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 !

Welsh War Band (Part 1)

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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.

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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 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.

 

So it begins

The Vikings are coming !

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Let battle commence !

A lone Irish Curaidh, (Champion) and a group of four Fianna, (Hearthguards) survey the advancing Viking lines of Hirdmen, (Hearthguards) and Bondi (Warriors).

3 Crusader Miniatures Irish figures. (With 2 non Irish subs), Lancelot from Footsore Miniatures and a random Saxon from the Gripping Beast plastics range.

(Full new Irish war-band project ongoing ATM.)

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The Curaidh and Fianna have been cut down in the kill zone and utterly defeated. The Bonnachts, (Warriors) of the village step up to the mark to defend their homes.

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Bonnachts vs Bondi clash of the Warriors. A nonchalant Warlord, his jeering band of Hirdmen armed with Dane Axes and a berserker bear bring up the rear.

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The Irish Bonnachts push for advantage the Viking Warlord falls back to cover. More Hirdmen rush to close the gap.

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On the flank the Irish Kerns (Levy) armed with slings destroy the Viking advance.

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A great sorcerer inspires the Irish to victory on the field of battle this day !

My Troops, Irish Bonnachts and Kerns, consist of Gripping Beast plastics from the Dark Age Warrior set. They were the very first army painted and were originally fielded as a Welsh war-band. They have been subbing as the Irish for some time with the addition of a band of warrior war dogs.

I now have a full Irish war-band under way.  There will be pictures 🙂

The sorcerer is Merlin from Footsore Miniatures.