Sunday, 11 May 2014


Saga. A nice simple title for this post. I thought I would list up what I have got painted and based (and played with) for Saga. I shocked myself with how much there actually is.

Scot/Irish (and Welsh) Type Figures

Warlord - Foot

8 Hearthguard - Foot/spears
6 Hearthguard - Foot/Daneaxes
2 Curaigh - Foot/Javelins
8 Hearthguard - Mounted(can also be used as Curaigh/Warlord)

32 Warriors - Foot/Spears
8 Wardogs

12 Levy - Foot/Javelins

Viking Type Figures

Warlord - Foot

8 Hearthguard
8 Beserkers
12 Hearthguard (Daneaxe armed)

16 Warriors (spear/javelins as required)

24 Levy (Bows)

Anglo Type Figures

Warlord Daneaxe
Warlord Sword (Hereward the Wake)
Warlord Axe (Aelfred the Great if I remember rightly))
12 Hearthguard Daneaxe
4 Hearthguard Spear

24 Warriors(Plastic GB)

12 Levy Slings(Plastic GB)

Spanish/Breton Type Figures

Warlord Mounted
Warlord Mounted
Warlord Mounted

8 Hearthguard Mounted

24 Warriors Mounted
8 warriors Foot

Byzantine Force

Warlord mounted

8 Hearthguard mounted with Spear
4 Hearthguard mounted with Bow

8 warrior with Spear
8 Warrior with Bow

Swords for Hire

8 Steppe Nomads
12 Angry Monks
8 Flemish Mercenarys (Plastic - Conquest Games with GB big plastic spears)
Bard on foot (Scot/Irish Themed)

Norman/Frank/Crusader Types

Warlord Mounted

8 Hearthguard Mounted (plastic)
8 Hearthguard Foot/Daneaxe (Plastic)

8 Warriors Foot/Crossbows (metal)
8 Warriors Mounted (plastic)
8 Warriors Foot (plastic)

12 Levy with Bow (plastic)

Arabic Figures

Warlord Mounted on Camel
Warlord Mounted on Horse

4 Hearthguard Mounted with Bow
4 Hearthguard Mounted 

24 Warriors

That is it for now, a total of 389 figures so far....

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Saga - Plastic Archers

Time for one of my infrequent posts. I know, but I have so much going on at the moment, the blog takes a bit of a back seat.

In my quest for something cool to paint, I have been converting a few plastic bowmen for use as archers in Norman/Carpetian Frank/Crusader armys for Saga. I really am surprised a company has not cottoned on to the fact that people want archers in plastic yet. there is a serious dearth of these. Still, with a little ingenuity I have created my own.

Parts are Conquest Games plastic Infantry, with a few arms from their mounted sprue, with Games Workshop bows and quivers out of my bits pile.

I took bows from the Militia sprues that GW make for their Empire army (and also released as Mordheim adventurers), and trimmed the hands off. These were then glued in the open right hands from the conquest games mounted sprue, and also the open left hand from the infantry sprue (this one is part of the greataxe pair). Quivers are a mix of types, no idea which range, though possibly undead? I shaved them a bit to remove the usual skulls GW love, and shaped the backs to fit better. Job Done...

I am actually really pleased with how these have turned out, and they have painted up well. I have twelve in total, with 4 painted so far.

Whilst I am posting, I have also been sorting some mounted guys for these too. Here is a couple of pictures.
Note the shields are hand painted, and thy came up rather nicely considering I think.

Let me know what you think, Cheers, John.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saga C&C Spanish

Here I show something I have been working on for the last 10 months. Some Spanish for the forthcoming next release of the Saga expansion Crescent and Cross. Note that although the bases are painted, they are still awaiting grasses. I shall get these at Salute when I have the chance to find appropriate colours "in the flesh" rather than on the internet screen.

Ok on to the pictures - First a group shot, showing the whole warband.

Next we have two shots of the warband leaders.

Here are the hearthguards of the army. There are actually 9 of these, as I made a dedicated banner bearer for use when I require it. The Flag itself is made from a hand painted post-it note and plenty of varnish...

