Monday, June 18, 2012

Kenneth MacAlpin

Before moving on to other things, I spent last week adding two more points worth of figures to my Scots warband for Saga. These were made up of 12 bow-armed levies, and a hero of the dark ages to lead them - Kenneth MacAlpin. Kenneth has the great ability in the game of potentially messing with an enemy unit before the game even begins. This could mean that an enemy unit becomes enraged, and spends the game throwing itself fruitlessly against a wall of Scots spears, or it may even mean that a unit switches sides at the start of the battle. I really want to see this happen to an opponent! All the figures are from Westwind's Pictish range. I love the command figures, although I'm less enamoured with the levy. They're ok, but some detail is a bit soft and a couple of garments don't make any sense to me (those worn by the standing firing archers). I also wish the pack came with a greater variety of heads - all the included heads were bareheaded, instead of the really nice hooded heads Westwind do. Maybe they would respond to requests to put in a mix? Who can say? While we're on Saga, had a great game at the school club last Friday involving 6 points of Bretons vs a combined force of 4 points of Welsh and 4 of Scots, on a really big board. The Bretons were outnumbered, but gave us heaps of trouble riding around and avoiding contact. They scared my Welsh boyos quite a bit.

8 comments:

  1. Your banners and shields continue to inspire me to get back to Dark Ages mate!

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  2. That flag is fantastic! May I ask how you're making them?

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  3. Thanks chaps. I wish I could take credit for the banner, but it is a transfer from Little Big Men, stuck onto paper then shaped with PVA glue. I do paint the shields though, but I think a banner like that is beyond me!

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  4. I like those a lot mate and that switch sides rule...nasty!!!

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  5. Skirmishing cavalry always cause porblems :/ Great shield!

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  6. The flag and the shield are amazing!

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  7. Very nice work there. I´m very tempted to paint a Scot Warband!!

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