and under the guidance of Merlin flanked by some of his bravest warriors Arthur rushes to prevent them finishing their incantations and close the portal before the very order of time and space are ripped asunder !
The very first figures I painted a group of 12 Bonnedig (Levi), armed with slings, one point for Saga.
I fell into the hobby when I was staying with my good friend and adversary Omer, whist down on my luck a few years back. He kindly gave me some Gripping Beast plastics to paint with him of an evening and introduced me to the game of Saga which would become a passion of mine.
The were closely followed by two groups of 8 Priodaur (Warriors), two more points for my Saga war band.
Welsh Priodaur can be a real nuisance as they are armed with javelins. Especially when they use the terrain to their advantage. As Omer’s Viking, Yomsviking, Norse Gael and Saxon War bands will all attest to. Omer hates our pointed sticks 😀
The figures were part of a give away with Dr Who magazine which I was lucky enough to pick up in bulk for 25p a packet second hand.
(These are the last few left that I kept for myself, the others have already been sold.)
Keen Whovians will notice they are the newer type of Daleks. From the later more modern series of Dr Who of recent years. I have however painted them more like the Daleks I knew and loved from my own childhood.
I used the cement ballast blocks out of an old washing machine for the photography background.
I used Decopatch Glue to cover a standard pack of cards with some heavy duty high gsm silky matte paper stock. Then I laid the black down over A4 pencil using a 0.5 permanent fine liner and sharpie combo for contrast in line strength. The colour was applied with Letraset ProMarkers which blended nicely with the black ink giving a nice finish to the stone.
This might develop into a stand alone game or just be a useful way for me to carry a Dungeon in my pocket.