Monday, February 18, 2013

16 Viking Hirdmen came knocking on my door

In Saga, the Hirdmen are your best troop.  They're expensive but tough as nails and able to deliver a knockout blow.  I  assembled these with sword & axes to differentiate them from my spear armed Bondi warriors.

These were primed black, drybrushed chainmail, block painted, washed and highlighted.  Skin was done with the excellent Foundry triad for skin tones-Flesh shade 5A, Flesh 5B and Flesh Light 5C.  This is going to be my go-to combo in 28mm. I can see why the Foundry triads are so popular.  They take the guesswork out of jumps between the base color and the first and second highlight.  If I were to add more Foundry paints to my paint bench, I'd have to swap them out of the paint pots and into droppers.  The amount of work that would take puts me off the idea for now!


The LBMS shield transfers look brilliant as usual.  Here's a final shot of them massed up.  Knock, knock, Vikings calling!

I think Saga is going to get heavy rotation on the tabletop this year.  When I was shopping at The Source Comics and Games, the clerk asked me what I was working on.  I told him I was finishing a Viking warband for Saga and he replied that I was the 3rd person he'd spoken to who was working on Saga. 

Next week, for the first time ever, I'll take a Dip with 12 Gripping Beast Viking archers. I was hoping for the Swedish Bikini Team but you have to go with what you've got!  

28 comments:

  1. Not last night but the night before...

    Looking marvelous Monty, and no purple and yellow vikings is always a bonus!

    How do you like the Gripping Beast plastics? Are they just OK or better than that?

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  2. You got the reference!

    I haven't painted plastics since I last painted Warhammer fantasy 5 years ago. Having said that, I think the GB plastics are great if you can live with the assembly and prep that you don't have with lead. The upside is lots of options off the sprue and the price can't be beat. We are lucky to have so many great options, aren't we?

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    1. Hi Monty,

      they are great!
      you're mastering the triad skintone!
      your work is a real incentive for me to have a new batch of Jomsvikings to complete my Saga Band (although not good in doing music ;-) );
      have nice games with them! you wille see that Saga gaming is fun when you play with 4 or 6 players around the table;


      Jason : be careful! Deep purple is knocking at your back door ;-)

      Cheers

      Gilles "purple and yellow jester"

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    2. Gilles! It is a treat to work in 28mm. If I were to do skin in triad with 15mm, no-one would even notice.

      I can't wait to get a game and AAR together. And lol on Deep Purple!

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  3. They look excellent, but now I remember I wanted some of these too and already have a dozen ideas for March.

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    1. So much gaming, so little time, eh? Thanks Andras and I hope all is good in your corner of the world!

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  4. Quite a well-dressed, motley crew, Monty. I especially like the wood grain detail on the reverse of each shield. On the shield transfers, do you weather them or is that how they are straight off the sheet? If you did the weathering, how? Very effective.

    Nice job!
    Jon

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    1. Thanks Jon!

      I can't take any credit for the shield transfers, except for trimming them neatly and putting them down. LBMS makes them with weather and mud already on them. Another fine job in a hobby filled with excellent products and companies.

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  5. Very nice groups here. Really like the setting you've put them in. I recently bought some Citadel and they come in those paint pots. I hate that and will likely transfer them to dropper bottles. I use Reaper and Vallejo and P3. P3 comes in pots but is so good I don't care how they package it. I don't have a skin triad and I need to invest in some for all skin types.

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    1. Thank you kindly and it's always a treat to hear from you! Your posing is always superb. I need to buy more Dark Ages bits for better posing.

      I only have a single bottle P3-yellow. Maybe I should try and buy more? Anne, if you ever come up with a "speedy" way to transfer from paint pot to dropper bottle, you must share. I know where to buy the empties but them I'd need a very small funnel. And I'm imagining that I'll slop and spill a bit too. Hmm, I may need to see someone else do this first!

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    1. Thanks Pru! Now the question is, will they kick @ss on the tabletop? ;-)

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  7. Greate work Monty !!!

    Realy nice to see you painting some larger minis;)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Dal, thank you and I am enjoying it!

      I think I'm going to take a 2nd swing at Berserkers and paint up the GB fellows.

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  8. They are looking very nice Monty, fierce and ready to charge the ennemy...great pictures too, and the shields are amazing!
    Cheers,
    Phil.

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    1. Phil! Thank you so much. I need to strive to your level of photoshoots and that means I need a lot more Dark Ages eye candy. Sheep, pigs, barns, field and of course, womenfolk!

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  9. Very nice work Monty, great looking Vikings, and you certainly do have the skin down.

    John

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    1. Thanks John! The light tones work well for the boys who come from the land of ice and snow!

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  10. They do look pretty bad-ass Monty. All you need now are some cowering monks.

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    1. I do need that! One day, I'll post up pictures of a large Dark Age church a friend of mine just painted. It is huge, beautiful and perfect for Vikings to loot in Saga!

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  11. I like, I like. The Beastie Berserkers will be a fine addition.

    Have you made some smoke and fire to accompany these lads?

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    1. Thanks Brent, and I did start an oven mitt on fire tonight! Technically, the Berserkers wouldn't have been impressed unless the whole kitchen went up.

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  12. Great looking warband for SAGA, Monty. Your technique really works well. I've yet to try the Foundry method, but your work is compelling. Best, Dean

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    1. Dean, your method rocks and I'm still looking for mine in 28mm! Thanks sir!

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  13. Looking lovely... This should give you one fine Warband! Looking forward to seeing them in action!

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    1. Thanks Burk. See what you've started? I'm brand new at this with Vikings and Normans on painting table. Now I'm thinking more, more, more warbands!

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  14. These look fantastic. I love the shields...not just the transfers but your weathering details as well.

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    1. Thanks Gareson! As much as I'd like to take credit for the weathering, its LBMS. They are the platinum standard in our hobby.

      Hey, I'm going to try to put one of your basing ideas to work for the Welsh warlord. Excellent stuff on your blog...

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