Greeks


Back to the Brushes 226

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.

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Back to the Brushes 224

Its been a bit slow on the painting front this month with little of anything seeing any paints. There have been a few sessions on the next stands of hoplites for most systems. The figures are from Foundry and are painting well.We were happier in black. Those on the left screen as viewed have been blocked with Tallarn flesh from Games Workshop. On the right of the Tallarn Fleshed figures have been painted with Mediterrean flesh shade and midtones. The highight will follow shortly.The figures are the start of a generic hoplite army based on 60mm fronts and there are a lot of them to comeCheers for now.

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Men of Bronze

Men of Bronze is the latest set of rule from Osprey Wargames, and is aimed at battles set in Ancient Greece.To me, hoplite warfare seems to be tricky to convert to a game. The clash of phalanx upon phalanx can lead to some boring engagements, and games that focus on a broad sweep of ancient history naturally tend not to give this problem too much thought. Men of Bronze is one of two games that have been released very recently, Mortal Gods being the other, designed with this period in mind. Hopefully one of them, at least, will give us a good game for hoplite warfare. Overview - the book.Men of Bronze is a 64 page book. After a few pages covering ‘first principles’, ie what you need to play, basing, measuring, rounding etc, 4 pages are dedicated to a brief history of the warfare and soldiers involved.The core rules take up the next 17 pages or so, with a further 4 with advanced and special rules.The 13 unit types are then described, followed by 9 lines of battle, or army lists, and 7 sample armies.The boo

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Mortal Gods - First Playthrough

So my mate, Alan, has been waiting with fevered anticipation for this to arrive and so when the postie delivered Mortal Gods (originally by a company called "War Banner" but who have now had to change their name to "Dark Peak Games" and then to "Footsore Miniatures and Games" due to having received cease and desist letters from GW and Peak Games - see the announcement here) to him a couple of weeks ago he has been been busy as the proverbial painting up the core set figures. And Alan being Alan, had also got the Spartan and Athenian boxed sets as well as a number of "extra" models so he has gone pretty well all in on the game!So when I went up to his house last week he had a couple of warbands pretty well all painted and ready to goAll set up and ready for actionEach player creates a Warband with each individual warrior, group of warriors and hero costing a number of points with 300 points being suggested for a reasonable sized game. Each Warband (or "Lochos" to give it it's proper title) is led by a "Lo

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Dance of Bronze 20

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.

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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 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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Test of Courage – Helpful Resources

Here we are again with another helpful page of resources! This time for War Banner/Footsore Miniatures upcoming game Mortal Gods – Test of Courage. You can find further information on their Facebook page, but we’re cramming as much into this Test of Courage resources page as we can! Before looking into the project I can safely say my knowledge of the ancient Greek world was limited to a few films exhibiting sketchy historical accuracy, as well as a handful books. I did a chunk of reading and picked up loads of useful information. So, a bit like the Test of Honour page I did I thought I’d try to compile some stuff and help people out. I’ll try to keep adding new bits to this Test of Courage resources page as I find them or others suggest them. Game Rules FAQ (Link) History Timeline of Ancient Greece (Link) Ancient Greek City States (Link), (Link) Battle of Marathon (Link) Battle of Salamis (Link) The Great Greek Turncoat (Link) Battle of Thermopylae (Link) Thracians and their Kin (Link

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Back to the Brushes 194

The 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge is drawing near the end for this month and have just managed to complete another base of Greek cavalry in 6mm.The figures are from Rapier Miniatures and paint up well from a white undercoat.With only three days left in the challenge this is a cheeky little boost to the tally.Day 27Figures completed 25Still time to finish another few figures before Friday midnight. Cheers for now

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