I have not played Saga in almost four years, but given good reports about the second edition, and being aware of an active play group, I decided I would rather play frequent, short, small miniature games, than not play at all. Plus, good way to meet new players, try different venues, etc.
|Black Tree Design Saxons, prepped and glued to squares of cereal box cardboard for painting.|
I've owned the above Black Tree Design figures for over four years and never got around to painting them. I had not sold them because I always though they were nice sculpts and you never know. In the intervening four years I did, however, sell quite a few painted Saga warband figures (all my Welsh), and others I used for Saga were rebased on multibases for use in Late Roman/Arthurian games (early Saxons and Irish). This cleared the runway for the Black Tree figures to finally be painted. I remembered to take progress photos this time...
|Figure primed with thin coat of gesso. I really like this pose.|
|Figures block painted but prior to a wash with a matte medium/water/black paint mixture.|
|Some figures after applying the wash.|
|More figures after applying the wash.|
|Still more figures after applying the wash. The draco figure originally had a cast banner pole. I trimmed that off, drilled out his hand, added a steel wire pole, and topped it with a plastic draco from an old Wargames Factory sprue.|
|Completed figures out on parade on my gaming table.|
|Figures in the rear are the Eureka Miniatures' "Beowulf Retinue" set. I painted those years ago but touched them up (as well as 8 Crusader Miniatures' Saxon axemen) to get this warband to over 50 figures.|
|I need to remember to take more of these low-angle shots as they look much better. The "table overview" shots in these skirmish games look rather bland...|