With all the discussion on the WWPD forums and having my Normans staring me in the face for the past few months on the painting queue shelf, I decided to power through my SAGA stuff. So far I have several figures done and I'm not far off from completing my Normans. Using the Bayeux Tapestry as my painting guide, this has been a fun and educational project to work on.
Here's what I have so far for my Normans:
In SAGA, you field your army with a few points, in this case above four points. You get your Warlord commander dude for free, he's out front there. Then for one point you can get one of the following:
- 4x Hearthguard (elite)
- 8x Warriors (normal)
- 12x Levies (pretty shit)
Once you have purchased all of your units, you can mix and match your figures to the unit size you prefer (minimum 4 figures, maximum 12, and must all be of the same quality).
So, my army above has four points, making four units of Hearthguard. In my games I tend to group the two units of four spearmen in the back into one glorious unit for shock/assault tactics. The other two are free to move and exploit their fast move (mounted troops move 12" rather than the usual 6" for foot infantry).
I have about a half dozen more mounted Normans to put together and bolster their numbers, plus I'm going to grab a unit of 8x Crossbow troops in the near future and perhaps some dismounted knights as well.
Here's my spearmen. In the game it usually doesn't matter what type of weapon you've got unless its a crossbow or a Danish double-handed axe. In my case, Norman knights don't have any unique melee weapons so I've modelled the figures in a unit with similar weapon types so I can easily spot them on the battlefield.
Obviously the one on the left is unfinished. That is because I've been painting them in batches of four, with each batch receiving a different horse color.
The grey horses are still in the process of painting, hence the boring white shield :)
And here's my swordsmen, again the greys are a WIP:
Here is what I'm calling the Household Guard unit. They've got a bit of work left in them:
And the man himself, which I am saving to the last:
Then once I'm done with these guys, its on to my Vikings!
Also, I found a good source for 'display bases' aka 'Warmachine bases': http://www.heresyminiatures.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5 ...
With the exchange rate the way it is, its a pretty good buy, even with shipping charges.