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.
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.