I haven’t forgotten about SAGA. Here are my first finished models: the Viking warlord Ragnar the Unlucky, and four of his hearthguard.
I wanted to try something different in my approach to these guys, so I decided to go with all simple, old-fashioned techniques and not get bogged down in details. The other thing I wanted to do with my SAGA models was something I’ve never done before: no metallic paints at all. I thought if all the colours on the models were flat it would make them more unified and down-to-earth.
Firstly I sprayed them with Army Painter bone undercoat (which, may I say, is a bit glossy. But it turned out OK, I guess). Then I washed all the cloth and hair colours in, blocked in the shields with solid colours, then washed the whole lot with brown ink. Lastly I did the metals.
The metal was the most complex bit, but I went for a very simple non-metallic metal effect. I tried to give the vague impression of metal with a few strokes of light grey and then white over a dark grey base. Finally I washed the metals (after the models were sealed) with black and brown oil paint – a trick I learned from one of those big-ass Forgeworld Masterclass books. It was really easy – mainly because I didn’t stress about accuracy.
The bases were done with Gale Force 9 Marsh Blend. They’ll be fighting my Irish warband (next up on the table after my Infinity Asura), and since the Irish are the ones being raided, their environment determines the base. Soooo… peat bog it is!
I’m really pleased with these boys. They look hard as coffin nails, and not sweating the details made them fun to paint. I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve painted chainmail. Not since Warhammer Fantasy Battle in the early 90s probably. Too long!