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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Everything's coming up Galatian

Back at it with 15mm.  I've managed to get in some Field of Glory with my Galatians and they've performed well above expectations.  After a loss against the Romans, they broke a Spartan army after a grueling, see-saw struggle and crushed Klay's Pontic army, pike and all. Mind you, it's only the 2nd time I've beat Klay so that alone was cause for celebration.  They also beat a Thrasian army this weekend as well.  Following the military maxim of "reinforce your successes," I've been buffing out my Galatians so I'll have more options when I run them.

Cavalry.  The Galatians and Gauls can each run cavalry-heavy armies. With this batch, I've doubled my cavalry from 6 to 12 bases .

Javelinmen.  The Galatians don't get many skirmishers so I need to make these 8 bases count.  

Soldurii.  Soldurii only appear in the Gallic list and among the Gauls, these fellows are tops. They represent troops sworn to die for their chief in battle. They are elite, armored  heavy foot.  That's as good as it gets in FoG.  Soldurii are the Hammer of the Gods in a Gallic army. Use your hammer wisely!

Thracian Bowmen.  The very worst thing about the Old Glory15 website is a lack of pictures.  I wanted Paionian javelinmen so I clicked on and ordered javelinmen (with no picture).  I got Thracian bowmen instead. Gauls can field bow so I painted these up and won't look back. Dammit, I accidentally looked back and now I'm angry all over again!  How hard is it to post pictures of the products you sell on the web? 


My last bit of Galatian reporting is that "The Dying Gaul" is going to appear in Washington DC at the National Gallery of Art through March 16.  This is a big deal as the statue has not left its home in almost 200 years.  The Wall Street Journal posted an excellent article on the statue including these two delicious tidbits:

  • Experts think his hair was a foot longer before being cropped in the 17th Century. 
  • The original was painted.


To top off my 15mm painting run, I've got a workmanlike Union army for Longstreet to post up. Longstreet popped up quickly and I decided to throw in with a pending campaign.  I had 2 weeks to turn a pile of mediocre lead  into a slightly less mediocre army.  I finished just in time for our test run but  that's a story for another day.  After Longstreet, it'll be a steady diet of 28mm warbands for SAGA. 

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    1. Thanks Andrew and have fun with the Challenge!

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  2. Sometimes, Monty, I think you and I share a brain. I was just reading about the Gaul the other day.

    I've been meaning to ask how you get your yellows so bright - are you undercoating in white?

    FMB

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    1. Marcus! I wish we shared a neighborhood, or city as well.

      Vallejo Game Color Scrofulous Brown is a great base for yellow in 2 tones. It can go right over a black primer and then the yellow pops nicely off of that yellowy brown base.

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  3. Excellent job all along. And yes, galatians rule!

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    1. Thanks Seb! When I last had a Gallic/Galatian army, I could not win to save my own life. Maybe a year of "seasoning" for the general was key? ;-)

      Good luck on the big showdown!

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  4. The Master of the colors has struck...again...really nice Monty, a beautiful army!!

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    1. Thanks Phil! We're now gaming in a story that is fantasy/sci-fi and I love to briefly tell these fellows what we're up to. Its great to share history and our hobby!

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  5. Your vivid yellow, blues, and reds are really eye-catching. This army must look impressive in person on the table.

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! I've got to get an AAR up one of these days. When the game hangs in the balance, I forget to take pictures!

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    2. I find it very difficult to make good notes and take useful photos during a multi-player game so I understand. Much easier to craft an interesting AAR in solo play.

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  6. That's some very nice stuff again! Some very bright and vivid colours.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei! I don't think you can go subtle in 15mm. ;-)

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  7. They look superb! I like the technique you've used to shade/highlight the shields. Wonderful work all around. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! Your terrain work in the Siege has been a treat to follow,

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  8. You've made those 15mm's pop Monty. I'd love to see that statue, he's beautiful. The speculation that he was painted is very interesting and I have to wonder what type of pigments would have been used on marble.

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    1. Anne! I was wondering about that myself. Working with life sized statutes, I'd love to know how they brought them to life. Shading, depth...it would be fascinating!

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  9. Great work Monty. The statue is impressive, but the scale might be a little off for it to go on the table with 15mm figures.

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    1. LOL, I didn't see that coming. Good one Dan. If I was Caesar, I could have it in my living room.

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  10. Great work Monty and congrats on the wins with your Galatians! :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! Winning is not everything but losing all the time is for the birds. Good luck with the Great Race!

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    1. Thanks Michael! I've been on a tear reading about the Vikings lately. How did I miss this era for so very long? Fascinating stuff!

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  12. Fecking hell Monty, stunning work!

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    1. Thanks Fran! I for one am very glad my 3rd Gallic army looks like a keeper!

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  13. Those really are sensational Monty, just beautiful.

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  14. Glad to hear that your lads fared well against Spartans and Pontics, but my condolences for the dust-up with the Romans - (spoiler alert!) that never goes well.

    The soldurii sound every bit as formidable as they look, and are a real revelation. lovely work as always!

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    1. Thanks Ev! I'm pretty close to saying "no thanks!" when the Romans show up. Just tough as nails in FoG and damn near unbeatable in period.

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous mate. Love the riot of colours!

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  16. Yet again a lovely display of color!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, and I promise to show I'm not a one trick color pony when I get to my Scottish warband for SAGA. Earth tones FTW! ;-)

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  17. Very nice, Monty! I am sure you'll enjoy Longstreet, it is very well written and quite entertaining.

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    1. Simon thanks! Your Impetus forces are coming along so very nicely!

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    2. Thanks, the next Impetus batch are almost finished, and they are stunners, ex SaxonDog.

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  18. Monty Strikes Again! Lovely stuff there, and an enviably prodigious output to boot. Pencil me in as another who really like your yellows. Enjoy Longstreet!

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    1. Lol, I like that as a tag line! Pru, if we weren't separated by the Pacific, we could get in loads of Ancients.

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  19. Really nice! To say im a bit jealous is an understatement. Good work!

    Steve

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    1. With your Impetus Arab Conquest army, you're the one who inspires jealousy. But thank you for your kind words!

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  20. My Antigonids (should they ever get painted) want a crack at these fellows!

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