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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

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My Napoleonic British army on parade

I’ve been wargaming since the 1990s, and during that time have amassed many miniatures across a range of periods. However, I’ve never really catalogued them all, and some of them haven’t seen the light of day for many a year. So I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’m going to parade each army for inspection, and take stock of what I’ve got. From 2003 to about 2009 I collected a British army of the Napoleonic period. It hasn’t seen very much wargaming action since then, so I thought this might be a good army to start my inspection tour. The commanders Of course, every army has to have a commander. And if you’re playing British, why not go to the very top – the Duke of Wellington himself. This is a lovely set produced by Wargames Foundry. Circling clockwise from the instantly recognisable Duke himself, you can also see Captain von Streerwitz (2nd King’s German Legion Hussars, and aide-de-camp to Uxbridge);  Lt-General Sir Thomas Picton (weari

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AHPC9 WSS 25mm 22nd Foot Handayd's

Here's my entry into the AHPC9 for this week, lots of War of the Spanish Succession goodness!I've been painting like a demon the last couple of weeks, 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there.And I've got this lot done, If only I could paint mine as quick all year round!!Theses are once again for his nibs next door, von Postie, the evil one.He has a Pirate collection that he bought from Reject Fran before he buggered off back to Ireland. Postie wanted some Government troops to add to the collection.I chose the 22nd foot circa 1708 for him, as they were stationed in the West Indies at the time."On the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1701, the regiment was posted to Jamaica; this was a notoriously unhealthy location and Sir Henry Belasyse transferred his Colonelcy to William Selwyn. The regiment spent the next twelve years in the West Indies; soon after arrival in April 1702, Selwyn died and was replaced by Thomas Handasyad, both as Colonel and Governor of Jamaica. Thomas returned to England a

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AHPC9 25mm Celtic Horse & 15mm Wagoneers

For my 2nd entry into the Challenge I painted up a few figures for the the evil one, Postie!!Firstly we have 7 x 25mm Wargames Foundry Gaelic Horse for Posties Roman v Celt armies.Postie did have decals that he wanted me to stick on, now me and decals just don't get on.Its something to do with my sausage fingers and no patience....SO I had to paint the shields as well, I'm quite happy with how they turned out, especially the blue and red one, third from the right.I should have earned 70 points for these, but Postie based them, so I thought I'd loses a few points. But that rotter Lee took 10 points off!!!  So only 60 points were awarded.And keeping to Ancients we have 12 x 15mm Essex figuresThey're actually Essex minis Pack RO44 Roman artillerymen but Postie wants themas wagonneers or extra artillrymen.Gotta admit they were a doddle to paint up.....as you can see!So 12 wagoneers should've got me 24 points, but once again I didn't base them, so Lee onlygave me 18 points! Tight git!So all in all 78 points w

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Back to the Brushes 207

There are already points on the board and some fantastically painted miniatures to view in the Analogue  Hobbies Painting Challenge.The painting table as it stands with the first figures for this year's challenge front and centre.Next are freshly prepared Ancient Greeks from Foundry. These have now all been undercoated.Will be a few days before there is any real painting time for these retro figures.Cheers for now.

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It was the night before

The Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge...Every where was quiet and all over the blogosphere hands were as busy as elves preparing the Little Lead Men for the challenge.Some of the Little Lead Men were very very little whilst others were a bit bigger but they were all shiny in the beginning. That is of course until the busy hands used the big grey and black spray clouds and covered their shiny cores up.Soon the grey and black sprayed Little Lead Men would be brightly coloured with glorious colours so they would shine once again.As the days lengthen after the winter Solstice follow the progress of the Little Lead Men as they follow in the footsteps of the first Little Lead Man recoloured after a long time in the darkness.The question is; which one will be first?Cheers for now

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Back to the Brushes 206

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

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30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge Round up 4

This challenge was indeed that with mixed motiviation for the hobby in general this past 5 - 6 weeks.The final challenge came this week with being away with no internet access or 4G. The feeling of isolation lasted for about an evening then the digital detox started. Recommend it to all - disconnect for a week it is rewarding. It also meant however that this post is late, the shame!So, back to the challenge and yes it was a success with more than thirty figures being completed in time, just mind you.Two 28mm figures for SAGA or any Dark Ages skirmish game in general. A Gripping Beast Viking on the left and a Foundry Norman on the right.A Macedonian phalanx in 6mm with 27 figures on a 40 x 30mm.A mix of stands for ACW gaming with figures from Freikorps (centre) and Old Glory on the outsides. The single figures are for break through markers and the others are casualty markers.Here is the group shot of everything together; 37 figures in total including the terrain piece.6mm: 27 infantry15mm: 7 infantry28mm: 2 in

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Back to the Brushes 205

Gathering of the host of prepped figures for the forth coming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX.In the centre there is a mixture of undercoated Macedonian Pike, Hypaspists and mercenary hoplites with a fair few El Cid Spanish foot. On the right there are undercoated and untouched Peltasts.There is also a full 15mm Later Crusader army for DBA to be cleaned and undercoated for this challenge.Decisions, decisions; what would you paint: Ancients or Dark Ages?Cheers for now. 

