SAGA Grand Melee 2015 Review

GartenzaunThe open air museum of Oerlinghaus set the scene for this years SAGA Grand Melee. 28 protagonists took part in this event that was exellently staged by “Sir Wennig” of Stronghold Terrain. The dark age longhouse proved the perfect setting for this two-day event.

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Patrick’s Birthday Present

SAGA North Gael Warlord (4)My brother and I have taken up playing SAGA some time ago. We are both looking forward to the SAGA Grand Melee in Oerlinghaus next weekend. Incidently today is my brother’s birthday. So what better idea could I have but to augment his fierce Norse Gaels presenting him a new warlord with a two-handed axe. I sure hope I won’t need to play against him at the tournament.

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SAGA Painting the Gall-Gaedhil

With the SAGA Grand Melee 2015 coming up the pressure rises to finish the SAGA figures that I have already cleaned and now are patiently waiting to be painted. This gives me the opportunity to explain how I paint my 28mm white metal figures. I am well aware that  most people have their own painting techniques, but I also remember that I was always keen to read about other peoples ways to learn. The figures I am going to paint are the Sons of Death, a group of Norse-Irish mercenaries.

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SAGA Getting ready for the Grand Melee Germany 2015

A SAGA tournament will be held in September at the outdoor museum Oerlinghausen. And my Anglo Danes and I, we are going! It is said that the games are going to be played in the  Merowingian longhouse below. I shall bring along a candle.


You can find all relevant information at »Deine SAGA startet hier!«.

Obviously we will need to prepare for the event. I hope I can play a few games for exercise. As the tournament asks for a 6 point warband, I will probably take along all my Danes with no mercenaries.

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As an alternative I could substitute 2 points for the Gall Gaedhil. I would probabely leave behind one group of the heathguards and the slingers. And of course it would motivate me to paint the mercenaries at last.

SAGA German compendium just arrived

SAGA Kompendium battelboards

SAGA Kompendium (1)Today the new SAGA Kompendium arrived together with the 2015 calendar promised to come along with the first 200 pre-orders. Also I received the long awaited Gall -Gaedhill swords for hire. These guys will serve as an 2 point option for my Anglo-Danes or as a boost to full 6 points for the Irish.

I like to invite you to a quick first glance at the book, the battle boards, the calendar, and the figures.

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“We Obay” on the sheep

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Just after Yuletide the Anglo-Danish warlord Jarl Sigeweard Digri of Northumbria moves along the Scottish border. Aethelwyne, Bishop of  Durham, had attended the Yuletide festivities at the earl’s court. With the weather quite mild for the season, the bishop insists on visiting a holy shrine near the Firth of Forth. Hence the earl and his warband escort the bishop and his entourage to secure a safe journey.

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SAGA Irish update

I have done a lot of painting lately and now have run out of deflashed figures I’d like to paint. For me it normally is either painting or cleaning metal figures. Otherwise all the fine chippings get into the paint and contaminate it. So I put away brushes and paints and went on to clean the flash from my newly acquired 28mm Gripping Beast Irish. Here is the result:

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Irish wolf hounds and handler

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Irish warriors

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Irish heathguard

All together I found it quite easy to remove the flash from the GB figures. The Irish wolf hounds and handler were a treat to clean. No problems at all. The other Irish models all have seperate shields that need to be soundly glued onto the left fist of the figures. Some of the heathguard figures have quite fiddly parts that are somewhat difficult to attach firmly. I am unsure, if this is going to be a travelling army as I would be apprehensive of parts breaking off in transit.

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All the figures get their bases mounted on a 25mm washer. The warlord off course gets his 40mm washer. The washer lowers the barycenter of the figure and that will make it a firm stand on the tabletop. Also it allows storage and transportation on a magnetic mat.

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Next step is to model the bases for the warband. I have learned from documentaries on medieval Ireland that todays landscape of Ireland has only developed after the Norman occupation. Still, with the wet weather predominant on the island I will go for grassy bases.

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First I apply a layer of waterbases instant stopper onto the bases.  I use a small brush for this work. On the bases of the warlord and his champions I add a piece of hemp string cut to a 3mm strand. These will look like bushes when painted.

SAGA Irish update (13)Next step of course is priming. I use a light gray sythetic resin primer. It dries quickly and provides me with a good base coat for my painting. At this stage we can admire the 4 points warband fully cleaned, based, primed, and thus ready for painting.