Arthur

 

arthur_merlinBeing a great lover of bears, growing up on the stories of King Arthur and fiercely proud of my Celtic heritage it was natural that I would gravitate towards the etymology of Arthur being derived from the Celtic bear gods Artos or Artio.

Arthur as a historical figure is of course shrouded in legend, bias and conjecture. I am totally guilty of this and totally support the belief that he held power in Wales, Cornwall and the West Country the lands of my forefathers. 

The fifth century Welsh word art  means ‘bear’. One theory is that art and ur, meaning ‘man’, gives us the name Artur – literally, bear-man. This is supported by late Latin writings which give the name Arturus.

There are other variants have been put forward, including Arturius, Arcturus, Arturos and Artursus combining the Welsh for bear – art – along with its Latin counterpart – ursus. 

I used to play Arthur as  my mounted Welsh warlord in Saga, although I almost exclusivaly play as the Irish these days.

I am putting together a more extensive and legendary Arthurian War-band for play in Dragon Rampant. Complete with more bears, magical boars and a dragon.

Arthur is a Welsh, mounted, Teulu, (Hearthguard),  figure from Gripping Beast,  mounted on an old school Citadel Miniatures Wood Elf Bear from the 1980’s.

Shield transfer by Little Big Men.

Merlin is from the exceptional  Footsore Miniatures.

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Irish War Dogs

IMG_1888The 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.

Seiðr

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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.

Incantations

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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. 

CernunnosStandard 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. 

So much to do !

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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 !

Exterminate

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.

The Wickerman

My first scenic piece is the wicked

Alan the Wickerman Kit from Ainsty Casting

Looking forward to telling some exciting sagas in his shadow.

Should be able to develop some good scenarios. Sacrifice and rescue. Disruption of power. The opening of portals for gods and to other worlds.

Ideas on a postcard please 🙂

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Agrax Earthshade wash. Still planning to seal and highlight with oils.
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Base coated in Tamyia TS-3 Dark Yellow # 85003 spray paint. On an M.D.F board base, coated in P.V.A glue and builders Sand.
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Gate able to open and close using tiny magnets drilled and glued in to the body and hinges.
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Mixture of flock and stick grass on the base over a coat of Humbrol 160 German Camouflage Red Brown Matt spray paint. Wooden coffee stirrers make the start of a bonfire going to add some more drift wood “logs” .
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Drilled and glued loads of tiny pieces of wire of varying diameter into the body to give a more ragged finish.