Saga


Saga Reading

I'm reading this at the moment, as a bit of background for my Saga revival project, which is scheduled for the new year. I live in Winchester so the subject of this book is very close to home. It's written in a slightly unusual style but it is still readable and has some very interesting angles on the period which I hadn't been aware of before. 

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SAGA Age of Vikings

I now have the second edition Saga rules, which I bought new and the Age of Vikings supplement, which I bought second hand but 'as new' for twenty quid, which is a bargain. I'll do some reading around the rules when the the Age of Vikings book arrives later this week, as I've also unearthed a load of Gripping Beast mid-Saxon metal figures that I'd forgotten about, so could do a West Saxon ninth century warband instead of the Welsh. In the meantime, I have some other plans designed to get me up to speed with 28mm figure painting, as I definitely need a refresher course! (more about that later today).

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SAGA Basing

25mm Norman, 25mm Welsh, 1p WelshI've been thinking of using 1p coins as bases for my new SAGA Welsh warband for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I like the idea of using magnetic basing for storage, so 1p coins would make this easy, with one of those RUB inserts from Charlie Foxtrot taking 104 figures. As all of the units would be foot, apart from the warband leader, this would be ideal. Secondly, the Gripping Beast figures have a smaller footprint on average than the Crusader Miniatures figures I've based in the past, so they actually fit on a 1p coin. However, my old Norman warband is based on 25mm mdf circular bases and these do look good when textured and decorated. If I end up keeping the Normans I could also use them against the Welsh, assuming I finished off the last two units of spearmen and archers. Perhaps 25mm bases would be the better option after all?

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Change of Plan - SAGA West Welsh

I have had a change of focus for my Autumn project, following a very interesting chat with some of the SAGA enthusiasts at the club last night. It seems that the Second Edition of SAGA is well worth a try, so I've decided to dig out my dusty Gripping Beast 4 point Welsh starter army, although it's got some extra bits to make it up to a 6 point warband, so that I can paint it up for a game or two.https://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2016/01/saga-west-welsh.htmlI don't have the rules or the supplement yet but, as it's not exactly cheap, I'll fund the project by selling off my old Norman 4 point force on eBay, which seems like a good way to kick start the project and clear the decks a bit. The Lion Rampant project will be put back on the shelf in the meantime but will no doubt resurface at some point in the future.

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Autumn Project - SAGA Welsh

I have had some inspiration for an Autumn project, following a very interesting chat with some of the SAGA enthusiasts at the club last night. It seems that the Second Edition of SAGA is well worth a try, so I've decided to dig out my dusty Gripping Beast 4 point Welsh starter army, although it's got some extra bits to make it up to a 6 point warband, so that I can paint it up for a game or two.https://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2016/01/saga-west-welsh.htmlI don't have the rules or the supplement yet but, as it's not exactly cheap, I'll fund the project by selling off my old Norman 4 point force on eBay, which seems like a good way to kick start the project and clear the decks a bit. The Sandbox Skirmish project will be put back on the shelf in the meantime but will no doubt resurface at some point in the future.

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Ongoing SAGA

I made a rare if fleeting visit to the local club this evening, unfortunately not to play a game but to drop of number one son so he could play 40K. I did get a chance to have a chat with the regulars, however, which was really good and about time, as I've been away for far too long. It was also a good opportunity to find out a bit more about the new edition of SAGA, which is a definite improvement on the old version according to the usual suspects. I have a Norman army for SAGA but haven't used it for more than a couple of games way back in the distant past, primarily due to the fact that I was disappointed by the paintwork I inflicted on the figures, which are all lovely Crusader Miniatures and otherwise undeserving of my sloppy brushwork. In fact, only today I was thinking of sending them off to eBay to raise some cash for other projects. I may well do this but instead to fund a second edition of the rules and the (very expensive!) Age of Vikings supplement.This would mean a new army would be needed,

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[EN/PL] Northern Crusades. Latrunculi / Struters (knights - brigands). Teutonic Order #4 / Krucjaty Północne. Struterowie (rycerze rozbójnicy) Krzyżacy #4 (Fireforge Games)

Welcome!I invite you to the second post (and the fourth about the Teutonic Knights) about knights-robbers serving the Teutonic Order.For this project I used models from the from Fireforge Games:Foot SergeantsAs I mentioned in a previous post about this formation - Struters / Latrunculi were in the thirteenth century at the service of the Teutonic Order during the Northern Crusades and the wars of the Teutonic Knights with Prussia and Lithuanians.       White coats were only allowed to be worn by brothers-knights and chaplains (including priests and clerics). The servants' brothers had to be satisfied with gray cloaks and shields (with a specific cross).As my robbers, of which more below, are not servant brothers, but more mercenaries in the service of the Order, their dress is not orthodox, and only shields show who they are fighting for.       When in 1260 the Prussian tribes rebelled against the Order's authorities, the Struters had their hands full. The Prussian

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Another Perry Brothers battle. Battle outside Damascus, 1148

