|Erm... what?! Sorry, did you say something?|
It's been all Vikings all the time this week First off Minneapolis, Minnesota won the bid to host the NFL's Super Bowl LII in 2018 that will be played in the Minnesota Vikings' spiffy new stadium set to open in 2015. One obviously has everything to do with the other, and I don't feel one bit sorry about New Orleans not winning their 11th SB bid in a row. So even if they can't field a winning team, at least they can have one come over to visit.
|Proof that the Vikings do show up just about everywhere except for at the Super Bowl.|
Over our time in the hobby we all tend to buy and sell stuff over the years as minis come and go, new projects are started while others are abandoned. Mostly with no regrets... mostly. Probably my biggest regret hobby-wise was striping and selling off my Wargames Foundry Viking army that I had painted up in 2002 for Warhammer Ancients and the odd skirmish battle (See HERE, HERE, & HERE)
I was never quite satisfied with that original paint job especially since I had used the very bright line of Citadel paints, where the other two main local Viking armies were painted in a more muted gritty style using Vallejo. With the death of Warhammer Ancients and really any type of Dark Age gaming, these figs became less and less of a priority, sitting unused in the cabinet for years
Then came unemployment and starting an eBay store. My other unpainted Foundry models had always sold like hot cakes, and my Vikings were always my emergency strategic reserve if I needed a good chunk of money really quick (or so I thought). That day actually came a few months before I created this blog. The emotional and physical taxing stripping process took almost 2 weeks, and then with everything organized back to their original blisters they hit eBay with a thud. I had to keep marking them down to get anything to sell, and in the end I was almost giving them away.
Things started to turn around a bit and I started this blog. Soon afterwards I discovered the Hail Caesar rules and then Saga was released. Saga was literally all over the blogosphere haunting me. I pretty much owned the entire WF Viking line, so I could have hand picked my favorite models and still sold the rest... had I known... had I known. (Sigh.)
chicken dinner!! Lot's o' Vikings!!!!
Well, redemption finally came last December when I stumbled upon a couple great deals on eBay and I quickly pulled the trigger. With few more blisters from Wargames Foundry I now not only have enough for a couple of Saga warbands, but for a Hail Caesar army as well. THE SONS OF ODIN ARE BACK BABY!!!!!
|Sorting out the first warband.|
If fellow local blogger Monty (from Twins Cities Gamer) and his plethora of wonderful warbands for Saga wasn't enough motivation to get going, my buddy Eric (See his Vikings in those skirmish battles above) has been busy re-basing his figs as well as building terrain boards (More on that below). Along with a number of other local gamers that have been getting in to Saga lately.
Few more toys on the way!
The Vikings from WF are fun and relatively easy to paint, so they seem like the perfect short term (one warband) to get my painting mojo going again. The last time I painted these models I went on a tare for the next 8 months having the most productive painting stretch of my life (Then I moved). So hopefully the magic works twice as I'd like to surge on my Prussians and a few terrain projects over the next few months. (Watch this space!) :-)
Eric's New Saga Boards
As mentioned above, Eric has been busy lately, and the Weekend Wrap is the perfect place pass on his latest coolness. I'll give my blabbing a rest for bit a simply share the verbiage and some pics from his Google+ post for you to enjoy.
Vikings & Saga Gaming boards
Well I finally have my two 4x4 gaming boards complete and all 120 of my Vikings switched to round bases for Saga and Hail Caesar.
The water was fun to make. I made the waves with Mod Podge (looks like PVA glue) and then left to dry. The next step is a layer of Envirotex Lite resin to coat the water with a hard shell.
Now that I have some new boards to play on I can start using more of my terrain for different games. Spring is in full swing and it's time to go a viking. So now my Jarl needs just needs some ships...
Finally, if all that wasn't enough Viking inspiration for one day, and with no Lagertha to guide us until Season 3, I do have a pretty interesting video on Viking swords and trying to recreate one. Well worth it if you're into that type of thing.