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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Viking Warlord Egil Skallagrimsson

By any measure, Egil Skallagrimsson was a badass.  Really, I hear you ask, how bad was he?  According to Egil's Saga, Egil was playing with a some of other kids when an older boy threw him to the ground. The  kids laughed and Egil got pissed.  He went home, grabbed an ax and used it to split the boy's skull to the teeth.  The two households came to blows and seven men were killed. Egil's father was unhappy but his mother thought he had the makings of a real Viking. He was 7 at the time! Egil was a boy you did NOT invite over for birthday parties, playdates or sleepovers.    

The detailing on this Gripping Beast figure was superb.  At times, I was guessing at what I was painting. Hopefully, it's not obvious!




Once again, bark found its way into another project!  I'm very pleased with how my warlord turned out.

The positive painting mojo carried over from the workbench to the gaming table in my first game of Saga.  We played A Feast for Crows with a Viking -Viking - Anglo-Danish mashup.  I had Egil up front because I didn't know better and half way through, my warlord went in side by side with my berserkers.  They cut the opposing Viking warlord to pieces.  Late in the game, the Anglo-Danish set on Egil with 6 Hearthguard armed with the deadly Dane axe.  To demonstrate the long odds against me, our host dropped 2 headstones on the tabletop before I threw my dice.  One for Egil and one for his last Hird. Egil smote 4 of the Danes and the survivors fell back in fear.  

My Viking opponent sent his last warriors at Egil.  Insults were thrown. parentage was questioned and finally, dice were thrown.  When it was over, every Viking warrior was dead, as was my warlord.  With his dying breath, Egil was heard to whisper, "We won on on points!" Epic and hilarious!  The Saga fire is lit and now onto my Norman warband.  
Gravestones at the ready.  

Looks like you'll be needing two more headstones, fellas!

30 comments:

  1. Stunning paint job Monty !!!

    Good choise of character to lead your Vikings !

    Nice to heare that there will be some more 28mm minis painted by you:)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. :-)

      Thanks Michael! I'm slipping down the Saga rabbit hole, and loving it!

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    1. I wouldn't want to see THAT walking across the battlefield towards me.

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  3. Thanks for the Norse folk tale and Skil does look the part of one bad dude. Nicely done!

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    1. I was actually reading his Saga. It is fascinating. How did I miss this for the first 50 years of my life? And me living in the Land of the Minnesota Vikings.

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  4. very inspiring
    no matter the scale
    only the mojo choose !
    merci

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    1. Marco! Let's hope I don't lose my mojo! I just love saying that word.

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  5. Wow, that is absolutely amazing work.

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    1. Coming from the man with the gorgeous Carthaginian army in 28, I appreciate it!

      Some of the Saga fellows have gone mad and are making their own battleboards so they can fight Roman v. Gauls in skirmish. Can Roman v. Carthage be far behind? You've already got the troops for it!

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  6. Hi Monty,

    you 've done a great work on your Warlord, will he be the warlord of the "Bark" Ages? ;-)

    I really like the paint work and the scenery you done for your Viking Lord, the final result is just superb!

    will your normans ride "the horses with no name" on table ?;-)

    Cheers

    Gilles

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    1. lol! Seriously, you are the master of the written word. How do you do it?

      Thanks Gilles and I hope all is very well in your beautiful corner of the world.

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    2. I just shake my small pea in my head ( head banging for some people ;-)) and ideas are coming ;-)
      don't forget I'm a jester and jestering is natural for the fools ;-)
      I hope your Mojo is different of the Austin Powers 's Mojo ;-) mine is a "marotte" ;-) ( ok , a n° 2 pure sable paintbrush from Raphael range is not a real marotte ;-) )
      ok I get out ->
      Cheers

      Gilles

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    3. and yes all is OK, because I wear a donkey cap with small bells in my beautiful corner of the world ;-)

      cheers

      Gilles

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  7. Wonderful work for this very nice guy! I do like his blond hair...but not his bestial nature!
    Great flag and base too!
    Regards,
    Phil.

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    1. I know this kind of history is a mix of fact and fiction but if he killed only half the people his Saga reports, he was a bit of a madman. Thanks Phil!

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  8. Looks like he's all ready to start raiding.Well done!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Chris! The Viking style of play in Saga is "go for the throat!" He's the guy to do it, too.

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    1. Thanks John! If someone really killed their first person at age 7, that would be quite terrible.

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  10. Nice job, he looks great.

    Steve

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  11. Wonderful warband leader, Monty. And I like your after-action report. "We won on points" indeed. Always keep your goal in sight!!

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    1. Thanks Brent! I'm lucky to have a partner in crime, er, gaming like you! Beer and Saga. What could be better, I ask?

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    2. Thanks Monty. I feel the same ;^)
      On the table are the Irish -- Éirinn go Brách

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    3. Dang it, I want an Irish warband tooooo! Reminds me of one of my favorite Irish sayings..."if you see a head, it it!"

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  12. Good stuff....fantastic Monty.

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  13. Oh God please never let my daughter bring home a boy like Egil.

    Very well done Monty!

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    1. Lol! There's bad boys and then there's the psychos. THANKS Anne!

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