Monday, July 6, 2015

Reading Blitz

My summer reading blitz continues with new historical fiction and the return of some oldies.  I heartily recommend them as good inspirational reading for the Viking Age.

The Norsemen Saga by James L. Nielsen (3 books and I hope their are more to come)
Fin Gall
Dubh-linn
The Lord of Vik-Lo
These three book are set in Viking Age Ireland and focus on a single crew of Norwegian Vikings under Ornolf the Restless, Thorgrimm Night-Wolf and Harald Broadarm.  These books include alot of intrigue, double dealing and violence.  The historicity might be questionable but Nelson spins a good yarn and I hope to add more books by him to my collection.

The Strongbow Saga by Judson Roberts (4 books for now but I believe another is in the works)
Viking Warrior
Dragons from the Sea
Road to Vengeance
The Long Hunt
These four books cover the life of ex-thrall Halfdan whose reputation grows among the Danish Vikings in the middle of the 9th century.  Thes books cover his near murder by a his notorious step brother Toke and his travels to glory and vengeance.  It is from the young adult historical fiction so it is a bit of a light read but still entertaining.

The seven books above I have read since the end of May along with a couple of non-fiction texts and a few more novels.  I will add the other books a bit later.

The Warlord Series/Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell (You can't seriously read Viking Age historical fiction without the master himself)
The Last Kingdom (Just finished listening to this one again on Audible)
The Pale Horseman (Just finished listening to this one again on Audible)
The Lords of the North
Sword Song
The Burning Land
Death of Kings
The Pagan Lord
I have read the first five of these over the last few years and the last two this summer.  I restarted the series on a trip to South Carolina through Audible but have all of the books on my shelf.  Cornwell has a newish book in the series (The Empty Throne) and another on the way.  I am waiting on the price to drop on The Empty Throne but I have plenty other books to keep me busy this summer.


Frenzied Painting

Work continues apace on the forces needed for Dark Ages FOG 300.  8 stands of Viking Huscarls are done as are 10 stands of Early Scot Thegns.  I will run them as impact foot.  Just need two more stands of these boys.  Working steadily on the Early Scot/Later Pict offensive spear and should have ten stands worth done soon.  Command stands for the Vikings and the Scots are done.  Thinking of using Viking Berserker figures as Galwegians.  These are medium foot so would work as Viking 3BL raiders for DBA 3.0 and Viking Raiders for ADLG (ack).  I hope to post pictures later this week.

Later Republican Romans

Here are a few pictures of my Later Republican Romans that will be used for the From the Forests Deep Campaign.  Almost all of the figures a...