We have just finished our second SAGA tournament in the Historical Wargames Club at school. The interest this year has been great, with 18 boys entering the tournament with warbands covering just about all the currently available 14 factions apart from Skraelings, Norse Gaels and Franks. Welsh and Bretons were the most popular.
Today we awarded prizes, and I really must give a shout out to Ian Crabbe at War & Peace Games who has been a brilliant supporter of our club and donated some very generous prizes. He is definitely on the Ducal Honours List. While you're over at his site, check out the tasty deal of the week on Saxon figures for Dux Britanniarum.
I can't put pictures of the happy young warlords up on the blog, but here are some of the figures from the winning Irish warband.
The boy who painted these figures (and came first in the tournament) didn't even know what wargaming was 2 years ago. He's probably been painting for about 18 months, and everything he comes out with is noticeably better than the last. Impressive eh? No way I could have done this well at his age.
Incidentally, the blue dice in the last photo are a set of famously cursed dice that thwart me at every turn. I refuse to use them, and play mind games with opponents by trying to get them to use them. Such are the depths of pre-Enlightenment superstition to which we gamers descend.