Finally finished the next lot of Saxons. The main lot are from the Gripping Beast Dark Age Warrior pack. I’m less keen on this than the Thegn pack. I don’t like some of the poses and I had a few issues getting heads to sit the right way so a couple look like they have their shoulders hunched. Which may be accurate if they are about to get battered!
I’ve got eight of the Warlord Huscarls but just did four to be going on with. Had problems getting the primer to take (the metal kept repelling it) but they have come out OK.
And finally a building to fight over! A Battlefield Buildings solid resin grub hut from Caliver Books. I can’t really be bothered having a removable roof so solid is fine. Cleaned it up using wet and dry paper in a bowl to avoid dust and gave it a good wash. Spray primed black and then assorted paints and washes to give the desired effect. Annoyingly there are a line if air holes across the front and back which I missed when cleaning and spraying and only noticed when I was varnishing! I’m happy that is just looks like rotted wood!
I want to do another ten of the Dark Age warriors and the other Huscarls. But I reckon I’ve got no excuses for not playing something now!
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After completing the big batch of Saxon Thegns I wanted to play with the spare bits of plastic for some characters and also finish the Saxon warlord figure. So…
Thirty years ago the small coastal village of Mynyddwych was raided by Vikings. It was unexpected. There had not been raids in the lifetime of the village elder. But it was brutal. The men fought valiantly but were no match for the veteran warriors and all were put to the sword. The women and children were rounded up and taken away to be sold into slavery. All except Brona, wife of Fridolph. She took up her dead husbands sword and fought until subdued. She was then assaulted and left for dead. When the local lord, Aethelbricht the Falconer, arrived the raiders were long gone. But Brona still lived. And nine months later gave birth to a sturdy blonde haired boy. And died in the process.
Aethelbricht , took the boy into his household and named him Grimmwulf. As he grew he learnt the martial skills to serve his lord. He also learnt of his origins, the raid and the death of his father. And he vowed to track down the raiders and exact vengeance! For ten years he travelled to the Viking lands, through the lands of the Rus and finally to the seat of the Roman Empire in the East. He learnt many new skills and now fought with two swords! As he continued to track down the raiders he would often free captives, intended for the slave markets. Among those were two Arab warriors. For their freedom they swore loyalty to Grimmwulf and so he was joined on his quest by Abdul Khaliq el-Rahimi and Kameel al-Hameed.
Abdul Khaliq el-Rahimi was a fine warrior. Never afraid to face any number of opponents.
Kameel al-Hameed, the younger man, still had much to learn but could be relied upon in battle.
But both swore to protect Grummwulf with their lives. Grimmwulf, a sword in either hand and his shield strapped to his back was a deadly killer.
His quest still unfinished, Grimmwulf returned to his home. His lord had summoned him. All was not well in the kingdom. Aethelbricht the Falconer was still a warrior to be reckoned with and still lead his household on behalf of the king.
So there we have some characters! And I still need a game!
Next up are the rest of the Saxons for SAGA. Having a nightmare with the Warlord Housecarls. Tried priming on with my usual Vallejo Surface Primer and the stuff just wouldn’t stick! So I washed the rest on soap water and tried again. Same problem. I’m having to go back over them three times or more to cover up the bits where the primer has just slid off the figure leaving gaps! What a pain!! Never had a problem before priming metal figures.
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After last year’s Ayton game where I painted assorted Norman types for Lion Rampant I acquired a partial box of Gripping Beast Saxon Thegns and some Dark Age Warriors with a view to producing some opposition. Despite having finally painted the half dozen (from bits) figures a few weeks ago that was all I’d done towards this plan! So having acquired SAGA v2 at Partizan I decide to stick together 16 of the Saxon Thegns. To be honest, they were a bit fiddly to do. More from the case of matching shields and arms so they didn’t look like contortionists! But eventually they all went together and the result are:
As with the figures earlier in the month I kept the general look ‘dirty’ by using assorted light to mid browns and applying a GW Agrax Earthshade wash with no further highlighting. I did a few with a nice red, blue or green to reflect higher status. I’m saving the fancy edgings for the Hearthguard types. And then the shields are what add the colour to the unit. All hand painted. I know the transfers look nice and realistic but I’m not sure they fit my painting style.
So in theory I’ll be doing some of the Dark Age Warriors next which I’ll keep very basic and then some huscarls and I should be SAGA ready! But in the meantime I have discovered the Song of Blade and Heroes system which seems rather neat and good for small skirmishes. So I’m going to give them a whirl! Oh, and taking advantage of the flexibility of plastics I’ve got a trio of ‘characters’ on the workbench as well. And some buildings coming from Caliver Books!
So, yet again, despite not being a fan of plastics I’m rather enjoying them!
