Posts Tagged ‘Saga’

Medieval Mayhem Friar Tuck for blood eagle skirimish

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Friar Tuck for Blood eagle.   The figure is made by Studio figures.  The pack contains Friar Tuck and Robin hood.   Also in the line is complete cast of figures for a Robin hood adventure.The figures can be found here. Medival Mayhe…

Archers for Lion Rampant. Repainting old Bretonnia archers

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A while back Saxon Dog posted pictures of repainted 40WHF  bretonnia archers.   David did an amazing job with these figures.  Than it hit me…   Some where in the room of doom I had a small band of archers I had painted.   Aft…

Saga – the return…

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Having not played Saga in just over 2 years I wheeled out the Vikings (in a no Cross & Crescent allowed) event in Reading today – and demonstrated how important it is to practice, finishing with nul points out of 3 games.Admittedly there were …

Saga – the return…

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Having not played Saga in just over 2 years I wheeled out the Vikings (in a no Cross & Crescent allowed) event in Reading today – and demonstrated how important it is to practice, finishing with nul points out of 3 games.Admittedly there were …

Cattle Raid!

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s only been a few weeks since an exorbitant ransom was grudgingly paid by the Scots to the Anglo-Danish for the release of their captured warlord, Fearghas MacCoinnich. As he rode back through his lands he could barely endure the silent censure of h…

Cattle Raid!

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s only been a few weeks since an exorbitant ransom was grudgingly paid by the Scots to the Anglo-Danish for the release of their captured warlord, Fearghas MacCoinnich. As he rode back through his lands he could barely endure the silent censure of h…

Back to the Brushes 129

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Some work in progress pics of Gripping Beast Bondi for SAGA or sabot based for Basic ImpetusProgressively more complete from the left as viewed to the right.More to follow shortly.Cheers for now

Back to the Brushes 129

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Some work in progress pics of Gripping Beast Bondi for SAGA or sabot based for Basic ImpetusProgressively more complete from the left as viewed to the right.More to follow shortly.Cheers for now

A Return to the Crusades

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Over the last couple of weeks the Shed has taken on a distinctive Middle Eastern flavour, providing an opportunity to set up my desert boards and wheel out the Crusader and Saracen armies I painted the best part of two years ago.

The photos in this post come from some of the recent games

I think all Wargamers go through phases in their developments of new genres and I am no exception. I originally set out to create the two Crusading factions with a view of playing a multitude of games including Lion rampant, Crescent and Cross and Hail Caesar. In fact these forces have only ever visited the table about three times in their life and in every case we have used the Lion Rampant ruleset. I have decided that whilst I am painting up my Napoleonic’s we will give these boys a bit more airtime.

So two weeks ago Mark and I convened to play for the first time Crescent & Cross – these are the Crusading rules based on the successful Saga series brought to the wargames fraternity by Studio Tomahawk. Indeed I think I bought this ruleset over two years ago and having had a cursory glance through the beautiful rulebook we’d never actually played.

The rules are effectively the same as Saga in terms of combat, movement and force design. Of course what makes the Saga rules so very different are the use of custom dice and the battle boards. The two factions are represented by three forces on each side. The layout of the boards are somewhat different to the original saga boards but the mechanics are very similar. I don’t intend to put together a full review of these but rather how we coped with the introduction of the new forces.

In our first game Mark took on the Crusading force (chock full of charging knight abilities and governed by the key attributes of chivalry) whilst I took on the unpronounceable M…. faction (best described as suicidal fanatics). It became apparent in our first game that our force choice and composition did not best match the abilities of the board. For example I would have been much better off have smaller units to throw themselves against their Christian foes.

Suffice to say that the Infidel got crushed in the first game whereas the second game (Crusaders versus Saracens) appeared to be much more balanced. In the end the Crusaders won a second time round (a large part down to Mark learning the capabilities of his board).

I think it’s fair to say that saga is a firm favourite in the Shed especially when there is only two of us – this is in part down to the fact we have played sufficient times to understand the intricacies of the original boards. It’s going to take time to get used to the C&C boards but we will persevere.

Our second Crusades game was played on Monday night – this time it was a much bigger affair using Lion Rampant rules with circa 70 points aside. I have already mentioned in previous posts that we have chosen to drop the rule that a failed activation causes the whole army to miss out on orders. Each unit still has to roll for activation (attack, move, shoot) but the game now moves much quicker and a sixty point plus game can easily be fought in a couple of hours with two aside.

Alastair bought along his son on Monday so it seemed only right that as a family they should take on myself and Mark. This father/son combo played the Crusaders – they had over 18 units on the table – predominantly Knights, men at arms and armoured spears. Their forces were augmented with a sprinkling of crossbows, archers and bidowers.

By contrast the Saracens had 27 units on the table with the majority being lightly armed and far more missile troops – this was telling.

