Another cloudy summer morning here in London. Apparently the definition of summer is different in the British Isles.
I finally put the last touches yesterday on the Splintered Light 20mm Lizardmen set (despite the 20mm label, they work just fine with other 15mm miniatures). It's been sitting on the lead pile for a few years now, and I decided to finally paint it, as a warband for Song of Blades and Heroes. Point-wise and figure-wise, it's closer to two or three warbands, so it's excellent value in that respect. For $25 you get 21 figures; all of them excellent castings, with good detail and minimal clean-up required. While being in the lead pile, a couple of small bits and pieces broke and I had to pin and glue them in place. Nothing difficult and the repairs are not visible.
So what do you get in the lizardman set? First of all, a command set with a Leader (or Champion if you prefer), a stanadard bearer, a musician (who can very well substitute as a Leader) and a Shaman. All are have stats in the main SOBH book, so there is no need to use the Warband Calculator in the Ganesha Games site. You get two lizards that look like komodo dragons and are quite hefty. There are 8 warriors armed with stone swords (flint or obsidian, your choice) and turtle or tortoise-shell shields. Ranged combat capability is supplied in the form of 3 figures armed with longbows and 4 armed with shortbows. These are the only ones not outlined in the rulebook. I decided to call the shortbow-armed lizardmen "scouts" and give them Q3+, C2, Amphibious, Tailslap, Shooter (Medium) and Stealth for 46 points. The ones armed with logbows will be straight shooters with Q3+, C3, Amphbious, Tailslap and Shooter (long) for 56 points. Total points for all 21 figures (using the profiles in the book and those listed above) is 1114 points, quite sufficient for 3 300-point warbands. I consider roughly $8 per warband a pretty good investment.
I decided to go for an old-school scheme. In my view, these look very much like swamp- or lake-dwelling lizardmen, so I went for greens and yellows. Painting was done with the Army Painter colours and inks. Basing them was also simple and old-school; brown base with green flock. And with that, on to the actual miniatures. The pictures are not perfect as I am used to using more natural light; good luck with that in the UK.
All in all, pleasant figures to work with, another project completed. At some point I will order the mounted lizardmen from the same series, just for completeness' sake. Splintered Light is one of the best miniature manufacturers in 15mm and well worth their money.