And now for something completely different!
I can’t help but hear, “Spam, spam, spam, spam…” in my head. These have been on my painting table for a long time. Took the opportunity to finish them up recently. They’re nice figs from Crusader. The LBMS transfers really set off what is otherwise a fairly hasty paint job. The transfers are for Saxons I think? I don’t remember but I think I ordered Saxon shields and Saxon transfers. They are believable as Vikings.
I got these to use as a few possible different things in SAGA – Harald’s Varangians in a Byzantine army (though I think I’d really like to have the armored up Varangians Crusader makes for that), additional Pagan Rus, or the Sons of Death mercenaries.
Still struggling with photographing on a white background:
This is the beginning of a Carolingian force for SAGA.
I’ve had my eye on these figures by Artizan for a long time. Until now, I couldn’t find any good reason to buy them. I imagined they would be kind of big and not look too good on FoG standard bases, and I wasn’t sure the army would be that interesting in FoG anyway. But now with SAGA skirmish, I can put them on a decent sized base (these are 1″x2″), they won’t be crowded, and the Franks are an interesting faction in SAGA.
The figures are beautiful but not without issue. The riders are awesome, but the horses are a little weak in the legs. Not sure why, but perhaps it’s a change in materials that are being used for the casting. I’m not sure it shows up in these photos, but at least a couple of the horses in this batch (I have 3 more on their painting bottles) have legs bent in odd ways underneath the horse. It wasn’t clear to me how to bend them back, but at least one of them got that way when I was cleaning up the casting as I felt it bend.
The riders are awesome though and there is a lot of variety in what is offered.
This is my first attempt to photograph against a white background and it didn’t work so well, actually. Need to figure out how to do that better.
We’ve been playing some SAGA here. There are some interesting SAGA warriors for hire groups you can use. I have a Frankish army (Merovingian) and am working on another (Carolingian) and the 12 Angry Monks seem like a perfect supplement to my warband for either of those armies. So here they are.
Pretty simple paint job. Black with a highlight of gray and then paint the other stuff. Most of the figures are the file, file, file, cut, cut, cut Perry Miniatures covered with file, file, file, cut, cut, cut vent flash that even after you prime them, then file, file, file, cut, cut, cut, prime over the places where you had to file, file, file, cut, cut, cut, and start painting, you still find flash. If you zoom in on the pic you may find some more vent flash. I finally just left it there as a tribute to their casting and quality control processes. Nice sculpts of course. There are a couple of Crusader figs mixed in that are really nice.
Hopefully these will be in a game soon.