Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Reconquista 5

The last from the Almoravids for a while as there are no more to base. Here there are the bulk of the army, the spearmen, with three stands out of the four required.

There is a mixture of hand painted and transfer covered shields in these stands. Felt this was the best approach as didn't want a uniform look to the units other than the head dresses which will be carried over the entire army.

The last stand is still to be painted and will be slightly different in appearance than these, but more of that later.

Once the spearmen are completed it only leaves five stands of archers to paint or thirty figures to be precise. That is a lot of spindlers.

Back to work in progress pictures for a while.

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Losing that gaming mojo 2

Well after the first post with this title tried something new - Chain of Command.

WW2 is a period that has always been of interest; probably due to growing up in the seventies when a good war movie was considered a good film until circa '77 and a certain film was released.

Surprisingly have a fair range of painted figures, support weapons, vehicles and buildings to game with. Hoping that Chain of Command will give an opportunity to dust off the British and German forces for the Late War period, which is very good as neither have seen the light of day in a few years.

As with any new rules, have a tendency to start small and work up to larger games. So infantry first with no support options just to get used to the moving, shooting and command rules. The rest can be added on in subsequent games.

After scanning the rules there a few gaming pieces that might be required if this becomes a regular game. Only time will tell on that although hoping to arrange another game of the same shortly.

With regards to painting - its mostly dark age and early medieval just now so the two parts of the hobby won't clash.

Cheers for now

Monday, 31 July 2017

Reconquista 4

More skirmishers for the Almoravids, one stand having already been shown a while back.

Depending on the list these can also double up a foot light stand in Basic Impetus as well as cheekily appearing in the 'Cid's army as well.

Cheers for now

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Reconquista 3

Returning to the Almoravids and here is the first skirmisher stand for the now Basic Impetus army as a good few of the figures have been moved over to a SAGA warband for the same.

More from the same to follow shortly as the basing is completed on a few more stands from a personal challenge a few years ago.

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fantasy Heroes 5

A recently completed retro Citadel figure the Talisman range - this time a Ranger. A great figure from a great range of classics figures from a classic game.

The final highlight on the cloak is either missing or far too close to the midtone. Not sure that the new glasses will pick up on forgetting or poor mixing though.

Cheers for now

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Back to the Brushes 132

Another stand of 15mm Arabs awaits basing, this time it is bow armed skirmishers from Essex miniatures. Finally found a painting style that suits this scale and period for me and it is very simple - block and wash.

Tried a few figures in same style that is used for 20mm figures, that is midtone and highlight however, felt that it was too much work for the figures, although have seen some stunning 15mm figures with two and possibly three layers applied.

A full stand of archers has been prepared for painting in the coming weeks.

Something retro and recently finished next

Cheers for now

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fury of the Norse 21

As promised here are the next three Viking Bondi from Gripping Beast. The central figure has a hand painted shield the other two are from Little Big Men with some additions to the colour here and there.

These three now mean that there are enough figures to build more sabot bases for Basic Impetus so the new list - of which there are four more stands in - can now be an option if played.

The final highlight on the red does not show well in these pictures and on reflection is perhaps too close to the mid tone of the tunic. You live and learn as they say.

Have recently started another four hirdmen so watch out for progress on them in the future.

Cheers for now