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The last of my Anglo-Saxons

The last of my Anglo-Saxons

As announced in my last post, here are the final minis for my Anglo-Saxons. One more point of Warriors. Again Gripping Beast plastics with LBMS shield transfers done the same way as all the Anglo-Saxon Warriors before them… so not much to say about them.

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with swords

But that was not all I did to finish my Anglo-Saxons. As I said, I played them with a Religious Advisor Warlord. I had wanted to actually use the warlord base I had painted at the very beginning, but in case someone complained, that this was too combative (which no-one did) I needed a base that looked like it was… well religious enough and came across the set with the monks from Gripping Beast. I painted them up as Franciscan friars. Not sure why really, but thinking about medival monks, the first thing that came to my mind was “The name of the rose”, so that seemed fitting.

Medival Monks

Medival Monks

Medival Monks

Medival Monks

Medival Monks

Medival Monks

While I based them the same as I do all my Warlords, they could just as well serve as a marker for the “The Baggage” scenario of just act as extras on the battlefield. They were a fast paint job, but I really enjoyed them a lot.

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SAGA tournament report from Kllingencon, Germany

SAGA tournament report from Kllingencon, Germany

As those who have followed my blog over the past few weeks will know, I took part in a SAGA tournament the other weekend. For those who will now ask “Did you finish your Anglo-Saxons?”… yes I did, but that will be my next post.

What exactly did I play? My Anglo-Saxons were led by a Religious Advisor Warlord. It featured two points of mounted Heathguards (amalgamated into one unit), three points of Warriors (amalgamated into two twelve-men strong units) and one point of Levies with shields and spears.

So how did it go in general? Well, it was mixed. My opponents were great all around and a joy to play with, so no complaints on that front! My SAGA dice rolled really well, although I always got the multiple helmets on those turns when I did not need them and never when I really did. My D6 were abysmal though. Worst was the attack where I had 21 attack-dice with a target of 3 and only scored four hits (of which my opponent saved three). But.. c´pst la guerre, mon ami!

In the first game I played a novice player with Jomsvikings in a “Clash of the Warlords” mission. Do not let yourself be fooled, novice or not, he knew his force and played it well, making the best of his abilities and keeping his Warlord well protected behind a strong screen of Warriors and Heathguards. The only reason why I was able to win this one was because I managed to lure his Warlord forward to attack one of my exposed units together with the Heathguards. Once he was in the main battle line, he fell to repeated charged by my Heathguards after an assault by my levies had reduced the number of retainers he could sacrifice to safe his life.

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (Anglo-Saxons vs. Jomsvikings)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (Anglo-Saxons vs. Jomsvikings)

The second game (where I forgot to take pictures) was “The cart” against a very experienced Moors player. He played a force loaded with Warriors and supplemented by Nephatim… one everyone seemed to loath at last years Grand Melee. Combined with my bad dice rolling his sound tactics really kept eating into my force, until there was hardly anything left. Desperate times calling for desperate measures I used what little was left of my force to block his cart, while I sent mine on a mad, unsupported Hail Marry move. Which paid off, since I managed to my cart of the table, to win the game.

After this second game, I was second in the standings and was paired against the first and eventual tournament winner with his Welsh for a game of “Holy Ground”. The game was quite interesting in that I ignored the woods to the left for the game, while we battled it out for the hill in the middle. I held the woods to the right for the whole game while constantly being subjected to arrows and javelins from more than half his force. What really broke my neck there was the turn were my opponent rolled really well on his SAGA dice and was able to activate all his units at least once by regular means, plus another two times through the use of his two mass activation abilities. In the end it was quite tight with me loosing by two points.

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon II (Anglo-Saxons vs. Welsh)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon II (Anglo-Saxons vs. Welsh)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (Anglo-Saxons vs. Welsh)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (Anglo-Saxons vs. Welsh)

The last game was against Mutataw’wia in a scenario called “Pillage Village”. This is where my dice started going from bad to worse, with all my attacks and defenses going bad. Plus I was starting to feel the drain of a stressful week, a headache and four games in a row on this day. and was starting to make mistakes. Needless to say, this one ended in another loss.

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (a view over the tables)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (a view over the tables)

All in all I finished 12th out of 24, which was not bad, although I had entertained higher hopes after the first two matches.

Thoughts on my force. Well most people criticised the use of two units of Heathguards in an Anglo-Saxon force. And I have to say… it was a mixed blessing. They proved critical during the first game and would have been of good use in two more games and I still think this has potential. But it holds true, that they were loosing effectiveness fast, since it was hard to keep them as the large unit to have them work for the Anglo-Saxons. The Religious Advisor Warlord was good, since he provided the resources (= SAGA dice) I badly needed and even though he lacked punch, he was really essential for the force as a whole. The Warriors and Levies worked fine though. BUT, I am sure I would ever use the Anglo-Saxons for a tournament again. You can really feel that they are lacking when compared to the newer Crecent & Cross factions that will often keep you from acting and making the best of your abilities.

