Saga in 6mm – Part 4

Note 1: It probably makes more sense if you read Saga in 6mm – Part 1 before you read this.

Note 2: All miniatures are from Baccus miniatures, unless indicated otherwise, and the codes relates to their catalogue.

Welsh, Anglo-Saxons and Jomsvikings

We decided to take some advantage of the weather and the English Heritage membership so ventured to Pevensey Castle and then later to the Abbey at Battle. The old Abbey is overseeing what is probably one of the most famous battle fields in history – the Battle of  Hastings 1066. I recommend visiting both these sites if you have a general interest in history and it is great for the children too.  Here are a few pictures from the day that may interest you.

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Pevensey Castle –  this is the Anglo-Saxon shore fort that was overlooking the bay where the Normans landed in 1066 (today suitably called Norman Bay).
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Detail from one of the information posters around the battlefield showing the Anglo-Saxons on top of the slope with the Normans below.
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The Battlefield 950 years later with the Abbey on top of the slope. The Abbey was ordered to be built by the Pope in 1170 as penance.
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Today There are only a few sheep grazing away. I suppose later in the year the field will be full of reenactors and visitors. It will probably be a memorable event – it is 950 years ago after all!
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The Little One taking advantage of a lessons in early Medieval Swordsmanship.

Now over to the main event, starting with the Welsh…

Welsh

Codes used:
ALR04 – Lanciarii
EMV02 – Unarmoured Spearmen
EMN05 – Norman Archers
For the Hearthguard and Warlord I used the unarmoured spearmen (EMV02 – from the Viking code) fronted by an individual model from the Late Roman lanciarii code (ALR04) to mark the units as being armed with Javelin – the Warlord unit was fronted by 2 spearmen figures For the bonnedig (levy) I used Norman Archers (EMN05) – as I thought I had enough Javelins already.  Painting inspiration perhaps by listening to those mighty Manic Street Preachers and perhaps “There by the grace of God”.
Welsh
Welsh 4pt Warband

Anglo- Saxons

Codes used:
EMA01 – Huscarls with Spear
EMA03 – Fyrd Spearmen
EMA05 – Saxon Leaders and command
For the warriors and the shield and spear levy I used the Fyrd Spearmen (EMA03).  The thin line for the levy unit works well to represent these weak but potentially useful peasant soldiers.  For the hearthguard and the warlord unit I used the Huscarls with Spear (EMA01) fronted by the miniatures from the Saxon Leaders pack. I suppose these are late Anglo-Saxons less tarnished by the Danes than the Anglo-Danes (!).  As for painting songs listen to anything with Saxon – one of Yorkshire’s finest bands and still going strong – “Crusader” is a good choice.
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Anglo-Saxon 4pt Warband

Jomsvikings

The semi-legendary unit of mercenary Norse Warriors selling their spears (swords, axes and shields too) to the highest bidder.  I opted for a shield with the same design as the Icelandic flag – I wanted to give them a coherent look.  I used these codes:
EMV01 – Armoured Spearmen
EMV02 – Unarmoured Spearmen
EMV05 – Viking Luminaries and Loonies
For the hearthguard and warlord units I used the Armoured Spearmen (EMV01) fronted by characters from (EMV05) and for the Warrriors the unarmoured spear (EMV02). Amon Amarth’s “Way of Viking” is very appropriate for these tough guys (from their recent Jomsviking album).
Faster!
Stronger!
Fight until your dying breath!
Fiercer!
Harder!
This is a matter of life and death!
“Way of Viking” by Amon Amarth
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Jomsviking 4pt Warband

Next time the last three factions. If you want to follow the blog enter your details on the left or like us on facebook.  All the best / The One.

