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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spanish for SAGA

Cry Santiago and let slip the javelins of war! My Spanish warband for SAGA is done.  Mustering across the table are 2 warlords, 12 Caballeros, 32 Jinetes and 10 footmen.  The warband is made up of El Cid Crusader Miniatures with some Gripping Beast Arabs for an "Andalusia mercenaries" look.

My prior Spanish warband was Gripping Beast Normans painted in a yellow and red color theme. I much prefer these Crusader Miniatures. If you're going to paint Spanish, do have a look at Crusader!   I  used Stronghold Terrain's metal bases with rare earth magnets.  Love 'em, they really hold fast to the bottom of my transport boxes!




The Spanish will travel to Chicago for the US SAGA Grand Melee in March.  I'm going to pair them with my buddy John R's Milites Christi in the Doubles Tournament.  The Spanish are not good at melee and in a melee game, that makes them tricky to run. The Milites will be the hammer while my Spanish will annoy and trip up opponents with out-of-turn activations via Iberia. Hammer and rapier, it should be a fun combination!

The last pic is the start of my display board.  My crackle-board experiment was a spectacular failure. It turns out you can apply crackle paste too thickly and it took a week for my board to finish crackling.   I applied Liquitex Matte Medium liberally over the crackle to seal it. I put it on too thickly and after it set, it became a mess.  I couldn't save it with sanding and cutting so I binned the whole thing.  No worries, Plan B is under way.

With the Spanish complete, its time for another project.  Frostgrave is catching on with some of our SAGA players so I've also started a Frostgrave warband using the new North Star Barbarian plastics and metals.  They're lovely figures as always but a lot of work for this historical painter to paint up!




23 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting, love the purple and the yellow really stands out.

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    1. Thanks Ray, purple makes everyone look good. Or like I King at least!

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  2. Looks great Monty, those Warlords look very cool.
    The Spanish and Milite's Christi doubles army sounds like a very cool combo - both hard hitting in melee with Milites and ability to interupt with the spanish skills should work a treat

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    1. Mark, thanks! It seems to be a good combo in our practice games. Lets see how they run in the Big Show!

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  3. No mistaking your beautiful painting style, Monty. As Ray notes, the yellows are amazing. This army will stand out in the competition, no doubt! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, I really appreciate it! Convention halls can be a bit dark so the bright yellows should help me find my army. ;-)

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  4. That's one beautiful looking army Monty!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! If I were to paint Spanish a 3rd time (not likely) I'd follow closer to your footsteps with your Spanish. They're awesome.

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  5. Lovely figures, lovely colors...love the yellow!

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    1. Thanks Phil, it will be hard to lose this army, what with the bright yellow. ;-)

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  6. What a sensational post Monty, amazing job Sir. The colours and vibrancy look wonderful and great to see the fledgling Frostgrave band - love what you've done with those multiple crow bases.

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael! I lifted the Crow basing from Michael. They're a neat trick from Zombicide.

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  7. WoooooW! epic painting work!
    Lovly colours

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  8. Really like that purple, Monty. Saturation is super high.

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    1. Love it, I'm a fan of super saturated colors!

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  9. Marvellously painted, Monty! Thanks for the great pics! Cheers!

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  10. Absolutely stunning Monty. That vibrant yellow is glorious!

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    1. Thanks Millsy! I need to check where you are in the painting challenge. 1-3rd place? ;-)

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  11. Wow - great looking figures. Glad to have your acquired your warm up project on the topic!

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