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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Anglo Saxon Warband

Thanks to a persistent bout of bursitis, my hours at the painting table are way down this year.  Lemons to lemonade, this is a good thing as I now pay attention to how long I sit and avoid it as much as possible.  I've got a standing desk at work and another to replace my painting table. Being an "iron ass" and sitting for 6-8 hours in a stretch is not good for me, no matter how much I enjoy painting.

This project is a bit of a lark.  When I saw the new Anglo-Saxon battle board for Saga, I realized an all levy warband could work.  I went to Footsore and picked out 48 shield & spear levy along with 24 archers.  Along with great sculpts, Footsore offers a massive variety of poses and figures. You can pick through this rabble and only occasionally find doubles.  It's another reason why Footsore is my fav!  

Most of these lads were painted with inks and washes over zenithal priming. I added a white drybrush over the zenithal to make my highlights pop.  It is a speedy but nice effect and finished with the standard Foundry flesh 5A, B and C highlights.  I mixed custom washes and inks to get more variety in this band.  

The King is by Crusader Miniatures and from their El Cid line.  I've had him for years and realized it might be clever to have a King leading an army made up of only farmers.  All in all, I'm happy to now have a 2nd Age of Viking warband and they're quite fun to play!  











24 comments:

  1. These look great Monty. I need to look into your method of highlighting further.

    Cheers, Ross

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  2. Thanks Ross! I could do a tutorial the next warband I paint. The key is the zenithal base. That plus the drybrush gives a nice texture and shadowing.

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  3. What a wonderful collection, love the yellow shades...

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    1. Thanks Phil! That is one of my favorite washes, Citadel's Casandora Yellow.

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  4. Very nice Saxons. I’ve yet to try out the new Saga rules. Neat that each one is an individual. 😀

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    1. If you liked Saga 1, I think you'll love the update. And thanks!

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  5. Turned out well, though sorry to hear you're hurting.

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    1. Thanks Marcus! Old age is catching up to me, no matter how quickly I try to outrun it. :-)

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    1. Thanks Michal and congrats on the baby Michal too! You're on your way to your own in home gaming group.

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  7. Monty thanks for posting this article. Anton and I are trying to get into playing Saga. Not sure if we will start with V1 or jump into V2. Your blog has been inspiration to take a look at playing saga again.

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    1. If you can swing the extra spend, grab V2 as its pretty fast and the boards rebalanced nicely. And thanks much for your very kind words! It means a lot to me.

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  8. Lovely work on these Anglo-Saxon levies, Monty; while not guaranteed to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy, they are still likely to be fyrd!

    ...I'll get me coat.

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    1. Evan! You have always had the best sense of humor. And knowing about MST 3000? Icing on the cake. Take care sir!

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  9. Nice looking figures, Monty! They look ready to take on the Great Heathen Army.

    I've never tried zenithal priming. Are you using an airbrush for that?

    Best of luck on the bursitis. That's a pain, literally.

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    1. Scott, thanks! Yes, they're ready to rumble. I get my zenithal the lazy way with black and white spray primers. If I did it by airbrush, I could probably skip the white drybrush step. Then I'd probably jam my airbrush a dozen times and swear something fierce. I think with some months I can shake this stupid bursitis. No worries!

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