 

Unit Faction Pts Type Miniatures per Base
Warlord Welsh 0 Warlord 1
4 Teulu with Javelin (Hearthguard) Welsh 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Priodaur with Javelins (Warriors) Welsh 1 Warrior 8
8 Priodaur with Javelin (Warriors) Welsh 1 Warrior 8
Bonnedig (Levy) with Bow Welsh 1 Levy 4
Warlord Anglo-Saxon 0 Warlord 10
4 Thegns (Hearthguard) Anglo-Saxon 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Ceorls (Warriors) Anglo-Saxon 1 Warrior 8
8 Ceorls (Warriors) Anglo-Saxon 1 Warrior 8
Geburs with Spears & Shields (Levy.) Anglo-Saxon 1 Levy 4
Warlord Jomsvikings 0 Warlord 10
4 Jomsvikings (Hearthguard) Jomsvikings 1 Hearthguard 9
4 Jomsvikings (Hearthguard) Jomsvikings 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Dreng (Warriors) Jomsvikings 1 Warrior 8
8 Dreng (Warriors) Jomsvikings 1 Warrior 8

Related Links:

Baccus

Pevensey Castle

Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Manic Street Preachers “There by the Grace of God”

Saxon “Crusader”

Amon Amarth “Way of Viking”

 

Saga in 6mm – Part 3

The Viking, Norman and Anglo-Danish Factions (4pt Saga Warbands)

Note 1: It probably makes more sense if you read Saga in 6mm – Part 1 before you read this.

Note 2: All miniatures are from Baccus miniatures, unless indicated otherwise, and the codes relates to their catalogue.

Vikings

For the mighty Vikings Baccus have a number of useful miniatures, including:

EMV01 – Armoured Spearmen

EMV02 – Unarmoured Spearmen

EMV05 – Viking Luminaries and Loonies

For the Warlord I used some spearmen fronted by two figures (including the mounted Viking that comes in the EMV05 pack). For the hearthguard units I used EMV01 fronted by characters from EV05 (for the berserkers I used the Wolfskin clad character on two bases and the bare chested guy on the other two (I also used a few of the characters in the ranks). For the non-berserker units I used a less crazy looking front man.  The Bondi (Warriors)were made from the unarmoured spearmen (EMV02).

From my own experience, Vikings are best painted whilst listening to Amon Amrath’s “Twilight of the Thundergod” (See related links below). You may prefer something softer and calmer.

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Viking 4pt Warband

Normans

As for the Vikings, not much trickery is needed to find suitable miniatures, the codes used are:

EMN01 – Norman Armoured Cavalry, charging

EMN05 – Norman Archers

EMN07 – Norman Crossbowmen

EMN06 – Norman Leaders

For the hearthguards (Knights) I used the Charging cavalry (EMN01) and the same for the Warlord (but with one of the fronting figures from the EMN06 pack).  The archers are Levy and therefore I only used 4 on each of the 12 bases (to avoid doubt it was from the EMN07 pack!). The crossbow unit are Warriors so I decided to put 6 on each base (mainly as I only had one pack of 48 miniatures at the time and it divides nicely with 8).  Try Taste’s “Norman Invasion” for inspiration to your painting.

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Norman 4pt Warband

Anglo-Danish

On the same theme today – “easy to find miniature factions”. For the Anglo-Danish we are using codes from the Anglo-Saxon range.

EMA01 – Huscarles with Spear

EMA02 – Huscarles with Axe

EMA03 – Fyrd Spearmen

EMA05 – Saxon Leaders and command

4 Hearthguards with Huscarles with Spear (EMA01) fronted by character from EMA05. They other 4 Hearthguards being done using 9 axe wielding guys from EMA02.  For the Ceorls (Warriors) I used the Fyrd Spearmen (EMA03).

Not sure what to use for painting inspiration, maybe some danes singing in english? In that case it does not get much better than Gasolin and their song “This is my life”.

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Anglo-Danish 4pt Warband

Halfway through the factions that will be used – stay tuned.

Take care, have a good week.

Note 3: Other songs and Meeples and Miniatures podcast probably works equally good!

