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Saga: Fantasy- Chaos Ascendant

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2016 by Sean

 

I’ve converted more Warhammer Fantasy factions to Saga: Dark Ages. The Chaos Pantheon gets its final member, as well as the Cult of Chaos Undivided. The rest of the Chaos factions are found in previous posts.

Tzeentch: The Franks’ action/reaction system and the ability to manipulate the battleboard on a whim make a good translation of Tzeentch’s mastery of change. The Franks faction allows you to choose from 3 Dynastic rules; the Carolingians rules probably best represent the faction.

Warlords are the Champions of Tzeentch, powerful fighters and masters of sorcery. They may be mounted on a Chaos steed.

Hearthguard are the Chosen, the fighters decided by fate and effort to serve their master, wielding the finest weapons and foul magics. They may be mounted on Chaos steeds.

Warriors are the Conspirators, a mix of Chaos Warriors and Sorcerers. Any units may be fielded as a Coven of Chaos, counting as being armed with bows (magic spells) but they wear lighter armor, reduced to Armor 3. Warriors can also be equipped with normal weapons and armor; they may also be mounted on steeds.

Levies are Cultists, lesser members of the warband. They represent hangers-on, pawns, and apprentices. They are armed with bows (though again this could represent a spell blast).

Chaos Undivided: This faction represents the mortals who worship the Chaos Gods as a pantheon of equals, praying to each in turn. This version is closer to a tribe of Northmen, seeking to achieve the favor of the gods. The Norse-Gaels faction seems a good match, with its emphasis on Challenges (trying to catch the attention of the gods) and brutal close combat.

Warlords are Champions of Chaos, leaders of Northmen tribes, or marked by the gods on the path of Damnation. They can be equipped with Great Weapons (Dane axes, flails, two-handed swords, etc.).

Hearthguard are the Warriors of Chaos, armored brutes dedicated to their gods. They may be equipped with Great Weapons (Dane axes, halberds, etc.)

Warriors of the warband are the Marauders, aggressive mortal tribesmen. They are armed with either Great Weapons (often axes or flails) or throwing axes (javelins) reducing their Armor to 3.

Levy are the Cultists, the weakest tribesmen. They are often slaves from defeated tribes or newcomers to the worship of Chaos, striving to gain favor. They carry throwing axes and javelins. This could also represent a sorcerous coven like with Tzeentch.

Saga: Fantasy 2

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2015 by Sean

 

 

I’ve added a few more battleboards for Saga, converting more armies from Warhammer Fantasy into Saga: Dark Age rules.

I recreated 3 of the Chaos Gods; Nurgle, Khorne, and Slaanesh. I’ll get to Chaos Undivided and Tzeentch soon enough. I also created the Dark Elves as the counterpart to the High Elves.

Slaanesh: The swift, merciless movements and callous self-sacrifice of Slaanesh’s worshippers is nicely recreated with the Mutatawaii rules. As minions give themselves to the embrace of blissful death, they earn Slaanesh’s Favor.

Warlords are the Champions of Slaanesh, gifted by their god, bedecked in luxurious armor. They can right on foot, or ride either prancing horses or the dread Steeds of Slaanesh (using rules for Camels, unnerving cavalry).

Hearthguard are the Chosen, the favored followers of the cult. They can either fight on foot or on horse or Steed. Another option could be Hearthguard represented by a group of Daemonettes.

Warriors are the Cultists, armed and dedicated, vying for the favors of Slaanesh. They fight on foot, with sword or bow. Alternately, the bow-armed Warriors could be a coven of cultist sorcerers, their spellcasting represented by the rules for bows (lowering their Armor accordingly).

Levies are not part of the warbands; only the most dedicated and fearless follow the path of the Dark Prince.

Nurgle: Nurgle’s children play the long game, grinding their opponent down through disease and exhaustion, resisting repeated charges with unfeeling flesh and breaking them with merciless counter-attacks. The Anglo-Dane rules suit them. The Fatigues the army can lay on their opponents could be seen as disease and decay.

Warlords are the Champions of Nurgle, bloated with plague, bearing great scythes and rusted flails. They count as carrying Dane Axes (-1 Armor for targets in melee, and -1 Armor versus enemy melee attacks).

