Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Viking Shield Design for our SAGA Warband and Painted versus Unpainted

Finished of the Gripping Beast Viking Hirdmen for our SAGA warband with shield designs. Here's the lot. Another point of warriors ready to rumble. Having fully painted figures on the gaming table does make for a great game and nice photos too!!

Every club is different and some require painted miniatures in order to play. We can go either way on this one. It does make for a better "Wargame Experience" when the battleground is stocked with great miniatures all colorful (like these guys) and not gray! On the other hand, getting your figures all painted takes time. What if you want to try out a new faction in Saga? How about game testing your new Warhammer Fantasy Empire army? Should you take a canon and unit of spearmen or hellblaster volley gun and handgunners? It's nice to have a place to try these variations without having to paint them.

How about cardboard tokens? Anybody else ever try gaming like that? We've play tested a few things with squares on the table, it was not very exciting or appealing but it did get the job done. Let us know your thoughts on this one. In the mean time, here's our viking shield designs.

There are great transfers for shields out there, but we tend to do our own designs. As you can see, they can range from simple colors to the elaborate knot work.

You can halve or quarter the shield for easier patterns, break it into eighths with alternating colors or add a twist to the lines like the viking on the left.
Animal designs and patterns are big in the viking age. Do a bit of research on the internet or local library for historical icons you could use. Here we used a bear claw, fire worm and crow.

Don't forget to let us know what your club does for gaming, painted or unpainted!

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow

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