|"Saracen" spearmen in 28mm for SAGA: Crescent and The Cross - figures by Perry Miniatures|
I'm taking a bit of a break from 30k painting, and my hobby focus is shifting back about 29,000 years or so to the era of the Crusades. These are 28mm arab spearmen, metal castings from Perry Miniatures. The spears are steel spears which the Perrys once sold as well (but no longer appear to). These eight figures are meant to serve as one-point-worth of warriors in a Saracen warband for the game SAGA.
|As I needed to paint the shields, I opted for very, very basic-looking patterns|
Back in February, during Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I got started on a Crusader warband for "SAGA: Crescent and the Cross". During the Challenge I managed to complete a four-point warband for the Crusaders. Each "point" in SAGA is a variable number of models, depending on whether you have hearthguards (four figures per point), warriors (eight figures per point) or levies (12 figures per point). In this case it was two points of hearthguards and two points of warriors for the Crusaders, so twenty-five models once the warlord was included.
|I used steel spears from Perry miniatures, and I absolutely love them - unfortunately the Perrys don't seem to stock them anymore?|
Of course the Crusaders would need some figures to Crusade against, and I intended to finish a Saracen warband to oppose them, but I only ever finished a single model for them - the mounted Warlord figure. The poor Saracen warlord would not last very long in the face of 25 Crusader attackers...if I ever want to finally getting around to trying "Crescent and the Cross" with the group the Warlord was going to need his own warband too!
|I tried some vague-looking arabic script on a couple of the shields to add some flavour to the warriors|
|The Saracen warlord appears, overjoyed that a few warriors have decided to join him!|
For a skirmish game, I would prefer to have these guys on round bases. But I am also harbouring ambitions of playing "Hail Caesar" one day, and that calls for formed units. When I did my crusaders, I based the infantry on square bases in the vain notion that they might join a larger, formed "Hail Caesar" unit. While my ambitions to ever get a "Hail Caesar" force of any sort together continue to fade the more I consider it, I still wanted the Saracens to match the look of the Crusaders base-wise, so that is why they are on square bases too.
|The Saracen warband to date - nine figures painted, another 16 to go...and all of them mounted!|
Having said that, I'm determined to stick it out, however, and at least get this Saracen warband finished! That's nine figures finished from a final total of 25...hopefully I can build up some momentum and keep it going! The "Hail Caesar" game may never happen, but hopefully I can get some SAGA skirmish games in sometime this fall.