Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seeing the boys off...ancient Spanish camp

Making a camp is always a challenge for me and I typically put it off until the very end of the project. You, the artist, must capture the essence of the army you painted in a small footprint. No pressure but the camp should be a lively diorama or vignette, limited only by the figures you can find in 15mm and your boundless imagination. What's that? You don't have a boundless imagination? Well then, quite simply, you're screwed.

The first step in making a camp is easy.  I can measure 120mm x 80mm with the best of them.  Then I  stare at my canvas in miniature and I'm stumped. Unless it's the Romans.  Nothing says camp for Romans like a Roman tent and a wall with pointy bits and some leftover legionaries. Unfortunately, such a display is only appropriate for Romans and you need to get more creative for all of the non-Roman armies of the ancient world.

I wanted to capture the "ruggedness" of Hispania so I toyed with the idea of an ambush in a mountain pass. It can be done but I couldn't get it quite right with the figures I have in this small footprint.  I did take the "mountain ambush" idea and turn it into something I'm pleased with. Hispania was made up of the Iberians, Lusitanians and Celtiberians tribal people.  I found some noncombatants in my lead pile and bingo, I had it.  My camp would be the women and children seeing warrior husbands and fathers off. A muster for battle like this would've been a somber affair.  If the invaders are not beaten and repelled, the tribe would face a range of poor outcomes ranging from slavery to outright annihilation.  I think the old woman with her hands on her hips captures the spirit of it.



Last up are the commanders. Finish line, here I come!


To wrap up my Iberian Project, The Clash "Spanish Bombs."  If you give it a listen, you'll want to hear London Calling all the way through and you'll feel the years fly by! Then again, I'm probably projecting.

18 comments:

  1. Intresting camp. I can imagine the woman reminding her husbands, 'be back for dinner!'

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    1. "And don't forget to get some eggs while you're out!"

      :-)

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  2. Hi Monty,

    great work on the Army!
    all is amazing in it: the figures, the paint work, the command bases, the camp, even the music is well chosen ;-)
    First class!
    have great games with them !
    Cheers

    Gilles " No Pasaran !"

    ps:The Clash ! my prefered band ever!the first vinyl album I bought was "Combat Rock", a revelation!ok now, the punk crest is growing in my head instead over it ;-)

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    1. lol, you crack me up Gilles! Thank you for your very kind words. I can't wait to these fellows on the table!

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  3. Camp is fantastic, Monty! The terrain work is top notch.

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    1. Thanks Fire! I follow a talented and creative bunch of hobbyists. I'm always thinking "why didn't I think of that?" Finally, a moment of inspiration!

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  4. first class painting...and music

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    1. Thanks Marco! Now what comes next? Maybe some FoGN?

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  5. I'll be strong, and I won't paint another army like this one...
    You evil corrupter! Your camp is just too... Ok, I like everything you've shown today...

    Grr, now where my Visa...

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    1. lol! You won't win a tournament with the Spanish like your beautiful Han Chinese army but they are fun to run. And I've learned some tricks for cluttering up the board with oversized terrain!

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  6. Great units Monty...but the camp, the camp...I'm in love with it! I find it really inspiring, and I hope there is no copyright on it! Congrats!
    All the best,
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil! I hope I didn't just use up my last bit of inspiration!

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  7. They look just great and love the shields!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Chris! Now that I look at it, one of them has a bit of a Union Jack feel to it.

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  8. Fantastic work, Monty. Love the nod to the Union Jack. The Clash indeed!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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  9. I love your idea and execution for your camp - certainly puts my tents to shame. Lovely work on the Spanish army too - it's been a pleasure visiting your site and seeing the progress :-)

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Matthew! I'll be jumping over to visit yours shortly!

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