Lastly two of my warrior units, 1 on foot, and 1 of the 3 mounted units (the others are visible in the army shot but the pictures blurred to much to show)

Cheers, John.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Saga Event Terrain

Well I have got enough terrain pieces done for 10 tables for the Saga event I am running.

Looks quite impressive altogether, covering a 4' x 3' cloth.

Proof they say is in the picture. Also note the 10 holy icon pieces are there too, tucked on on edge.

While I was there, I see the figures I have been working on slowly for a while have snuck into shot.

Some Gripping Beast Spanish - So far I have 5 points finished ready for Saga. I like these a lot, and they have turned out rather well I feel.

I also have been working on 2 Mounted Curaigh for my Saga Irish warband. One of the guys has had his paint finished. Sadly the shield does not look in the photograph anything like it looks in real life. It really looks good in the flesh, but looks total pants in the picture, oh well...

Well that has kept me pretty busy for a while. Onto the next 8 more Spanish light horse, and the other Curaigh tomorrow I guess (when his GS hair sets)

Cheers, John. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Saga Event Turn Counter

As some of you may know, I am organizing a Saga tournament on 26th April at Canterbury University.

More details can be found here if you are interested - Click Here

Any way, for this event I have been very busy of late making a lot of terrain bases up for the tables. I have managed to make enough scenery for 10 tables now, plus the extra odds and ends for the specific scenarios which I also created for the event.

Something I did want to do though was create a prize I could give out, and I wanted it to be a little different from the normal stuff that tends to be given at these events. So I have the idea to create something for the player that has killed the most members of his opponents warbands over the day. So I present the most bloodthirsty award -

The figure spins around on a pin to denote the turns of the game. Normal Saga games tend to have a 7 turn maximum hence the specific numerals chosen. Based on a 50mm x 50mm base.

I will try for a better photo when lighting improves, as there is a subtle blood effect on the left hand area that is hard to make out in this one, but overall I am very pleased with how this came out.

Cheers, John.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

AWI - The Battle of Roark Farm

We fought a wonderful game of Muskets and Tomahawks the other day, and I actually got a few good photos of the action to show.

The Americans consisted of -

Regular Officer.
14 Regulars.
14 Regulars.
16 Provincial Militia.
6 Riflemen.

They had the mission Raid, with the side plot Rancour (The Officer was to send one of the units to their death). We decided it would be better if I, as the British player, did not know which unit The Americans had selected to be destroyed.

The British Consisted of -

Regular Officer with the Authoritarian Trait.
12 Regulars.
Ranger Officer with rifle.
6 Rangers with rifles.
10 Light Infantry.
8 Light infantry.

They had the Defence mission and A Hateful heart side plot.

We decided that the game would be the Americans trying to burn down a farm (most likely the actual home of the British Regular Officer too) that the British were about to occupy as it sat on high ground and would provide an excellent vantage point over the surrounding area.

The British had two units on the board, accompanied by their officers, The Regulars and the Rangers. I elected to deploy the Regulars as if they had just marched up the road into the main farm building area they were about to occupy, the rangers had pushed through towards the big farmhouse, obviously scouting slightly further ahead.

Suddenly the area ahead was full of American troops...The first card drawn in the activation sequence was the American forward boys card. So with a shout the game started with the American Officer ordering his men forward...Very apt.

The Americans head to the buildings

The Rangers march up to the farm house

The British regulars stroll up the road to the farm.

Ready for the off.

Rangers hunker behind a wall and engage
the enemy formations

The Regulars face off.

The start of the second round.

The face off continues

The rangers are looking to be outnumbered

The British try a different approach, but are shot
 down due to a bad leadership decision.

Fortunately the Lights appear to reinforce the flank,
gunning down the riflemen. 
The first building starts to catch light though.

The other Light section arrived and reinforced the crumbled left flank. 

The Ranger Captain plinks the odd shot off annoying the regulars in the center still.
See his smoke by the Farmhouse.

The barn burns.  The regulars turn their attentions to the Lights.

Who flee into the cover of the woods

The Lights in the centre keep the Militia pinned down in the middle of the board.

It was at this point an event happened. It caused the turn to end. At this point the British rolled a double 1 and the game officially finished. 

