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Saturday, June 8, 2013

King of the Britons & his bard

Maredudd ab Owain, King of the Britons, is a Hero for the Welsh faction in SAGA. Maredudd was plagued by Viking raiders during his reign. In 987, Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing thousands and taking  a thousand more as captives. Maredudd was said to have paid a huge ransom to free his people.  So you might say he was bit of a Welsh Moses!  If the ransom story is true, he was an remarkable fellow.  

"Say Anything," the 987AD version.
The King was a challenge to paint. The detail was very fine and the cloak was quite flat.  For a time, I hit a wall and had to set him aside.  It didn't help that I recognized the scowl on the King's face. I saw that look every time I helped work on my dad's car and handed him the wrong tool.  Despite the difficulties in painting up my father, I did get to the finish line and that's enough on some days.

Last bit, Gripping Beast wagons for SAGA!  
"These damn nags follow me where ever I go! "

We've started a new campaign of Maurice with 8 players. The campaign rules are what make Maurice special, and there is a great deal of variety in the 8 armies in this campaign.  I'm looking forward to fielding my Turks again, and playing The Sultan.  To get in character, I read The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire.  It was a decent read and I'll try to avoid making the mistakes of Sultan's past.  I'm quite sure I can top them with new, better ones!
I thought you said "Recline of the Ottoman Empire."

36 comments:

  1. Love the Warlord! And his bard too. Fantastic painting, mate :)

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  2. Greate painting and additions to your Saga collection !

    Nice to see that you adding come civillians to !

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael! In about a year, I'll be where you were a year ago in my Saga collection. I'll look around and you'll be onto another 3 projects!

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  3. Stunning paintjob on the king and his bard. Really like the Charts too... think I've to get me some myself.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei, I appreciate that. He was a bit of a bugger but all's well that ends well. :-)

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  4. Those wagons are pretty sweet, Monty, and I nearly snorted my tea at the "Say Anything" line. Excited to hear about the Maurice reboot. Are you guys tracking the campaign anywhere online?

    FMB

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    1. I was dating myself with that line and I'm glad at least one viewer got it! I owe you quite a few LOLs, BTW.

      We're not tracking the campaign on line outside of a Google + drive. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Ray! You have a big event tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics!

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  6. Really great paint job! Looking forward to your AAR's on the Maurice campaign.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! We've got some very interesting armies in the mix so I do hope to get a good AAR or 2 out of it!

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  7. Very nice work on Maredudd there - clearly the face of a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly. He might be getting just a little tired of that bard following him around and singing his praises 24/7...!

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    1. Thank's Ev! I wouldn't want to piss off the King of the Welsh, or really, any Welsh at all. Not one with a 2 handed axe.

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  8. Great looking Vikings and wagons, Monty. The campaign sounds very interesting too - anything with the Ottomans are cool. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! And holy cow, I just peeked and see you have more Empire fantasy up. Time to see what you've done!

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  9. Excellent choice of colors and outstanding brushwork on the faces. Those are two REAL characters.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! They do make a pair. One happy, one not so much!

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  10. Hi Monty,

    you are the King of the Hill ! ( our wives say Ill;-) )
    great paint work!congratulations!
    you done a King, you done carts, will you do a Guillotine for him and his court ?? ;-)

    Cheers

    gilles " Robespierre hidden son ;-) "

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    1. Gilles, you always make me laugh! Funny you mention Robespierre and the Gullotine as this week, I was comparing work to the French Revolution. And my son is walking around singing showtunes from Les Miserables too. Something is in the air for sure!

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  11. I really like the king, he's looking very strong and fierce, and you did a great job with it Monty...And I have no word for the wagons, looking wonderful!
    Great work!!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil! I really enjoyed your last Napoleonics AAR.

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  12. If you need help just let me know.

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    1. Thanks Artar, I'll keep it in mind!

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  13. Nice figs and best luck with your ottomans - just avoid the Croat named Zrinyi and you'll be fine.

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    1. Thanks Andras! Zrinyi is a fascinating character.

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  14. Hi Monty. Could the king be scowling because of the short haft on that axe? More a hand-and-a half than a two-handed weapon! I do like the size comparison between the bard and the warrior-king. Very nice figures, very well done.

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    1. A woodchuck got into the armory and shorten the haft. That's the bard's story at least. Thanks Brent!

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  15. Your Saga pieces have so much character and life. Great work!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! It is nice to get a few "characters" in a warband. I do think they'll add a bit of color!

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  16. He's got great character Monty, I too have flashbacks with that expression!

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    1. Lol, old school dad's. When men were men, eh?

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  17. Great work as usual! I can't decide if I like the Maredudd model or not, but your painting is of course excellent.

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    1. Thanks Jonas. It was tricky but all's well that ends well!

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