Sunday, 4 October 2015

More 15mm ancients - the remaining Seleucids

This is really for a friend, to show my remaining painted Seleucids. It's mainly the oddball and unusual stuff like the camels, militia and some cataphracts. First a picture of everything. 

Then a closer picture of the Asiatic types, militia light horse, skirmisher bows and militia bows.

Then the medium camels and a stand of Bactrian cavalry I used as a command stand.   

The lancers, 2 stands of line cavalry and 2 of companion types.  

And some cataphracts I found in another box. Another attempt to use as many variations of bronze and gold as I could.  


Skirmishers with bows and slings. 

 Irregular auxilia 

Two groups of skirmishers with javelins. One in faded black and the other with faded red uniforms.    

The regular auxilia, with every variation of red I could find.  
And of course, like most other gamers, I still have more unpainted figures in boxes. There are more Seleucids and Successors and Macedonians and Persians and, and .... 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

15mm ancients stuff

These are some pictures for friends who have bought some of my figures. 

First, some Carthaginians.  These are my remaining painted Carthaginians.  All of it Essex 15mm figures. There are 2 elephants, Celtiberians, Auxilian, Citizen Spear, Numidian light horse and javelins and Gauls.  At the back are some generals that needed a bit of repair work.  

And some Romans.  This is a legion, with the triarii in the distance, the hastate in front of the principes and the velites nearest.  I think the odd blue tinge in the photos is because the natural light was fading when I it took the them.   

some workbench, some older

I've not posted for a while as August took a sad turn, including some family hospital stuff and the separate loss of a very old friend in Denmark and the wife of another friend.  It puts little toy soldiers into perspective.

Anyhow, I've been painting some stuff, all with the intention of selling it. Here's some of the 28mm Seleucids.  The figures date back 20 plus years, but have been in boxes for years.  

Stuff I'm working on - camels and pike and Thracians.  All Essex miniatures.

A flump and a scythed chariot.  These were painted several years ago and based for WRG. Then I based them for Impetus, and now they're back to being for WRG. 

Some Auxilia

The flump and the howdah. I attach the howdah with blutak. It makes for easier storage.  

A general and Companions with some light horse archers in the background 

And some pike.  Like the stuff above, these were painted several years ago and based for WRG. Then based for Impetus, and now back to WRG. 

There's way more to be finished.  I think there's a total of 120 pike, 3 elephants, 2 scythed chariots, skirmishers, auxilia and a whole batch of mounted stuff. I reckon I'll have to split it into at least 3 armies to sell it.  More later.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dystopian Wars stuff

I've been plodding on with some stuff, though as with other people, the rest of life has taken up most of my spare time.

But here's the Dystopian stuff I've worked on.  I got a couple of batches of Federated States of America stuff off tinterbay, most of it unpainted. There was some duplication of models, so I painted up these ones and sold them on tinterbay. 

This is the basic fleet and a carrier; a battleship, 3 cruisers, 9 frigates, 2 bombers and 10 tiny flyers.  Plus the carrier.

The battleship.  I can't take credit for the idea of the paint scheme, as some of the other models I bought were painted this way, but I did like the way it looked so decided to paint the models in a similar scheme.

This is the second basic fleet I got.  Painted in much the same colour scheme, though with a slightly brighter red on the hulls. 

And this is the dreadnought which I got painted and which was the inspiration for painting the rest of the models.  All I did was lighten the deck colour a bit and paint over patches where paint had rubbed off during playing.

Next up the Great Northern War Swedish infantry which are nearing completion.  

Friday, 3 July 2015

Thursday night at the club

This week it was WIngs of War.  4 of us playing on a 3 x 2.5 foot map.  We managed 3 games in the one night.  

Game 1. 
One chap had got a Gotha bomber, so we set up a scenario where the Gotha had to go the length of the map to complete a bombing mission.  He had a fighter escort and the allies had two fighters to try to stop them.  Great fun. The Gotha takes 27 hits before it goes down (normal planes are about 16 range).  I was on the allied side (some Bristol F2B plane, I think). I managed to get on the Gotha's tail, though couldn't prevent him reaching the target. Fortunately, he missed the target on the first bomb run.  I was then knocked down, but the other allied plane finished off the Gotha.   

Game 2 was a two-a-side dogfight.  Different planes were used.  Usual whirling fun, and this time I managed to be the last plane flying. 

Game 3 was a last-man-standing free-for-all.  Again some different planes, and I had some two-seater thingy. I survived till the last two, but lost to the winner by consistently getting my opponent in my own blind spot while he knocked lumps off me. 

In the background at the club were two games of FoGR, a sci-fi thingy and a new block game on Waterloo (Waterloo 200, I think).  

All the Tsar's horses

After what seems like a long time, I got the GNW cavalry finished. Or nearly all of them finished.   
Here's the horses with some of the basing done. I wasn't too sure about some of the chestnuts; they seemed a bit bright, so I gave then a wash of sepia to tone them down.  The bases were painted khaki over a cream undercoat base, drybrushed sand and highlighted in cream.  

Then spread out with the first two Russian cavalry I did placed at the back.  

Then the dragoon chappies themselves plus the flock on the bases.  Incidentally, the horses at the front-left without riders are there because I finished the horses, but the red dragoons have yet to be started.    

And then the flags, and they're looking ready for business.  

Next up for the GNW has to be painting infantry and more infantry.  And Swedish cavalry.  And generals.  And the rest of the Russian cavalry and foot dragoons ...!  

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Work in progress

Still work in progress for the moment.  Work on the GNW stuff got side tracked by some Seleucid stuff I decided to finish off before probably selling a whole batch of ancients stuff.  Then I finished off the little dice-frame markers. 

Here's the Russian cavalry horses based with sand on the bases before I undercoat. At the front are the assembled markers to take 7mm and 10mm dice.  

The Russian cavalry horses now undercoated and wash painted with every combination of brown I could lay my hands on.  Not too bad, though the chestnuts are a bit bright and I might tone them down with a second wash of a darker brown.  

And some of the side track project, finishing off these Seleucid / successor figures that have been lying around, undercoated, for ages.  

A nice little shot of the Seleucids alongside the finished markers.  They look quite good.  

(As a side note, I used some of the markers in a game of ADG last week, but actually got to use very few markers, because my units lost heavily and fled the table. Ho-hum, isn't it always the case that your most recently painted or best painted units will do worst in their first time out on the table - including dice-frame markers!)  

The finished Russian cavalry horses. I gave these a coat of satin varnish to try to get the slight sheen of horses coats. Not too bad, though it may not appear on my clumsy photo.

The finished Russian cavalry for the horses. Hopefully, I'll get everything put together and the bases finished this weekend.