Spanish are my favorite faction in SAGA, thanks to their cerebral battle board. It takes time to master their subtle plays and even then, I've just scratched the surface of possibilities this last year. A bonus for running Spanish is you can drive opponent mad with cries of "Iberia!" and "Santiago!" any time you throw the dice. Guaranteed good times!
I stalled on my way to the finishing his warband due to the number of mounted figures (49). With winter break and some dedication, I just managed to finish them. The Spanish are on my short list for the SAGA Grand Melee at Adepticon in April.
40 Jinetes (warriors) means I can run a warrior heavy warband. With an armor of 3 in melee and shooting, you have to work to keep these lads alive. They'll shine each time you active them for shooting and during your opponent's turn with Iberia
. These are Gripping Beast Norman warriors buffed with greenstuff. You can save yourself the trouble by buying Gripping Beast Spanish, or Perry or Crusader Miniatures Spanish. All ranked up on the table, 40 mounted warriors is an impressive sight!
In a balanced build, 2 points of mounted hearthguard gives your Spanish some muscle.
Spanish can take levy bow, javelins or crossbow. When I take levies, I choose javelins for the ability to move and shoot in the same turn.
Foot warriors/foreign mercenaries:
The Spanish battleboard is made for mounted units, meaning foot warriors are an expensive afterthought. In some scenarios, you need foot warriors for occupying buildings and terrain, and that's what these fellows were painted for. They can serve as a Dogs of War Foreign Mercenary unit or simply foot warriors.
Warlord and Bard:
You'll notice my warlord has a desert basing scheme. I had planned to repaint all of my Spanish bases to a desert theme. When I pulled them up to the painting table, I blinked. Instead I'll repaint El Cid's base to match his warband.
I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday. My son and daughter were home from college and it was great to enjoy Rock Band, family board games and movie night once again. Life is good!