I’m almost done with my 6 point SAGA warband. Here’s some dane axes from Gripping Beast, which I got from their US reseller, Architects Of War:
I primed them with The Army Painter’s Leather Brown spray primer. I’ve become a huge fan of their color spray primers and the matching brush paint. It saves so much time to not have to paint the various straps, pouches – AKA the fiddly bits.
I’ve found a local group that plays SAGA once a month. I’ve played one session with them, and they are a good group of guys. I’m looking forward to next month.
All I have left in my warband is to base my levy. They are all painted, only basing is left.
Eclipse Phase – RPG. I am a player in a campaign. Great game, and the most high quality rulebook here. Very unique sci-fi setting. The printed book is well worth it’s price, however, the rules are also available for free. Creative Commons rules!
Chain Of Command – Just released (Fall 2013) WWII platoon level rules from Too Fat Lardies. I’ve not played them yet, but they seem really nice.
Gruntz - 15mm Sci-Fi rules. A great introductory set of rules, and you can add complexity later. I’ve played them a few times. Fun.
Tomorrows War – Another 15mm Sci-Fi ruleset. Well reviewed, but overly complex and, frankly, the book is hard to read. Black text on a busy background.
Traveller - I have so many great memories of playing Traveller as a kid in the ’80s. Sci-Fi RPG.
Traveller 5 - Not the “final” Traveller I’d hoped for. Overly complex.
So, that’s my physical rules collection. In digital, I’ve got a bunch more, but the only digital rules that are not also here in physical form that I play / want to play are:
Quadrant 13 – Company level 15mm Sci-Fi rules. Seems like a great game. I’d love to play some day.
Full Thrust: Cross Dimensions – Super fun space fleet combat game. I’ve got two full fleets of minis painted up for this game. Quick, deadly, tactical space combat. Free rules, too.
In this post, I paint a Warhammer bowman. I’m using these guys to play SAGA, though they may be, historically, a little later. They look good, though, so I’m not really concerned.
I painted 12 of them. I primed them “Leather Brown” with spray primer from The Army Painter. This way I could skip the fiddly leather strap, etc.
I consider myself an average painter. I’m not going to win any awards. However, I think my troops look good on the table, and that’s the point, isn’t it?
These first 3 pics are after a base coat only. The face, however, has a base coat and a highlight coat. He’s blue tacked to a craft stick (with 2 of his brothers) because I do basing after they are painted.
These next 3 are after I painted the highlights:
And these final 3 pics are after a wash with The Army Painter Srong Tone:
Had two fun games of SAGA today against my buddy Yu over at At Ease Games. He played the Jomsvikings and I played the Anglo-Danes. We played 4 points each, as that’s all we each had painted. The Jomsviking force was all hearthguard (two points with Dane axes), while the Anglo-Danes were two points of hearthguard (1 point with Dane axes) and two points of warriors.
First we played the Clash Of Warlords scenario:
Anglo-Danes with their backs to the camera. The Anglo-Dane warlord advanced with a unit of hearthguard at his side. The Jomsvikings attacked, killed all the hearthguard, then attacked again, and killed the warlord.
Next we played the Battle at the Ford scenario:
The Jomsvikings came pouring over the bridge, to be met by Anglo-Dane hearthguard and warriors. The Jomsvikings put up a good fight, be eventually their warlord was caught exposed and died.
SAGA is a fun game and I can’t wait to get my levy painted so I can try out missile attacks.
Earlier today I made a post about my SAGA warband. I stated that I thought the Wargames Factory saxons were disappointing as archers (also that the basic pose was the same as my hearthguard and warriors, and I wanted some variety)
EDIT: I did try to get the Gripping Beast saxon bowmen, but they seem to be sold out in the USA.
I bought some Warhammer Bretonnia Peasant Bowmen to use instead. The Wargames Factory plastics are $15.99 for 32 soldiers. That’s 50 cents each. However, they take about an hour to assemble 4 minis. Body, both arms, head and weapon are all separate. The Warhammer kit was $35 (cheaper on Amazon) for 16 minis, plus a bunch of extras – wood stake and chain defensive emplacement, bases, dog, a really nice flag, a beer keg, various decals, etc.
That still comes out to $2+ per mini. However, most of them are body + head, so WAY less assembly. Also, the quality is just so much better.
Here’s a comparison pic. The glue is still wet on the Warhammer minis. Wargames Factory in the middle.