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Back to the Brushes 201

This 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge has come to an end. Below are the last figures painted for this challenge; a solitary Norman from Foundry and 18 Arabs from Essex.Two different scals and two very different painting styles. The 15mm figures are painted using block and wash whilst the 28mm figure is layered from base colour to highlight.Will post a full review of this challenge shortly.Day 30Figures painted: 30Cheers for now

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Back to the Brushes 200

Day 21 of this 30days30 miniatures painting challenge sees the continuation of the Romano Brits with another Hearthguard for SAGAAs with previous members of this warband the figure is from Gripping Beast.A spontaneous decision last night saw the painting subject being taken from the rear. Worked out well and two long forgotten Foundry Normans saw some colour for the first time in over a year.It would seem that the point of this painting challenge has strayed somewhat as there are more figures edging around the painting table than at the start. Need to sort this out and finish off some of those figures that are nearer the finish line than others.Oh that and the fact that its the last third of this challenge.Day 21Figures painted 11Cheers for now

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Carlos Ezquerra’s Strontium Dog

British comics lost an icon this week with the death of Carlos Ezquerra – the creative genius behind Judge Dredd and Johnny Alpha. Carlos’s character designs and universes underpin a lot of subsequent science fiction – including Warhammer 40,000.  Two years before Games Workshop gave birth to Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, they were dabbling with science fiction miniatures such as this trio of Strontium Dog characters. Left to right: Wulf Sternhammer, Johnny Alpha, Gronk. I’ve been painting this triumverate of bounty hunters with an eye on Warlord Games’ new Strontium Dog game.  Excitingly they can also be shoehorned into modern Necromunda with the recent bounty hunter rules. The miniatures are from Citadel’s 2000AD range produced for the 1985 Judge Dredd: The Role-Playing Game.  Though technically Johnny Alpha and Judge Dredd inhabit separate universes, they have crossed over several times for reasons of awesome. Johnny Alpha and Judge Dredd, Judgement Day, 2000AD #799. The Rogue

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Napoleon – Tinder profile vs reality

Have you ever happened to pick up a miniature you painted many years ago, but which you’ve hardly taken any notice of since, and examined it afresh? That happened to me today when I was clearing a wall-shelf in preparation for some house repairs we’ve got coming up. As I was moving a group of rather dusty figures off the shelf, this 28mm model of Napoleon drew my attention. A handwritten note underneath the base informs me that I painted this figure (made by Wargames Foundry, if I recall correctly) fifteen years ago. Since then, I’ve walked past the shelf where it sits numerous times every day. But only today have I actually picked the figure up again and studied it carefully through new eyes. Speaking of eyes, back in those days painting eyes was probably my biggest problem area. I mean, jeepers, creepers, look at those peepers! He’s like something out of Thunderbirds! Nowadays I only hint at eyes with a wash of a darker shade, rather than trying to paint them in detail. The figure

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Aetius, Owen & Dracula – Blandford Warriors Episodes 10, 11 & 12

It’s the end of the line for the Blandford Warriors!  All twelve in this limited series of classic 1988 Citadel Miniatures are now painted and standing alongside each other in the cabinet, jostling for position of most dramatic medieval warlord. Left to right: Flavius Aetius, Owen of Wales and Vlad Dracula. The final triumverate are spread across a thousand years of European history.  Let’s take a look at them each in turn. Flavius Aetius Chances are you’ve not heard of Aetius, but you’ll have heard of his most famous opponent – Attila the Hun.  Aetius and Attila clashed at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in AD451 – one of the greatest bloodsheds as the Western Roman Empire crumbled under the weight of barbarian invaders.  Aetius was supreme commander of all military forces in the west, and crushed the Huns, stopping their advance into Gaul, and ultimately breaking Atilla’s tribal empire – earning him a place in history as the last of the great Romans. Flavius Aetius and

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