Ever since I first saw them in about 1990 I've wanted some of the Alternative Armies Sidhe miniatures sculpted by Bob Olley. For some reason, even though I've owned and painted other miniatures from the same Celtic Myth range, I never got around to buying any.
Hopefully SAGA has changed this. Having sorted out enough Vikings to be able to pit them against each other I was casting about for another faction to add to the mix when I came across some Lord of the Rings forces and battle boards produced by other SAGA fans.
I figured I could do the same but with factions I wanted. The first of these is the Aes Sidhe.
There are only 12 miniatures in the range (although I have a variant amongst them, see the double edged axe men above) and, since I need 24 miniatures for a 4 point force, I ended up with two of each pose. This will give me 2 points of warriors and 2 points of hearth guard.
I needed a Warlord of course. Somewhere I have a Wargames Foundry Slaine who would have worked well but I've misplaced him. Happily I also have this excellent Essex Miniatures wizard (also sculpted by Bob Olley) that I've hung on to for many years just waiting for the proper time to use him. His time has come!
With his ludicrously large hat and interesting Sun scepter he is a perfect choice to lead the people of the mounds into the mortal world to repel the Norsemen.
As a bodyguard I bought an Essex giant (he was on sale) who looked suitably bizarre and fun to paint.
For their entry point on to the table the Sidhe needed something suitably otherworldly so I dug out this Snapdragon resin cromlech that I bought from them a long, long time ago when they were selling off some painted items at a show and, of course, have never used for anything.
I plan to mount this on a bigger base and blend it into my usual basing style whilst still keeping its unique Snapdragon look to enhance its 'otherworldliness'.
Here's a WIP photo of the first 16 miniatures. Click on the picture for a larger version.
It was mentioned that I didn't have the complete range of Sidhe miniatures when I posted the original photos on the Lead Adventure Forum and, sure enough, a quick Google showed I was missing three poses.
An email to Alternative Armies saw this rectified and I ended up with another group of eight figures; two each of the missing poses and a couple of the naked swordsman (easiest to paint) to make up the numbers.
I've been painting a set of eight miniatures each weekend so now, three weeks after the project started, I've completed all the warriors including the new additions.
And later today I should have the Wizard and the Giant finished as well. Tomorrow is a bank holiday when I hope to complete the basing so expect final photos soon.
The Battle board
I'll design a battle board for the Sidhe of course. I couldn't find any Celtic themed dice for them to use as SAGA dice that I liked so I bought these rather spiffy translucent Borealis Light Green / Gold 16mm Chessex dice instead.