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Monday, April 22, 2013

Bottom's up! Naked Gauls and a burst of 15mm madness...

With my Welsh warband sidelined by a lost parcel of shield transfers, I jumped back into 15mm with both of my size 11 1/2 feet.  First up, 96 Naked Gauls. I've paint 2 Gallic armies in the last 2 years. Each army was a bit of a trial or chore, depending on how fondly I remember it  Under Field of Glory v2, Gauls are slightly less rubbish than before so I thought, three times a charm?  The question I sought to answer in painting this bunch was, can I gut my way through painting Gauls a 3rd time? The lead photo is a bit of a spoiler!
Before every charge, the Gauls were heard to scream "PANTS!"
Gaesati warriors will be the core of my Gallic army v3.  Gaesati are rated as Superior, Impact heavy foot, and naked as the day they were born. Nakedness does not provide a combat bonus but it is a +10 bonus on the painting table.  These fellows started with Army Painter's Barbarian Flesh primer.  2 coats of GW flesh wash later, the actual painting started with flesh highlighs.  The time saved by their nakedness was quickly lost in the shield stage.  There isn't much room to work with on these shields.  Still, it went down well and I'll order up the rest of the army from Old Glory.  I might grab my 12 stands of chariots from Splintered Light as they are spectacular to paint and look at.

I also finished up the Russian SYW cannons. We're firing up another Maurice campaign in the weeks ahead and one of our Field of Glory regulars has left the ancient world to join us in the 17th century.  Klay, I hope these cannons give good service in support of your new cause!  The best thing about painting these Old Glory figures was, no shields!  2nd best thing was they're all wearing trousers.

I sold my 15mm Carthaginian army last week and in the process, created a few holes in my ancient Spanish army. To fix one of them, I  just finished up these Old Glory Spanish light horse.  I clipped the plumes off their heads so they'd fit in better with my Xyston Spanish light horse.  These lads are poor and rough, so I went for a loose painting style.  I did sneak in some bright colors to keep them from disappearing off the tabletop!
I sold off the slingers I was using in my ancient Spanish list so here's a few more in a bit of an experiment. I'm going to see what I can do with inking in 15mm.  If I paint neatly, I should be able to use the ink for shadows.
Lastly, 96 Dailami warriors in the paint pan in case the Welsh shield transfers don't make an appearance. So, enough about me.  How was your weekend?

26 comments:

  1. The weekend was a bit tiring, a bit draining financially, those nekid guys are very colourful and beautifully painted.

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    1. Thanks Fran, and just rub it in about Salute. It did look grand though!

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    2. I am finished up my 2nd Cartnagain army. I am basing it up for DBMM or Hail Casesar. I have been working on Republicn Romans for HC about half down.
      I decided to do a Maurice Ostereiche Heeren for the campagin. I use got the Maurice rules.

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    3. Lee! Ok, I'd love to hear your opinion on HC.

      And we'd love to have you in the campaign. I'll get out an email in the next week to start up the process with everyone!

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  2. Fantastic painting all-around. That initially shot of the Gauls' behinds was great! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, I really appreciate it. Even though the Old Glory Gaesati aren't the equal of Xyston, the flesh still paints up quite nicely!

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  3. Bottoms up, indeed! Your Gauls are very colorful (from the front). Nicely done! I may a bit of a prude but I'm not comfortable fielding a bunch 'nekked' warriors on the table.

    The SYW Russian artillery look great! Looking forward to seeing these fine fellows in a Maurice replay.

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    1. Jonathan! lol, well, I guess I'm so deep in ancients I forgot about that. Years ago, when I painted up my first Gallic army, I showed it off to my family. My daughter saw the nude skirmishers and said "you're not taking THAT out in public, are you?" I did and no-one has ever said an unkind word. The shadowing and scale hide the more private parts.

      On my bucket list...painting up 28mm nude Gauls one day, not for anything other than the challenge of properly painting all flesh. THAT would be very difficult and I've seen some amazing work over the years.

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  4. Nice work, Monty! Bottoms up indeed ;-) You didn't start those Celtic chaps off with a sprayed flesh tuxedo, did you? If so, a very smart idea. You'll have those slingers looking good, too: can't really go wrong with a brown wash unless you're in a portaloo.

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    1. Pru, busted! I have so many things to paint that when I can field a "cheat," I will. After all, it's not like I'm painting for a museum. ;-)

      The brown ink wash went down quite well last night! Portaloo...oh, that's scary!

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  5. It's about time one of you guys pandered to my taste. I paint so many babes and the others just take me for granted now. But not you!! Thank you for these naked Gauls Monty!

    The shields are spectacular, they really are.

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    1. Anne, thank you! I'm glad I could make a small downpayment on the debt!

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  6. Nice work Monty, particularly the Gauls' shields. Very colourful.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin and I can't wait to follow your pirate army project! That is simply too cool!

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  7. Do you sleep from time to time? Amazing work, Gauls are wonderful shields incredible, and Russian cannons amazing...great work Monty!
    Cheers,
    Phil.

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    1. Actually, when I can't sleep, I've been known to slip down to the painting room. Thanks Phil!

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  8. The Guals were oft noted for their bum rush tactics!

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    1. Oooh, I'm saving that for when I paint my 4th Gallic army. Or you could use it when you do yours in 28mm!

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  9. Good lord, you're prolific. How do you get so much finished so quickly?

    FMB

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    1. Well, the weather is shite and my kids are in some really challenging classes. Homework has been keeping them busy all night. So, after dinner, it's paint, paint and paint.

      If I could get in as many games as you do in a week, THAT would put a dent my production! You are a lucky man.

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  10. If I was running around naked I'd want a fancy shield too! Very nice work Monty. :)

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! It is hard for my modern mind to comprehend. You want ME to charge the Romans over there? Naked???

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  11. Nice juxtaposition there Monty .....naked Gauls and a bit of 18th C lace in the same post lol......nice touch, love it.

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  12. For a bunch of naked men, they actually look quiet colorful with their shields! Great work as usual!

    Now put all those troops for SAGA in the field! :-P

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    1. Thanks Burkhard! I've tried to shoot some Saga AARs but I've had problems with my camera and lighting. One day!

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