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With my Late Romans so close to completion I’ve given in to the allure of another ancients project… the flesh is weak! Spurred on by the release of Victrix’ Iberian infantry the Punic wars are a hot topic in our club, and I am the only one to have chosen the armies of Carthage.

I’ve picked up a box of Victrix Carthaginians, which will form the backbone of my collection, and I’ve added a number of extra command groups from Crusader Miniatures as well as cavalry from the latter. Of course I’ve also purchased the Hannibal foot and mounted model; the former will be converted into a Libyan captain of sorts. Let’s get on with this post and look at the first unit!


The middle base has a bog standard Crusader Miniatures command group, those on the left and right are Victrix plastics. As you can see the Vixtrix models are slightly taller and certainly more active looking, but otherwise they fit in fine.


I’ve painted these over a red undercoat – I was expecting to paint them with a lot more red, but eventually I used a lot more colours on these to keep them lively. As a definite first I’ve used plenty of pictorial reference material, mainly in the form of a couple of Ospreys I managed to pick up on the cheap!


Traditionally I’ve always gone for freehanded shield designs, but I think I’d go mad if I tried to replicate the shield designs you see above! So these are my first Little Big Men transfers, and I’m fairly happy with how they turned out. Things were a bit dicey when I applied black wash to the shield boss, as some of the wash decided to run underneath some imperceptible bubbles in the transfer, so I did have to go in with some paint to tidy up afterwards. Other than that, these transfers do make an average paintjob look smashing!

That’s it for now. Sorry for the long hiatus (more than a month, ouch), I don’t have as much free time as I used to and I prefer to spend it on painting instead of writing about painting. So I don’t know when the next update will follow, but rest assured – I haven’t forgotten this blog!



More Crusader Pilgrims

Apparently pilgrims are pretty damn good in our currently favoured ruleset Sword & Spear. Pretty damn good, if you just use them to generate order dice, that is! With that in mind I picked up some neat models from Dave Thomas at our recent convention in Ghent, and they’ve been a blast to paint up.


Models by (I think) Crusader Miniatures.

Models by (I think) Crusader Miniatures.

I picked up a couple of blisters, one with armed male pilgrims, one with women and children, and then spread them out over a number of 40x40mm bases. A loose formation fits these models best, plus it means a lot less models to collect and paint in order to compose a unit!


Using an infant as a shield: roll those saves!

Using an infant as a shield: roll those saves!

I painted them starting from a mournfang brown undercoat, blocked in some colours common to my other crusaders plus some that wre not, then washed with agrax earthshade. A couple of highlights, then the flesh and metallics and hair, and done. Really cheap, but quite effective.

That’s it for this weekend’s triple blog update! I’ve a couple of things I’m working on simultaneously at the moment, so I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be covering next. As ever, I hope you enjoyed the article and check back soon for more. Tah!

The Final Gladiators (For Now)

I’ve got my first batch of Jugula games under my belt, so I thought it was high time to vary things up a bit – so I’ve added the final gladiators in my collection to the fray.


All models by Wargames Foundry.

All models by Wargames Foundry.

From left to right we have Remus the Sabine provocator, Brutus the Etrurian crupellarius, Melqart the Libyan murmillo, and Clodia the female thraex. As any knowledgeable person will see, several of these gladiators’ armaturae don’t correspond to their class – I just had to find some use for the models so I went with whatever suited my two ludi best.


I might add some small freehand patterns to these models in the future.

I might add some small freehand patterns to these models in the future.

They’re another colourful bunch – I purposely did this to set them apart from each other and to offer variety to my paintjob. Still, they were on my painting desk far too long. I’m happy to have them done as a collection, although I might add a blister or two to them in the near future – Jugula is just that much fun.

Next update: still not sure!

More Gladiators

I’m really itching to play my first game of Jugula so I’ve proceeded to paint the second ludus for my collection. I don’t have too much to say about them, so I’ll let the pictures do (most of) the talking.


Two Crusader Miniatures models, and two Wargames Foundry models.

Two Crusader Miniatures models, and two Wargames Foundry models.

From the left we have Pontius the Roman, Hanno the Numidian, Oengus the Celt and Albus the Nubian. Two Africans to get the multiculturality of the Roman Empire across.


I like the highlights I've managed on their loincloths.

I like the highlights I’ve managed on their loincloths.

As I said in my previous blog post, I’ve too many secutores and retiarii so I’ve included one of each in this ludus. The other two are Wargames Foundry models from another blister I picked up at Crisis ’14 – a Murmillo and a Thraex.

Off to the gaming table now! I’ve got plenty more stuff on the desk in a rudimentary phase, so who knows what’s next. Tah!

Ave Caesar, Morituri et cetera!

I’m a big fan of Studio Tomahawk’s Saga ruleset, so I when I heard about them releasing a gladiatorial combat game, Jugula, I was stoked. It’s taken me a while to get everything together for it, but at Crisis ’14 I finally picked up the rules, card decks and some models. Here are the first four painted gladiators!

All models by Crusader Miniatures.

All models by Crusader Miniatures.

The official models for Jugula are of a bigger scale and they’re also rather expensive, so I opted for good old 28mm miniatures – these are from Crusader Miniatures. The downside of their range – for budding Jugula players – is that the models are packaged in blisters of four of largely the same kind, and in a Jugula warband you can’t have more than two gladiators of the same kind For instance, I picked up a blister each of 3 secutores + 1 scissor and 3 retiarii + 1 laquearius, which means I have two secutores and two retiarii to spare. Not that big a problem for those like me who want to build more than one ludus, though.

The names of the armaturae have been written on the back, as a reminder to players.

The names of the armaturae have been written on the back, as a reminder to players.

Paintingwise I worked over a mournfang brown undercoat again, followed by a necron compound drybrush. Flesh areas were blocked in, washed and highlighted, then the metal, etc. I did experiment a little with the secutor’s bronze scaled armguard; it’s a hashut copper basecoat with coelia greenshade and carroburg crimson washes applied successively instead of plain old agrax earthshade. It’s probably not that noticeable in the pictures, though.

The names were added as with my Viking warband for Saga. I chose for a cosmopolitan ludus, with Aulus the Italian, Mago the Carthaginian, Cynos the Greek (literally The Hound) and Aram the Syrian. Not that historically accurate, but who cares about that.

I’ve got another four gladiators coming up soonish, but first more commission painting. Keep your eyes on the blog tomorrow, as I’ve received notice of a special something happening in tomorrow’s Warlord Games newsletter…