Monday, May 4, 2015

An Elephantine Drop

aka "Eureka, I finished the Punic Wars project!"

Carthaginian Elephants: I painted 5 with Carthaginian motifs and 5 without so they could port to a Pyrrhic army.  The ellies didn't have much in the way of skin folds so I used a triad of greys to paint wrinkles in.  Elephants are the natural centerpiece of the Carthaginian army and I think these can shoulder that burden.

Carthaginian 4 horse chariots:  The chariots are for the option of running an Early Carthaginian army.
Carthaginian Armored African Veterans: A close look shows them kitted out in Roman gear. I painted the black shields with white palm trees, making them the original Afrika Korps.

Carthaginian Heavy Cavalry: They'll lock up the Roman Cavalry to the front while their Numidian allies ride around to the flanks and rear.

Libyan Javelinmen & Balearic Slingers: Few though they are, they'll tie up the enemy skirmishers.

Up next is the Spanish arm of Hannibal's army.  The Spanish are my favorite War & Empire sculpts. As is traditional with the ancient Spanish, you can have a bit of fun with bright colors.

Round Shield Cavalry: The Spanish lights are a colorful bunch.  Even if they don't win in skirmish, they'll look marvelous riding around on dressed up ponies.

Long Shield Cavalry: The heavies are ready to rumble!

Heavy Scutarii: They'll challenge the Roman Legions in the open ground and on a good day,  maybe even push them back.

Spanish Slingers: Because you can never have too many skirmishers.

Medium Scutarii:  The nice thing about basing 3 figures per base to represent medium foot is the lads get to have a bit of elbow room.

I can check "paint a lot of figures in a short period of time" off my bucket list. If you're looking to paint up ancients in 15mm, take a look at the Forged in Battle collection. We lost Covus Belli's ancients months ago so its a relief to see West Wind step into the breach.  Along with a deep bench of armies, they have great color items up on the builds accessories page.  Things like engineers, villages, villagers, temples, ramps, siege towers battering rams and more!  

I'll  be on the road shortly. A little rest for the eyes and then, back to it with SAGA and Bolt Action projects.    

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spanish Jinetes for SAGA

Locally, we're starting a Crescent and Cross campaign and I don't have time to paint a new warband. I painted these fellows to help proxy my mounted Normans as a Spanish warband until can I paint up another 24 mounted warriors.  They're also my submission for The Tapestry's SAGA painting competition.
These Gripping Beast figures pull double duty as Bretons and Norman warriors.  Make that triple duty now that they're greenstuffed for a reconquista look. To offset the limited poses, I bent some arms.  Now that I think about it, I could have greenstuffed tassles on the shields.  Maybe next batch!

My photos turned out a bit better than usual thanks to a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. It gets great marks for its controls and low light pictures (read: gaming hall or table). I'm quite happy with it the first time out.  

That's it for my SAGA painting until I finish the monster Punic Wars project.  The ancient Spanish army is well under way and then lastly come the Carthaginians.  If you have a minute, click over to The Tapestry and have a look at all the lovely SAGA painting in their forum. It's tucked under the thread "SAGA painting competition 2015."  A poll for voting will be posted after 5:00 tonight.  And now for me, back to the painting table!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I ride a light horse...

Out of the corral today ride the Numidians.  To pop off of the brown basing and horses, I went with a lighter skin tone that what I suspect the ancient Berbers had.  If I've learned one thing painting 15mm, it's that you can't be subtle.

These West Wind figs get a big thumbs up for the variety of poses.  The hair is nicely modeled with a look that could be described as proto-dreadlock. Big shields are a plus for scratch shieldwork.

I'm reaching into the Way  Back machine for this, all the way back to my very first blog post.  In it, I adapted Woody Guthrie's classic, “I Ride an Old Paint”  to the ancient battlefield.  
I ride a light horse, 
I lead a fast pack, 
I’m heading round the flank,  
I got a camp to sack,
We feed on stragglers,
We water in the draws, 
Our tails are all matted, 
Our opponents are raw,

Old man Giso, 
He had two sons, 
One joined the cavalry,
and the other went wrong, 
his boy, he died on the plains of Cannae, 
but still he keeps singing all of the day

Ride around light horse, 
ride around real fast, 
hold the enemy by the nose and 
kick 'em in the ass

Below are the Numidians  who couldn't afford a pony.  These skirmishers have plenty of variety as well.  Now I'm onto the Spanish and then Carthaginians to finish out the project!

I've had a great run of luck at The Miniatures Page lately. Last week, I scored an unpainted 28mm Gallic army by Foundry.  8 chariots, 150 foot and 30ish cavalry = a BIG fall/winter project. I'd like to paint and base them for Impetus. I'm thrilled that I get to paint Foundry and ancients in 28mm for the first time.  Finally!

This week, I've been painting to the superb audiobook Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth.  As Fortuna would have it, I also found a large unpainted Thematic Byzantine army by Gripping Beast. Even though I don't have a solid plan for them, I couldn't pass up on the opportunity.  With this, I can now muscle up to the painters bar, hold my head up high and brag about my lead hill!