The time is near… tomorrow my mate Martin and I are going to the SAGA German Grand Melee. I am already pretty excited about it for various reasons. For one, there are going to be 26 other players I have never before played against (many of them playing factions I have never played against), which should mean a wealth of new experiences. The other thing is the location. The tournament is going to be played in a replica Viking Longhouse (according to some sources a Saxon Longhouse) in an open-air museum. I do think, it can hardly be cooler than that, can it?
I just hope, that I made the right choice when it comes to my forces. I would have preferred to use my Vikings for their bigger punch (and indeed it seems most players felt the same, since Vikings are the biggest block amongst the armies being fielded), but most of the scenarios do in my humble opinion favour cavalry. So I chose to bring my Byzantines. Let’s see how they do!
But, I was never to happy with my Byzantine Warlord. To be honest… he looks like a fat old man sitting idle in his saddle. So about 2 2/1 years ago, I asked Martin to get me the other version from Gripping Beast. But as luck would have it, the Warlord is only mildly more animated and comes with the same standing horse. So I never went and painted that mini. But since I would not want my forces at the Grand Melee to be lead by “sir fat f*ck in saddle”, decided to paint him up anyway, but swap the horse. I still had a Parthian horse with heavy armour lying around and mounted him on that on.
In the end it did not completely pay off. While he looks a more animated than his predecessor, it is only slightly. Even though he is swinging a maze, his body is too stiff to make him look really aggressive. And when placed besides the other Byzantine cavalry, his horse is a bit small (he looks fine besides martins Welsh on their ponies though 😉 ). Still I hope, he will lead his men to glory this weekend!