It is time for some Perry eye candy as I call it.  The Brothers know how to put on a battle..The protagonists-from the left; Peter, Florian, Alan, Margret and MichaelGeneral advance for the crusadersThe first muslim movePeter's French make a right turn to protect the flankOne of Margret's columns of horse archers lead by ghulamsFlorian's HospitiallersMargret's garrison pours out of the city gateKonrad's's advanceThe German knights thunder into Alan's ghulams but bounce off...The fanatics are unleashed on a unit of Baldwin's spearsPeter's knights pursue a unit of Margret's ghulams and are in turn attacked in the rear by her horse archersThe same close fighting up the east-west roadThe Hospitallers wreaking revenge for the German knights.Konrad, in the centre, lucky to survive a combat where his dismounted knights were slaughteredThe napfa unit on the roof survived the battle with only one casualtyA unit of Damascus militia stoically take heavy casualtiesPeter's blocking forceMu'in al-Din Abu Mansur Anur c

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[EN/PL] Northern Crusades. Prussia and Lithuania. Teutonic Order #3 / Krucjaty Północne. Prusy i Litwa. Krzyżacy #3 (V&V Miniatures Crusader box)

Good morning!On August 15, we celebrate in Poland the festival of the Rapture of the Saint Virgin Mary (Assumptio Beatissimae Mariae Virginis in caelum), so another two knights of The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem (commonly known as the Teutonic Knights) from V&V Miniatures  from "Crusaders"box today.       Models, as I have mentioned many times, are made of resin and look perfectly.Beautiful quality and a multitude of details only emphasize the values of figurines.If you don't know V&V Miniatures yet, check:https://vminiatures.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/vminiatures/Previous entries:I. Northern Crusades. Historical background. Teutonic Order #1II. Northern Crusades. Konrad, the Devil and the Latrunculi / Struters (knights - brigands). Teutonic Order #2 Northern / Baltic crusades.Konrad Mazowiecki's campaigns.Konrad I Mazowiecki, the Polish prince of Mazovia, tried without success to conquer pagan Prussians du

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[EN/PL] Northern Crusades. Konrad, the Devil and the Latrunculi / Struters (knights - brigands). Teutonic Order #2 / Krucjaty Północne. Konrad Diabeł i Struterowie (rycerze rozbójnicy) Krzyżacy #2 (Fireforge Games)

Hello everyone!I use the last days of vacation and invite you to the last entry in July. I decided to follow the blow and publish one more entry in the Teutonic climates. On this occasion, I painted the first three knights-robbers (Struters / Latrunculi), who were in the thirteenth century on the services of the Teutonic Order in the times of the Northern Crusades and the wars of the Teutonic Knights with Prussians and Lithuanians.For this project I used models from two sets from Fireforge Games:Scandinavian InfantryFoot SergeantsWhite coats were only allowed to be worn by brothers-knights and chaplains (including priests and clerics). The servants' brothers had to be satisfied with gray cloaks and shields (with a specific cross).As my robbers, of which more below, are not servant brothers, but more mercenaries in the service of the Order, their dress is not orthodox, and only shields show who they are fighting for.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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[EN/PL] North Crusades. Historical background. Teutonic Order #1 / Krucjaty Północne. Tło historyczne. Krzyżacy #1 (V&V Miniatures Crusader box)

Hello my friends!I finished a short holiday with my family and I invite you to a new entry.I took another set from V&V Miniatures for the workshop. This time "Crusaders"box, which knights I decided to paint in the colors of the Teutonic Order and its allies in the theater of action which were the North / Baltic crusades.       Models, as I have mentioned many times, are made of resin and look perfectly.Beautiful quality and a multitude of details only emphasize the values of figurines.If you dont know V&V Miniatures yet, check:https://vminiatures.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/vminiatures/North / Baltic Crisis. Historical background.The official beginning of the northern crusades was the call of Pope Celestine III from 1194. Actions to subjugate the non-Christian neighbors of the Kingdom of Scandinavia and the Holy Roman Empire were also undertaken in the earlier period with varying results.       These undertakings were largely ideologi

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[EN/PL] Northern Crusades. Historical background. Teutonic Order #1 / Krucjaty Północne. Tło historyczne. Krzyżacy #1 (V&V Miniatures Crusader box)

Hello my friends!I finished a short holiday with my family and I invite you to a new entry.I took another set from V&V Miniatures for the workshop. This time "Crusaders"box, which knights I decided to paint in the colors of the Teutonic Order and its allies in the theater of action which were the North / Baltic crusades.       Models, as I have mentioned many times, are made of resin and look perfectly.Beautiful quality and a multitude of details only emphasize the values of figurines.If you dont know V&V Miniatures yet, check:https://vminiatures.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/vminiatures/North / Baltic Crisis. Historical background.The official beginning of the northern crusades was the call of Pope Celestine III from 1194. Actions to subjugate the non-Christian neighbors of the Kingdom of Scandinavia and the Holy Roman Empire were also undertaken in the earlier period with varying results.       These undertakings were largely ideologi

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