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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Welsh War Band (Part 2)

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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.

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 😀