Thursday, October 27, 2016


In the last 5 years, I've painted thousands of historical figures but no fantasy ones.  Frostgrave made me break this streak as Step 1 to trying the game is to paint figures for it. I'd hoped to buff today's post with a review of the rules but my friends and I are far down the historical rabbit hole.  One day!

So, how were these North Star Military figures to paint?  Their plastics went down easy but the metal sets were a trial! They're fantastic scuplts, jam-packed with layered and fine detail.  I had to slow down, stretch myself and learn a bit.  Crossing the finish line was a relief and I'm quite thankful to be back to historicals.  Perhaps I need to sit down with my fantasy-painting friends and learn some of their tricks.

Frostgrave Plastic Soldiers

 Cultist Thief & Barbarian

 Thief & Barbarian

 Elementalist & Apprentice

 Knight & Templar

 Illusionist & Apprentice

 Tracker & Warhound

 Apothecary & Marksman

After this bunch, I'm back to ancients, Moors, Mutataww'ia, El Cid Spanish and Dead Man's Hand. Can I take a sabbatical from work so I can paint and play more?  Um, I'm pretty sure no.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pyrrhic Army Debut!

I generally avoid painting pike armies as drilling out their tiny hands is a headache.  When I painted up my War and Empire Pontics this summer, I was surprised by how quickly I managed to get through this stage.  I leveraged that experience into a Pyrrhic army with 144 pike-carrying buggers.  

This was a big project so bear with me as I swamp your browser with picturess!  First up are the group shots.  I wasn't completely satisfied with these so I've got unit shots up too. 

Phalangites were the mainstay of Pyrrhus of Epirus' army.  They were sourced from Epirot, Macedonia and the Tarantum.  Fighting 15 deep, their angled pike sheltered men from the full effect of the Roman pilum.  Polybus wrote "Nothing can withstand the frontal assault of the phalanx as long as it retains its characteristic formation and strength." 

Thureophoroi were an all-purpose troop armed with a long thrusting spear, javelins and a sword.  They could form up in loose or close formation and thus, operate in rough terrain.  According to Plutarch, they could fight as skirmishers and then fall back, assume spears and tighten their ranks. These do look the part!

Ellies!  I added shields to these lovely models to keep them with the BYOB (bring your own brass) theme for this army.  At the battle of Heraclea and Asculum, Phyrrus kept his elephants in reserve, a tactic common with the Successor armies.  

Command Stands: Pyrrhus of Epirus is the commanding fellow in the center. Ancient historian Justin had this to say about Pyrrhus. "It is stated by authors that no king, either of that or the former age, was to be compared to Pyrrhus...and that he had such knowledge of the military art, that though he fought against great princes as Lysimachus, Demetrius and Antigonus, he was never conquered. In his wars too with the Illyrians, Sicilians, Romans and Carthaginians, he never came off inferior, but was generally successful."

Agema Heavy Cavalry.  These figures could be used in your Macedonian or Successor armies as well. One of the great things about ancients is you can port some figures across multiple armies.

Tarantine Light Cavalry 

Peltasts or as they're labelled on the War and Empire website, Italian Light Infantry.  Lots of variety in this set! 

Bolt Throwers:  These will be paired with the Roman army I painted last year.  This post is too long so I won't ramble on.  Instead, it's off to the next project!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Norse Gaels Set Sail

I started painting my Norse-Gaels in January of 2014 and just finished them two weeks ago. 72 figures is a lot for a SAGA warband but I wanted all options. With new warbands in the painting queue and others resting, I put these up for sale.  Since they went to a local player, I'll get to see them at our SAGA events.  Bonus, the $ will fund my airbrush setup now that I've picked out my hardware.
The Gripping Beast & Footsore Irish figures mix very well.  I recommend both for anyone painting Norse-Gaels.