This is not my usual approach to basing! I decided, "let's work out how many bases, stick the minis to bases, clear some workspace" and it turns out I also ordered another hundred 30mm deep litko bases.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Nice wet weather! Worked through the last detail and highlight of the new 15, gave them the wash finish, then moved on to power through washing (with mild detergent that is!) all of the others on sticks, gave the horses highlights then by and large, just gave all of them a matt varnish.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Friday, January 20, 2023
All the basics done for the extra Scot/Pict minis!
A new-to-me Vallejo color appears here, Greasy Iron, for the Iron helms, chainmail and spear heads. Much quicker than mixing black and silver, and will be very helpful when I get going on the late medieval period.
Friday, January 13, 2023
I've focused on the 15 unpainted minis, just prepping them, then deciding on my approach to shields and spears. The Strelets hands are quite loose on the five needing spears: I decided to use grey stuff to pack the hands and bed in the shields, then strengthen with superglue.
This evening, moderately sure the packing had set, I brushed on the base varnish/tint
Friday, January 6, 2023
So, Caledonian, Pictish, Pre-Feudal Scots?
Why you ask? Let me explain. I began looking over the pre-feudal Scots since either they or Vikings are the logical next rebase project.
Wait, says I, the 3.0 list calls for either 2x3pk or 2xWb as options. Do I have spare minis?
So next I open the "Caledonian" set and look at those.
Wait, says I, if I morph these with pre-feudal Scots, don't I get Picts?
I've dug out spare minis (Anglo-Saxons, Slavs) though I rather think I am a 3Pk element and a bowPs element shy. We'll see how we get on.
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Stage 2 basing - slopping a wet mix of red earth over the grey!
Today, obviously, I managed to complete the foot - eyes, flesh and metal highlights, and the dreaded shields - then gave them a dark wash and based them using grey.
Once those were all dry it was time to switch grouting colors, and get the red patches on.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Monday, January 2, 2023
Detail of work on refurbishment:
Much better! There wasn't anything too terrible about their lattice-leather armor or their helms. The issue was more about shields. Those were sculpted based on research and art by Auguste Demmin and presented by L&F Funcken. But modern sources insist round shields were universal.
Meanwhile work on the other 3 spear elements and 10 mounts and one bow-armed cavalryman is at base coat stage.
Sunday, January 1, 2023
This pic of (more or less) the parts of III/28 Carolingian shows how bitsy-piecy the project is. There are old minis that can be made right, new minis to prep and paint, and some shield conversions to bring elements into harmony.
There have been two expeditions into storage, locating half-forgotten supplies of shields, spears and mounts. Frustrating attempts to highlight and matt-finish. Visualizing shields and basing. But, getting there.