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After Partizan and my birthday and a week in Cornwall I’ve not really had time to post much or even complete stuff. But now, being back home, I’ve finished a couple of things off and can post re some recent acquisitions!
First up was the purchase of a Tiny Wargames grass mat. I’d seen similar to these at Partizan and at Ayton and having seen some vids of them in action on Facebook I decided a 6×4 would be ideal for the play area I have in the attic. I went for the basic cloth option. I wanted to be able to drape it over hills.
The creases need a little while to drop out but overall I’m pleased with it.
And on the table you can see some 15mm AWI I’ve just rebased. These were bought a few years ago from LOSH (over on the GdeB forum) and made up 27 stands of militia (mostly Polly Oliver but some Essex) and a few Hessian command figures. As I’m planning an AWI game next year these needed basing so I can see what I have.
Soon, I’ll dig the rest of the collection out and have a proper parade!
What next? Some scenery… courtesy of a post on a Facebook boardgame group I grabbed a pile of old GW trees, hedges and a hill (and some other bits). A good addition to the starting 28mm scenery.
Having made a pile of hedges for my 6mm games a few weeks ago I used up the last of the Javis clumps mixed with some Woodland Scenics stuff to do another 12 stands (11 and 2 short lengths).
And finally some painting… After last year’s Lion Rampant Ayton game I decided I needed some javelin armed bidower types. So, using the last few bits from the Conquest Normans and Archers I cobbled six together and primed them. And they have sat there for a year! Until this week when I finally painted the buggers!
Kept the colours quite ‘muddy’ and dull but quite pleased with them. I now have some Gripping Beast Saxons to glue together. I kind of need Anglo-Danes to face the Normans I have but want Anglo-Saxons to give me an excuse to get Vikings! We shall see…
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I haven’t made any small scale scenery for a while. Far longer than I remembered. I made a load of hedges for mt 6mm games way way back in 2011! http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/2011/06/boosting-hedge-fund.html. These used kitchen scouring pads and although they worked well they looked a little ‘formal’ – more like tidy well maintained hedges rather than ‘wild’ country ones!So I wanted something a little rougher looking. I’ve seen various techniques online so adopted a variation on those for these. I’ve always used Woodland Scenics clump foliage on my bases but found the colours (especially the dark green) to be a little too uniform. So a trip last week to Midlam Miniatures in Felling saw me leave with two packs of Javis clump foliage. This seemed to have a better colour with a bit of variation and highlight to it. So I started off with a sample length of hedge using a large ‘lollipop’ stick. In the past I’ve just used PVA to fix clumps down, putting PVA in a tub and dipping the clumps in and then sticking them down. However the Javis clumps were a nightmare! Very crumbly and bits sticking to the PVA and disintegrating as I picked them up! And the ‘foam’ material seemed to compress and stay compressed as you squeezed it to get a good ‘stick’. Total nightmare! I was not impressed. And the PVA seemed reluctant to stick it to the stick so I ended up using a hot glue gun. Once it was all dry I lathered the lot in watered down PVA and the end result looked OK even if a little squished in places.
I was almost going to give up on the stuff as far too faffy to use but having paid £2 a bag I didn’t want to waste it. So… deciding that 12 strips was a good number to have I lined up another 11 of the sticks. I coated one side with PVA to seal it then when dry coated the other side and dipped it in my usual ballast/sand type mix. Rather than waste time painting by hand I stuck the stick to a board and retired to the back yard with a can of Army Painter Leather Brown spray.Although this is a little lighter than the Burnt Umber I use for my bases once I dry brush with my usual two highlight colours it is close enough.I wasn’t keen on using the hot glue gun for all of this (and visible residue is shiny) so I just ran a line if UHU glue along the stick and having spent a little time preparing clumps in the two colours I started filling up each stick.
Once stuck I then carefully socked all the clumps in watered PVA. I gave them a proper soaking and left to dry overnight. This stiffened and sealed the clumps.And then to blend them in a little with all my basing a dabbed a few bits of PVA along each side of the hedge and added some of my usual static grass mix.And that was them done! I left gaps in a couple of hedges to allow access through.
Quite pleased with the result and the final method made the use of the Javis clumps more tolerable. Given that you can never have too many hedges (and assuming I have enough sticks!) I will make up another dozen lengths and do a few half length ones to allow a bit more flexibility in laying them out. I’ll need to buy more foliage first though! I’d hoped to set up a small table for a game this weekend but time didn’t allow. The hedges look like they will work fine for 6mm and 10mm and even for for 15mm at a push so well worth the effort!
While making up the sample hedge I also made up a couple of 6mm pylons I have had sat gathering dust since I primed the inner surfaces more than several years ago! Can’ remember who made them but they look fine and although a little fiddly to stick together (UHU worked again!) are worth the effort. I have another 8 to do…So a productive few sessions. Not quite as exciting as going to Salute but a damn sight cheaper!
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