Thursday, 8 November 2012

SAGA West Saxons

I found a box set of Gripping Beast plastic Saxon Thegns on Ebay a few days ago, so put in a tentative bid. As a result, I now have the aforementioned box sitting on my workbench, which is both a good thing and a bad thing depending on your point of view. I have a handful of GB metal Saxons in the leadpile that I aquired years ago for WAB, after using a skirmish variant of the rules at the club for a few games.

These had been set up and umpired by Dr Ryan Lavelle, who is a bit of an expert on all things to do with early medieval warfare, to say the least. The series of games that we played were a lot of fun and made use of some particularly effective shower curtain terrain that Ryan had invented, alongside some very effective scratchbuilt mid-Saxon timber buildings.

Here's his rather useful review of the plastic Saxon figures:

Anyway, that was a long time ago, but the idea of a ninth century West Saxon project has long been simmering away in my subconscious and has now ben re-ignited by the advent of SAGA. If I can get the Norse done this month, I quite fancy putting together a small West Saxon force, based on the plastic figures and the additional metal fyrd figures that I have in the ever expanding leadpile.


  1. There was an interesting article in a WI a couple of issues back showing how you can raise a Dux Bellorum Saxon army out of one box. Using sabot bases you could do both Dux Bellorum and Saga...