(The) Saga continues…

Hi All,

Hobby-life is very busy at the moment. A big event casts its shadow ahead, and while I can’t say too much now (it is meant to be a surprise for the participians), I can say it will be Roman, it will happen on May 1st, and it will be huge. Detailled story telling will follow after the event, for now I’m speed-painting and basing Romans, Romans and again Romans. Since these units are painted for mass-effect, I won’t take pictures of them – that’s why this blog seems to be hibernating momentarily.

But what I can show you is the first part of my Viking army for SAGA. It consists of three points so far – one unit of elite warriors (Hirdmen) and two units of rank and file Vikings (Bondi). Here is the first unit of Bondi, it consists of some Gripping Beast figures and some very old figures which I believe are from Citadel:

 

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast and old Citadel)

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast and old Citadel)

 

And here ist the second unit of Bondi – with one exception in the rear rank all are Gripping Beast figures:

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Vikings (figures from Gripping Beast)

 

Finally the Hirdmen:

SAGA Viking Hirdmen (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Viking Hirdmen (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Viking Hirdmen (figures from Gripping Beast)

SAGA Viking Hirdmen (figures from Gripping Beast)

 

The rest of the army will consist of two more units of Hirdmen (one of them Berserkers – who would ant to play Vikings without them?), a bunch of levy archers and finally the Warlord himself.

Very best regards and have a nice Sunday!

 

SAGA Anglo-Danish Warband

 

Hi everyone, it has been quiet for some time. At least on the blog, but not at home – my wonderful little doughter not only transforms the night into day, but also keeps me from painting and posting. But there is the strange thing – as soon as she smiles at me, everything seems more than worthwhile. It seems nature knows what she’s doing afterall…

Well, anyhow I have now finished a 6 point Anglo-Danish warband for SAGA. This wasn’t much of a challange, since I already had most figures, but they were based for DBx (or not based at all) and so they had to be rebeased and polished up a little bit. The same goes for a warband of Normans, Vikings and Welsh which probably will be seen here in the not so distant future.

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

First unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of bow-armed levy (slings added for variety - Wargames Foundry figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of hearthguards, armed with Dane-axes (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of hearthguard (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

third unit of hearthguard, and the warlord himself (GB figures)

 

As the year is rapidly approaching its collision with 2012, it is a good time to contemplate the ups and downs of the hobby this year. It seems it was a rather good year – apart from the obvious progress I have made in many projects, I have sold tons of unused lead, using the revenue to finance several professional painting services in order to complete even more projects. I have finished my long planed custom made gaming table and also have made quite a few gaming mats for it. So yes, it was a very good year. Alas I certainly have not gamed as often as I would have liked, with many business-trips coming in the way even of our regular club-evenings in Ulm.

As for the projects, the year 2011 saw me entering the Napoleonic period with a vengance. Lightning struck at Salute 2011, where I saw the Perry Napoleonic Russians and I knew I was hooked and my long pledged vow to stay in the Ancient and Medieval era was forfeit.

 

It is all their fault! Perry Napoleonic Russians (photo property of Perry Miniatures)

 

Since it was some time to the Russians release date (and still is), I wanted to start with a French army as an antagonist – and then one of the big things happened that always seems to happen when I plan to think small. A very, very kind person decided to part with his huge Napoleonic collection and sold his French and British troops. after akquiring some of his figures via Ebay, I plunged in and gave him an offer for his complete collection – which he accepted. And then I was swamped with beautiful painted troops which I have akuired for a very fair price. They were all based for another system and organized into much bigger units, so it took some time to convert them into the Lasalle system. I also needed to paint additional command figures and additional soldiers in order to reorganize everything, but now – as you have seen in my last post – the British core army is completed and the French will be theses days (given a few hours of painting time, which I cannot guarantee these days).

I have to say I surprised myself. Normally I’m a well-established wargames-butterfly, hovering from one project to the next – but this time I stayed firm from May until now. Admittedly, I fitted in some Ancients for my DBA tournament in October and I also rebased some figures for SAGA, but apart from that I have stayed focused. It seems this little blog has helped as well. Come to that it is also one of the good things of this hobby-year. It seems my blog has been well accepted with well over 1000 “real” visitors (in delimitation of automatic web-traffic) and even if the commenting function is not used very often I got quite nice feedback from people all over the world, and I’m grateful for that. The blog works for me, it is a nice form of “show and tell” and also a good instrument to stay in contact, so thanks to you all for your visits, interest and kind remarks.

