Saturday, 15 November 2014

Saxon Warriors for Saga/Valhalla

As I have said in the last post I am on a different painting trip, for me that is, and I have slowly been finishing off my two Saga armies, Saxons and Vikings. You will be seeing more of these over the next few weeks but here is first of them and it is a group of Saxon Warriors.


Now I have tried to be quite historical accurate as I can be, really there is not a lot of information about what these chaps where really clothed like but I have looked into what colours where common and was surprised but just how bright some of the natural dyes were.


These chaps are the from the Saxon Thegns plastic boxset by Gripping Beast and I love them. The multi-part hard plastic means that you can make them individual and the equipment that they come with is quite amazing. Plus the number you get in the boxset is staggering, you get forty four figures in box and all for a the princely price of £22.00, making each figure only 50p each.


The actual sculpts as very good and fit in the rest of there range of metal figures very well and they are easy to assemble and a joy to paint. In fact this boxset is the foundation for my whole Saxon Saga army with all my Leader, Huscarls or Heathguards and Ceorls or Warriors unit coming from this one box and I still enough left over to make a couple more units of warriors.


As I have said before, these are a dream to paint as the level of detail is good, deep and clean, though I have to say like all plastics, there is a bit of flexing when painting, especially the swords and spear, which can be alarming at first, but they are rather strong and robust and I have had no breaking or damages. I have found that having a metal base instead of the plastic one that come with the box, helps to give them weight and an added bonus of if they are knocked off the table or dropped they seem to land standing and thus further protects the figure from getting damaged.


I am also planning on use these chaps for East Street Games, Valhalla, which is a very interesting small level Dark Age Skirmish game and worth checking out, the rules are free to download or only cost five quid for the book. Is has an interesting narrative playing style and is great fun.


Well have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves in whatever you are doing.

Ta

PK

31 comments:

  1. Hola
    Buenas minis y gran trabajo el de los escudos
    un saludo

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  2. Thanks for the link to Valhalla. I've downloaded the rules and will give them a read through.

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    1. They are a neat set of rules, well I like them

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  3. These are very nice, I have painted up some of the plastic Vikings from GB and agree with all you have said

    Ian

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    1. They are very nice figures Ian and a cheap way to get into Saga

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  4. Nice job on the Gripping plastics. They have come out well. As I don't like Saga. Troops that can change what they do between 1 turn and the next is not my bag so I shall have a look at Valhalla with much interest. My thanks sir.

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    1. Valhalla is a great game Clint. its a bit like Saga but the way the fighting and system works is like RPG lite

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  5. They look great, I got a mixed Viking/Saxon lot off ebay half a year ago but only completed half a dozen.

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    1. I know what you mean Andras as it has taken me a year to have enough troops painted for both my Vikings and Anglo Danes

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  6. They look superb Pete, love the splashes of colours that give a sense of individuality to them. I would never have guess they were plastics, really impressive.

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    1. Thanks there Michael and I have found that all my troops have been painted differently

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  7. Lovely work mate! Wow what a bargain for £22!

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    1. Thanks Simon and yes It is a real bargain

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  8. Lovely work, PK! I found hard plastic figures take the cheap acrylic craft paint available in hobby shops here with no trouble at all. It cuts the cost of plastic armies even further. I'll look into these. Whilst I'm not into Saga, I'm horribly tempted by Dux B.

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    1. They are easy to convert too and thanks for the tip about the cheap acrylic paint

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    1. I am glad that you like them Axebreaker

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  10. Really great work on those figure!
    As for the quality of the Gripping Beast plastics I completely agree with you. They are excellently scultped and a joy to paint. Unfortunately some of their metals are a bit too old fashioned in their look...

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. I have to agree with you about some of there metals but on the whole there are good. But these I do love

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  11. Great colours on these miniatures as well as some simple yet realistic weather effects on the shields. You have to hand it to the warriors of old, when they went to war dressed in colourful attire.

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    1. Ta there FourEyedMonster the shield patterns are transfers from LittleBigMen and there are very nice transfers.

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