Unit Faction Pts Type Miniatures per Base
Warlord Viking 0 Warlord 10
4 Hearthguard Viking 1 Hearthguard 9
4 Hearthguard (Berserker) Viking 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Bondi Viking 1 Warrior 8
8 Bondi Viking 1 Warrior 8
Warlord (Mounted) Norman 0 Warlord 5
4 Hearthguard (Mounted) Norman 1 Hearthguard 4
4 Hearthguard (Mounted) Norman 1 Hearthguard 4
8 Warriors (Crossbow) Norman 1 Warrior 6
4 Levy (Bow) Norman 1 Levy 4
Warlord Anglo-Danish 0 Warlord 10
4 Huscarls (Axes) (Hearthguard) Anglo-Danish 1 Hearthguard 9
4 Huscarls (Spears) (Hearthguard) Anglo-Danish 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Ceorls (Warriors) Anglo-Danish 1 Warrior 8
8 Ceorls (Warriors) Anglo-Danish 1 Warrior 8

Related Links:

Baccus

Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thundergod”

Taste “Norman Invasion”

Gasolin “This is my life”

Meeples and Miniatures Podcast

 

Saga in 6mm – Part 2

The Irish, Strathclyde Welsh and Scottish Factions (4pt Saga Warbands)

Note 1: It probably makes more sense if you read Saga in 6mm – Part 1 before you read this.

Note 2: All miniatures are from Baccus miniatures, unless indicated otherwise, and the codes relates to their catalogue.

Irish

The Irish have the option to field a warrior unit of war dogs and who could honestly resist that? I needed to find some 6mm dogs. Baccus does not do any dogs but I did not need to get to any extreme measures as Perfect Six do some nice ones (and since I ordered my dogs they now also do wolves that could represent even more terrifying dogs – mine were border collies painted grey rather than the less intimidating Lassie look) so I ordered enough dogs to do 8 No. bases with 5 dogs and a dog handler on each. I used AMO01 Moorish infantry from the “Rome and Enemies range” for the dog handlers. These were leftovers from another project and I felt that the movement in these skirmish type figures were suitable to act as “leaders of the pack”.  The war dogs may be more legend than reality but I think they add flair to the game (I have provided an interesting link below to an article about war dogs amongst the early Irish).

For the Hearthguard (Fianna) I used the ALR04 Lanciarii (from the Late Roman Range) to represent these Javelin armed units. For the Warrior units and the Warlord I used the EMV02 – Unarmoured Spearmen (vikings!).

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Irish 4pt Warband

 

Strathclyde Welsh

For the Strathclyde Welsh I decided to make all units mounted and used AG003-Gothic Heavy Cavalry for the Warlord and Hearthguard (Teulu) and AG004-Gothic Medium Cavalry for the Warriors. Yes, I know, they are supposed to be ponies – these are just very big ones!

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Strathclyde Welsh 4pt Warband

 

Scots

For the Scots I used one code of figures (AG001-Gothic infantry) for the 16 bases of Warriors (Soer-Chele) and the 8 bases of Hearthguard (Thanes). For the warlord base I used a leftover AG003 – Gothic Heavy Cavalry figure as well as one from the Norman or Viking Leaders pack in front of the two rows of infantry.

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Scottish 4pt Warband

 

In summary:

Unit Faction Pts Type Miniatures per Base
Warlord Irish 0 Warlord 10
4 Fianna (Hearthguards w. Javelin) Irish 1 Hearthguard 9
4 Fianna (Hearthguards w. Javelin) Irish 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Bonnachts (Warriors) Irish 1 Warrior 8
8 Dog handler with 5 dogs (Warriors). Irish 1 Warrior 6
Warlord (Mounted) S Welsh 0 Warlord 5
4 Mounted Teulu (Hearthguards) S Welsh 1 Hearthguard 4
4 Mounted Teulu (Hearthguards) S Welsh 1 Hearthguard 4
8 Mounted Warriors S Welsh 1 Warrior 3
8 Mounted Warriors S Welsh 1 Warrior 3
Warlord Scots 0 Warlord 10
4 Thanes (Hearthguard) Scots 1 Hearthguard 9
4 Thanes (Hearthguard) Scots 1 Hearthguard 9
8 Soer-Chele (Warriors) Scots 1 Warrior 8
8 Soer-Chele (Warriors) Scots 1 Warrior 8

Next time we will ha a look at another 3 factions.

All the best.

