Then came the Jomsvikings, Anglo-Saxons, Bretons and Scots. Obviously, the first three are analogous to original factions, with some differences. The Jomsviking wrath mechanic was interesting, but gimmicky. The Anglo-Saxon battleboard, with bonuses for large units, does not suit my style of play and the Bretons...liked them, painted a unit of skirmishers, and have every intention of getting them on the table. Which brings me to the Scots. The Scots battleboard is intriguing, and seems to demand a bit more forethought and strategic positioning of your forces. Hopefully, my game next weekend can be a four point match up, with two hearthguards and two warriors.
Above and below, Thanes by Crusader Miniatures
Clarkson, Tim, The Makers of Scotland: Picts, Romans, Gaels and Vikings. A highly readable look at the evolution of Scotland from pre-Roman times until roughly the year 1000. The first third of the book suffers a bit from the authors attempt to weigh primary sources and chronicles, and ends up focusing on royal names and succession, rather than on the peoples and cultures promised in the title. After working through this, Clarkson ends up delivering some valuable information about the development of the Scots, culturally and politically. As a further inticement to SAGA players, the the forthcoming faction the Strathclyde Welsh also play a prominent role.
Dunnett, Dorothy, King Hereafter. Previously recommended, a historical novel in which Dunnett proposes that Macbeth and Thorfinn of Orkney were not cousins (or half-brothers) but one in the same.