Been a struggle over the last week and a half to get some good time to paint; however that changed in a positive way last night and a good start was made on the mercenary crossbowmen for all things Dark Ages.Below is the bedlam on the tray just now with a lot of Greeks in progress held up by a delayed, well not delivered, paint from a reputable figure supplier. The crossbowmen are on the pallette - ceramic tile - and and will be used as Mercenaries, Normans, Christian Spanish and even First Crusaders.There are another dozen of these to be painted that will be used for ADLG and Hail Caesar in the future. Those shown below will see use in SAGA and WAB. Yes, that's WAB.The figures are from Gripping Beast and will be the first figures for the 30 Days 30 Figures challenge started yesterday. Full details on the next post.As mercenaries in WAB the crossbowmen will see action with a Norwegian based Viking army at 1,000 points. More of that in the future.Cheers for now
The blog has been neglected a bit over the last few weeks with the start of an instagram page: @brushesnbases. Not looking to stop blogging just moving forwards with tech a bit. The real challenge with the two feeds is not to duplicate.So it's, time to show some completed work from this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. The stand below is a command stand for Late Romans in ADLG. The colours picked for this figure tie in with two infantry units that are being re-purposed presently for show here. Matching in to a figure painted almost fifteen years ago was entertaining as elements of my painting style have changed over the years.Base from Warbases as were the tufts and scenic decor.Hope that this is something of interest to anyone who is looking.Cheers for now
Moving onwards and upwards wirh the Caesarian Romans from Gripping Beast.The next stand to follow shortly along with something oldCheers for now
Yet another work in progress picture of the Caesarian Romans.Artifical light really is no good for photographing miniatures.That's more like it.Cheers for now.
Work in progress on the Caesarian Romans from Gripping Beast.The block and wash method of painting is working well for these figures which are currently out of production with no immediate plans to re-release sadly. Will keep looking for a few more on evilBay and various forums.High lighting and shields next then on to basing. Might even have some finished figures to show soon.Cheers for now
Rebasing or re-purposing as I now think of it can offer many opportunities and potential challenges to a gamer and painter. The Late Roman infantry below have been recently re-purposed from Impetus style bases on 120 x 60mm to 60 x 40mm bases for ADLG. Six of the back rank on these stands have been match painted to the rest of the unit, originally painted around 15 years ago.A recent entry in the AHPC IX these figures were surprisingly good to paint and have sparked off a Late Roman revival and change the bulk of initial planning for the Painting Challenge.Figures three and four from the left are the original paint jobs.More Late Romans to follow shortly as both finished and work in progress pictures.Cheers for now.
Continuing to work on the Late Romans just now with a horn blower from Foundry now ready for basing. On reflection glad this figure never sold on previous clear outs.This figure will join a previously painted command figure also from Foundry.When finished the stand will be used in ADLG. Base as always from Warbases.More work in progress to follow shortlyCheers for now.
In between painting entries for this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge there has been a large rebasing project underway.Here is the first unit in the early stages of rebasing including six newly painted troops to fill out the ranks.The figures are all from Gripping Beast with Little Big Men to complete the look.When finished these will be shown in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.Cheers for now.
Haven't been updating on work in progress of late and really should be doing so more often.This year has seen a major rebasing project start with all the Late Romans and allies being rebased for ADLG. As expected this has created a few gaps here and there which has resulted in the following. Heavy infantry from Gripping Beast that are so very nearly complete. A bit of work on the trousers and the spears and its off to the basing queque. These six troopers will complete two stands of heavy swordsmen protected that are core units for the Late Romans.Next up is a Hun horse archer fromGripping Beast. This figure will complete a stand of light cavalry bow giving five of these once the rebasing is done. Whilst fragile units these are key to the Hun army and will stand as allies in the Late Romans and Goths.Next, a mounted horn blower from Foundry which ironically have tried to sell on several occassions and failed to do so. This figure will join one of the command stands currently being worked on.Three mo
Some armies are never truly finished and when the decision is made to rebase an "finished" army gaps start to appear. These figures have been painted for a while now, however look a bit lost on the command stands on there own.Currently just been started is a mounted horn blower, not strictly a cornicen as the horn is not a cornu.When completed this will fill a gap on one of the stands however foot standards and musicians would set the stands of perfectly. If anyone has anf figures from Foundry's LR005 spare please leave a comment.More to follow soon on this never ending project as there are five mounted archers and eight cataprachts needing painted along with a host of other things for other projects ongoing and stalled alike.Cheers for now
These little fellows were painted during the 30 days 30 miniatures challenges in 2018 and have only now been fully based.All three stands have figures from Rapier Miniatures Greek and Macedonian ranges.Three more phalanxes are needed to reach the required amount for a DBA army and each base will require a rear stand for ADLG as the bases are double depth.The cavalry will see use as medium Greek cavalry in both Greek and Macedonian armies with Companions and more medium cavalry to follow.As always the massed effect of 6mm figures is hugely appealing and perfect for basing on 40mm fronts.Next up will be some work in progress pictures then histoical and fantastical figures in varying sizes.Cheers for now.
First post of the New Year, so let's not delay over much.Best wishes to everyone and may your brushes never splay.Quick work in progress picture to start 2019 off with.These are from a long stalled project that is the Late Romans. As the original army is being rebased at present to 60mm fronts to suit ADLG, a few gaps are appearing during the rebasing of the same. Thankfully, there were more than enough of these Gripping Beast figures to fill in the ranks when they are rebased. It will be interesting painting these to match their previously painted figures as my painting style has changed a bit since 2006/7 when these where completed. All the more fun!Only 15 days into this years AHPCIX and the plans are changing already. Nothing new there. Cheers for now
The IX Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge starts on Friday 21st December and the prep is still moving towards completion. To add to the spirit of the challenge the Late Roman army currently based for Impetus will be rebased. Wargames Foundry Late RomansRebasing is the bane of many a gamer, for some the end of both system and army. To avoid selling the Late Romans and gain the most use of the figures; the frontage for the of the basing will be 60mm. Nothing new there, however this will allow ADLG, the DBx family, Hail Caesar and Impetus to be played.On reflection, the hassle of rebasing is offset by the use it will offer in the future.Cheers for no
Shown here are the completed stands of Greek light cavalry for ADG.Based on 40mm fronts allowing use with a variety of systems including ADG, Basic Impetus and Command and Colours.Cheers for now
Six days into this 30days30miniatures painting challenge and so far only three figures have been completed.This time another stand of archers for the Ayyubid Arab army in 15mm.The figures are from Essex Miniatures and paint well.Hope to have a good painting session over the next few nights to increase the tally of completed figures.Day 6Figures completed 3Cheers for now