Weekend Workbench

Weekend Workbench

I’m paintin’ Normans and Flems. Yup.

  • Sean Parker

    At least you aren’t painting Norman’s Phlegm

  • Sean Parker

    Yes, that was a bad joke… I’ll go away now…

    • Is it as bad as my half-serious desire to build my warlord out of a 28mm Anthony Perkins (crossdressing as an old woman) figure?

      • Sean Parker

        Anthony Perkins wasn’t an old woman?

  • G Red

    Flems eh? Which one is a Snopes?

    How detailed are these Saga minis? And do tell about the scale/size?

    • So, pictured are minis from three companies: the crossbowmen are Perry (CU23 Crusades), most of the spearmen are Conquest (plastic Norman Knights), and two of the spearmen are Gripping Beast.

      I’m not head over heels for any of them. The Perry figs have insane amounts of flash and I swear are growing burrs of metal overnight. Some of their features are weird: one guy’s eyes just don’t line up.

      Shockingly, the Gripping Beast figs are the worst of the lot. They’re the same height as the Conquest guys… but their heads and hands are significantly larger, and poorly sculpted. The flash is better with them, but where it is is worse: their hands are clearly sculpted to just hold the spears, but the void for the spear shaft is basically just full of metal… but not so full it’s easy to use a drillbit to clear.

      The Conquest figures are, on the whole, really pretty nice. They’re not as detailed as, say, a GW plastic kit… but what’s there looks pretty good and is well-proportioned. The way they do arms is inconvenient for conversion, but is quite clever: instead of joining the arms at the shoulders, they all join mid-bicep. So, the chainmail shirts are all one piece, and you just attach the arms that extend beyond that (which sidesteps the biggest issue with the Gripping Beast plastics). Given the detail and the cost ($32 for 44!), I’m pretty happy with them.

      How they compare to other ranges… I haven’t really stood them next to anything but other Normans. I’ll take a couple of pictures tonight, though.

      • G Red

        Sounds like some poor QC then, or just poor casting skills. The Perry’s never could sculpt feet, IIRC. People seem to like their Napoleonics though.

        Simple detail is actually a feature when you need to paint large numbers of minis. Maybe conquest is onto something.

        Thanks for the response.