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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Paint Table Saturday - This is Sparta edition

This is my first time participating in Sofie's Paint Table Saturday. We have a Field of Glory campaign going and with frequent games, I was inspired to expand my stable of ancient armies.  At Bartertown, I found a cheap 15mm Spartan army.  Once I glued all the hoplites on Popsicle sticks, I realized this'll be more work than fun due to the sameness and repetition.  There are 200+ hoplites, 6 to a stick x 36 sticks. What was I thinking?

I then spent much too long reading about and weighing the merits of the Lambda versus unique shield designs.  I'll save my argumentative essay for a future post but in the end, I was convinced that I could, no, should use Lambdas for the shields of my classical Spartan army.

In 7 hours, I painted 96 figures to completion with base colors, a wash and selective highlighs, with 2 tone Lambdas on the shields.  To differentiate units, the 2nd batch will be painted with black and white shields.

I love M & M candies.  If I eat them straight from the bag, I keep going until I feel ill. That's how I feel right now.  Too much of anything puts you off, so it's time step away from the painting table and get some fresh air.  What is that bright orb in the sky, has it always been there?  

Have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever you do!

38 comments:

  1. Monty those Spartans look great! I can't believe it took you 7 hours only.

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    1. Hey Moiterei!

      I've got every 15mm cheat going from priming in brown on up. My stray brushstrokes won't be fixed until I base them up. And now that I look at my photos, I had some bronzework done at the start of the day.

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  2. Painting 96 figs in less than 7 hours? This is blasphemy! This is madness!

    *waiting...3, 2, 1..."

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  3. ah.. you must have been home alone to paint for 7 hours? :o)
    anyway...Lovely Spartans you have there Monty.

    cheers,

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    1. A very quiet day indeed! This is more like factorywork. But at least it'll get me another option for our campaign.

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    2. I agree and I know what you are saying/thinking about having other options available to use for campaigns.

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    3. The day you run your DBA campaign, you'll be limited to, what, 15 in period and historical armies and enemies of the Byzantine empire? Amazing!

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  4. Thanks for participating!
    Greetings, Sofie

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    1. Thanks Sofie, its a great idea that continues to grow. Nicely done!

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  5. That bright orb? They've starter filling blimps with hydrogen again...

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    1. Stu, can I say that you have the best avatar? And if those blimps land in Minnesota, I'm jumping one for warmer climates. Seems a bit more high class than jumping a train.

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  6. Philip II: "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city."
    Spartan reply: "If"

    Nice looking Spartans Monty - I can fully understand your feelings about having to paint up so many that are so similar.

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    1. That is one of the great responses of history!

      Thanks Tamsin! You set the bar impossibly high with your pike, and many other projects. ;-)

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    2. At least with the Swiss none of them were identical. Mind you, with 256 of the blighters doing different canton colours on each figure was a headache

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    3. I couldn't do it, so, hats off to you. Too much like painting Gauls! ;-)

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  7. Ninety-six figures in seven hours? Good God, man, you are a bloody machine! Great looking figures and nothing frugal or austere about that nice bunch of figures. I think I would choose the adjective "Herculean" to describe this effort.

    Nice job!

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    1. LOL, love it! And thanks.

      I've knocked off more than half of the Great Courses 17 hours of lecture on the Peloponnesian War while painting today. I'm bleary eyed and ready to hand in a blue book on the subject.

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  8. Holy Christ, how did you do it? I would ask why you would do it, but I know the answer, you're as barmy as the rest of us.

    What I see going on here though is the makings of a top notch commission painter who will one day be much in demand.

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    1. Well, you've now made my night...no, weekend. :-)

      This bunch is for me so I do have to rush a bit. Then back to 28mms.

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  9. Very impressive work Monty. I admire your perseverance.

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    1. Thanks Michael! This is faster than I've ever painted 15mm ancients. Now that I'm on the downside of this run, I realize the sameness of all the figures does lend itself to efficiencies.

      The snow is starting to melt here finally. I hope it is melting for you too!

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  10. Now that's some good eye candy. Keep it up mate!

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    1. I promise they'll look better ranked up!

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  12. Very nice Spartans, and impressive speed painting too!

    Steve

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    1. Steve, your Impetus based Spartans are top shelf!

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  13. Impressively done, Monty! You certainly don't do anything in small portion. Best, Dean

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  14. Hi Monty,

    Congratulations!
    96 figures in 7hours ! wow!
    what a challenge !
    you're a real serial painter !
    where is my chrono?????


    All the best.

    Gilles " The Challenger!"

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  15. Very impressive Monty! The joys of 15 mm ... :)

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  16. That's very impressive work pace! There is no way I could paint 96 figures in 7 hours! They already look really nice.

    Christopher

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  17. Thanks much fellows! Sorry, I've fallen behind in my comments as I try to power through the last of the hoplites. Almost done, and then I need a breather.

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  18. great
    don't believe thing like "size doesn't matter"
    you proof the contrary
    you are big size brush !
    you should be proud of your job
    when i think that yesterday i paint the whole evening a base of spartan general....
    i feel that i'm litlle size brush
    thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Marco, you are too kind! I can't wait to see your Spartans. Remember what they say, "Great minds paint alike!" ;-)

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