Category Archives: SAGA

Another Northern Wind: Rohan, Vikings and a very old Citadel miniature

I was struck again more recently with a similar wave of all things ‘Northern’ that struck me when I painted for and penned this earlier post. I can’t fully explain where the notion comes from exactly but on this occasion is was prompted by joining in a new SAGA campaign at the local club.

I didn’t ‘need’ any more troops per sae but is was an excuse to paint up some LotR minis I’d bought off eBay (dirt cheap), a random Wargames Foundry Viking (£1 at Claymore 2016) and a re-paint of one of my oldest miniatures from Citadel.

First up, mounted Theoden from Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings range.

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Mini Update: “Northern” loose ends and a trip down memory lane

Like all in the hobby I remain a Magpie and flit from one project to the next (not necessarily having completed the first!). And some projects will simply know no end – such is my interest in things ‘Northern’. I use the term loosely and apply it such in both historical and fantasy terms. It can include Vikings, Norse Dwarves, Dark Age Saxons or anything with a furry cloak and warm gloves for that matter.

Here are a few ‘larger-scale-than-usual’ little paint jobs I’ve completed. No coherent connection between them except for the ‘Northern’ label described above.

This must be one of my favorite minis at the moment – this is a Rackham Confrontation/Cadwallon “Mercenary Officer” miniature I bought off eBay a while back now painted up. He will probably be a Captain for a Frostgrave warband (if Slaine doesn’t stand in) or a general for my little Saga force (I do not ‘care’ that he is not ‘Frankish’).

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Drawn to the Dark: 15mm Two Dragons and SLM Dark Age

Not sure what it is that keeps drawing me back to painting and buying Dark Age miniatures – I’ve plenty – enough for several armies. But I keep coming back for more…

Amongst a recent Splintered Light Miniatures order were a pack of Late Anglo Saxon characters. Some were ‘Norman’ enough that I assembled them alongside some loose Normans to make a unit (which included some Two Dragons’ Normans). This led to me digging out some further Two Dragons Normans I’d painted years ago but never properly finished off. So now I did.

Roll on the Dark Ages.

15mm Splintered Light Dark Age Saxons

15mm Splintered Light Dark Age Saxons

15mm Two Dragons Dark Age Normans

Carronade stash: Filling up the Warchest

Had a great time this weekend at Carronade – Falkirk’s premier wargames show – and met up with old and new friends and made a few new ones.

I don’t recall ever posting about my ‘purchase’ stash before – it’s not something I feel strongly about – but I do enjoy reading other folks reports. So I thought I’d give it a bash as I picked up quite a mix of things.

First up – New items (i.e. not bargains).

Carronade Wargames show 2016 stash
I clocked the availability of these Time Bandit miniatures a while back. Sculpt-wise they are fantastic. They are a little ‘large’ compared to 28mm dwarves but, well, so what. £17, the second biggest spend of the day.
Carronade Wargames show 2016 stash
I thought I’d try enhancing my bases a little and at the same time pick up some ‘flowers’ for the public park in my little fantasy town.

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Game of Thrones: 15mm Night’s Watch

Okay. okay, not entirely spot on – or close – but I decided to paint up these fine 15mm Dark Age Early Saxon’s from Splintered Light Miniatures in the ‘style’ of the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones.

(Imagination says they are a troop from an earlier – or later – period than depicted in the TV series – so there!)

I also decided to play around with my Silhouette cutter and make a bunch of shields.

15mm Dark Ages Splintered Light Game of Thrones Night's Watch

You can see from this early test run an attempt to produce one of the Night’s Watch shields that carried their oath (far right). Didn’t work.

15mm Dark Ages Splintered Light Game of Thrones Night's Watch
15mm Dark Ages Splintered Light Game of Thrones Night’s Watch

So I thought a simple crow image would be more effective. In the process I opted to do a few ‘alternatives’ that, if not useful for these guys, I could use at a later stage.

15mm Dark Ages Splintered Light Game of Thrones Night's Watch

The planned Photo paper printed shields and auto-cutting of the Silhouette worked out pretty well. One draw back, which was anticipated, was the need to double up the shield thickness by using two shields stuck together. And the need to paint the edges and back.

An unexpected draw back was the effect of white tack on the shield fronts that I used to stick them down while painting the backs. This meant having to paint in the black afterwards again. Bother!

15mm Dark Ages Splintered Light Game of Thrones Night's Watch

That aside, here is the finished unit;

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Out with the Bikini: Splintered Light 15mm Viking Shield Maidens

I’m no prude and will not come down on you like a tonne of bricks if you choose to field regiments of scantily clad Amazonian warriors or seductive demonettes.

However, I do admire those that ‘resist’ the fantastical and impractical when the temptation (and sales?) could sway them otherwise. Such is the case with Splintered Light Miniatures 15mm Viking Shield Maidens. No doubt inspired by a popular TV show of a Viking persuasion I think these ladies would do very well in any Dark Age or Fantasy setting. Kudos to David at SLM. Oh, and nice miniatures to boot. Continue reading Out with the Bikini: Splintered Light 15mm Viking Shield Maidens