Saturday, 29 October 2016

6 point Viking SAGA army finished

It's amazing what playing again can do for your painting mojo!

One game of SAGA against Macca and I was foaming at the mouth to finish off 6 points of SAGA Viking.

First up the Berserkers are a compulsory unit for Vikings!
With Valhalla and other augments they generate 32 attack die! BUT they are a glass cannon and unless you keep them at the back you will always need a SAGA die on the 'Asgard' ability to save them from enemy missle fire. Even losing ONE of these fellas will really hurt their ability to cause carnage to the enemy!
They really are a one shot trick as they will almost definately be wiped out in the combat, but if those 32 attack die are against the enemy warlord who cares!
One warning I will give is against using them to clear an attack channel as they will always be massacred and this WILL generate a fatigue on any friendly units within 6 inches, which your opponent could exploit, especially to shorten the movement of the next charging unit which can stop the assassination run in its tracks.

They also really nerfed against Irish as I found out recently!!!

The Warlord (Olaf the lucky) is a given and in most scenarios his death results in your defeat. I try to keep my army in a 'flying brick' formation with as many units as possible within 6 inches of Olaf to allow the 'come with me' ability to get any unit moving.
This is especially true with this army list as the majority of the warband is Bondi and you can not always be garranteed the die to get all the units moving and make full use of the battle board boosts.
Remember just because you activate a unit with the Warlord he does not have to attack the unit with them. I usually just move him over to stand next to the other unit of Bondi while the unit he activated crash into any threats.

My 4 point Viking army list for SAGA is:
No poxy levy (whats the point!). 
The Warband consisits of;
 Warlord (free)
1 unit of Berserkers (1 point)
2 units of twelve Bondi (3 points of Bondi split into two units of twelve) 
The only difference for 6 points is I add 2 points of Hirdmen of as a single unit of eight figures.

As an aside here is Sven 'The Oak', half brother of Olaf 'The lucky' and his right hand man.
Sven was the result of a tryst between Skorri 'the adventutous' (Olaf's father) and Hilda the gigantic ginger milk maid!

I like to keep a large unit of Bondi around the Warlord as it always hurts to pawn hits off onto expensive and hard hitting Hirdguard (especially Berserkers!) when my Warlord gets attacked. Having the unit of twelve Bondi allows me to soak up a lot more hits and leave the Elite units free to do what they are best at - collecting skulls!
Also a unit of twelve Bondi with the Warlord in support can (with the right die) generate up to 34 ATTACK die. That is enough to put off any Warlord from making a run at your Warlord. Especially in the early stages of the game. 
The five new Bondi are hidden away in this first unit. They are table top standard and lets just leave it there.

 Here is my second unit of 12 Bondi.

Like the Hirdguard I like to keep them in big units so I can take advantage of 'Valhalla' etc and still keep the unit viable.

In summary here is my 6 point Viking army list for SAGA.
No poxy levy (whats the point!). 
The Warband now consisits of;
 Warlord (free)
1 unit of Berserkers (1 point)
2 units of twelve Bondi (3 points of Bondi split into two units of twelve) 
1 unit of eight Hirdmen (2 points formed into a single unit)
Now the numbers.

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 153 (silver tower does not count)

Target 100

Miniatures bought 30 (damn you BOYL!!)
316 miniatures to go!
123 in the black this year


  1. They look great Riot, fantastic little force, now you've got me thinking about that box of GB vikings I have and how I could do my own Saga Warband, what have you done to me!!!!! :-)

    1. This hobby is a bit like 'the Ring' film.

      You have to pass on the sickness.

      The good news is SAGA is a great little game.

    2. Thought I felt a bit odd :-)

  2. Now that's an impressive sight!

    1. Thanks.

      Not my best painted army but they do the job.

  3. Nice! Vikings are a fun faction to play and you're right about the Levies.... A good speed bump, but don't generate dice and are craptastic in combat. Waste of a point imo.

    Nice use of decals too - wish I'd gone that route instead of freehanding my shields... Still have two units of Bondi for my Jomsvikings left to paint...

    1. The little big man decals were a gift from my gaming buddy Alister. They saved me an absolute age in painting time. I hand painted the first 8 Bondi shields and can't believe I did not just buy the decals in the first place. They look great and take seconds to apply!


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