It was a Minor Victory for the British, but at a great cost in manpower.

They had kept the majority of the farm safe ready for their main forces to use it as a camp and observation point of the surrounding area.

Interestingly, the American Officer had decided that the Provincial Militia were fated to die in this game. Clearly not a fan of their particular state. Sadly the British had failed to help the American out here, killing about two of the fellows only.

We played an extra round after this, just to see if the event had changed anything in particular, It had not. the result was the same, albeit with a few more casualtys on the British forces. The Militia just failing to totally get the farm house on fire, though it was very scorched. (they needed one more action to set it ablaze....)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Dark age figure scale picture in 28mm

Here is a picture of some of the different figure sizes available for the dark age lines now. Maybe someone will find it useful -

Manufacturers are from left to right -

Gripping beast plastic on a GW base (to allow compare to the Bretonian on same base size)

Games Workshop plastic Bretonian (old one piece pose) on GW base.

Gripping Beast Plastic on Renedra base

Gripping Beast metal on Renedra base

Conquest games plastic on Renedra base

Westwind metal on Renedra base (with GB head grafted on)

Crusader metal on Renedra base

Artizan metal on Renedra base

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Activity unabated

Well the cold front is just hanging back making the garage still bearable at the moment down here in Kent.

Still getting Saga games in with my friend David on Monday nights, so the die are still a rolling, which is great. Very good warm up for the Wyvern Wargames Saga tournament we are going up to at the end of February too. Had a great time there last year, so am looking forward to this a lot. We also get to make a pit stop at Gripping Beast HQ, so I expect an empty wallet may be heading my way .... and if I don't clear it there, I have a trip to the Cavalier show  on the Sunday to totally finish me off. A whole weekend of gaming goodness, lord knows how I snuck that past the wife.

In other news I also announce a day of Saga Goodness myself and my good friends of the Friday Night Fire Fight Club are putting on in Canterbury on Saturday the 26th of April 2014.

More details of this can be found here -

With this in mind I have been beavering away making some rocky ground markers for the terrain on the day.

Simple idea - a flat marker board or cloth goes down with moveable rock pieces to show what it is.

Easy in use and to build - here is what I have so far - also on show are two of the markers for one of the missions (Holy Icon) I am making too.

A good start, few more bits required though.

While I am at it, here is a shot of the rest of the painting bench. An army slowly being worked up there for Saga (if you ignore the Vikings lurking in the middle, and the 8 scot levy javelin men, and the 4 conquest platic flems I am making). Guess what it is....

Finally, a picture of two old plastic GW Bretonian bowmen. I said I would show someone on a forum how I painted mine, to make them more generic looking for many games, so here they are. Very nice figures for silly cheap costs these, hard to not recommend them really.

 Cheers, John.

Sunday, 26 January 2014


Well it has been a while since I posted on the blog here.

What have I been up too? Mostly playing Saga, and Dark Heresy roleplaying, with a little 7th Sea CCG on the side.

A fair bit of Saga is under the belt, including some very interesting test games of some of the next release, but mostly getting ready for the Wyvern Games Saga tournament in February. Still trying to decide on which army to use, Franks are highly tempting at the moment, but then so are many others....Hopefully this coming monday will see me enlightened some more. Can not believe I have been playing this game for 2 years now, and am still enjoying it as much as when I first started.

I also got to watch a game of DBMM over christmas, which was quite interesting. Certainly a Cerebral game though, with lots of thought required to play it. (something I may just have to look at more, as I do like that sort of thing)

Painting wise, I am working on a few things, mostly Saga. I was kindly given some old Arab figures, (1980's figures I believe) so am working up Saga forces from them (this is for one of the forces for the next Saga release, old news I am sure as I was helping on the demo of it at Salute last year with one of the early versions of an Arab faction board).

I am also near completion on my Urban War Viridian force, with just  couple of figures to go. I got very lucky at a show with this and picked up a sauran rider very cheaply that I am working on atm, and a couple of final pieces I found at a reasonable price on Ebay, which when done will round it out nicely.

I will be going along to the Cavalier show in February by the way, so if anyone reads this and fancies meeting up for a hello, let me know.

For now, Cheers, and thanks for reading.