Monday 18 May 2015

Saga Irish: Half Way

With all the new excitement at the local club around Saga (hooray!), a bunch of the guys are building Saga forces. Unfortunately, like most other places, the preferred scale at the club is 28mm. So I decided to put together a 28mm Irish force so I have something to play with!

I chose the Irish because they have a few interesting things going for them that other teams don't: first, war dogs. In the game, the dogs count as Warrior units, with the added ability to move through rough terrain without penalty, so they will be very mobile. Second, the Irish can field Curaidh, which are champions or lieutenants to the Warlord. Each Curadh figure counts as a unit unto itself, but with better combat stats than an individual Hearthguard. 

The figures I got are from Gripping Beast, the "official" Saga miniatures line. The figures themselves are a bit of a mixed bag. The casting is good, but the sculpts are sometimes great, sometimes not so great. On a few of the figures, the hair is just a semi-spherical lump with dimples poked in it, and some of the figures' hands are pretty undefined - the thumb might be just a paddle sticking out the side of the hand, and the fingers aren't separated. Also, the poses of some figures are pretty uninspiring - the Warlord that came with the warband is in a really strange pose, with his right arm sticking straight out and up, and his head kind of leaning into his armpit. Not sure what's going on there. I ordered a set of Scots command figs along with the warband, and I used a couple of them for my Warlord instead. Unfortunately, that pose is mirrored in one of the Hearthguard figs.

For these guys, I decided to paint the shields freehand, rather than using transfers. I don't think the result is quite as nice and clean as I would have had with transfers, but I find that miniatures with shield transfers all end up looking a bit samey, and I wanted to do something a bit different with mine.

Anyhoo, here are the pics. I have my dogs and handler out front, the warlord in the centre, and a unit of Hearthguard with an associated Curadh on either side. Still to do: a unit of 8 Warriors and a unit of 12 Levy.

Zoom in to get the full details.


  1. Cool, they look beautiful ! Nice colour and great freehands on the shields! You did a better job than the LBM. I am looking forward to meeting your ginga warband :)

  2. I see what you mean about some of the figures since you pointed them out. However, I think these shortcomings completely disappear into the background with the high quality of your painting.

  3. I really wouldn't worry about the sculpts. Great sculpts and paint jobs are great to look at on blogs, but in the heat of battle all focus is on the game. At a recent event an opponant apologised before getting his levy out. I genuinely thought it was because he was planning on shooting me to bits - but he was referring to his paint work. It wasn't completion quality, but more than adequate for our game. Seeing lots of painted figures on the table gives the game atmosphere. The assembled mass being more important than individual figures. With all that said, your Irish look super!

    1. Dam autocorrect! Completion should read competition!!