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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Celtic swirls for SAGA

Scrounging for something quick to paint, I found these resin casts I bough for SAGA's Sacred Ground scenario.  The Fenris Games casts are clearly inspired by Celtic triple swirl rock carvings. The casts are not glued down so I can move them around.  They'll pull double duty as rocky ground or Sacred Ground as needed.   

Tower Games is host a SAGA tournament today and I'm going to run a Strathclyde Welsh warband. I scrounged up a Strathclyde warlord to lead the boys.  My buddy said this would make a great gift for his eldest daughter.  All kidding aside, its a nice bit of sculpting from Gripping Beast and he does have a throwback look.  

I pulled my Norse-Gaels warband out for a head count and group shot. Since I can only field 6 points (about 41 figures) at the SAGA Grand Melee in Chicago, nearly half of these lads will be cheering from the sidelines. As much as I've enjoyed them, I'm ready to play a new faction. I'm thinking of posting these up for sale after the tournament.  I'll also share tips and observations for playing the Norse-Gaels once Adepticon is over.  I've found them a tricky faction to play but once you get on a roll, they can really rip it up.  
You may have noticed my blogging and commenting is getting spotty. That's because I've got a 1,200+ figure West Wind Punic War commission under way. The upside is the new figures are a joy to paint.  The downside is I won't be able to paint and blog with a project this big. To fill the gap, I set up a Twitter account -  Monty Luhmann@TwinCitiesGamer. New to the Twittersphere, I need peeps to follow and to follow me. 

I hope your staying warm and surviving winter.  I am but just barely thanks to my paintbrushes.  

31 comments:

  1. 1200+ figures? And I thought I has megalomaniacal tendencies in my army acquisition! ;)

    That warlord looks fab :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! None of them are pike, thanks goodness!

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  2. Impressive terrain, Monty. You've replicated the carved rocks very nicely - even down to the slight covering of moss. Impressive warband too! Enjoy the tournament.

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    1. Thanks Dean! After a long wait, SAGA has become the hot game locally. It's a great run for as long as it lasts!

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  3. Very nice and very impressive as always Monty, love the terrain!

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    1. Thanks Phil! No club can top the terrain that your club puts out.

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  4. West Wind Punic wars... Hmm, they must be the 15mm Forged in Battle ones. They are lovely indeed. i have some coming very soon on my blog.

    Seb

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    1. That's the one! It is great to paint up a new line of figures.

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  5. That terrain looks rather nice and that warlord is fantastic as always. But parting with such a nicely painted army would break my heart Michael!
    looking forward to some pics of the FiB 15mm figures. I was thinking of getting involved in that Kickstarter back then but decided to safe my money. But still considering on getting some for future projects.

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    1. Stupid autocorrect... Monty not Michael of course... my apologies.

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    2. No apologies necessary...ever! I've just started but I really like these figs.

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  6. There are few feelings in our hobby to compare with those of seeing a completed project set out on the table, unless it's the feeling you get when planning the next one!

    Splendid work, Monty, and I fully expect to see your Strathclyde lads feature in a battle report. I've not played cavalry before, so I'll be interested to see how they fare!

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    1. Evan, we share the same mind! I haven't even gone to the Big Show and already, I'm excited about the next warband I might paint. The condition must be contagious. ;-)

      I did go 2-1 in my first tournament, winning 3rd place. It's my second time out with the Strath and they do have great potential in everything but Homeland.

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  7. Fantastic looking warband Monty! I would find it very hard to sell that!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! If we were playing Hail Caesar, that would be a perfect reason to keep my skirmish armies and turn them into a HC force via the warbases.

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  8. Nifty terrain pieces and another outstanding warband. Twelve hundred figures is a massive undertaking especially for a painting commission. I guess that leaves little time for painting for yourself. How long do you figure this work will take to complete? Sounds like about a year of work for me.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan and LOL! This is where my slight touch of OCD kicks in. Depending on my after work commitments, I can knock out 100-200 15mm a week. I'll do the big Roman army first, then the smallish Spanish and Numidian armies. Then Carthos. In something this big, it helps that each new figure is a riddle to be solved.

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  9. Fantastic job, as always, Monty! The rider is particularly nice! Greetings!

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    1. Thanks NoVember! I got to put him on the table over the weekend for the Strathclyde. Fun faction all around.

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  10. Wonderful stuff as always mate. Love that last pic. It's like a great big dark age pizza ;-)

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    1. Thanks and LOL! Extra Dane Axes please.

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  11. Very nice. That leader on a pony is indeed a great looking figure. cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi! I think he's step 1 to a new warband.

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  12. Great looking warlord and terrain is exellent done :)

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  13. Nice swirls Monty! And that mounted warlord is looking mighty fine as well. I have one painted too, by the way, and it's a very nice sculpt indeed.

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    1. Thanks Jonas! I hope you're heading to spring about now. We finally have hit 50 degrees!

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  14. Hope you did fine at the tournament and that Warlord did you proud! Now that SAGa really is kicking off in your area, all those armies you painted the past few years should come in handy!

    Never knew you were taking commissions. 1200+ is a huge one though... at my current rate that would take me 4 years... hope you will not be off air that long.

    BTW I can understand such silence. I have not been too vocal this year either, but for different reasons!

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    1. Burkhard! SAGA is exploding here. I've never seen anything like this in historical gaming but I'm enjoying it greatly.

      With 2 kids in college, there never seems to be enough $. ;-)

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