Monday, 7 November 2016

Norman knights for Saga

This is the start of my newest Saga warband: Normans. First up are my warlord, Baron Odo the Outrageous, and 12 knights (mounted hearthguard). The miniatures are from Gripping Beast, with shield transfers and the flag from Little Big Men Studios.

To commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, I added a printed frieze of the Bayeux Tapestry to the base of Baron Odo. Lets just pretend that this recounts the (forthcoming) exploits of this (as yet untested) mighty warrior.

The transfers from Little Big Men Studios are both beautiful and easy to use. These ones are made specifically for Gripping Beast shields and fit on really well. Unfortunately, about half of the models have shields where the canvas runs over to the back of the shields. This meant that I had to paint "extensions" of the transfers over the edges of the shield. It was a bit challenging to mix the paints to get colours that perfectly blend in with those used in the transfers, but I am quite happy with the end result.

I also tried something new with the flag, which is paper glued onto aluminium foil. Whilst the foil allows for a better "furling in the wind" -effect, it was a bit fiddly to glue into place. This will require more practice.

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