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Friday, January 3, 2014

Don't lose your head!

The Scots warriors continue the dark, earthen palette I plotted for the warband. I did sneak in some flourishes for the dandies in the bunch. These figures are on par with Gripping Beast's superb Welsh and Jomsvikings.



So, about the head on a pike. I found two bannermen in this set and one banner, so it was time to improv.  One of the two bannermen was channeling the Dead Rabbit gang to me.  I dug up a head, drilled it and presto, the "Don't lose your head" gang is born.   The Scots are a blast to paint and they're - wait for it - my favorite warband to date.  I do seem to get my head turned by each new faction that comes down the pike.

For SAGA players, the Scots battleboard emphasizes defensive abilities while allowing for a counterpunch.  Some of their standout abilities are:

Give Ground gives you the chance to reduce your opponent's attack dice. Ouch!  
Hold the Ground adds 2 or 4 defensive dice.
Keeping the Distance: Allows a unit the benefit of being treated as in heavy cover for the turn.  
Reach actives a movement and turns a unit (or 2) into javelin armed for the turn.  Shooting up your opponent is a great way to goad them into a charge.  
Tireless allows you to reduce fatigue by 1 at the end of the melee. Great for stacking 2 attacks in a turn.

They look to be another tough faction and it'll be interesting to see them out on the tabletop.  

33 comments:

  1. Agreed! Even nicer than the last! Luckily, you have a picture archive so we can go back and confirm our memories. Love the detail and especially the plaid cloaks.

    Nice job!

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  2. Very nice. Rouses my itch to paint some more.

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    1. Thanks Ed. Today is the last day of my much needed Christmas vacation. I better paint while I can!

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  3. Well done my friend, once again...I love the shields and the cloaks!

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    1. Thanks Phil! Hope its warmer where you're at than here. Sunday is going to be -25 degrees. Ugh!

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    1. Great minis Monty, you'll see, the Scot faction is rather funny.
      J-B

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    2. Thanks Jehan, the battleboard does look like a good one!

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  5. nice work as always Monty, now back to it fellow I want to see proper bright ones ;)

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    1. LOL! I'll be back at it with the brights one day. I do love a bright palette!

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  6. Those look great. Love the plaid and the shield designs.

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    1. Thanks Chris, and I see you have a new project I'd love to do...ROMANS!

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  7. Superb work, Monty. The plaids/tartans are looking great, as are the intricate shield patterns. You've continued your impressive brushwork seamlessly through to the new year. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! I was looking at my first SAGA figures today and I do think I've improved (as I should). Still so far to go...

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  8. Very nice work and the plaid is great!

    Christopher

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  9. Excellent as always Monty! The banner was a great idea.

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    1. Thanks Jonas! I'm thinking it might be the bannerman's father in law.

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  10. These are some superbly painted figures again Monty! You did some very nice patterns on the coats and kilts.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei! I do hope to see these again in the next year when we play DB with the TFL expansion.

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  11. Cracking stuff Monty. I particularly like the blue/green plaid.

    I think you'll really enjoy the Scots. I know Ev does and they always give my Anglo-Danes a close game. I'm growing to hate Reach with a passion as it is a great ability (for the Scots!)

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    1. Thanks Michael! A fun (and close) game is all you can hope for. We have a big SAGA event tomorrow. I can hardly wait!

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  12. Looking forward to seeing your progress with these guys.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks Ross, and I love your Impetus projects. :-)

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  13. looking realy good, greate start of 2014 !

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael! I can't wait to see how you adapted your Vikings to DB. You've got a head start on me so I'll just look over your shoulder and see what you do. ;-)

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  14. Of course, the real question here is whether you painted them regimental?

    FMB

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    1. Scots regimental? I'm stumped. Time for coffee I think!

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  15. Wonderful work as always, Monty - those SAGA abilities are deadly in the right hands.

    Make sure you paint a Scots warband for yourself, they're quite addictive!

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    1. Thanks Ev, shooty factions give me fits. If you can't beat them, join them?

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  16. Excellent as always. One of these days I'm going to send you a box of partially painted minis with the simple request "please add plaid or tartan" as I am right awful at doing it myself.

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    1. lol! I do it because I have to, not that I want to. ;-)

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