Finally, what do I plan for 2012? Since it possibly is the last year at all (should the Maya calendar be in better shape than my own one) first it seems quite important to take all the disposable holiday early. I mean it would be quite sad if the world would end and ones last thought was “and I have given my employer x days of precious holidays!”. On a more sincere note for me it would be prudent not to plan to much for next year. For several real-life reasons this will not the year of big hobby projects. But I plan to finish some of the longer going projects, adding some selections to my new Lasalle-armies and possibly doing some painting for Skirmish games like SAGA, which I like a lot. There was a lot of basing and rebasing of acquired figures this year, next year I want to re-shift the focus to painting my own figures again.

OK, that’s it then for today. I wish you all a good time and I will tune in again around Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Building Houses

 

The time since the last post has been very busy. Important family events cast their shadows ahead, and so I have decided to limit the number of my ongoing and planed hobby projects – which seemed to be legion. In the process I “downsized” a few armies, that were originially intended for DBMM or FOG projects and shrunk them to DBA (or SAGA) size, selling all of the other figures I don’t need any more (well, you got me there – not all, but many). That way I litterally sold hundreds of figures these last days, and while I still own more figures than I can’t possibly paint before other, more interesting figures are released, I shipped out at least ten kilos of metal. Now I feel relieved and I also feel a renewed sense of focus – which won’t last long. So I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Apart from sorting, bundling, fotographing and packing figures I also build some houses. In the SAGA forum I have discussed the idea of how this great rulesystem can be adapted to the age of crusades (see http://studiotomahawk.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=371), and while I already have a lot of figures for this era (which, as you already have guessed, need to be based) I still need some more scenery. Following to the new sense of focus I decided to use what I have, and so I used some mediteranean houses which I bought at ebay some time ago (first picture, without roof) and built some extensions to them (second and third picture). Here you can see the process:

28mm near east houses

  I did a similar conversion with another house, now I can use the same houses as well for a napoleonic setting in the peninsular war and a crusade scenario. I like the result and did some test-shots to see how it works.

 

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Now I’m going to test the rule modifications I have proposed in the forum. I like SAGA were much – in fact I have played it at our local club at the weekend, and I’m still fascinated how so simple a ruleset can turn out to be so interesting. With the adaption to the crusades as one of my favorite wargame areas I’m sure I’ll like it even better.

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Also on my table is the finished heavy cavalry option for the napoleonic French Lasalle army ready to be based. Well, so much for focus. Flip flap, says the butterfly. Have a nice week.

SAGA

 

So much for continuity. Well, I haven’t abandoned my Lasalle project, and indeed I was even able to squeeze in another great game of 15mm Lasalle with Marios last week at our club. Also the basing of my 28mm army continues. BUT – I just could’nt resist testing the new SAGA rules. And I have to say they are very, very promising.

A SAGA battle ready to commence

A SAGA battle ready to commence

After reading the rules (which are written in an entertaining style quite pleasant to read) I’ve played a little test-game in order to see the game mechanics in action. It worked quite well, gave credible results and overall appeared to be a system that is at the same time easy to learn and still hard to master. And since I like skirmish games so much that I’ve even started to write my own ruleset (which will now disappear in the cupboard – at least for some time) I’m glad that SAGA seems to fit the bill quite well.

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

I have 4 point warbands ready as well for the Vikings as for the Anglo-Danish factions, and I also have enough figures for a Norman warband the same size that only need to be rebased. I’ll do that and try to persuade the members of my club – and maybe I’ll even visit some international tournament events. I always wanted to visit the GB-headquarter, but WAB was never really my system. With SAGA – who knows, maybe I’ll go there for one of the announced gaming weekends.

 

A SAGA battle in progress

A SAGA battle in progress


You’ll probably read some more about this project on this blog. I hope you’ll keep tuned – have a nice week.