Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Death and Axes

The Footsore Miniatures I got in the mail last week were so lovely I had to paint them right up. It's very rewarding to take figures off the painting table and into a game. Footsore mixes well with Gripping Beast, and this crew adds plenty of characters to my Norse-Gael warband. I really like the new warlord and the fellow sporting a head for a trophy is perfect for the Norse Gael personal challenges.  The bannerman lacks a banner as I'm waiting on some linen to paint one up. This will be my first attempt at it so, wish me luck!  




The barefoot madmen below get me to 16 warriors with Dane axes. The SAGA Grand Melee has a "what you see is what you get" rule. I just realized I need another 8 of these for the tournament. D'oh! Time for another order and some more SAGA painting.

If you're thinking of painting up Dark Age Irish or Norse-Gael, do take a look at Footsore. I understand sculptor Bill Thornhill will be at Adepticon in March. Perhaps he'll be running his Irish warband at the Grand Melee?  If you haven't seen Bill's Irish warband, click over for a look as they're damned lovely.



62 comments:

  1. Boy! More masterful work. I really like the striped robe on the head-holding guy. Nice!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! I wanted to paint up a new warband, but expanding one with new figures is the next best thing. The headhunter was a challenge and I had to go back to add shiny blood splatter after seeing the matte coat flattened it out.

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  2. Good God, but these are nice. Those stripes are well done and your highlights keep getting better and better. Also I really like the way you've painted those axe heads.

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    1. Thanks Anne! You have such a sharp eye. I did a small change up in painting axe heads and it does seem "less is more" with that change.

      I've been reading about the Battle of Clontarf and wow, you gotta love the Irish! :-)

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  3. These are really nice and the sculpts are excellent. I am getting me some Irish for Saga for sure.

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    1. Thanks Panzer! I've been enjoying your Viking warband as it comes together. And let me tell you, the Irish are a blast to run in SAGA. Good pick!

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  4. Not heard of Footsore minis before?? They do like rather nice though!!

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    1. Thanks Ray! If I have it right, Footsore is Musketeer Miniatures reborn.

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  5. Those are great looking models. I'll have to check them out. As always, a striking paint job.

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    1. Thanks and hey, I see you just finished Romano-Brits. Sweet! I love DB and your post reminds me that I need to get a game in. ;-)

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  6. eek!..... :o)

    Master Artist brush Work..
    Great looking figures and *giggle* your help made the figures and project..Awesome!!

    Well done Lord Monty! :o)
    cheers,

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    1. Thanks Phil! Our SAGA players have gone a bit crazy of late and I'm able to get in weekly games. If I keep practicing, I might actually pass for a decent player.

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  7. Hi Monty,

    they are fabulous !
    as Anne said, the work you done on the axe heads is top!
    to complete the comment if you search a name for your champion : "Robespierre O' Flaherty" should work ;-)

    on the website of "The league of Augsburg " there is a tutorial to paint on linen ( just in case you need it).

    All the best.

    Gilles

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    1. Thanks Gilles, love the champion name! And now, time to get googling.

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  8. Not seen any Footsore stuff before this and I must say I'm impressed. Loads of character and well sculpted by the look of em. You've done a cracking job on the paintwork too mate. Great headline BTW :-)

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    1. Thanks Millsy! I wonder how these fellows would do when faced with your Greenskins in a Warhammer mashup? Probably need bigger axes for your trolls.

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  9. For linen, you could always repurpose a napkin or table cloth . . . . ;)

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    1. That is brilliant! Between this suggestion and me moving to Canada, my wife is going to be asking about "that Marcus fellow."

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    2. Just give me a moment to bask in my infamy ;)

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  10. Just gorgeous! Never heard of these before - they look great

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    1. Thanks Dean, I can't wait to see your first AAR on Lion Rampant!

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  11. Nice job, Monty! Also, thanks for the title; it's important to be reminded of the certainties in life!

    Cheers

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  12. Lovely work yet again from Mr. SAGA! I'm a huge fan of Bill's figures and you have done them proud!

    Christopher

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    1. Christopher, thanks! Bill's sculpting is superb.

      I might have to get a shirt that says "Mr. SAGA" for the Grand Melee. Then just my luck, I'll lose all my games and be awarded the trophy Loki's Luck.

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  13. Excellent painting and thanks for the links. You should be well happy with those dark age warriors.cheers

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    1. Thanks Brendan! If I can paint up a decent banner, I'll be very happy!

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  14. Damn, those are good! Great selection of poses and facial hair :-)

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    1. Thanks Paul, I do think they look the part!

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  15. Superb job Monty. Great looking figures.

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    1. Thanks Robert, I hope you get SAGA for the Holidays.

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  16. They look great, nice sculpts, beautiful paint job and great basin...gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Stefan and good luck in the painting challenge!

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  18. Excellent painting on those figures. Musketeer Bill is producing some lovely models at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Matt! Their stable of great figs is growing rapidly.

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  19. excellent painting work with very nice figures !
    I love the shields and the warlord is beautiful !

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    1. Thanks Sam! I have to give the credit for the shields to LBMS. I just edge them and muddy them with a little AP soft tone.

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  20. Your shields turned out wonderfully. I like the texturing you achieved on the spears as well. Excellent work.

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    1. Thanks Dart! Lucky for me, I have a LOT of LBMS shield transfers so I picked out the cooler ones. What would I do without LBMS?

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  21. Great work Monty!

    I really need to get some opposition for my vikings and finally try this ruleset out.....

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    1. Thanks Yorkie! If I weren't so far away, I could be the opposition. Irish Vikings versus the Vikings, sounds bloody to me.

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  22. How wonderful Monty, really top notch work Sir.

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  23. Wow, these are something special! My GB warbands might need an upgrade...

    Great sculpts, but it takes a great painter to really do them justice. Well done, that man!

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    1. Evan, thanks! As our resident Vikingologist, I should consult with you before I try to write a bit about the Battle of Clontarf for my next NG post. :-)

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    2. I just have a good library is all!

      Clontarf is all very well, but I'm fascinated by Brunanburh in 937AD - English King Athelstan's Anglo-Saxon army fights King Constantine of the Scots, King Owain of the Strathclyde Britons and King Anlaf (or Olafr) Guthfrithson of the Hiberno-Norse in what was to become known for generations simply as 'The Great Battle'.

      That's four big SAGA warbands in one battle! Pity nobody's entirely certain as to the location of the battlefield, though...

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  24. Every time I come here your already excellent collection of lovingly painted figures has grown again. And this time is no exception to that rule. I love yor work on these fine fellows and especially the guy in the fancy striped tunic, holding up the severed head, has caught my eye.

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    1. Moiterei, he was my favorite as well! He took quite a bit longer than the rest to finish but was well worth it. One day, I have to travel to Europe to see the great Viking museums!

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  25. Fantastic Norse-Gael, Monty - they really look the business!

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    1. Thanks Cyrus! In 2015, I hope to join you in the wonderful world of ancients in 28mm.

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  26. You've done a fantastic job on these Monty. Hope I get to see them at the Con :)

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    1. Thank you, Bill! These were a pleasure to paint and I will be back for more. :-)

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    1. Thanks Michael and thanks for the advice on painting linen banners. Time for banner v3. ;-)

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  28. Simply great! :D Most excellent painting - nice choice and weathering of shields, too - the "Hugin and Munin" one is one of my personal favourites :)

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    1. Thanks No Vember and welcome to the world of blogging!

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