Moors and Arabs
This update for the 30 Days 30 Miniatures shows another five completed Gripping Beast Norman crossbowmen. This takes the total to ten, four to be based for ADLG and six to be based singly for skirmish games and WAB.A versatile set of figures that will see use as Normans, obviously; Christian Spanish and mercenaries for the Viking and El Cid periods and even First Crusaders.Day 16 - 16 figures completedCheers for now
Another quick up date and another three Arab archers from Essex Miniatures.Day 15 - 11 figures completedMore to follow shortly.Cheers for now.
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
Here is the round up picture of last month's 30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge. Now to clarify what is here and what is missing. All are 28mm unless stated otherwise:12 ACW Confederates in 15mm5 Foundry Viking Berserkers5 Gripping Beast Norman crossbowmen2 Gorgon Studios Spartans2 A&M Arabs at camp in 15mm2 Gripping Beast Numidian Skirmishers1 Gripping Beast Moorish spearman1 Citadel plastic skeletonNot shown in the round up pic as they are now at their owners house1 Foundry Viking Berserker1 Red Box Human hunterThis takes the tally for the Challenge to 32 figures completed in 30 days. The next 30 day challenge will start this evening.Cheers for now.
This month's 30 Days 30 Miniatures painting challenge finished late last night with these figures being completed in time.Included in this picture there are Arabs from A & M, Confederates from Old Glory and the last of the Foundry Vikings that have been getting painted for a fellow gamer recently.This takes the total tally for this challenge to:30 days - 32 figures painted.Group shot to follow shortly.Cheers for now
Another progress update on the 30 Days, 30 Miniatures painting challenge currently ongoing. This time only two figures completed.Firstly, a Moor from Gripping Beast that is needed to complete a stand of heavy infantry. This figure was originally started earlier this year and has just languished behind everything else.Next, is a plastic skeleton from Citadel or Games Workshop or whatever they are now branded.Originally started in last year's AHPCIX, it wasn't finished before the end of the challenge. Might have been supersition as it would have been the 13th of its lot, might not have. So its finished now and regardless of when it was finished it will always be the 13th of its lot.Day 19 - 9 figures completedBetter get a move on as time is marching on.Cheers 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
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
The notion that a clean desk means a productive worker is an artifact of the mid-20th century. ... Mark Twain, for example, chose to leave his desk cluttered whenever he was photographed: Albert Einstein famously pointed out that "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe? Which way I willI go?Perhaps only the fates will know?Or is all of this just for show?Drawn in too many directions on the painting table; time for a more focussed approach.Cheers for now.
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
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.
As the last weeks of this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge start the sudden realisation that hardly anything has been submitted.This will soon change with the first of several batches being posted this week.But first, some random work in progress pictures of current painting.Command stands for the 15mm Crusaders.Some Late Saxons from 1st Corps? These are being speed painted; block base colours snd washed with strong tone. No more than twenty minutes painting on each.The rebasing continues with all painted Germanic Tribes and Hun cavalry waiting for their bases to be textured, dry brushed and flocked. This time round all of the Late Romans, Germanic Tribes and Huns will have the same basing flock and tufts. This will enable all of them to be used as a part of the same or different armies. SimplesThinking that starting this during the AHPC IX wasn't the best thing to do.On top of the amp, there are some Undead, Moors, Germanic tribes and Late Romans as well.More to follow shortly along with some compl
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