It's been a while since I posted anything. The truth is, I just didn't feel like blogging - either authoring or viewing other people's offerings. It was always something I thought I might return to, though - I never gave up all hope.
So let's see how I feel after this: a straightforward cataloguing of my (as yet unbloodied) Saracen warband for SAGA.
The boss of this outfit is Iftakhar. He's a subtle, refined character with many talents. Just because he enjoys poetry and hawking doesn't mean that he's not quite capable in a fight as well!
The mounted model is from Perry Miniatures, whilst the bodyguard with the parasol is (if I remember correctly) from Eureka.
One box of Gripping Beast's "Arab heavy cavalry" has been used to make the Saracen hearthguard. I've modeled most of them with shield and lance (or sword or mace) and a few with bows in hand. However, many of the former also have bow cases and could be used as either missile or melee troops.
If anything, Saracen nobility are even more gaudy than samurai! These have all been depicted with expensive, patterned clothes and horse trappings. Thank goodness I only had a dozen of them to paint!
In contrast, the light cavalry (mercenary Turcoman archers) are much more drab. Again, these were built from a Gripping Beast plastic box - which suggests that I must have another 4 models somewhere since the kits come as a set of 12 figures. Hmm - I wonder what I've done with them?
I have a substantial core of basic spearmen for my Saracen warband. Again, these come from a box of Gripping Beast's plastic Arab infantry - apart from one extra metal figure which I think might be an early casting from Gripping Beast.
A dozen archers (the rest of the figures from the box of Arab infantry above) provide some missile power. Mind you, these are probably less-than-enthusiastic levies and so shouldn't be relied on too much...
Finally, I have some naffatun - foot soldiers with fire pots or primitive flamethrowers. Such weapons are mentioned in early medieval texts, but I believe they are not described in any detail. Consequently, the inclusion of these in any game is somewhat conjectural, if not completely fanciful! Still, they're usually given rules which make them as dangerous to the thrower as to his enemies. I'll include them in my force because they add a bit of local "colour".
From memory, my naffatun models are a mixture of Perry Miniatures and Gripping Beast.
So, SAGA has this supplement entitled Age of Magic. It seems to me that the easiest way to play this (starting from my existing collection) is to add a few fantasy elements to an otherwise "historical" force. Consequently, I've modeled a sorcerer, a roc and a genie (jinn). Any before anyone points it out, I haven't yet obtained a model for the very obvious man-on-a-flying-carpet!
I haven't stopped to work out what part each of these might play in a game of Age of Magic. The wizard is obviously a magician and I suppose that the genie could also be a magician. I don't know about the roc, though.
All three of these models come from Shieldwolf Miniatures and can be found in their Araves range.
On the whole, I'm quite pleased with this warband. I have another hero (on foot) still to finish painting and I might yet want to add some more fantasy elements, baggage & other objective markers. But what I have completed is mostly well done - certainly good enough for my liking.
SUperb figures here, the warlord vignette is awesome!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Phil! Actually, I'm not sure that the warrior in that group realises what an honour it is to hold the boss's parasol. He seems to have a fixed grin and a distant stare :-) .Delete
I’ve felt the same re. blogging, and like you have only just come back to see you have too! Lovely Saracens, hope all is well at that end.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ragsta. Part of me is delighted that I'm not alone in falling away from blogging, but the other part says I shouldn't be finding any pleasure in someone else's troubles. I hope you'll understand and appreciate the dichotomy :-) !Delete
Yes, everything is well, thanks. We're not undergoing any traumas that aren't equally shared by most other people in the world. I'm a lot better off than many...
These are fab looking figures Hugh. I've only returned to blogging in the past few months. It was very sporadic last year and had some turmoil and change in my job which i've just come outthe other side of.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles, though it sounds as if you're in a better place now. Onward and upward!Delete
Very glad to see you are well and still hobbying. I enjoy your posts a lot. Recently they inspired me to paint some cowboys to try your wonderful Rules with no name scenarios!ReplyDelete
I'm delighted that you've found value in my posts; thanks :-) !Delete
Yes, I'm well and still painting. There's not much gaming going on now (or since March 2020, really) - but I think that's true for most of the world, not just me.
Beautiful looking figures, and great to see you back on the blog.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Steve. I don't think I can really call it "back on the blog" properly until there are a few more articles this year. This one is a start, but it probably isn't enough.Delete
The blog of a thousand posts begins with a single article.Delete