Thursday, 29 December 2011

Gripping Beast Small Saxon Hut .... and cattle

I ordered a small, resin Saxon house from the chaps at Gripping Beast in order add a little scenery to my Saga game board (My original plan was to buy one and then make scratch built duplicates).

When the model arrived, I was delighted with the quality; the resin was well cast and did not require any alteration filling or filing at all. The term 'small hut' is quite literal here - the model only measures 7cm x 8cm.

As ever, I have painted the model with a combination of Citadel and Vallejo paints.

The cattle were provided free of charge by the beast as an apology for the building being out of stock when I placed my order - now I need some peasants to tend them and live in the hut!

Next out will be a 40mm square based Saga Warlord with bodyguards.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Gripping Beast Viking Berserkers

One of the rules specific to Vikings in the Saga rule set, allows one unit of 4 Heathguard to be designated Berserkers. Each figure generates 4 melee dice instead of the normal 2, but reduces armour to 3. With such an aggressive attack bonus, I decided I had to have some for my force.

Quite conveniently, the chaps at Gripping beast do a pack of four Berserkers. The pack includes a variety of weapons and four shields. I decided to only use two shields and use the spares as fatigue markers (see earlier post).

My finished models are below - as ever they are painted with a mix of Citadel and Vallejo paints.

Next up, a saxon house, cattle and Warband command group.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Warband Leader (A Gripping Beast Freebie)

Those of you that bought the Saga Ruleset from the chaps at Gripping Beast will recognise this figure as the freebie that came with the rules and dice pack. I decided to paint him up as another warband leader - the rules allow for subleaders in larger games.
Painted as ever with Citadel paints, pics are below.

Next up, Berzerkers.

More Gripping Beast Bondi Vikings

Well, the Christmas holidays paintfest gathers momentum... I'm actually in danger of running out of lead!!
Here are the next batch of Gripping beast Bondi - the only problem I had was attatching the weapons, lots of cutting and filing was required!

Next on the tray, a warband leader, Berzerkers, a Saxon hut, cattle and a 4 man Warband command group.

Saga Fatigue Markers

One of my pet hates about wargaming is seeing tables cluttered with tokens and markers. One key element of the Saga rule system is fatigue markers. I decided to use some of the extra shields I have as fatigue markers.
Not being satisfied with just the shield, I glued them onto a penny along with a piece of scenic cork. I then covered the base in sharp sand and painted it to match the bases of my figures. The finished markers are below.

Coming next, more Bondi, Berserkers and a Warband leader.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Gripping Beast Viking Bondi

Painting 44 plastic Hirdsmen is all well and good, however it will be hugely unlikely I will ever be able to field them all whilst playing Saga. To complete my force I have started painting Viking Bondi, bought as ever from the chaps at Gripping Beast.

As ever, the figures are painted with Citadel paints. I decided not to use shield transfers for the Bondi and hand painted them instead - I actually prefer the finished effect!

Next on the paint table, more Bondi, four Berserkers and a Command section.

Gripping Beast Plastic Viking Hirdsmen (last of)

The Christmas holidays are here, which for a wargaming primary school teacher means only one thing... time to catch up on the painting!!

Below are my final group of Gripping Beast plastic Hirdsmen. The figures are all painted with citadel paints and the shields are finished with Little Big Man Studio transfers.

Coming soon, Gripping beast metal Bondi, Berserkers and fatigue markers for the Saga rules system.