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (another view over the tables)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon (another view over the tables)

Well up next the preparations for this years Grand Melee will begin, which will mean painting my Spanish!

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon ( yet another view over the tables)

SAGA Tournament II Klingencon ( yet another view over the tables)

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Anglo-Saxons, Medival, SAGA

 

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes for SAGA (5th Entry, 6th AHPC)

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes for SAGA (5th Entry, 6th AHPC)
Well this was my last post for this years Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. I have the next (and last batch) of 8 Anglo-Saxons for SAGA on my workbench right now, but since I spontaneously started a new job the other week on Wednesday (I guess that is what you call it when the project a start in May and then ask you if you could start in three days time), I guess I did not have the time to finish them before the Challenge ended. Actually they are still on the workbench, with the tournament I want to sue them for taking place next Saturday! :-O But alas, my original goal had been 250 points and I have more than doubled that with a grand total of 570, so who cares!
Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

Anyway, this is another SAGA point of Thegns for my Anglo-Saxon army. Just like the last ones, these are pretty straight forward Gripping Beast plastics, with LBMS shield decals. The warrior with the blue shield is a slight conversion that I felt was required due to his un-combative pose, but that is it. Only the usual chainmail sculpted where the arms meet the torsos, painted, based and ready for combat.
Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

I have to say I like the GB plastics. Good detail for plastics and lots of character in the faces one can work with. So I was glad to have done a lot of them this Challenge.
Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with axes

 Hope to be showing you the last 8 Warriors and an alternative Warlord before the weekend… keep your finders crossed!
 

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears for SAGA (4th Entry, 6th AHPC)

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears for SAGA (4th Entry, 6th AHPC)

So this is it. The Challenge is drawing to an end and I am guessing, this will be my second to last entry (maybe even my last one… not sure how much progress I will make the next couple of days). Again some Anglo-Saxons for SAGA or to be more precise, one (SAGA) point of Thegns.

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

These are pretty straight forward. Just plastic Thegns with spears, virtually straight out of the box. The only thing I had to do was sculpt a little chain mail around the shoulders, where the separate arms meet the torsos.

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

The shields are transfers from LBMS and that is about all there is to say about them. Well not really, as there is an extra minis with a standard.

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

Anglo-Saxon Thegns with spears

Now in SAGA you have the option to swap one Heathguard or Warrior in a unit for a standard. I could go on forever how clever I am and that I wanted a standard to keep all my options open, but truth be told… I simply lost count while cleaning up these minis and did nine spearmen instead of eight.

Anglo-Saxon Thegn with standard

Anglo-Saxon Thegn with standard

So I simply added a standard I had printed out for some Rohan cavalry for Lord of the Rings to his spear and that is it.

Anglo-Saxon Thegn with standard

Anglo-Saxon Thegn with standard

So, now there is two more points of warriors left to do and I am good for the SAGA tournament next month!

 

 

SAGA Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards (2nd Entry, 6th AHPC)

SAGA Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards (2nd Entry, 6th AHPC)

So this is last weekends output, some mounted Anglo-Saxon Heathguards for SAGA.
Now in general Heathguards seem to be a rare sight in an Anglo-Saxon war band in SAGA due to the fact, that Anglo-Saxons benefit most from large units (10+). Given that you can only purchase 4 Heathguards for a SAGA point, the does not seem like a natural choice and to be frank… I am not sure if I am making a clever choice here. On the other hand, I feel that many scenarios do require the extra speed mounted troops provide, so I am willing to take that gamble.

2 points of Anglo-Saxon Heathguards

2 points of Anglo-Saxon Heathguards

But maybe that gamble will pay off. If I amalgamate these two SAGA points into one unit it will be 8 men strong. With the right dice played on the right ability, this unit will count as 2-4 men stronger. But obviously that will leave me low on SAGA dice… ahh lets just see!

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards

Anyway, on to what is important for the Challenge… the minis. Mounted Anglo-Saxons are not the easiest models to find, so I decided to take another route here. As some might know, I am simultaneously building a Norman army for SAGA and for those I had bought two boxes of plastic mounted Normans from Conquest Games. Actually more than I will need, so I decided to convert eight of them to Anglo-Saxons.

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards [rear view]

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards
[rear view]

Now their equipment is a little different, since in SAGA the Anglo-Saxons are based on the late 9th to early 10th century, while the Normans are based on the middle 11th century. So I took the heads as well as sword / axe hands from the Gripping Beast Saxon Thegns box set and fitted those to the Conquest models. The hands were easy enough to do, but the heads required some work, due to the fact, that the Conquest models have the necks attached to the heads, while the Gripping Beast ones have the necks as part of the body. So that required some sculpting of chainmail around the necks. Which was half as bad, since the Conquest minis are all sculpted with their swords in their scabbards, so I had to remove the hilts and re-sculpt those sections anyway. Plus I love sculpting chainmail!

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards

Otherwise I went for the round shields that came with the Norman cavalry. Tear shaped shields simply felt wrong for early Anglo-Saxons and that leaves me with tear shaped only shields on my Normans later on. So this was a win – win scenario for me there.

