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Saga – Viking Bondi unit 2

Tonight I put the finishing touches on my last 8 Viking Bondi (warriors). That’s right, I am now the proud owner of a fully painted 4 points of Saga. I’ll have to get a group photo at some point.

When we left off, I’d put in a couple evenings of paint, and the Bondi were looking like this:

Day 4: more paint, plus some dirt on the ground!

Day 5: finished up any still unpainted spots, but mostly a bunch of shades and washes. I don’t think I snapped a picture of that.

Day 6: some detail work (including shieldwork), and some light drybrushing to give the hair, fur, and dirt some depth.

They’re starting to really look like something at this point.

Although they can’t look at anything themselves. No eyes just yet.

Day 7: Day the last! Eyes and blood! Here’s a few of them before and after the finishing touches:

And one final group shot:

Up next: the Gal Gaedhil (Sons of Death)?

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Saga – Viking Bondi unit 2 WIP I

K, this is it! I’m only 8 miniatures away from having a fully painted 4 point Saga warband, so I’m painting all 8 at the same time.

Day 1: Prime the last few that were still bare metal…

Day 2: Some blues, some greens, some browns. Moving right along…

Day 3: A few different skin tones and wood colours, and most of the clothing complete.

Until next time!

Saga – Vikings!

The painting bug finally caught hold of me again, and the result is a whole mess of Vikings. Previous to the last week or so, I had slowly worked my way through two Berserkers, a Hearthguard, a Warrior, and my Warlord. 5 models. I have now more than tripled that, and I have also convinced a friend of mine to take advantage of Gripping Beast’s black Friday sale, so I’m actually going to get to *field* these ruffians (and not as Ostlanders).

Viking Paintfest, Round 1:

I started with these three Bondi (warriors), as they were ‘based’ and primed and ready to go. Realized pretty much immediately that if I was going to work on multiple minis at the same time, I should do more than 3. So I finished that first night by grabbing a few more that I’d already gritted the bases on and priming them.

This brought the count to 5 Bondi and Gunnar Hamundarson. I don’t have Njal yet, so he was probably a silly choice to paint at the moment, but it’s just such a great model.

I used a lot of different colours on this lot (and so many browns!), but I like the feel of it. Uniform in their lack of uniformity, if you will.

And there’s that batch finished, and bloodied up. I think I mixed about 7 shades of red for this group; I reduced that to about 3 for the next lot.

Next lot! 7 miniatures this time: 2 Berserkers, 3 Hirdmen (hearthguard), and 2 Bondi.

I went with this combination because it would finish off a bunch of units that I’d started over the past year (usually one at a time for local painting contests).

I picked up some GW Nuln oil to wash the armour (is it weird that I’ve never bought any previously?) and decided to try a few more interesting shield designs.

Mixed results. I’m not exactly a freehand genius, but I’m happy enough with the results. Once I’ve bloodied these fellows up a little it should soften the aspects I feel look weird.

It takes a pretty serious effort on my part not to overdo it with the blood. Maybe I do anyway, but it strikes me as pretty unlikely that vikings wading through a battlefield *wouldn’t* be visibly bloodied, so here we are. Weapons and hands seem like obvious candidates, and I picture shields just being another weapon; either via a classic bash, or using the edge (with shields this big, though, maybe that’s unrealistic? I have no personal experience with dark ages combat, haha). That’s enough overthinking for now…

So, the result of this latest painting binge? I have now painted:

Gunnar Hamundarson and my Warlord.

One point of Berserkers.

1 point of Hirdmen.

1 point of Bondi.
Next up? Another point of Bondi and maybe Njal or a mercenary unit, depending what finds its way onto my desk.