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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Steppe Tribes


















Here are some photos of my Steppe Tribes, Warlord and Hearthguard for Saga. The figures are from the lovely Gripping Beast Hun range but can be used as various Steppe Tribes or Nomads, including Cumans, Pechengs, Tartars, Sabirs, Avars, Khazars, Bulgars and Seljuks, amongst others. I have a Foundry Hun army to paint, so these figures will be doubly useful to mix in with those figures, to give a bit of variety to the units.

The Steppe Tribes battleboard and faction rules are in Wargames Illustrated Issue 311. I've only played one game with them so far but they seemed to work quite well. Rather strangely the composite bow which only Warlord, Hearthguard and Warriors may have, works like javelins with same range, while levies who are only armed with self bows actually out range them and have some useful shooting abilities on the battle board. I have always liked 'shooty armies', Persians being one of my favourites, so the Steppe Tribes should be a lot of fun to game with.













14 comments:

  1. Excellent painting! The basing realy looks like some place in the steppe. Strange thing about the composite bows.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei, I used a burnt grass flock for the bases as well as the usual tufts. Yeah it is weird the rules with the composite bow, only thing I can think is they did it for game balance so they have to get in close to shoot 6" and are vulnerable in melee.

      Mike

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  2. Very nice! They look scruffy and murderous.

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    1. Thanks Simon, it would be a while between baths out on the steppes, I imagine!

      Mike

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  3. Great painting here, Cyrus! They do indeed look murderous and I can hear the townspeople saying "there goes the neighborhood!'

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    1. Thanks Monty, I'm sure they would have ruined many neighbourhoods!

      Mike

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  4. Very nice paintjob, I do like your work on the brown colors, mixing with the colors of the steppes...

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    1. Thanks Phil, bright colours just don't cut it out on the steppes...

      Mike

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  5. Good work hopefully getting some nomads myself too

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  6. Thanks Mi7, they're a fun faction to paint and game with, I've got quite a few horse archers to paint next as warriors.

    Mike

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  7. Great work as always. Composite bow sounds like an anamoly. Any discussion on the saga forum?

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  8. Thanks Paul, I haven't seen anything about composite bows on the Saga forum.

    Mike

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  9. These are looking very nice indeed!

    Christopher

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