Today's post is filed under "Loose Ends." First up are 8 warriors to round out my Breton warband. I got tired of painting horses in my fall Breton run so these fellows sat while I rested. Combining my Bretons and Normans, I can field 20 mounted warriors and 36 mounted milites, enough for a Hail Caesar army!
I've meant to paint up baggage for SAGA for some time. SAGA allows you to base baggage on 40mm x 40mm bases up to a 50mm by 100mm. You can use livestock, civilians, wagons and/or carts to make up baggage. Each player in the Grand Melee is required to bring 3 pieces of baggage to the event. With this fire under me, I finally got to painting mine up. I went for a distressed grey wood and I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out. Carts and peasants are Gripping Beast, as are the mounted warriors above.
EDIT: I've had requests for the wood painting recipe. Unfortunately, this time it's a little sketchy. I didn't take notes because I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out.
I started with black primer, then dark grey applied with a wet brush. Take care to keep black intact in the recesses where you can. I did this by using the side of my brush. Drybrush with a lighter grey and wash with Army Painter Strong Tone. Finish with a beige green drybrush & highlights on tips and edges. I think I used Vallejo German Camo Beige but I didn't write it down and I have LOTS of light greens. I hope this is helpful and I will take notes next time!
Last up is my reworked Norse Gael warlord. After a frustrating stretch of 4 losses, I decided to tweak my list by running my warlord with a Dane axe. This lowers his armor class but he'll dish out more hits and get 5 dice with the "Howling Axes" ability. I repainted his base to match the rest of the warband and added a second figure. The end result is a nice improvement on the original. In his first game out, my warlord not only survived a number of enemy strikes, he also brought home a win. I can only conclude that Odin approves of this revision.