IntroductionI've been slowly building up my forces for SAGA, to the point where I now have quite a decent Scots force (7 points worth, I think). Most games would use between 4 and 6 point warbands, so I have a choice of which troops to take for this army.
I still need to build up my Vikings to match (5 points at the moment), but true to form I have wandered off target and started an Anglo-Dane warband as well (only a few figures painted, so far). The Anglo-Danes aren't ready to display, but my earlier units are mostly described here:
Now, it's time for some more Scots...
Crusader Miniatures. This gives me 6 figures to play with, but 1 point of hearthguard in SAGA equates to 4 models. I'll use the 5th figure as a mounted warlord. The 6th man (well, boy blowing a horn) will be painted up anyway. If/when I buy another packet of 3 figures then he'll pad them out into another group of 4.
small boy and a flock of chickens). However, I'm sure they'll improve once they get the hang of things. After all, they couldn't do much worse!
I ordered 12 figures from Gripping Beast, from their 'civilians' range, rather than the ones sold specifically for SAGA. Although I had intended to buy 3 different sets (of 4 figures each), I ended up with 2 sets of the "parading" monks. Consequently there are duplicate models here, though I've tried to make them look a bit different by varying the paintwork.
As with all my SAGA figures, the monks have suitable Dark Age names. In this case the names are gathered from all over the British Isles rather than being specific to one faction. Mainly this was because I couldn't find authentic names for 16 Scots holy men from the 9th century. No doubt someone could out-Google me at this if they desired, but it isn't really necessary!
Gripping Beast. They have weapons and some armour, though I imagine that none of them are really trained in how to use it. I suppose there might be the occasional 'younger son of a nobleman' or 'retired soldier' who has fought before amongst their ranks...
On the right are 4 models from Black Tree Design. Officially these are "Brothers of Shrewsbury Abbey", from the time of the 2nd Crusade (i.e. Cadfael and friends), but I don't think monkish costume changed much over 300 years!