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
With a shwoosh of clackers, and a dusting-ioff of the family jewels the Galatians take to the table in five separate match reports against the Romans, Germans, Seleukids (twice) and the (who the f--- are the?) Blemmye, in the post-tournament report from Bournemouth earlier this spring. There is of course the usual mix of captions, videos, both handy and unhelpful rules-related hints and poor quality humour throughout.This time however you also get a specially themed report of one of the battles which features extensive references to the 1970's Bay City Rollers knock-offs from Bradford, "Smokie" - not for the faint-hearted, so if you are easily offended please feel free to skip report number four!Go on - get your undercarriage out into the fresh air this lovely spring morning, lie back and enjoy these five fine reports !
After a week away from the brushes post Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge a return to the painting table shows the carnage left behind.With three major rebasing projects ongoing at present:Late Romans and alliesMoors for ADLG and SAGAEnglish Civil War in 15mm There hasn't been any space or time for painting.The top of the composite picture shows the whole painting table in its chaotic glory with a range of 15 and 28mm figures in varying states of painting.The bottom two pictures show the ECW (left) and the Moors for SAGA. One part needing basing the other finished.Hoping to get back to painting some dark age types this week.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.
The start of two armies in one; Late Crusaders for both DBA and ADLG. The miniatures are all from Gladiator Miniatures formerly owned by Black Hat Figures and now by Fighting 15s. These have all been a part of this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX and have been painted using block colours and a wash of Agrax Earthshade for tone.First two stands of spearmen showing Brother Knights and Brother Sergeants from the period between 1259 and 1273 when Brother Knights wore red tunics and Brother Sergeants remained in black. The papal bull was not popular and eventually over turned so that all Brothers wore red. The decals are water slide transfers and are from VVV. Going back to water slide transfers is quite refreshing and they still apply well if Micro Sol and Set are used sparingly. The shields are 15mm scale and the tabards are 10mm in scale.Crossbow and archers again from the sergeants.Spearmen and crossbowmen as they will be on the table for ADLG - the double depth is visual
The USTT L'Art de la Guerre event is one of the bigger North American tournaments which in January 2019 attracted 40 players in teams of 4... including Henry "Tucker" Saglio who was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about his 5 games on the Madaxeman.com Podcast.The interview was conducted over Skype, so there are moments where the audio is a bit patchy, but hey, it's not like you've signed up to this on Patreon or anything now is it?His own write ups of his games also appear on the ADLG forum, and the lists he played against can be found on the Madaxeman ADLG WikiTucker's Venetian Italian Condottieri list was as follows:C-in-C (Gattamelata) (Brilliant)-2 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Crossbow, Ordinary-2 Medium Swordsmen, Heavy Weapons, Ordinary-2 Light Infantry, Firearms, EliteCommand 2 (Sforza) (Brilliant)-3 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Crossbow, Ordinary-1 Light Horse, Crossbow, Ordinary-1 Heavy ArtilleryCommand 3 (Ordinary)-3 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Light Horse, Javelin, EliteThis po