A combination of numerous missile troops, some great attack rolls and some really poor ( and I mean poor) morale checks on the Crusading side gave the Saracens a crushing victory. The Crusaders lost or had routed over 70% of the forces for possibly less than 20% of the Saracen force. 

If anything volumes of missile armed troops (couple with skirmishing ability) continuously saps the Crusader strength and once courage/morale throws go awry there is little they can do to force a fight on their more lightly armed opponents. I am still in two minds as to whether these rules are biased in favour of archery but in our particular game they did force a decisive decision. I now know that the Crusaders themselves knew they had a deficit in this area of force composition and employed their own mounted skirmishers so maybe next time we will give them some of these versatile troops.   

A Return to the Crusades

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Over the last couple of weeks the Shed has taken on a distinctive Middle Eastern flavour, providing an opportunity to set up my desert boards and wheel out the Crusader and Saracen armies I painted the best part of two years ago.

The photos in this post come from some of the recent games

I think all Wargamers go through phases in their developments of new genres and I am no exception. I originally set out to create the two Crusading factions with a view of playing a multitude of games including Lion rampant, Crescent and Cross and Hail Caesar. In fact these forces have only ever visited the table about three times in their life and in every case we have used the Lion Rampant ruleset. I have decided that whilst I am painting up my Napoleonic’s we will give these boys a bit more airtime.

So two weeks ago Mark and I convened to play for the first time Crescent & Cross – these are the Crusading rules based on the successful Saga series brought to the wargames fraternity by Studio Tomahawk. Indeed I think I bought this ruleset over two years ago and having had a cursory glance through the beautiful rulebook we’d never actually played.

The rules are effectively the same as Saga in terms of combat, movement and force design. Of course what makes the Saga rules so very different are the use of custom dice and the battle boards. The two factions are represented by three forces on each side. The layout of the boards are somewhat different to the original saga boards but the mechanics are very similar. I don’t intend to put together a full review of these but rather how we coped with the introduction of the new forces.

In our first game Mark took on the Crusading force (chock full of charging knight abilities and governed by the key attributes of chivalry) whilst I took on the unpronounceable M…. faction (best described as suicidal fanatics). It became apparent in our first game that our force choice and composition did not best match the abilities of the board. For example I would have been much better off have smaller units to throw themselves against their Christian foes.

Suffice to say that the Infidel got crushed in the first game whereas the second game (Crusaders versus Saracens) appeared to be much more balanced. In the end the Crusaders won a second time round (a large part down to Mark learning the capabilities of his board).

I think it’s fair to say that saga is a firm favourite in the Shed especially when there is only two of us – this is in part down to the fact we have played sufficient times to understand the intricacies of the original boards. It’s going to take time to get used to the C&C boards but we will persevere.

Our second Crusades game was played on Monday night – this time it was a much bigger affair using Lion Rampant rules with circa 70 points aside. I have already mentioned in previous posts that we have chosen to drop the rule that a failed activation causes the whole army to miss out on orders. Each unit still has to roll for activation (attack, move, shoot) but the game now moves much quicker and a sixty point plus game can easily be fought in a couple of hours with two aside.

Alastair bought along his son on Monday so it seemed only right that as a family they should take on myself and Mark. This father/son combo played the Crusaders – they had over 18 units on the table – predominantly Knights, men at arms and armoured spears. Their forces were augmented with a sprinkling of crossbows, archers and bidowers.

By contrast the Saracens had 27 units on the table with the majority being lightly armed and far more missile troops – this was telling.

A combination of numerous missile troops, some great attack rolls and some really poor ( and I mean poor) morale checks on the Crusading side gave the Saracens a crushing victory. The Crusaders lost or had routed over 70% of the forces for possibly less than 20% of the Saracen force. 

If anything volumes of missile armed troops (couple with skirmishing ability) continuously saps the Crusader strength and once courage/morale throws go awry there is little they can do to force a fight on their more lightly armed opponents. I am still in two minds as to whether these rules are biased in favour of archery but in our particular game they did force a decisive decision. I now know that the Crusaders themselves knew they had a deficit in this area of force composition and employed their own mounted skirmishers so maybe next time we will give them some of these versatile troops.   

Cantabrum Indoctum Iuga Ferre Nostra

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

“Cantabrum indoctum iuga ferre nostra – Cantabria, that won’t bear our  yoke”, Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Continuing the ancient SAGA projects, more cavalry arrived for the Iberians. I had a bit of trouble continuing this part of the SAGA warbands, as Victrix is a bit of a problem to get your hands on. Some sets, like […]

Haul Report 86

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome all to another weekly oversight of stuff I obtained, and this week it’s a big one, but not really an expensive one.Because fleamarket season is in full swing, and some other bargains where found along the road as well…It started last saturday…

Haul Report 86

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome all to another weekly oversight of stuff I obtained, and this week it’s a big one, but not really an expensive one.Because fleamarket season is in full swing, and some other bargains where found along the road as well…It started last saturday…

