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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gall-Gaedhill, the Sons Of Death

The Sons of Death were lawless warriors of Norse & Gael blood, mentioned in the Irish annals of the 9th century. These looters and marauders joined the Vikings in their plundering expeditions. That speaks volumes about them because clearly, you had to be a tough SOB to run with the Vikings!  

While you'd never invite these nasty fellows to dinner, you should consider them for your Saga warband.  As mercenaries, they're available to any Saga faction for 2 points.  While pricey, they bring loads of abilities to the table.  Rather than list them and bore the non-SAGA readers, I'll instead point you to the rules for their use at this Studiotomahawk link.  You do have to be a member of the forum to access the .pdf, so keep that in mind.

Once again, these figures were a joy to paint and once again, the Gripping Beast sculptor is killing it in the Dark Ages.  The leaping Norseman with the sword might be my favorite. The baldies pushed me a bit  in getting skin tones right on their chrome domes! I used a touch of gold for sword hilts and bits, given that this lot is all thieves and looters.



One more Saga post-up from this commission and then it's on to Hundred Year War knights by Perry Miniatures.  That will be a treat!

39 comments:

  1. Greate paint job !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  2. Lovely work, Monty. They look as bloodthirsty as their reputation!

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    1. They do look the part. I'd run if they were after me!

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  3. Great looking warbands Monty, a very nice work with these fierce soldiers!
    Phil.

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  4. Great work! They look like a nasty bunch.

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    1. I bet your Rus might be able to go toe to toe with them!

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  5. Great looking figures, I suppose I will have to add these two. The whole concept of swords for hire is great.

    John

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    1. The SAGA folks are very clever. Always more figures, more options and soon, more periods? I do love the Swords for Hire and I'm going to run my Normans with some very soon!

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  6. You've done a great job on these chaps Monty. That bald guy looks like a bad tempered bugger...definitely some sort of chip on his shoulder ...hahahaha

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    1. Richard! The bald guy just turned 21 and is mad about the early baldness ...and the rest of the world suffers! ;-)

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  7. Another batch of outstanding figures. Your client should be very pleased to receive these.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! It's not all commission work in the background. I'm making good headway on my 15mm Gauls. I've been saving those post-ups for a slow week or maybe vacation.

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  8. Excellent work on these Monty!

    Christopher

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  9. Very nice figures - some fearsome guys I tell you. Spear and axe shafts look very authentic.

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    1. Thanks Andras! I hope all is a bit better in your corner of the world.

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  10. More fine warriors for a great set of rules. The tourney we recently had showed that Vikings do very well - which is the warband I have (but didn't play). Best, Dean

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    1. If the Vikings can land a blow with stacked abilities, look out! It is a fast and fun game. Always a few beers, loads of laughs and a few insults traded as we go.

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  11. Hi Monty,

    congratulations! they are top! you done a top work! the skintones are absolutely great!
    your Customer will be a very happy man!

    is this another craftiness of Sir Inkselot???;-)

    Cheers

    gilles

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    1. Gilles, you've got me! I ink all of my Dark Age 28mm figs.

      I heard a food report from the streets of Paris last week saying Sunday brunch is all the rage. Brunch consists of Smoothies and bagels imported from London. That seems strangely...American. ;-)

      I do love a good bagel and I wish I could travel to Paris to get it!

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  12. Another cracking group Monty, lovely job Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I appreciate it!

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  13. You doing the Perry 28s? For which game?

    FMB

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    1. I wish I could say it was for Impetus in 28mmm like Tarty. Maybe one day!

      It's my next commish - Perry metals. Wonderful to look at before you even put paint on them!

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  14. Great stuff Monty. I particularly like the feathery edge on the cloak. I'll have to try that trick myself.

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    1. Thanks Millsy! These Dark Ages fellows do love their cloaks. The downside is I'm running out of ideas for sprucing them up.

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  15. Very nice - if you need more help with the chrome domes, I know a man with first-hand experience ;-)

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    1. Lol, well, it just gets in the way so who the heck want's it?

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  16. I am extremely impressed with these guys!

    They're great figs, not at all static in pose, but you've painted up the facial expressions to give them a sense of manic energy as they hurtle forward. Nice work with the mixed textiles as well, a great job!

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    1. Thanks Ev! Great and lively figures do bring out the best from us, don't they?

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  17. Wonderful work on these guys, Monty. You are composing the colors and details very well. The figures are really interesting. And you're even getting me to like the new beasties casts!

    They should be a blast to run -- no dice generated, so the rest of your army is in small units, but you've got a viscious unit to lead the way in! I hope we will get to play against them . . .

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    1. Thanks Brent, I really appreciate that! I do strive for good color combos. And I think the latest GB figs are wonderful. lI think there might be some done by the Musketeer Miniatures scuptor but I don't know that for a fact.

      You will see these fellows in the future, I'm sure!

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  18. Every time you are raising bar so high!

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    1. Thanks Artar. I appreciate it! And hey, I hope everything has quieted down and is safe in Istanbul.

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  19. For now Istanbul is ok but other cities are not. Until PM stops considering himself as sultan we(people) will not give up.

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    1. I do hope he gets the message and changes course. I just read that there might be counterprotests and that could get ugly. These are hard times with so many bad things going on. Be safe, Artar. We're thinking about you and the people of Turkey.

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  20. Thanks Monty,
    We all hope that too but he doesn't listen anybody. Counterprotests are weak. They force city workers to join meetings. Newspapers print pictures changed by photshop.(I will send you one of them)
    It is funny because he is still talking about democracy, free media and human rights. :)

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