Crusaders & Berserkers Assaulting Stronghold Terrain

October 16, 2019 by avernos

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Stronghold Terrain has previewed two new packs of resin miniatures for use in Saga and other early middle age games. The first pack we're going to look at are the Crusader Hearthguard.

Crusader Hearthguard Front

These are a beautiful set of miniatures in a variety of armour, giving each man a uniquely individual feel while still having a fairly cohesive look to them. Detail work is excellent on the sculpts including the leather binding on the shields being nailed to the interior.

Although they've been sculpted for Age of the Crusaders to be used as hearthguard and the two-handed sword does peg them as more likely to be 12th century they are a beautiful set and could easily find themselves used in other forces including the Age of Vikings lists as something like the Varangian Guard without much of a problem. The weapons could even be swapped for Dane axes simply enough to add a bit of diversity to your units if you feel like running them as larger forces.

Crusader Hearthguard Lloyd

The customary Lloyd shot shows off more of that gorgeous detailing and also the shield variants that come with the pack, which once again would be a quick way of showing variety in the unit. The second pack shows a different take on Viking Berserkers with a set of four Shield-Maiden Berserkers.

Shieldmaiden Beserkers

Again four very individual sculpts with a variety of weapons and poses. For Saga players who can only field unit of berserkers in a warband finding a unique set of miniatures for the tabletop is often time consuming as nobody wants to reuse regular bondi or hearthguard.

These offer the opportunity to have a unit in your warband that very few other people are likely to have even seen. I particularly love the shield-maiden biting her shield which I expect is a homage to the Isle of Lewis chess piece. These warriors are practically feral looking and the detail on them has been perfectly executed.

Even if you're not a Saga or Dark Age player I can see a lot of use in both of these packs of miniatures for a host of games or even just to pick up and paint. It also moves me one step closer to a full shield-maiden warband for my Vikings if only someone would do a host of levy I'd be ready to level England.

Will you be launching a Crusade to get these miniatures?

"These are a beautiful set of miniatures in a variety of armour, giving each man a uniquely individual feel while still having a fairly cohesive look to them"

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