That is sooo Last Year (Part 2)

Posted on June 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Continuing from Part 1: In September is was time for the third SAGA Storm event.  (Previous 2015 and 2014 coverage HERE and HERE.)  Same location and arrangements as last time, but this time we were split into four teams with the final outc…

That is sooo Last Year (Part 2)

Posted on June 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Continuing from Part 1: In September is was time for the third SAGA Storm event.  (Previous 2015 and 2014 coverage HERE and HERE.)  Same location and arrangements as last time, but this time we were split into four teams with the final outc…

Thegyn Sword

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is from the Thegns of Mercia facebook page.  The page is just full of great information. Now I know what color to paint  my swords hilts for my Anglo Saxons.
Presenting “Unsār” – a sword recreation with a difference. Incorporating a faithful reproduction of the mysterious stray 5th century Kragehul-type pommel from Compton-Verney, Warwickshire by our friend Andrew Mason, a simple hilt by member Æd Thompson and sheath based on various early Anglo-Saxon finds.
The pommel (https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/526418) is characteristically ‘Germanic’ yet astoundingly early in style – supposedly pre-dating the arrival of Anglo-Saxon settlers in this region. Its tempting to imagine how it ended up deep in the Midlands, of all places, alongside the Fosse Way.
What makes this sword recreation so different, though? Keep an eye out for the next post to find out!

Thegyn Sword

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is from the Thegns of Mercia facebook page.  The page is just full of great information. Now I know what color to paint  my swords hilts for my Anglo Saxons.
Presenting “Unsār” – a sword recreation with a difference. Incorporating a faithful reproduction of the mysterious stray 5th century Kragehul-type pommel from Compton-Verney, Warwickshire by our friend Andrew Mason, a simple hilt by member Æd Thompson and sheath based on various early Anglo-Saxon finds.
The pommel (https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/526418) is characteristically ‘Germanic’ yet astoundingly early in style – supposedly pre-dating the arrival of Anglo-Saxon settlers in this region. Its tempting to imagine how it ended up deep in the Midlands, of all places, alongside the Fosse Way.
What makes this sword recreation so different, though? Keep an eye out for the next post to find out!

That is sooo Last Year (Part 1)

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Sometimes before you can go forward, you got to go back.I’ve been able to hobby on a more regular basis lately, so the next step is to get the old blog going again.  I’ve always enjoyed my time blogging and making the rounds in the gaming blogosph…

That is sooo Last Year (Part 1)

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Sometimes before you can go forward, you got to go back.I’ve been able to hobby on a more regular basis lately, so the next step is to get the old blog going again.  I’ve always enjoyed my time blogging and making the rounds in the gaming blogosph…

Late Romans for Saga

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Nothing like great pictures to help you paint your miniatures.   I need to finish up my Footsore Roman British.   Trying to find out what color to paint my scale armor troops.  Bronze or iron anyone has a suggestion?

Late Romans for Saga

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Nothing like great pictures to help you paint your miniatures.   I need to finish up my Footsore Roman British.   Trying to find out what color to paint my scale armor troops.  Bronze or iron anyone has a suggestion?

Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham Warbands for Blood Eagle.

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is great addition for Blood Eagle.   Everyone love Robin Hood growing up.  I seen all of them from Errol Flynn to the latest.   Looks like I can use my WHF figures for this adventure. I would like to buy more of the metal figures bu…

Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham Warbands for Blood Eagle.

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is great addition for Blood Eagle.   Everyone love Robin Hood growing up.  I seen all of them from Errol Flynn to the latest.   Looks like I can use my WHF figures for this adventure. I would like to buy more of the metal figures bu…

What I painted in May 2017

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The first full month back in the painting hobby, and it was quite a decent production, in general thanks to a couple of long weekends and a heat wave from which I hid inside.And all that resulted in no less then 65 miniatures getting painted.Now, for t…

Saga Iron Man tournament at Battlefield Hobbies

Posted on May 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

    After I first heard about the format of the Saga Iron Man tournament, I was determined to enter the next one that was relatively local to me – so I was very happy when Battlefield Hobbies (almost my FLGS) announced a tournament. If you are not aware, a Saga Iron Man tournament is slightly different to the usual UK Saga tournaments. Rather than turning up with your ready prepared army, you actually turn up with very little. Instead, you play a number of games with armies that are given to you. It’s very much a case of learning how your warband works ‘on the fly’. The even I attended ended up being slightly reduced in size due to a couple of last minute drop-outs, which left 6 of us to battle it out to see who was the ‘Saga Iron Man’. The format is as follows: Each Warband is made up of 1 Warlord, 2 Hearthguard Units, 3 Warrior Units and 1 Levy Unit. Games last for 6 turns. The idea of the game is to kill as many of your opponents warband as you can – the game does not finish if you kill your opponent’s Warlord. […]