Friday, March 27, 2015

Great War Germans for Flames of War, Part 3

Part three of my Great War Germans is ready for action.  This is the second infantry platoon and is just like the other one.  So far this has been a fun and easy project.  It might be time to tackle one of the tanks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SAGA Viking 8 Point Army

The completed 8 point army.

When I got back into SAGA late last year (or rather go into it in the first place) I, obviously, needed some miniatures.  Initially, I just used what I had available, which was quite a bit actually.  The core of my Viking army was some Danes I had painted for a WAB Rus project several years ago.  These are really great figures that had otherwise never been used.  Late last year I also painted some new figures for SAGA - Thralls and Berzerkers.  My latest effort, which brings me to completion for this project, is the rebasing of my Danes, the creation of a cool Warlord and painting up a couple of units of Bondi.  This gives me 8 points so I should be able to create just about any Viking army I would like for SAGA.

The Warlord with his horn-blower and trusty standard barer.

These are Gripping Beast metal figures that I based on a 50mm round wood base.  The banner is reworked from one I downloaded from An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields site.

One point of Gripping Beast Hirdmen.  These have been rebased onto rounds.

The second point of Gripping Beast Hirdmen.  Several of these were equipped with spears and I change that to hand weapons.  It just looks more heroic.

The third point of Hirdmen.  Also Gripping Beast metals as are the others.

The fourth and final point of Gripping Beast Hirdmen.  Sixteen of these should be plenty for just about any army build.

A single point  of Gripping Beast metal Berzerkers.  One point is all you are allowed and these will likely be in most all armies I play.  They are just too much fun!

One point of Gripping Beast plastic Bondi.  These are from the Dark Age warriors box and I must say I am a little disappointed.  They are fine figures and a great deal I was just hoping for something more.

The second point of Bondi.  These are the Viking Bondi figures from Wargames Factory.  I really like these a lot.  They are a very dynamic and characterful bunch of figures.

Twelve thralls with bows.  In reality these would have probably just be Bondi with bows but you don't get that option in SAGA.  These are Wargames Factory figures and are a mix of parts from the Viking Bondi and Saxon Fyrd sets.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Great War Germans for Flames of War, Part 2

Here is the next installment of my German WWI army for Flames of War.  This is the first of two infantry platoons.

The complete platoon

The command team build as an SMG team.

Two MG teams.

The optional rifle grenade team.
With this it is time for a little pause in this project.  I have a couple things to do and then I will get back to this.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Great War Germans for Flames of War, Part 1

One of the gaming goals for this year is to get Flames of War Great War on the table.  Last year I picked up the Blitz's Battlegroup box set.  This is a really great deal and is a very solid core of an army for about $100 (cheaper online in places).

To start off the project I have painted the HQ and all the options.  From a points perspective this represents about 510 points!  Needless to say I doubt this stuff will all make it on to the table at the same time.

All the teams for all the HQ options.  There are 33 figures just for the HQ.

Three anti-tank rifle teams.  I can see these being in lists with defense as the focus.

The CO and the 2CI.  These are built as SMG teams but I will use them as pistol teams as needed.

Three flame-thrower teams for clearing out enemy trenches.  Very handy for attacks.

Two grenatenwerfer teams.  These should be useful for either attacking or defending.  These will likely be a must have for any list.

One sniper team.  Snipers in FoW are always tricky.  I think in the Great War these will be much more useful as the armies are infantry.  They will take some trial and error...

I painted these a little different than most painting guides would have you do it.  I used Field Grey for the trousers and the puttees.  For the tunics I mixed Field Grey and German Uniform (Vallejo 920) for a more green color.  I think they look good but I will probably mix this up more for the rest of the army.  i will do some all in Field Grey and others all in the mixed color as well as this style.  German uniforms in the Great War had just as much color variation as they did in WW2.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

First Units for Hail Caesar

After nearly 2 years I have finally completed my Wargames Factory Saxon Thegns.  Back in 2013 I posted about these figures and now they are done. 

These are pretty OK figures and great for bulking out big armies.  I should have more to say about this but I have had a bit too much to drink tonight...