SAGA, first 2 Points of Normans

12 Dec
SAGA, first 2 Points of Normans

Now that I am back playing and painting SAGA for good, it is time to start one of the armies I have had lying around for ages. One of them are Normans. Maybe not one of the most interesting armies. Even Studio Tomahawk classifies them as a simple army and if you want an army made up mostly of cavalry, there are certainly armies that have more panache (especially amongst the Crescent and Cross armies), but they have a simple elegance to their battleboard, so I think they will be a nice army to have.

Even though most of their abilities are geared towards the cavalry, I feel it makes sense to have a core of Sergeants (Warriors) on foot. For one to give them a unit that is a little more robust than the cavalry, but also to make good use of the option to equip one unit with crossbows.

Up first are the spearmen. I chose miniatures from Crusader Miniatures. Why? Well they have a set of Norman spearmen with quilted armour. All the others I have seen either had chainmail or no armour at all. No armour seemed a bit weak for them and if everyone in everyone else’s warband is wearing chainmail, then I want mine to be special. The minis are very nice and their style is extremely close to Gripping Beast (does anyone know if they used the same sculptor?) so they fit in with the rest of the Sergeants and do not match my style of painting too much. 😉 There are only four different minis in the set, but with their separate shields and different designs painted on their shield, they look different enough. I decided to paint the shields in simple designs to make it clear, that these are only Sergeants. The Knights will have more elaborate designs.

Norman Sergeants

Norman Sergeants

Norman Sergeants

Norman Sergeants


And here are the crossbows. Now these are by Gripping Beast.  I heard that most  people do not like them, but bought them anyway. In the end I understood why people do not like them too much. The minis in chainmail are quite good (the one with the shield on his back is actually the best in the set), same goes for one of the men in the long coats, the one I painted in blue. The pair in quilted armour and the other man in the long coat are slightly uninspired and the two wearing the shirt over their uniforms simply do not seem to fit the set. The crossbows are also hit and miss. Some, especially the two part ones, are simply boring and un-detailed, others are OK. So not the best set, but once done, they made for a nice colourful  group, so I can live with that.

Norman Crossbows

Norman Crossbows

Norman Crossbows

Norman Crossbows

Norman Crossbows

Norman Crossbows


Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Medival, Normans, SAGA


9 responses to “SAGA, first 2 Points of Normans

  1. Burkhard

    December 12, 2015 at 19:13

    P.S.: Sorry for the somewhat blurry pictures, I only noticed that after we left for our holiday and obviously I do not have the minis with me.

  2. The Kiwi

    December 14, 2015 at 01:38

    Really nice. Good to see some Normans with some dirt on them.

    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2015 at 19:10

      Thank you!

      Dirt seemed natural for them. With my Vikings I had skipped that due to the tan coloured leggings. With the Byzantines, I went for dry bases, so it did not seem to fit either. Really glad you noticed and liked it!

  3. Stefan K.

    December 14, 2015 at 09:36

    Schöne Figuren! Obwohl ich bei den Normannen immer Abstand von Kriegers zu Fuß nehmen wollte…

    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2015 at 19:02


      Fusstruppen haben bei den Normannen auch ihre Vorteile (bei SAGA). Die Armbrüste sind klar mit Ihrer höheren Durchschlagskraft.
      Bei den Speerträgern ist das nicht so offensichtlich. Aber zum einen gibt es ja Gegner die sich ganz gerne mal in einem Wald verstecken und dann macht es ja durchaus Sinn eine Einheit zu haben, die dort angreifen kann, ohne schon für das Betretten des Waldes eine Ermüdung zu bekommen. Und im Gegensatz zu Kavallerie dürfen die auch in Gebäude. Das kann in manchen Szenarien durchaus sinnvoll sein.

      • Stefan K.

        December 15, 2015 at 11:27

        Bei den Armbrustschützen gebe ich Dir recht. Die meinte ich auch eigentlich nicht, aber da habe ich mich unklar ausgedrückt.

        Der Hinweis mit dem Wald und den Gebäuden ist gut. Auf letzteres bin ich noch gar nicht gekommen. Da erkennt man die mangelnde Spielpraxis… 😉

        • Burkhard

          December 15, 2015 at 20:59

          Du, das ist so ein bisschen Erfahrung aus dem Grand Melee dieses Jahr. Bei dem einen Spiel waren am Ende alle meine berittenen Einheiten, inklusive Warlord, komplett handlungsunfähig wegen Ermüdung. Ich hatte meinen Gegner in einer bestimmten Rundenzahl vernichten müssen, er nur überleben. Und er hatte alle Einheiten in Wälder gezogen. Das war bei einer halb berittenen Armee sehr bitter!

  4. von Peter himself

    December 15, 2015 at 04:15

    Ah … some in house historic competition for your Byzantines. An excellent choice for those hosted games. 8O)

    A fine start.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      December 15, 2015 at 21:01

      I think so.

      There will team tournament here in Germany next year. Two players will each pick an army. Those two will have to act together during the whole tournament. I am already wondering if the Byzantines would not be a great pair with Normans.


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