Hello, good readers! It’s been quite a while again since I’ve posted on the blog, and I’m quite sorry for that. About two weeks ago I started having severe pains in my lower back, and was diagnosed with a cyste which was surgically removed last Friday. I’m currently recuperating at home, and sitting in a chair is becoming less and less painful as days go by. The good news is: I’m having a few weeks off so I can start getting some more painting in. The bad news is: it’s only until Crisis 2013, so all the new goodness I’ll pick up there won’t benefit from my time off.
But enough banter! Time to finally show you those Dacians I worked on in Spain.
When I arrived in Spain and sat down to paint I thought I’d packed my models, paints and brushes well, but apparently I’d left my cadian fleshtone and reikland fleshshade back in Belgium. Curses! I made do with a mix of kislev flesh, mournfang brown and a little mephiston red to basecoat the skin, and a mix of seraphim sepia and druchii violet to shade it. In the end I think it turned out alright with the subsequent kislev flesh and flayed one skin to highlight this unorthodox approach.
I took the liberty of making some minor conversions to the models; a head with a felt hat and an axe from Gripping beast plastics, and converting some of the ‘leaping forward’ poses into something more upright with a little greenstuff to the stomach area. I also managed to pick up a blister of Celt Linebreaker models (the guy with the red shield in the front rank, for example) to add some variety to the poses.
I’ve based these eight wide, four deep but with a loose order so I only need 24 models. I’m aiming for a four-strong division of Dacians for Hail Caesar with one more regular warband, a falx warband and a unit of nobles. Later on I might add some skirmishers, too. As well as these plans, there’s also Impetvs which is played with much smaller units – so I might be trying that out sooner. We’ll see!
In other news, I’m currently basing my recently finished Hollandish pike company and a small batch of Viking archers, and I’ll be painting Captain Charles Upham VC & bar as a one-off before tackling a larger batch. My girlfriend is fetching some new paint pots for me so I can continue work on them – how lucky I am!