25 May 2016

Saga - Anglo Danish 4pt starter Warband

I joined in with a great group of hobbyists on a Facebook group called Miniature Modelling Mayhem, the idea being to inspire and motivate people to get a project of their own completed over a month. Each month you set your own target. They hold regular Google+ hangouts so you can chat to other like minded individuals regardless of your own location. As yet I have not joined a hangout, I need a better pc than I have to run the application and likewise a decent webcam.

The group can be found HERE 
So this month I set a small target, having several projects on the go at the moment I decided it would be good to use this monthly target to help me clear the lead pile one bit at a time. So for me it was one of the 2 Saga box sets I have.


I hit my target, basing these up last night. 4pts of Anglo Danish a total of 25 figures. 2 x 4 figure Hearthguards, 2 x 8 figure Warriors and a Warlord. The shields are all freehand and the Banner is of my own design.


Front and rear view of the Hearthguards and Warlord. I decided to raise the Warlord on a suitable rocky base, as if to give him a more commanding presence. 




This first point of warriors I decided to give plain or quartered shields too for identification purposes.



This 2nd point is differentiated by having a simple cross on the shields. Now before any rivet counters say purple was not a common colour, it is lilac and is a natural dye obtained from Elder berries and has been used in Britain for centuries.

Well that's me with a project completed and under my belt is a reduction in my personal lead pile. I have not decided on next months project yet, but it will either be to complete the half finished battalion of French Napoleonic Infantry or the Saga Saracen 4 pt warband I had started and not got very far with either.

Loki

36 comments:

  1. Christ they're beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks Fran, I enjoyed painting these been a while since I did some Dark age figures

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  2. Really nice looking figures and the lilac works well. Like the shield wall figures in this group of warriors too. For all that these are mostly the original range of Gripping Beast Anglo-Danes/Saxons they still look great when painted and based.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Yes they are the older style figures, Sadly you cant choose what is in your box set, but having worked hundreds of these over the years I know how to fix the hands to hold the weapons. I still do not like the cast on shields as much but the advantage is they dont pop off all the time

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  3. Great work Loki, still got some of these on my paint desk too

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  4. These are butes, well done :-)

    Ian

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  5. A great choice for the first challenge at the great hall. These look ready to invite the opposition to get to Valhalla in front of them. I look forward to other reductions to the lead pile. It must be satisfying to get something completed for yourself.

    Stephen

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    1. I think it's the curse of anyone who paints figures for a living, sometimes we don't have the incentive for our own lead piles

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  6. Wonderful paintjob, Loki!
    Well done!

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  7. Excellent work there Loki!

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  8. Hola
    Excelente trabajo
    seguro que te dan muchas horas de buen juego
    un saludo

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    1. gracias, éste era un buen proyecto siempre me gusta trabajar miniaturas edad oscura .

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  9. Wonderful brushwork Loki. Love the riot of colour, especially the hand painted shields!

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    1. Thanks Millsy, its been a long time since I did some free hand on shields so thought it best to start simple... the Saracens will need a lot more work to look right

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  10. Nice warband. Colors look awsome.

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  11. Amazing work Loki! Having a support group and setting goals really does help in getting things done! It's far harder to skip working on something when you've publicly declared that you'll get it done during the month :) Might have to think about joining the group as well!

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    1. It's a great group of like minded people, from all over the world. I am being sensible and setting small targets, having spent a full day painting for others I find an hour or so at the end of my working day is all I have the energy for

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  12. Beautifull and colorfull painted warband! Looking forward to your next challenge at the MMM!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter, I am going to do the Saracens for the MMM june challenge

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  13. Impressive, very impressive!

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  14. They are lovely, but I am a rivet counter and as such But they do look good no matter what else I say!!!

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    1. That made me smile, good to hear from you Clint

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  15. Great work ... a nice variety of colours that blend well together.

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  16. Brilliant work. Fantastic. I might have to use more purple I think. cheers

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