Starting the SAGA

Starting the SAGA (2)bRecently I visited a wargames event nearby, to meet my fellow wargamers and to have a friendly game or two. Besides other and more broadly popular wargames there was a small SAGA tournament. I took the opportunity to watch, discuss the rules, and even got to play a demo game. This helped a lot to make me more familiar with the unique rule system from Gripping Beast and to renew my appetite for the age of the Vikings! 

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Scottish SAGA warband

SAGA Scottish cavalry

Scottish cavalry

Three years ago I allready had made my first encounter with the then brand new rules of SAGA. The games system is built around battleboards, each specific to a single faction, where you use battle dice to activate units and special abilities. If you want to know more about the rules, you may want to read this review I found quite helpful. 

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Charlemagne and his Carolingian SAGA warband

I was quite fascinated when I came across SAGA. There is was, the opportunity to paint a manageable number 28mm figures and to actually get to play with them. Gripping Beast offers starter boxes and I chose an Anglo-Danish warband with a chieftain, 8 Huscarls, and 16 Ceorls, 4 points in game terms. 

SAGA Anglo-Danish battleboard and dice

SAGA Anglo-Danish battleboard and dice

To take part in comming tournaments I will need a 6 points Anglo-Danish warband. Thus I bought an additional pack each of Anglo-Danish Huscarls and of Geburs. This will bring my warband to 41 figures. I shall organise them as follows:

  • WARLORD with Dane axe
  • 4 HUSCARLS with Dane axe
  • 8 CEORLS
  • 8 CEORLS
  • 12 GEBURS with slings

The announcement of a private SAGA tournament scheduled for after Christmas serves to boost my motivation to get the warband ready for action. The 25 figures I bought 3 years ago are all cleaned and coated, half of them painted. The 16 new figures will go through the process of cleaning, assembling, coating, and painting due short.

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Gripping Beast Ceorls with Slings

Also I want to add some terrain. I started with an Anglo-Danish dwelling from 4GROUND. I am much pleased how easy the assembly went and how convincing the result looks on the game table. Stage one of the assembly is complete. After a 24 houres period of leaving the white glue to dry I can procede to finish the house.

Ango-Danish dwelling assembly stage 1

Ango-Danish dwelling assembly stage 1

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Anglo-Dane in front of his dwelling

I will leave you now as the Anglo-Danish warband is calling me to the work bench. Read more of the Anglo-Danish SAGA in future posts.