Saturday, April 29, 2017

Burgundian? heavy artillery

I've had this Zvezda bombard for a while and could not decide whether it should have 1:72nd crew or 28mm. Finally with quite a number of late medieval components ready to be built I've opted for 1:72.

There are a good  number more crew, but on a 60mm wide base these three work ok.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Minimum II/37 Parthians complete!

Whether I end up adding foot, or not, I've finished the 4x4Kn cataphracts and 8x2LH horse archers required to get Parthians on a table. As opponents of both Early Impie and MidImpie Romans they are a very useful side to have.

HaT and DBA3.0 set me a puzzle

What to do about Parthian foot, if anything? HaT's foot number six, three archers three javelin. The 3.0 options include: 2 Ps (archers), 2 3Ax (mountaineers which could be javelin and handaxe) and those swap with 2 3Bw (city militia)!

The way I see these elements, I can add in one skythian foot archer to make the 4 Ps minis needed, 3 skythian handaxe minis to make the number of Ax minis needed, and rope in Roman Auxiliary eastern archers if I want the 6 Bw minis the city militia would need.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Parthians half done

I'm halfway through the minimum build required for Parthians. Two heavy, four lights.  It's going well, the bases look good.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Base for Italiots

I hate making bases, I'm just not good at it. But I knew I had to have something for the various 'home' sides set in Italy. Inspired by plastic dominoes that were all the rage here a year or so ago, with bits of wood and cork added. This is a 'cross-section' concept by the way. I use the same effect for my Gallic base.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ready to base

There have been many small steps - and I hope to simplify with the next lot - but this shows the second unusual technique, full terrain finish on each mini before basing.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First run, adding gear

This takes the first stage to just about the point where I'm ready to add terrain texture to each base. Weapons/standards are glued on using strong pva glue. It dries clear, this is about the third pass dotting glue on. Once dry I can varnish the weapons ready for paint. The varnish will strengthen the bond further.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Parthian heavies 1

Onto Parthians, a great opponent to Impie Romans.  These heavies go 4 to a base and are entirely armoured. Two unusual techniques seem called for. You can see the first here, after riders are posted on (drill, wire post) and the base varnish is done: dry-brushing as a full coat of paint.

First, dark water soluble stain/varnish - I use Cabot's rich teak but have used other varieties over the years. If you buy light, you have the option of mixing an acrylic in. For example I can mix black in, end result, flexible black undercoat. You can see the straight undercoat on each base in the photo. It is semi opaque, letting the natural cream of the plastic be seen.

Next, I mix a silver-gold colour to represent bright-polished brass and iron. Then, using a large (sz4) Filbert brush, I dry-brush armour, not worrying about over-paint. Then I use Army Painter strong tone to give that depth, since the minis lack much themselves.

Colour gets added as normal after that, and at this stage all I've done is dark grey on mounts.

The second unusual technique will be adding terrain to each base prior to basing.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

II/8 Bruttian, Lucanian, Campanian Punic era Italians complete!

What a long project this has been. But at last the Romans and Carthaginians can take their pick of allies, leaving me still enough to field some sort of Italiate army.

This army morphs for II/8b Campanian or II/8a Bruttian (without Hd). In its favoured Campanian mode it is:

CvGen, Cv, 4x4Sp, 4x3Ax, 2xPs.

In its less favoured Bruttian/Lucanian mode it is:

CvGen, 5x4Ax, 4x3Ax, 2xPs.

Obvious expansions are the virtually unarmored Apulians, the hefty, possibly 12x4Ax Samnites, later Etruscans (with Hellenistic style hoplites) and Syracusans.

But for now I'm heading away from the Punic era!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Second Cv element for Italians

This element will go with Campanians (II/8b).
Progress has been incredibly slow, even for me. But most of the foot are near done so I expect a cascade of 'done' over the next week or so.