Saga Ready Vikings

The warlord and his men

Saga louts ready for action

Having decided on the Saga rules and Gripping Beast plastic figures for tabletop Dark Ages fun the first force is complete!

My Viking horde is flexible for 4 and 6 point games. The compulsory warlord, six groups of hirdmen and two groups of warriors

The warlord and his hearthguard

The warlord and his hearthguard

Painting notes

For anyone interested in my painting approach I kept it simple. An undercoat of Humbrol Matt brown 98 To provide shadow and good surface for paint to key onto. Vallejo extra opaque and Citadel base colours are used to give a one coat finish. This meant colours had to reasonably work with the brown undercoat providing shading.

Metal was Citadel metallics with a black wash then highlights (chainmail, Nuln oil and Mithril silver respectively).

Finish was Humbrol satin varnish followed by Windsor and Newton Matt acrylic varnish.

Two groups of basic warriors

Two groups of basic warriors

Shields and flags were mainly ready made. I painted the shields on the two warrior units and used transfers from Battle Flag on the rest. Cutting out shield bosses was made easy by buying a 3mm diameter punch. Using the transfers was straightforward but do follow the instructions. Using a transfer softener and sealing with varnish is a must. Having a practice first is a good idea too!

Transfers, instructions and 3mm punch

Transfers, instructions and 3mm punch

Flags are from the figures instruction sheet and the transfer sheet. Cut out and then stuck together with diluted PVA.

Saga ready command with flag

Saga ready command with flag

Vikings join the Tufty Club

Bases are to match my old Standard Games boards. Simply Vallejo texture paint highlighted with various craft shop acrylics. Some Silfl0r tufts added with PVA to finish the bases.

Hirdmen ready for battle

Hirdmen ready for battle

Hedging my bets

In case I decide to use these figures with another rule set I made up some extras. I painted up some individually based command figures as an alternative to the group for Saga. I also made some standard bearers as a bit of extra bunting always can come in handy!

Warlord, entourage and banners on separate bases

Warlord, entourage and banners on separate bases

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About Rick Lawrence

Making models and playing tabletop games since the late 1960s, and still enjoying it! Now working in heritage and dabbing around with photography, with quality cafe time when I can.

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