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The Saga of Symbaroum

The Saga of Symbaroum

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Ambria - Pansars (Hearthguard)

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The Queen’s guard, formally known as the Pansars, only fight in the army of the Grand Duchy of Yndaros, the Queen’s personal fiefdom.  The Pansars are a highly trained and disciplined fighting unit equipped with the finest Armour and Weapons  Ambria can muster.  While all Duchies likely have access to soldiers so armed and equipped, only the Queen’s Army has what might be described as a regiment or an order of them and it is that organisation that makes them so deadly.  In most Duchies, the wealthiest nobles might purchase such equipment and take the field in small groups on an ad-hoc basis but the Queen has a regiment of several hundred at her disposal should she call on them.  While small numbers of them may be sent into battle alongside any part of the Queen’s army, when the Queen herself marches to war the whole order marches with and their combined might and strength of arms are a force few in Symbaroum can stand against, as the Barbarian clans have found many times to their cost.

For the Hearthguard I needed  heavier looking set of models than the knights that I already used as the warriors.  Bearing in mind this is Fantasy, not history, I decided to take some liberties and purchased some 14th century foot knights from 1st Corps Miniatures wearing full plate.  Plate Armour is available in the Symbaroum game but it’s uncommon and limited only to the wealthy so it makes sense that for the Hearthguard, the elite Warriors of Saga armies, to be equipped with such armour.  This is especially true in the Queen’s Army which is obviously armed and equipped by the most powerful noble, or rather royal, in Ambria.  To stop them looking like a shiny, metallic mess I opted to paint the breastplates in the Royal colour of white with a purple trim, the colour of the army.  In general I will be painting miniatures with any level of importance in white and purple, regular soldiers/knights in purple and the levy/conscripts in purple and gold. In a previous entry I have painted a model for the Queen herself (or rather her younger self) and she is clad in pure white with only a small purple trim. For the knights with hand weapons I also purchased a set of lion shields from FireForge games which was the closest match I could get to the Queen’s shield.

These two units are the last of the Infantry miniatures I currently have.  I am currently 3D printing a model I can use as a warlord which I got from Medbury Miniatures.  I could use the queen but I’m actually saving that as a gift for the GM of our Symbaroum game.  Plus I feel like Saga as a game doesn’t have the scale for the Queen herself to be leading the battle.  I also have a mounted priest and a mounted wizardess as well as a unit of mounted Hearthguard.  All in, I think that I can push the army to about 9 points using the Age of Magic rules which means I can play the large 6 point game variant and still have plenty of options

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