The Accidental Warband moves toward the finish line with 16 Anglo-Dane Ceorls. Last up will be 2 warlords. Why 2? Well, I sold off my plastic Vikings and warlord so once again, I have a hole in my collection to paint over.
You gotta love the large shields and the way LBMS transfers bring them to life. All Gripping Beast figs.
To round out the crew, I dug up 12 Viking Bondi I painted last spring and never posted. Adding them to my new figs gives me a total of 28 warriors for a Viking or Anglo-Dane warband. When I run a Viking warband in Saga, I'll use the large shielded warriors like below. That is a pretty decent Viking shieldwall.
When I run Anglo-Danes, I'll use a mix of shields including kites. Kite shields appeared in the A-D forces once they hired Norman mercenaries. And Canute the Great employed Jomsvikings with his multinational Scandinavian expedition in 1014. That means you could slip Joms or Norman foot into this warband. The portability of figs for Anglo-Danes is a nice bonus!
Today, my Galatian army will see the tabletop for the first time against the dreaded Romans in Field of Glory. I'm thinking of yelling "SHIELDWALL!" during the Roman impact phase to distract my opponent and the dice gods. I'm hoping a few good rolls might sneak through as a result. If I want to have any chance of winning today, I better come up with a more robust plan.