Saturday, February 22, 2014

Norse Gaels warlord & wrapup

It's the finish line for another SAGA warband.  I turned the warlord that comes with the Norse Gaels pack into a bannerman. With both hands tucked behind a shield, he'd have made a non too threatening warlord. The lovely banner is by LBMS.

Last of the Norse Gaels hearthguard.  I've looked but cannot find the name of the loincloth-like protective kit these fellows are wearing.  I assume it's a Dark Ages protective cup?



While the Norse Gaels are an older line of Gripping Beast figs, the rough spots in some of them were surpassed by their character and energy.  Now I need to get these fellows out for a "test drive."

I've put my 15mm Later Hungarian army up for sale at the top of my blog. The poor fellows have not seen the light of day so off they'll go. No worries, I've got loads of unpainted lead coming in the mail to me right now. The seller told me one of my boxes weighs 19 lbs so I think it's safe to say I'm on my way to building a lead mountain!     

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  1. Lovely work again, Monty. Magnificent command figs.

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    1. Thanks Caliban! It is a treat to spice up the command bases.

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  2. Good use of the warlord to carry the banner, Monty. As always, not only your brushwork, but also your basing are very impressive. Dean

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  3. Another fantastic warband, Monty! Hooray for an incoming lead pile! That is one way to ensure the week begins in the right balance...lead at the doorstep!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! I'm very excited. Now that I've run my PayPal account up, I've been investing in more reading, reference material and large lots of unpainted minis. If only I could take a sabbatical from work and really go after the painting.

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    2. We could all put to good use a sabbatical from work, right?

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  4. What a collection! Impresive and beautiful...as the banner! Fantastic work Monty!

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  5. Another impressive addition. Very nice.

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    1. Iowa! What else is there to do in a winter like this one? Our last storm turned all the roads to glaze ice and we're told to stay off them until they melt up a bit. Painting weekend for the win!

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  6. Hi Monty,

    top notch !
    the basing of the boss is simply great !
    congratulations my friend, you're welcome on the Hill!
    why are you buying so much lead? don't you know that you are the only one who buy so much lead?
    are you the compulsive buyer and stockist of the USA?

    All the best!

    thefrenchjester "the compulsive buyer and stockist of France"

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    1. Gilles! I'm jeolous of all of you fellows who have large collections of unpainted lead. I got some good deals that could keep me quite busy through summer.

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  7. Very nice paint work !!!

    best regards Michael

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    1. Michael, I've been enjoying your turn to Donnybrook. Great stuff!

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  8. Hi Monty, lovely work again (as usual!), Good decision on the warlord too - what fig did you substitute for him? Was it one from the GB Norse-Gael starter pack?

    On the subject of that odd loincloth affair, I've seen it in Angus McBride's depictions of Hebridean and Irish warriors, but nowhere else. The sources appear to be some remarkably worn Irish high crosses from the 10th century. It appears to be worn over a tunic, but whether or not it's another form of overtunic or exists solely as a cloth attached to a belt is unclear. Clearly, more research is needed to solve this one, 'cos I got nothin'!

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    1. Thanks for that. I should have known that if anyone has the lowdown on the Dark Ages, it's you!

      Oh, the substitute figure is a separate command figure under the Norse Gaels. Thanks Ev!

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  9. Top notch Norse-Gael Monty! I really like the Warlord and banner bearer.

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    1. Thanks Cyrus! There was a dustup in a forum about Dark Age banners. I figure the people who made the Bayeux tapestry could certainly have whipped up banners for their warlords. I do love LMBS banners.

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  10. Lovely stuff Monty! Nice and bright.

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  11. Great work as usual, really like that warlord.

    John

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    1. Thanks John. Hope your surviving winter well. It is a tough one.

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  12. What great piece Monty! Your machine like pace has really spoiled you for choice in your gaming!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! After being away from miniatures for so long, I have to make up for lost time!

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  13. Up to your usual splendid - ahem - standard, Monty! (I'll get ma coat...)

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Pru, and I see what you did there! :-)

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  14. Looking great, but what was one to expect!

    I think it was a good call regarding the bannerman. I think he even looks too non-threatening for medical bannerman. That is something I hate about some of the GB minis, the Warlords lack energy. Same with my Byzantine Warlord, he is completely idle. Worst thing is... i had a friend of mine get me the alternative (more dynamic) Byzantine Warlord at Salute last year, only to find he is on that same bloody standing horse! :-(

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    1. Yes, the Byz warlord is too docile. Plus, he's the Emperor and can only afford to put his horse in 1/2 barding? It must have been during the low point of the empire, I guess ;-)

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