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Bad Squiddo Games26 Dec 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

Ok… here we go.

We are bursting into 2018 with the biggest project yet. The company was originally set up so that Annie had some shieldmaidens to play with, and a few years on, we're going back to our roots to create an enormous shieldmaiden army.

Suitable and designed for dark ages wargaming, these are incredibly versatile and will find homes in many fantasy games as well as other historical periods.

Over 50 brand new miniatures, predominately sculpted by Alan Marsh (of Bad Squiddo WW2 fame, as well as existing shieldmaiden characters and more). Featuring complimentary sculpts from Shane Hoyle, John Morris and Phil Hynes. Mostly single piece yet stunning poses and attention to detail. Even more perfect than ever to lure more people to the hobby.

Whilst ambitious as heck, our relationship with a new casting company is allowing us to fulfill this at breakneck speed, so we wrap up Early February and deliver March-April. Hopefully all of it in March. They showed how amazing they are with the My Last Sunrise Kickstarter and have worked with us long enough now that we are more impressed with their quality and speed (and kindness) than anything else we've come across.

Stay tuned as we dribble some beautiful and breathtaking sculpts at you over the following weeks. The incredible paint jobs are by Paul at Here Be Goblins.

I (Annie) am incredibly excited by this, and I know you will be too.

Some peeks so far!

and a sneak of a spearwoman, they're coming with North Star wire spears.


Guntruck26 Dec 2017 11:05 a.m. PST

That's 2018s disposable income taken care of :-)

Vigilant26 Dec 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

+1 Guntruck. Annie hits my wallet again!

Brian Smaller26 Dec 2017 3:33 p.m. PST

Wonderful miniatures. Expect some orders from New Zealand this year :)

Huscarle27 Dec 2017 1:19 a.m. PST

What with the Shieldmaidens & Gangs of Rome, I'm going to be very broke this January.

Bad Squiddo Games27 Dec 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

Thankyou, I am excited :D


Personal logo Sir Walter Rlyeh Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

Freyja's wraith? Will we get a cart pulled by cats?

Guthroth27 Dec 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

I will follow this with great interest, but already several of the sculpts don't represent women of the period. All 4 of the archers above have swords which is OK in a semi-fantasy way, but not as representations of historic characters. The one in the womans dress and bow is potentially FANTASTIC but FMPOV ruined by the sword.

The spearwoman looks great – as long as they dont add a sword.

I'm also sure I've seen one figure with a seax across her bum/back. This is so wrong it's almost unreal.

It's a real shame, as I was looking forward to these.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

Excellent! Going on my "Gotta have" list!

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 1:09 p.m. PST


The Midge31 Dec 2017 5:01 a.m. PST

@ Gunthroth
Oh Bah humbug! You could always file the sword off. If you are comfortable fileing high art that is.

Bad Squiddo Games05 Jan 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

More images to come soon, missed the first week back to work laid up with blooming flu! Still poorly but I can feel the life returning, woo!

Bad Squiddo Games11 Jan 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Bad Squiddo Games13 Jan 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

Oh my!

Bad Squiddo Games14 Jan 2018 11:00 a.m. PST

Paul Sanderson has started painting up the spears!

rough picture of some sword armed hearthguard

There are 30 of the standard troops (ie holding swords, axes and spears, armoured and unarmoured) which means it's really easy if you're playing a bigger battle game to have lots of individuality. It's also enough enough to convert these for even more options.

Apart from a very basic inner metal dolly (there are a set of different cast dollies sculpted for this project by Alan which are legs and then just a flat armless and headless torso, it's any metal bits you can see here basically), these are all unique sculpts. SUPER SWISH.

(then of course another 4 berserkers, 4 crossbow, 4 archers and 4 slingers!)

Picture from Phil of Fenrir, he's since had his hackles raised! He is the son of Loki and the giantess Angrboğa. Who are his other siblings? Why Hel and Jörmungandr of course… what do you mean they will also be in Freyja's Wrath? Well if you're very good I guess I'll show you them too……


Nine days to go!!

Bad Squiddo Games15 Jan 2018 2:29 a.m. PST

Bad Squiddo Games17 Jan 2018 2:37 a.m. PST


"You want swords? We got swords! They are shown here without shields so you can see more of the mini – those little hand nubbins are where the shield goes. You can of course file the nubbin down easily to make the mini have no shield.

The vastness of the troops in Freyja's Wrath mean you can build exactly what you want and make units look very different. They're great to mix and match, for example a Hearthguard unit (in SAGA) could be a mixture of the axe and sword armed packs, and warriors could be sword and axe tunic packs, with the odd spear thrown in too!

The Kickstarter launches in almost exactly a week (23rd January) so keep tuned!"

The Bibliophile17 Jan 2018 6:07 a.m. PST

Excited to see these. They look great. I personally am happy to see the archers with hand weapons, too! More versatile for my gaming needs!

The Bibliophile18 Jan 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

…I do question though, would you have an army consisteing of just shieldmaidens? Isn't a shieldmaiden just one type of soldier (i.e., holding a shield) in a larger army?

Guthroth18 Jan 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

Historically one or two in a longships crew would be about the maximum. For Saga that is about one full warband. But nowadays ? Why not ?.

Bad Squiddo Games19 Jan 2018 5:04 a.m. PST

Yay replies! Thought I was posting to myself there :D

Historically, nope. I'm using shieldmaiden as it's a term people associate with a certain image (my minis effectively) but the less sexy title is "cool looking dark ages female warriors that look swish in fantasy too".

It just means you can have an all female warband or army if you want, but also if you just want some dotted about, you can do that in pretty much every unit too. When I paint my own up after the campaign for SAGA 2 I'll be mixing them in with some Gripping Beast fellows.


Some of the "old" mixed in with some of the new!

There will be some deals to add existing minis in there too if you haven't picked them up yet. It's going to be such a terrific army.

Miniatures below sculpted by Alan Marsh, painting by Darren Linington, John Morris and Paul Sanderson

Guthroth19 Jan 2018 2:40 p.m. PST

I missed a comment. Would "I" have an army of all female warrior Vikings ? Yes, if ….

1. I didn't already have well over 200 Viking/Saxon/Norman 28mm figures

2. I thought it might wind up my opponent …. :-)

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