Who knows, I might even manage to finish a project this year! Incredible! These Late Romans have been on my plate for a little over a year now and I’m actually close to completing them. They’re a relatively small force, but I think they’re among the better-looking of my projects, what with those shields. It’s a double update today, with some artillery which I finished in late January on the one hand, and the companion cavalry on the other. Let’s take a look.
First off, these two scorpiones. I could have based these a little bit smaller, but as I’ll mostly be playing Sword & Spear with them they do have the mandatory 12cm frontage. I wish Gripping Beast did more than one set of poses for the crew, as it looks a bit strange this way, but otherwise they’re just fine.
Next up is this ballista. They came with a third crew member, but as the model in question is a fairly imperious looking chap I decided early last year to press him into service as one of my commanders. Still, even with just these two lads to man the thing I think it looks fine.
Finally we have these companions, which were an absolute breeze to paint up really. I started off from an AP fur brown undercoat spray which was mostly useful on the horses. The rest of the models were handled in the usual fashion, with the one exception being their golden shield rims and their purple helmet plumes, just to get the imperial theme across.
I originally didn’t plan on taking any cavalry beyond the mandatory clibinarii and some assorted horse archers, but when my gaming compatriot Eddy Maes decided to pass his bag of unused Late Roman lead around I couldn’t resist a good rummage! Once again Eddy, my sincere thanks for selling these on to me for a great price.
The one thing I’m lacking for the project in terms of models are dracones. I’ve prepared some long spears (stupidly long in this case) in the hands of the standard bearers to receive these later, but it’s holding back the completion of many a unit. Hopefully I’ll be able to track some down at Salute this year, which will be my first foray into that great convention!
Hope you liked this update, and until next time!
Finally some serious anti-tank weaponry for my Paras! This 17-pdr arrived in my proverbial Christmas stocking last year and I’ve finally managed to get it assembled and painted up. My Fallschirmjaeger have been getting all the love recently as it seems all of my regular opponents have gone the Allied route, so this will likely mean a bit of dust collecting for this here gun. Let’s take a look at it, then!
I did some head swaps on the crew with some heads off a couple of Welbike riders, to make the latter unit a bit more diversified. Other than that it’s the standard model; not a lot you can do with it or to it, after all.
Painting was exactly identical to the rest of the army, although I did undercoat the models in GW zandri dust – before I used black, but seeing as how I do the denison smocks up from zandri dust it’s a bit of a time saver. All the other colours have better coverage over it as well.
For the base I used an old CD-R with some black metal burned onto it; haven’t listened to that kind of music in a while so, sorry! I tried to use the open spaces on the base to cram a few different tufts in, and I do like how it ended up looking. Very Market Gardeny.
So that’s that then, another Christmas present finally squared away. I have more WW2 stuff in the pipeline soon, as my friend Flor gave me the belated birthday present of Black Tree Design Red Devils and FJs. Fantastic models, those. For now, though, it’s back to Napoleonics. Until next time!
It is only by chance that I happened to find out that this trusty blog of mine celebrates its second birthday today. It still crawls faster than it walks and its potty training leaves a little to be desired, but let’s not write it off yet!
So here is the first of two updates with which I’ll mark the event: Prussian artillery.
These artillerymen were a nice change of pace from the Landwehr, although much the same techniques were used. The red was easier to paint than yellow, thankfully.
I think the ramrods were blue in real life, but I think they look better in brown – more contrast. Of course, if the commissionaire does not follow my train of thought I’ll be happy to change it. That’s life!
The guns themselves were painted after the crew was handled – I like to get the tedious parts out of the way first. Still, the bronze contrasts wonderfully with the blue, and it’s a powerful tool for Prussian tabletop generals to make their artillery stand out.
Anyway, that’s that – expect the next blog update in a few hours. Auf wiedersehen!
In between those recent Prussians I have a lot of Napoleonics in my own collection that require a paintjob, so I’ve tried to give them some love as well. I’m struggling to get my first Division (Jérôme’s) ready for the new year – still need a single line battalion and the divisional and brigade commander models done. That’s probably too lofty a goal, but anyway, here’s the new stuff:
As I probably mentioned before, I’ve tried to condense the Quatre-Bras OOB into a manageable collection by halving the amount of battalions and artillery pieces in a logical way. As such, I’ve reduced the divisional artillery from six 6-pounders and two howitzers to three and one respectively. Same ratio, thicker wallet!
I’ll add the artillery to my brigades with two pieces representing a single gun, which fills out the total size of four units per brigade quite nicely.
While rifling through Dave Thomas’ stand at Crisis ’14 I came upon this little chap in the bargain bin. Perfect for that little bit of extra detail for my artillery park sans having to shell out for limbers! I’ve putd the contents of the blister on a few different bases for utility.
Having reached a decent sized artillery park, I couldn’t resist a group shot. Sorry for the quality though.
Anyway, that wraps it up for this contribution. I’ve been to Crisis and bought a boatload of models, but I’ll hold off commenting on that until the end of the year when I’ll do a 2014 wrap-up/2015 prospect type of post. A la prochaine!