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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Boys from Andalucia

Guess who's coming to dinner? 52 bases of scutarii medium foot. I painted two battlegroups in white tunics trimmed red to represent my "superior" scutarii and the rest got the irregular treatment.  I've always loved the red, white and black geometric shield patterns so I stuck with that.

In Field of Glory, medium foot are down -1 on morale checks when losing to cavalry or heavy foot in the open.  I've made some supersized terrain pieces in mdf to alleviate this problem.  My clubmates refer to extra large terrain pieces as pizza boxes. One large scutarii coming right up!



Massed up, they're an imposing sight.  Of course, you can go in a completely different direction and use vibrant colors for the shields.  After all, its not like an Iberian from 300 BC  is going to call you on it, although a fellow from TMP might!

Here's a bit of inspiration.  Don't look too closely but the fellow in stone isn't wearing pants!



37 comments:

  1. Holy shit, that's a lot of guys! They look immense! Great work on the shields!

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    1. :-)

      I'm hoping my opponents will say the same thing when I drop them en masse on the tabletop.

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    1. Thanks! This is why I love our hobby so much. "History" and "beautiful" go hand in hand for people like us.

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  4. Amazing sight of the scutarii Monty, in particular when they all flee! on the table top battle field during a game ... hehehe...only kidding

    Great work Monty well done!

    all the best,
    Cheers

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    1. lol, well, that is what my Gallic army did last year, time and again. Here's hoping these guys won't flee so easily.

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    1. An extra slice for this gentleman, please! Thanks Ray.

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  6. Excellent. I like the way you´ve done the black, red and white on the shileds in different patterns..I painted mine all with the same pattern..and it looked so wrong.
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thanks for your generous compliments Paul. At 150 shields and a target date to get them on the table, I didn't add any scribing or backward "s" onto these.

      Even now, I still debate on how irregular to paint irregular troops. One of my favorite painters used to do whole armies in theme colors and the results are spectacular even if a uniform look is ahistorical.

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  7. Hi Monty!
    Very very impressive, colours are great and shields amazing...
    Best,
    Phil.

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  8. That is quite a massive army. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Andrew!

      I've got a friend who just pulled large order from Essex and I've got The Black Army, v2 in the wings. I don't know about Hungary but in Minnesota, it's going to be a long winter so there's much painting to do! Happy painting!

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  9. Very impressive, the limited colours makes them look very coherent, good choices!

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    1. Thanks Max. When I finish, I always have a couple of things I'd change if I painted an army a 2nd time. In gardening, there is the Rule of 3 (or odd numbers). I think I'd slip in a 3rd color for tunics and it would still look easy on the eyes.

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  10. Impressive looking block of scutarii there Monty. As for the terrain, you don't need to go supersize, just make sure you have lots of it for them to take refuge in.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. Good point. The day I have to fight on the Steppes will be a long day for me.

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  11. "Massed up, they're an imposing sight."

    Yes. Yes they are. That's a hell of a lot of Spaniards ;)

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    1. But does Antonio Banderas approve? :-)

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    1. Thanks Chris! I've been eyeing your Crusader armies for inspiration on a Dailami army. Great looking fellows!

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  13. Yeah looking good Monty, great bunch of trouble makers. No doubt about it powering along with this Spanish army.

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    1. Thank Tarty! I have the Hungarian Royal Banderium knights on the table and I'm going to paint them in a darker style like you shared with me (last month?). The Black Army needs Black Knights!

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  14. sweet looking spanish army!!!

    cheers
    matt

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    1. Thanks Matt! Your plate is probably full but if not, you might take a look at Maurice for your Lace Wars. Pretty high on the fun factor!

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  15. Really nice looking units Monty!
    I love the red/ black look.

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    1. Thank you Glenn! I sometimes think I should paint an army twice. Once to learn and once to get it perfect. I'm pretty sure I won't be painting this one twice!

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  16. Certainly one impressive body of troops.

    BTW, the deatil is great! At first glance I thought these were 28mm!!!

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    1. You make me blush! I'm printing and framing this.

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  17. Ok. Now I'm impressed. And because I have some of the units, I might now start an Iberian army. Thanks... I suppose ;)

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    1. I'm not sure how the Iberians fair under Art de Guerre but in Field of Glory 2, they're decent! So, go for it!

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  18. Wow - truly impressive quantity and quality of work here. I love Spanish scutari. Best, Dean

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  19. Wow, thats alot of troops, excellent brushwork too.

    Steve

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