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards [rear view]

Anglo-Saxon mounted Heathguards
[rear view]

Painting wise I went a slightly new route here. I have always felt, that horses were a huge time drain to paint. So some time last year I decided to do the at least the base coat with my airbrush and these were actually the first mounted troops I did since then. And I think this was a good decision. In the past it took me about 10 minutes to base coat a single horse, now it was 10 for the whole group (including cleaning the airbrush afterwards). So I think this will become my new weapon of choice for horses.

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

All the rest was fairly standard straight forward painting. Not much to say there. Out of the eight shields, six are free-hand painted, with the two hanging by the horses sides sporting decals from LBMS. I really enjoyed painting these, especially trying to match their designs to those from LBMS, since all the other troops will have decals on their shields and I did not want them to stand out.

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

But my favorite is the one below, due to the fact that it is a simple wooden shield with the design painted on the bare wood. That gave me a canvas to paint both the bare wood and a design, which was great fun.

Anglo-Saxon Thegn

Anglo-Saxon Thegn

And here are a few more close-ups of the other riders:

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

There is also something else that was a first for me with these minis. In the past I always used varnish from the can to seal my minis. As we all know, that creates a “no spraying time” when it is cold and/or humid outside. Something that kept me from a posting before last week and that is simply annoying.

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

I have also been suffering from another problem for a little over a year now. I have always used an industrial varnish that produced a perfect flat result. But some time in 2014 they must have changed the formula, which always resulted in a satin finish. This would go flat after 6-12 month, but it was still highly annoying. So I got myself a 0.4mm needle for my airbrush which allows me to use varnish in it. She these are actually the first troops to be varnished using an airbrush. Really happy with that, especially since it will allow me to varnish regardless of temperature and humidity.

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

All in all, I am really really happy with these riders. I feel plastic wargaming minis can be hit an miss. Some are marvelous, others can be awful. When I took these out of the box, I felt they were somewhere in between, but once assembled and painted, I can only say that they are lovely. Especially the horses, even though the animals require some filling where the body meets the neck. In that sense, I am really looking forward to painting the Normans later on!

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

Anglo-Saxon Ealdorman

I also painted a bunch of Sci-Fi minis, but the bases bases on them are still giving me some troubles, so I am not sure, if I will be able to get those in before the Friday deadline for the AHPC (which I did not).

If not… Ei will be bäck! (Sorry for that one, but maybe this will give you an idea, of what is to come. 😉 )

 

 

SAGA Anglo-Saxons (1.2nd Entry, 6th AHPC)

SAGA Anglo-Saxons (1.2nd Entry, 6th AHPC)

Having rekindled my interest for SAGA last year with my participation in the Grand Melee I feel it is time to add some more factions to my collections. One of those are the Anglo-Saxons. I always liked the way the looked on the paper and their large units in SAGa make them look appealing on the tabletop as well. At least I hope so, since this is only the first (SAGA) point and the Warlord I have painted.

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

Up first are the Fyrd (Anglo-Saxon Levies). 12 men in all for one point. I usually do not like Levies in SAGA, but I find the Fyrd quite interesting. For one if they are armed with close combat weapons they have the same armour as the Warriors. Second, while most factions have problems activating their Levies, the Anglo-Saxons have some abilities that allow them to activate units based on size, making a large unit of Levies all the ore interesting.

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

The minis are all plastic minis from Gripping Beasts Levy box, but I gave them all helmets from the Gripping Beast plastic Saxon set. This means they are not wearing any chain mail of other body armour, denoting their Levy status, but with their shields and helmets, they are better armoured than the average Levy in the game, underlining their better armour values. The shields are transfers from LBMS.

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

Anglo-Saxon Fyrd

Up next is the Warlord. The Warlord model himself is an Anglo-Danish Warlord from Stronghold Terrain, but I felt he would make a great Anglo-Saxon Warlord none the less. After all his clothing and armour are generic enough to let him pass as either.

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

Since SAGA allows / asks for a larger base for the Warlord, one can usually add some scenic elements. In this case I chose two more warriors. Both are from the Gripping Beast plastic Saxons set. Their shields received transfers from LBMS. Same goes for the large banner. The Dragon Banner came with the plastic set. I wanted it to look very colourful. Probably not right for the Anglo-Saxons, but I always liked them colourful.

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

The shield on the Warlords back was hand painted, since I felt that none of the transfers would fit it. The design is a bit simpler than what one would expect from a Warlord, but painting him up, he rather looked like a nitty-gritty kind of person, so not much decoration on his clothing and shield for me.

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

Anglo-Saxon Warlord
[Shield Detail]

To underline his nitty-gritty looks I made another addition. I can not be seen too well on these photos but his left foot is resting on the severed head of one of his enemies. And I wanted him to look like he had just chopped that one-off. So there is some blood and gore dripping from his axe. (I felt this did not show too well on the other photos so I put a piece of paper between the minis for this photo).

Anglo-Saxon Warlord

Anglo-Saxon Warlord