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Thor's Wood, a Sacred Grove near Viking Age Dublin?

By onJuly 12, 2013 in Archaeology blogs, Short Histories<p>In late December 999 AD Brian Bóruma, king of Munster, decisively defeated the Vikings of …

Some Irish words with Norse Origins

By onNovember 21, 2013 in Archaeology blogs, Short Histories<p>The year 795 AD saw a new force arrive on the Irish political scene, the Vikings. These …

Mini Review - Gripping Beast Crusader Axe & Egil

Here are a couple of units for Saga that escaped the other reviews for various reasons.<br>They were kindly supplied by Gripping Beast.<p>Firstly a C&C …

Field notes 2: The Viking ship museum, Oslo

<b>Posted:</b> August 26, 2014 | <b>Author:</b> Toby Martin | <b>Filed under:</b> Burial, Fieldwork, Objects | <b>Tags:</b> archaeology, early medieval, Early medieval Europe, …

Tactics in Saga - The "Hammer Effect"

After playing a number of games of Saga, there seem to be a few tactics that become "standard" in your arsenal. They need to be adapted to the type …

Sverd i fjell – As Espadas na Montanha

<b>Sverd i fjell – As Espadas na Montanha.</b><p>Este é de longe um dos monumentos mais impressionantes do mundo, três gigantes espadas vikings de 10 metros de …

The Saga Begins...

Well...it's a start. Now that Battlegroup Kursk has been giving me the historical wargamign itch again, I have been searching for another era to …

SAGA Anglo Danes v Welsh

After an enforced hiatus (paternity leave) I finally got together with one of my wargaming chums for a game.<br>I was really missing SAGA, having not …

SAGA: 4 Points & Warlord Painted & Based

My SAGA starter warband is completed at last. The warlord and 4 points – 2 points of hearthguard and 2 points of warriors.<p>In the back is some terrain …

SAGA Scots Warlord Complete!

Truly, from little things, big things (or at least, more complicated little things) grow; this unassuming pile of pine bark chips and pebbles was to …

Saga AAR – 4 pts Normans v Welsh – Clash of Warlords

Here’s a quick AAR for Christmas! It’s from a couple of days ago. We went for 4 points Welsh versus Normans and chose the clash of Warlords mission. …

Saga on a Budget - Welsh & Strathclyde Factions

<i>By Mike Wood</i><p>Following on from other articles about getting into Saga using budget plastics, here are another few thoughts....<p>The really obvious one …

Tackling Mounted Factions

One of the big advantages of cavalry in Saga is their ability to run around the flanks of infantry based opponents. This can change the tactics …

Swords for Hire: Steppe Nomads

The recent Saga supplement <i>Varjazi & Basileus</i> contains an interesting little unit available to some of the factions.These Steppe Nomads are an upgrade …

Battle at the Ruins

I don't often think of taking photographs of battles I am playing, mainly as my camera is a brick and it is easier to leave it at home. The recent …

A Quick Test

Despite the recent flurry of Malifaux activity I have been painting some other stuff. This has mainly been miniatures for SAGA. As I said in my last …

SAGA Slaughter

I got less gaming in over the holidays than anticipated. However I did manage two games against Steve at least. The first was a desparate defence on …

Viking swords, discovered alongside warrior burials in Kilmainham, Dublin. Now on display in @NMIreland http://t.co/SyrA3DLgvX

Back to Dux

I have been really slow to photograph figures, mostly I think because I find it a real challenge to take good photos. I have a new camera, but you …

(Saxon Month) Beowulf of Barkynge

Well "Saxon Month" has been an unmitigated disaster with just 24 miniatures undercoated. However, I was determined I would paint at least one bloody …

Custom Fatigue Token for SAGA

I have seen some pretty nice custom fatigue tokens for SAGA(thankfully the only needed accessory for the game save a measuring stick). I love the …

Anglo-Dane Hearthguard Table Ready

In my quest to complete two warbands for SAGA, I have begun painting my Anglo-Danes. I hope to have the core of both(Viking and Anglo-Danes) done …

Another Review: Plastic Vikings

Well, it seems I've got a bug for this reviewing lark.<p>Next package for the secret project arrived yesterday – 28mm plastic Vikings. These models were …

The Pagans are Coming!

These are the last of my standard Jomsviking Huscarls. I added to these the warbanner that I had painted up previously. I think the scale works a …

The Lord of War

I think I skimped on doing the shield for the Warlord of my Jomsvikings. I was lazy and I had had enough of tiny intricate designs. I have looked …

Huscarls and High Command

Here are my quickly painted Huscarls. I wanted to put a whole lot more effort into these models but I was getting bored and distracted by all the …