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.
A Seiðr was a Norse shamanistic sorcerer.
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.
This figure comes from Hasslefree Miniatures.
A group of 4 mounted Teulu (Hearthguard), one point for Saga.
Astride their sure footed mountain ponies, they thunder down upon the Saxon invaders.
Used as hit and run troops with the right dice and abilities these guys can be deadly !
Although the often ended up as suicide troops in my battles, as their armour is greatly reduced for being mounted and armed with javelins, so you have to get it right !
They are a mixture of Gripping Beast Figures
A unit of mounted Teulu and A mounted Warlord played as a Teulu.
I wanted to do some thing different for my mounted Welsh Warlord. More on that in a later post.
The Saxons are Gripping Beast plastic Saxon Thegns.
When I first started playing and was short of figures and money they used to stand in as a unit of Welsh Teulu.
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 druids are from Warlord Games: Hail Caeser range. With the addition of one further model from Ral Partha .
Cernunnos and his attendants are from Brigade Models: Celtos: Fir Bolg range.
Cernunnos, Standard bearer, Musician, Musician (mounted). I got all four of them in a blister pack which was really good value from Rochester Games, Models and Railways which is where indeed I get most of my supplies from.
More on Arthur and his warriors in a later post.
Well the painting table is looking nice and full !
Dark Age Irish War Band for Saga
A party of treasure hunters for Frostgrave.
A few extras for my Dark Age Welsh Warband for Saga.
The beginnings of my Arthurian War Band for Dragon Rampant.
A nice selection of Bears and Mythical Beasts
A Norse Seiðr, (sorcerer /shaman).
Two sacrificial victims and a ring of standing stones.
Should keep me busy for a while, will post pictures of progress, happy days 🙂
I haven’t even unpacked The Skraelings yet !
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.
I used his no nonsense approach to painting to get these guys on table and ready for battle quickly. No mucking about !
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 😀
Some Daleks I have been working on.
A bit of science fantasy to throw into the mix 🙂
There have been a number of Dr Who stories involving Merlin and I am definitely intending to devise a scenario like this in a future game possibly of Dragon Rampant.
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.