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CptKremmen08 Aug 2011 5:08 a.m. PST

Hi there,

I am painting up a Saxon army for Saga and wondered about the unit sizes. I know they are 4/8/12 but wondered how that applied to Saxons?

Are the Select Fyrd an 8 man unit?
General Fyrd a 12 man unit?
Huscarles a 4 man unit?

Or something like that??


PS Thanks for previous advice on my Normans

Serotonin Inactive Member08 Aug 2011 5:31 a.m. PST

IIRC from my game at Salute

Huscarls = 4
Thegns/Select= 8
Fyrd= 12

I have left the building Inactive Member08 Aug 2011 6:20 a.m. PST

hi CptKremmen

for Saxons you can field your Huscarls with 2 handed axes or with shield and hand weapons

other then that your breakdown is correct

also your warlord gets a 2 handed axe as well


SDallimore Inactive Member08 Aug 2011 4:39 p.m. PST

Are the rules out yet? Would be interested in having a look.

Derek H Inactive Member09 Aug 2011 2:20 a.m. PST

September for the rules, or so I was told on Saturday.

evicatos Inactive Member09 Aug 2011 2:57 a.m. PST

Here are a couple of reviews that might be helpful


barcah200109 Aug 2011 5:07 a.m. PST

Sounds and looks interesting. Can the system be used for recreating larger battles like the Alfred or Brian Baru vs Norse? Hastings?

axabrax Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2011 9:19 a.m. PST

I think they are a skirmish set

barcah200109 Aug 2011 9:52 a.m. PST

The term used by the authors is mid-scale skirmish---would that cover a viking "great army" of 600 men?

Derek H Inactive Member10 Aug 2011 2:06 a.m. PST

From my limited experience I think 600 would be stretching things a bit.

Normal game would be under 60 figures a side.

00 JET 00 Inactive Member24 Aug 2011 5:38 p.m. PST

So just to be clear, one point would purchase…
4 Huscarls/Thegns
8 Select Fyrd
12 Fyrd

Do the different types of weapons matter? I thought from an earlier thread that it didn't matter whether or not a model was armed with great axe, a sword, or a spear… is that right?

Also, the Vikings have Berserkers, the Normans have mounted knights and crossbowmen. Do the Saxons have anything special?

Finally, are there any skirmishers in the Saxon list? If so, what would they be armed with. The thing is, my friend's model collection (from which I will be choosing models to paint) has lots of Saxon and Viking models in it. I'd like to know more about the Saxon list before I commit one way or another.


I have left the building Inactive Member25 Aug 2011 2:34 p.m. PST

if you are doing a Saxon warband then your Huscarl units and warlord can have double handed Dane axes which reduces the armour of your opponent (unfortunately it also reduces the armour of the unit with the axes)

Studio Tomahawk Inactive Member26 Aug 2011 1:51 a.m. PST

Saxon Levies (Great Fyrd or Geburs)are armed with bows or slings, which in game terms doesn't make a difference. You can even mix slings and bows in the same unit if you fancy.

SAGA is meant to recreate small skirmishes with up to 70 models per side, though the rulebook offers the option of fielding larger warbands of 8, 10 and 12 points.

For larger battles, Gripping Beast is currently develloping their own large battle system. This battle system will share some concepts with SAGA, but will be a game of its own.

No release date though.

Hope it helps.

00 JET 00 Inactive Member26 Aug 2011 2:37 a.m. PST

Actually, both of your answers helped significantly. Could javelin be included with bows or slings? I only ask because I have gripping beast gebur models, some of which are javelin-armed..

Thanks again guys.

I have left the building Inactive Member26 Aug 2011 10:30 a.m. PST

the thing to remember with Saga is each unit is taken to be armed with a single weapon choice, so you could get away with having a mix of figures in a unit as long as you and your opponent know what the unit is armed with.

hope that makes sense?

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