Hearthguard are the Chosen, immensely tough and implacable. They can be gifted with great weapons or other mutations (giving them Dane Axes) or more mundane weapons.

Warriors are the Warriors of Nurgle, the common soldiers of the Plague God, with the most blessed Marauders joining their ranks.

Levies are desperate and lost commoners, weakened by mutation and disease, following the warband in worship of Father Nurgle. They carry bows or slings.

Khorne: After some thinking, I decided to adapt Khorne’s worshippers using the Jomsvikings. The bloody soldiers of Khorne are pitiless and unstoppable, building their Rage over the course of the battle, until they unleash it through violent destruction. Any member of the warband can carry great weapons or halberds (Dane Axes).

Warlord are the Champions of Khorne, blood-soaked, brutalĀ  killers.

Hearthguard are the Blood Knights, the warband’s most dedicated soldiers, gifted with fine armor and gore-slicked weapons.

Warriors are the Slaughterkin, each desiring nothing more than to prove their power and skill to the Blood God.

Levies are not part of the warband. Khorne pays no heed to weaklings and non-combatants, other than providing more skulls for the Throne.

Dark Elves: The Dark Elves’ swift cavalry and murderous ranged power combines to make them a deadly combatant. With this in mind, I used the Normans rules.

Warlords are the nobles, princelings, and dark lords of the Dark Elves. They can fight on foot, or ride dexterous horses or Cold Ones.

Hearthguards come from the ranks of the Black Guard, Executioners, Witch Elves, and Cold One Knights. They can fight on foot, or ride horses or Cold Ones.

Warriors are the City Guard, trained Dark Elven soldiers. Units can be mounted, representing the Dark Riders and lesser Knights. On foot, City Guard are armed with spear and shield, while one unit of up to 8 can carry the iconic crossbows (-1 Armor on ranged targets, but also -1 Armor themselves because they lack shields).

Levies are made up of Slaves, pushed to battle for their masters. Some can be prisoner Elves, High Elves, or various other captured races. They are armed with bows.

 

 

 

Saga: Fantasy

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2015 by Sean

It’s Saga: Fantasy today… Warhammer Fantasy in this case. I’ve made battleboards for several Warhammer factions. Each is a modification of an existing faction from Saga: Dark Ages and The Crescent and the Cross.

Dwarfs: I based their board on the Vikings, due to the straightforward nature of the Dwarf shieldwall and love of combat. I might also try to adapt the Anglo-Dane board to the Dwarfs some time, emphasizing their toughness and stubborn tenacity.

Warlords are Thanes or Princes of Holds.

Hearthguard are the Holds’ Longbeards and Ironbreakers, well motivated and well armored. 1 unit of 4 Hearthguard can be fielded as Troll Slayers (Berserkers)

Warriors are Clan Dwarfs, the common soldiers of the Hold.

Levies are the Beardlings, young Dwarfs who cover their elders’ advance with bow and sling.

Skaven: The ratties use the Anglo-Saxons rules, with its emphasis on massive units of troops.

Warlords are clan Chieftains or clan Warlords; they can ride giant rat mounts.

Hearthguard are the clan’s Stormvermin, bodyguard for their Warlord (at least until they betray him); they can ride giant rat mounts.

Warriors are the Clanrats, the multitudes of Skaven fighters.

Levies are the Skavenslaves, the abused cannon-fodder of the Skaven clans. Some are armed with slings or bows. Skavenslaves units can be armed with spear and shield; fighting desperately, they have Armor 4 and generate 1 Attack Die per 2 models.

High Elves: The Elves use the Scots rules. Their defensive and counter-attack abilities seem to match well. Abilities that require spears have a (sp) notation. All foot units without ranged weapons count as having spears.

Warlords are Princes or Nobles; they can be mounted on Elven steeds

Hearthguard are one of the martial orders, either Swordmasters, Phoenix Guard, or White Lions (and despite the actual weaponry, they count as being armed with spears for purposes of Battleboard abilties); they can be mounted, coming from the Silver Helms or Dragon Princes traditions.

Warriors are from the ranks of the Spearmen or Sea Guard.

