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Saga: Review of some Perry, Redoubt and Gripping Beast metals

Here is a link to an article I posted on reviewing some non-combat items I bought to use as Baggage for the Saga mission “The Escort”…. here.


Saga: AAR: Byzantines v Normans in “The Escort”

A little game Dan and I played a couple of weeks back at the NWGC, Stockport. Dan played a 6 point Byzantine faction, I took Normans. The Byzantines got the dice off to escort their Baggage across the table (we hadn’t seen the rules in the errata about bidding for the job of escorting – lowest points bid winning the escort duty – so we just assumed afterward that we had both bid 6 points!). The Baggage is worth a Saga dice apiece to the Byzantines, so they seemed to have the advantage in that they could field a few large blocks of troops and still get six Saga dice in each turn start.

Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, I only had my (crappy Nokia) phone camera that day.

First off, setup, using the semi-random terrain rules, we ended up deployed as follows:

AAR (1)

The Byzantines chose to go down their right flank in strength. As the baggage cannot go across uneven (hills, woods etc) terrain, they had little choice of routes.

 AAR (2)

Normans kept to the centre and their left to oppose the Byzantines as best as possible. They took two blocks of 6 hearthguard cavalry, two blocks of 4 Warriors near the mounted Warlord, 8 X-bow warriors and 12 levy bowmen. All in they generated 7 Saga dice.

AAR (3)

The Byzantine Cavalry needed space so off they went. The Byzantine Steppe Nomads kept in the woods to support the flanks.

AAR (13)

Norman bows failed to make any impact so Norman cavalry loaded up on Saga dice tried a charge into the front of the Byzantines. Some bad luck on the dice saw four dead Normans retreating.

This left the way open for the Byzantines to hit the Norman archer levy who were wiped out.

AAR (6)

The small units of Norman spearmen look on nervously as the Byzantines spread out but kept out of crossbow range!  Norman cavalry tried to go round the hills to the right. The Norman cavalry made a large move behind the enemy lines. Byzantine Steppe Norman’s create friction by venturing out of their wood and firing on the Norman cavalry trying to get round the Byzantine flank to the baggage carts. Meanwhile, the Crossbows are taken out as they try to get closer to the block of Byzantines and are hit hard and fast.

AAR (14)

The Baggage carts were moved further away from the action and in shelter of the main block of Byzantines and their Warlord. The Norman cavalry suffered for getting to close to the wood. Steppe Nomads took their toll on them!

AAR (17)

The Normans tried again to hit the Baggage carts. They tried to kill one but were fought off by the cart alone! Embarrassing for these Hearthguard.

AAR (8)

The Normans, tired from their fray, are hit by the Steppe Nomads.

AAR (10)

In the end, the Norman Warlord dies leaving just the spearmen. We shake and end the game as the result is obvious. Byzantines floored the Normans with no baggage lost and very few casualties.

The Steppe Nomads proved to be a great asset to the Byzantines. Using the wood for protection, they kept moving in and out of cover and using their bow skills to take care of enemies straying too close.

A fun little game. Not an easy mission for the attacker to win against a defensive force like Byzantines.

AAR (7)

Saga: Some new “baggage” items for Saga….

One of my Saga related projects is to paint up some different kinds of baggage for the game.

Saga allows you to have three bases that you can escort in a mission called “The Escort” (strangely enough!) These bases are some kind of valuables. Putting my thinking hat on and shopping around on the net, I found some various items.

Monks (off on a pilgrimage).,,, some Pilgrims (another pilgrimage), some angry Pilgrims (attacked making a pilgrimage),,,,  also Cattle and hens and herders; goods for Carts; slaves and slavers. All i need now is a war chest for the carts and I am sorted!

The bottom line in Saga is that the baggage can fight back! It doesn’t just sit there and wait to be captured or killed. It has Attacks and an Armour rating and is activated as if it were Hearthguard. Wow! Recently, I embarrassingly had a unit of four Viking hearthguard who were forced to disengage after failing to damage a Byzantine baggage cart.  Those ladies on the back sure fought hard!

The figures came from Gripping Beast, Perry Miniatures and Redoubt Enterprises. I am sure I will use some of the other suppliers in future….

Here are a few pictures until I can do a review on the

Saga: Focus On…. Breton Shooting (Wood Elves for Saga!)

If you play Saga then you may not have discovered the Breton faction from the “Northern Fury” supplement. I put an article on there that may be interesting. They play like Wood Elves, so why aren’t they tall and green,,, 🙂

Saga: Swords for Hire: Angry Monks!

I put an article on the website about Angry Monks (!!! Grrr and all that).

A very odd force you can buy for a point to add to your Saga faction (if they are Vikings!)

Saga: Swords for Hire: Hereward the Wake

Here is an article I posted on the website about the legend that was Hereward the Wake. He is available as a sword you can hire as a leader for your Anglo-Dane warband. link…


Flames of War – 15mm ruined buildings and bridges

Here are some recent purchases from eBay in some kind of resin. The three buildings and two bridges cost around 15 pounds including postage which isn’t bad for a row of shops / houses and river crossing! The bridges painted up nicely so the buildings should not be too much of a problem.

A few medium and small bases of infantry and small vehicles were added to give the scale.