Related links:

Baccus

Perfect Six

Article on Wardogs

Saga in 6mm – Part 1

POSTSCRIPT:

This the first part  of what became a 12 Part series of a Blog Post on doing Saga in 6mm. Hope you enjoy. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact me through the blog or the Roll a One Facebook group.

In the text below it states “The game is more or less played as normal apart for some changes to distances (movement and range combat).” , however I kept everything as per the rules in the end. I just replaced the single miniature with the 25mm base (using inches, the same playing area and ranges, etc).  Initially, as indicated, I was thinking about changing the range for Javelins as strictly speaking they are a little bit too long in relative terms using 6mm miniatures (I think that the Medium length at 6 inches is about 40 meters in 6mm “talk” – the effective combat range of a javelin is commonly understood to be about 20 meters). But Saga is more of a game than a historical simulation of combat – so we ignored this and to be honest it works. Perhaps one way to justify it (if you need one) would be that they  rush forward, throw their javelins and then get back?

I have been putting up 6mm wargames tables at the Joy of Six for the last four years with the Wyre Forest Wargames club (WFWC). They have been depicting various battles from the Great Northern War (GNW).  This year (to save me from tears) I have decided to do something else.  The main reason was actually due to the fact that my good friend (and authority on all things warfare in general and the Great Northern War in particular) Nick Dorrell could not make this show and it felt strange not having his guiding hand to oversee the practical matters of running the game.  But I hope we will be back with some GNW action next year and do the interesting battle of Lesnaya 1708 (but things have changed before). I will be back with some GNW postings once the Joy of Six 2016 and the 6mm Saga adventure have come and gone as there is still plenty to do before July.

Since Baccus released their early middle age range with Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans I have wanted to do a dark age project.  I noted a mention on the Meeples and Miniatures page about doing Saga in 6mm – it made me think for a second or two.  As many others I am better at buying figures than painting them and really wanted some kind of challenge and a clear deadline – so I decided to do Saga in 6mm.  Here is my blur I submitted to the Joy of Six show just before Christmas last year.

“This participation game allows the player to try out Studio Tomahawks Saga rules in 6mm, using one of the 12 factions from the basic rules and the first two supplements (Anglo-Danes, Norman, Viking, Welsh, Anglo-Saxons, Irish, Strathclyde Welsh, Norse Gael, Bretons, Jomsvikings, Scots or Capetian Franks).  The warbands are pre-selected and are all at 4 points.  Each individual model from the normal rules are replaced with a 25mm square base with 3 to 10 models, depending on type of unit.  The game is more or less played as normal apart for some changes to distances (movement and range combat).  Prior knowledge useful but not required.  We run each game to conclusion or an hour (whatever occurs first). We will play 3 or 4 games per table during the day – further details will follow. The terrain boards, although not historical, will be in line with what we normally do for the Great Northern War stuff.   There will be a few hills, forests and a small Viking or Saxon settlement somewhere in the background.”

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The Anglo-Danish Faction 4pt Starter Army

 

Since then I have completed all but one faction, done two 3 by 4 feet mats and have some terrain to complete.  In future parts I will go through the factions and what models I used, how I painted them, how I made the terrain mats we will use on the day and some of the terrain pieces.  All in all the project have resulted in 324 bases (the equivalent of over 100 Polemos bases) and a total of 2155 miniatures – they are small but many.

Being a long time listener of the Meeples and Miniatures Podcast and having had a chat or two with Neil Shuck over the years I decided to approach him and David Luff at Salute – knowing they liked the game. I asked them if they wanted to help out on the day and they said yes – I am not sure who was the happiest at the end of the day – my son who got to try out the new Halo Ground Command game or I.

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The Young One directing the UNSC forces trying out the upcoming Halo Ground Command rules at Salute 2016

 

When Mike Hobbs (as documented in the Meeples and Miniatures Podcast No. 170) decided to join and help it really made my day.  I just have to finish a few things and we should be good to go.

Please come back and have a look (or follow the blog), we aim to post something at least every Sunday.

/ The One

Related links:

  1. Joy of Six
  2. Wyre Forest Wargames Club
  3. Baccus
  4. Studio Tomahawk
  5. Meeples and Miniatures Podcast