Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rebuilding my Carthaginians

Lately, I've been digging into a pile of Punic era figures to finish a long-stalled Field of Glory project.  I sold my Mid Republican Roman army last winter and in the process, I cannibalized my Carthaginian to build out the Romans.  I planned to paint up replacement battlegroups but then along came a gladiator project, 3 Impetus armies and my Maurice Ottoman army.  After 8 months delay, here are the replacements!  All Old Glory figure.

Numidian Light Horse:  My Carthaginian cavalry is generally outclassed or ignored in my matches so I'm going to try a different approach.  I'll max out on Numidian Light Horse (3 battlegroup) and take a Numidian ally which  allows a 4th BG.  That  should be enough to tie up enemy cavalry while sending one unit after the camp. Colors are variations on a brown theme but I do like the look of these fellows all massed up.  This time through, I deduced that the small blob at the bottom of some shields is a feather!

Cretan Archers:  I trimmed the red tunics with white but it had a Santa's elves meets Candy Stripers vibe.  I switched to sky blue but a darker blue would've worked as well.

Stompies!  The upside to painting figures a second time is the opportunity to change things up. I've been doing a bit of reading (a dangerous thing!) and learned that war towers were not used in the 1st Punic War.  In the 2nd Punic War, war towers were used BUT not on every elephant.  In fact, there is a line of thought that war towers were used infrequently.  This batch will be sans towers.  After filing away the ropes, I decided to use Green Stuff to make large tusks on 2 of the ellies.  You wouldn't think this would be diifficult but in fact, its quite fiddly in 15mm.  Oh, and I added a crash helmet for one of the mahouts.   


Thureophoroi: A unit of Thureophoroi is sitting in the painting pan. These guys will be tough to paint after the Xyston Thureophoroi I painted for my Pontic army. Even by Old Glory standards, these are poor molds.  Which begs the question, when did I cross over and become a painting prima donna?


9 comments:

  1. Holy crap, Monty, you're really pumping it out these days! Nice Numidians, suitably scruffy n'er do-wells.

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    1. Monkeyboy! I usually scale back my painting in the summer but it's been in the 90s since June. That kind of puts a damper on yardwork and such, so I've used that as an excuse to paint! Do we even need an excuse?

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  2. Great paint jobs there Monty, with the Numidians looking particularly good. Lovely work!

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    1. Thanks Pru! I see you have new figs to paint...lucky man!

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  3. Numidians are looking very nice! Love the archers too!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I appreciate your kind words. I'm still tempted to go back over the sky blue trim, but then that would be silly!

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  4. I don't know if all of these minis were on the table on Sunday, but your Carthaginian army certainly looks great! Extra bonus points because they are 15mm. I'd put towers (and guns and banners and..) on all my elephants just because it looks cooler! :-)

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    1. Sharp eye, Jason! I paint faster than I blog and I make a point to keep posts "in the can" for when I'm not inspired to write. So you got an sneak peak at stuff that's yet to be posted. Damn Carthaginians. They fight worse than they look!

      The towers are a great look but I'm trying to be a bit more like you fellows who are always changing things up. :-)

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  5. geat painting
    i agree with you
    numidian and elephant are what make difference with other spear armies
    numidian can give you a constant initiative on a point of the battle
    and elephants a decisive schok
    but well...that's my point of view and i'm not hannibal

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