Levies are the largely defensive Militia, armed with bow or javelins.

Beastmen: The beasts of Chaos use the Welsh rules, being lightly armored and loving skirmish and hit and run, with brutal fighting in rough ground.

Warlords are Beastlords or Wargors, the strongest members of their tribe, gifted by the Gods; they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins (or cast spells, representing Shamans).

Hearthguard are the Bestigors, the powerful core of the tribe, wearing the best scavenged armor (despite this they have -1 Armor against shooting); they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins.

Warriors are the Gors, the common members of the tribe. They generally lack armor or shields, preferring to travel lightly (-1 Armor against shooting); they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins

Levies are the Ungors, the weakest members of the tribe. They are armed with javelins or bows.

Orcs: Another board based off the Vikings, the Orcs (and their subordinate Goblins) are pure aggression and violence.

Warlords are the Big Bosses and Warbosses, the biggest and the meanest Greenskin of the tribe.

Hearthguard are the Big’Uns and Black Orcs, armed to the teeth and well-armored. One unit of 4 Hearthguard can be fielded as Savage Orcs (Berserkers).

Warriors are the Boyz, big green monsters ready and able to fight.

Levies are the measly Goblins that the Orcs browbeat to fight for them. Preferring to fight at range, they are armed with bows or javelins.

Goblin Khans: The wolfboyz of the Goblins are based off the Spanish rules, with its use of interrupting activations and disruption of the opponent.

Warlords are the Goblin Khans themselves, mounted on mean, ugly, and/or violent beasts.

Hearthguard are the most experienced Wolfboys, armed with spear and shield, mounted on vicious wolves.

Warriors are the common Goblins. Some are them are the more cowardly Wolfboys, avoiding combat to instead pepper their targets with arrows from wolfback. They have -1 Armor in close combat, and are armed with short bows (javelins). Other Goblins fight on foot, armed with spear and shield.

Levies are the weakest, least brave Goblins. They are armed with bows or javelins. One unit can carry captured crossbows (or sometimes the Goblins will hire mercenaries from Human or Chaos Dwarf armies). Firing the crossbows gives the unit 1 Fatigue.

I’ll probably work on more battleboards at some point. I’ll have to figure out what best replicates Dark Elves, Lizardmen, Empire, etc.

Saga: Goblins?!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on December 10, 2015 by Sean

 

Goblins…in Saga?! Don’t remember the wolf riders in your history books?

This could use an explanation… I wanted to try out some of the other Factions from Saga, other than my Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Danes, Vikings, and Welsh. The ones that interested me from Saga: The Crescent and the Cross all involved plenty of cavalry, something I completely lack among my historical minies.

On the other hand, I already owned plenty of Goblins from my Warhammer army. I’ve posted pics of them in the past. I added a few new members, bumping the numbers up until I had enough to field a force for Saga. I based the Goblins off of the Spanish Faction from Crescent and the Cross. The unpredictable unit activations, the enemy debuffs and harassment, and the general lack of too many combat bonuses seemed to fit the Goblins’ fighting methods. I even made my own version of the Goblin Khans Battleboard. Some day I may paint up a proper historical Spanish force, but this will do for now.

I have enough for 6 points so far, with more wolf riders in progress to give me more options for units.

Warlord (mounted on his crocogator)

3 points of 4 Hearthguard (the spear and shield-armed wolf riders)

1 point of 8 Warriors (the short bow-armed wolf riders, counting as javelins)

1 point of 8 Warriors (on foot, armed with spear and shield)

1 point of 12 Levy (armed with bows)

I’ve played a game with them against Moors (a friend’s army; Mounted Warlord, 5 points of Warriors on foot and 1 point of bow Levy). They were able to outmaneuver and overwhelm the Moors in piecemeal, jumping in and interrupting the slower Moor infantry. Charging units on the opponent’s turn, followed by a charge on my own turn, I was able to lay on Fatigues and whittle units down, before a devastating charge from a fresh Goblin unit was able to eventually destroy the targets. I lost a fair amount of Warriors due to their weakness to shooting and close combat, and my Hearthguard got thinned from repeated charges, but I pulled out a strong win. More games in their future!