Gripping Beast


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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

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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

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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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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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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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Somethings take longer than others and this Viking Hirdman from Gripping Beast is a prime example of this.What should have taken about an hour to finish off probably took double that. The problem lies with not being able to have a reasonable time at the painting table just now.  With both the motivation to paint and general energy levels being low; it's not having the time it is making the time spent painting count. Sat down at the painting table earlier today and felt like putting everything in a box and leaving only one figure there to be painted. With the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge drawing nearer and looking to participate for the 8th consecutive year perhaps a change will be better than a rest. What that change will be remains to be seen. Day: 22Figures painted: 2Cheers for now

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Fury of the North 22

Today is the 952nd anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.The picture below by Angus McBride shows the moment when William, Duke of Normandy raises his helm to show he is still alive.Below is another interpretation of the same moment however, this time from Colin Patten and Gripping Beast.Not the best pictures however the natural light hasn't been the best when the free time has been available to take the pics. Cheers, for now.n

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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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Light Cavalry for Dux Britanniarum

It has been a while since I painted anything for my Dark Ages, but strolling through the Dux book I realised I had one possible unit not covered: light cavalry.To that end I assembled some of the remains of my box of Dark Age Cavalry, and left out the shields to easily identify them on the battlefield.The units in the game number 4 models, so with 6 remaining from earlier units, I still have two on sprue to be used one day for I don`t know what expansions.I went for the basic quick paint on these plastic models, doing the base colour layer and then washing them with strongtone, adding some touch ups left and right.All that remained then was to base and varnish them, and I am covered for all eventualities of the campaign table as a result.Now to get a wise man ready and I`m back up-to-date with my forces and possible units I might roll on the campaign table...

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Imperium Sine Fine 16

The first unit of hearthguard for the Romano-British/Arthurians forSAGA warband.The figures are from Gripping Beast and have stood the test of time well being about twelve years old. The shield transfers are all from Little Bigmen Studios.These figures will fit in well with the newer Colin Patton sculpts available from Warlord Games which the cavalry look like particularly good figures for this period.More to come shortly including progress in my current 30days30miniatures painting challenge.Cheers for now

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International Vandalism - 28mm ADLG from Devizes 2018

The pleasant west country town of Devizes is home to the Wadworth 6X brewery, a collection of over-filled bed & breakfast pub type establishments and the DDWG annual "Attack!" competition and show - and with a set of propositions as enticing as that, how can anyone resist?The army of choice this time are the African Vandals, as a combination of a simple list with impetuous charging cavalry and my ownership of some brand new Gripping Beast plastic lancers working in tandem with some slightly older Footsore cavalry made the grade.The Vandals take on Arabs and Byzantines in 4 spectacularly large-scale reports featuring 12th century religious iconography, big-hair-metal music videos and an opportunistic homage to Jeremy Corbyn.There are also some fantastically painted troops on display as well - plus a video/audio commentary on the first game too.Don't waste time - dive into some serious Vandalism with these 4 reports!

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