Been a hectic the last few days of this week and as a result the updates have slowed down.So here is a quick post to change that:Three 15mm Arab archers from Essex Miniatures.A few more of these to follow shortly.Day 11 - 8 figures completedCheers for now.
A quick up date on this months 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge.A Hun horse archer from Grippong Beast and a command stand for Ayyubid Ghulams from Gladiator Miniatures are now finished.Day 3 - 4 miniatures finishedCheers for now
Further progress for the 30 Days 30 Miniatures with a Moor and five Norman/Christian Spanish Crossbowmen completed.The next five crossbowmen are already underway below.The colour of the tunics is more muted than that of the finished crossbowmen which will give the finished units a slight variance in colour.Next will be more Numidians and Spanish skirmishers for the Caesarian and Carthaginian forces that have been getting worked on.Day 11 - 8 finished figuresCheers for now
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
Steady progress on the first batch of Caesarian Romans from Gripping Beast.Pilums at the ready, the first troopers have only their shields to finish before varnishing. As previously mentioned these have been painted by blocking base colours and then washing with Army Painter Strong Tone wash. The bronze, flesh and tunic have then been highlighted with the base colour to lift key areas of the figures. Below, the first command figures prior to the final colours being blocked and the washed. The paints used for the are:Flesh: Foundry Flesh BTunic: Foundry Scarlet AArmour/metal: Citadel ChainmailBronze: Vallejo Old GoldLeather: Foundry Dark Flesh A or Foundry Buff Leather ALion head dresses: Foundry Rawhide BWeapon shafts: Foundry Spearshaft Brown BAnother eight are well on their way to being fully base coated in this style giving the project sone momentum. More work in progress to follow shortly. Cheers for now.
In amongst painting the flesh tones on approximately 60 ancient Greek Hoplites and skirmishers found a spare twenty minutes to block and wash this Caesarian Roman from Gripping Beast.This is a test figure to see how it goes using this approach to paint a small force for ADLG. Small as there are only so many figures available in the lead pile and thankfully this will remain so as Gripping Beast have no immediate plans to re-release this range in the near future.A few things need changed and perhaps the use of dark tone on the armour to lift it more but other than that happy with the result.Once based with his fellow legionnairies, shielded and Little Big Man transfers who will notice the speed painting.Back to painting flesh tones this evening.Cheers for now.
A quick snapshot of the painting desk as a few items have moved over to finishing line.More on the finished items shortly.Cheers for now
Every now and then you win a game, lose a game and even get a draw. All this good and to be expected with any game board, table or otherwise.What is not so good is when its all the fault of those bloody dice! So its out with the old and in with the new!Will getting new dice make a difference: probably not however they look good and you never know what will happen when you roll the dice.Alea iacta est as Caesar is reputed to have said as he crossed the Rubicon.Cheers for now.
Its Spain - and of course it's 6 battle reports which are as tasty as a Korean barbecue with added Chorizo and Manchego !The occasion is a competition in Pamplona, the home of the running of the bulls which was of course an ideal place to try out an army which may in itself be a load of old bull.But even more pertinently they are the Koryo Koreans and their War Wagon Wagon Train, a novelty item often overlooked in ADLG. Will the cunning Koreans make the wagons work in these six trucking good battle reports?The wheels are certainly rolling - will they come off, or will they ride to victory in Spain?
The great thing about painting figures for a Arab or Moor army is the adaptability of the main troop types. Spearmen, archers, skirmishers and light cavalry are easily inter changeable between different armies.This is less so with more specialist troop types and looking at the lists for the Granadine armies circa 1450 hand-gunners jumped out of the page as just that one.After trawling the net to see if suitable figures could be found, as only four will be required. No such luck.So what to do? Well Gripping Beast produce plastic Arabs and the Perry Twins produce plastic Late Medieval Mercenaries which include hand-gunners. Like many things the answer is simple once found: kit bash.The results are below and with a bit of milliput here and there these will do the job nicely.Overall, very pleased with these and and think that they will fit in well once finished. Cheers for now
Spent some time with a brush the other night and started colouring in some more Moors.Supporting archers in the foreground for ADLG and Moor spearmen for SAGA to the rear.Another stand of Arab cavalry for ADLG in 15mm was also completed at the same time, however this isn't pictured here. These will follow soonish. Needing to settle back into a painting rthyme and start to clear some of the part painted figures on the table off. More on this and future plans in the next few posts. Cheers for now