Why do I always tell myself not to start new projects, when such good intentions are clearly in vain? Here’s another one fresh off the painting table: Celts! I was foolish enough to pick up the wonderful Vercingetorix model from Warlord Games at Warcon ’18 and think I could leave it at that – well fat chance, Victrix is releasing some terrific plastic Gauls these days and I had to bite. My friends brought a set of their new Gallic Warriors as well as one of Fanatics home from Salute ’18, and I’m happy to report they’re already done! Huzzah!
First up, we have the meat-and-bones of the force: a big warband of your ordinary Celts. These were pretty straightforward to assemble: a mix of the both the topless and the fully dressed bodies, and of both the helmeted and bare heads, with swords, spears and a few javelins thrown in for good measure. Painting-wise, I opted for a radically different technique: I undercoated the models AP skeleton bone, heavily drybrushed them white, then applied all colours with just washes. Usually several washes were needed across a given area to get the required result, otherwise things would look too pastel. For instance, the skin tone is two washes of reikland fleshshade and one of seraphim sepia. Obviously, the metallic were painted in the usual manner, and I took special care to make them look super shiny for contrast. Also, as Celts wouldn’t look the part without them, I added freehanded patterns to at least one item of cloth on pretty much every model, with regular paint of course.
Also built from the Gallic Warriors set are these skirmishers. I elected to use just the topless bodies and bare heads for these – to get the point across that they’re the poorer kind of warrior. For these I had to do some cutting on the left arm to equip them with spare javelins, which means they’re not equipped with shields – hence, they look a lot less spectacular than the others!
Penis! These are the fanatics, and they were stupidly easy to paint with the aforementioned technique. It’s a 24-strong block of troops but I think I’ll be getting some more to bulk out the unit, for games like WAB where they really shine when fielded as a big block. In the first rank you can see a druid model from Warlord Games, which was a leftover from my Dacian project. He’s a bit smaller (haha…) than the others, but otherwise fits in fairly well. Using watered down incubi darkness I added tattoos/warpaint to these models to spice up their appearance, which I think was much needed.
Finally, here are two other characters; the first is that wonderful Vercingetorix model from Warlord Games. I altered just one thing, which was to give him a spare plastic shield so that I could apply a LBMS transfer without too much of a hassle.
The second is a plastic command model from the Gallic Warriors set which I’ll be using as a Battle Standard Bearer in WAB, or a regular standard bearer for other games. This guy received an open left hand from a Victrix hoplite, so that I could portray him leaning on his sheathed sword. Not my most impressive conversion ever, but I think it’s an effective little distinguishing feature.
So, well, there you go! A whole set of Celts, ready to be fielded alongside or against my Carthaginians. As models always look better when put next to each other, I have a couple of group photos for you.
This first group shot is for those moments when I’ll be playing WAB. The two decently sized warbands will be intimidating to most opponents – the druid confers Hatred to the already Frenzied fanatics, and the Battle Standard Bearer and Warlord go into the big Warrior block to boost its staying power. The skirmishers will either be fielded as a single big unit or two smaller ones.
The second group shot shows the troops broken down into 12-strong units, for our games of Hail Caesar, To The Strongest, Sword & Spear and the like. It’s a pretty healthy division, with five standard units and two small units.
Project done – for now… I once purchased a box of Gallic cavalry from Warlord as well as a Gallic cavalry command blister to use with my Dacians but never got round to using them, and I think they’ll be used here. The new Gallic cavalry from Victrix are also leering at me, of course. As 24 or 25 is a bit small for a Naked Fanatic unit I’d like to bump the unit up to around 32, and I might purchase some metals from Warlord Games for variety as another pack of 24 plastics would be a little much. Finally, I’m of a mind to build a warband of nobles on foot, using the regular plastic Gallic Warriors but all helmeted, with swords, and with the capes attached (which I didn’t use much yet). Plenty of options!
I’m having another trial game of Frostgrave next Thursday, so I’ve gone out of the way to get some more warband models painted up for a proper demonstration of the game. First and foremost is my apprentice – no wizard should ever leave their hideout without one – who is a kitbash of several plastics – a Mordheim/Free Company body, Greatsword arms and Empire Wizard head and right hand.
First and foremost is my apprentice – no wizard should ever leave their hideout without one – who is a kitbash of several plastics – a Mordheim/Free Company body, Greatsword arms and Empire Wizard head and right hand. The idea behind him is that he’s clumsily opened up a potion flask and is mortally shocked by its demonic contents – hence the cartoony hair with its grey streaks! I tried to tackle the demonic skull thing an inside-out layering technique so that the light would appear to be shining from inside it, but that ended up looking shite so I made do with a red-to-magenta-to-purple transition washed in purple. It’s not as impressive but I’m happy with it.
What did work out better were the flames on the brazier of that guy on the right. Quite pleased with them! I’ve wetblended these going from white to yellow to orange to red to dark brown. Picking out the bits of brazier in among the flames was hard, but I think I managed alright. These models were originally meant for a spirit host for my hybrid Vampire Counts/Empire army, and they’ve finally seen some brush love now. They’ll be used as warriors in Frostgrave – unarmoured, heavy weapon-wielding chaps. They’re a bit over-the-top but they look expendable, which is just right for Frostgrave henchmen!
Well that’s that then! A second blog post done and we’re not even properly into the weekend yet. Check back tomorrow for more Napoleonic goodness, or perhaps WSS, or maybe even Red Devils… All bets are off this weekend!
Here, at last, is the final part of my commission painting for my friend Kurt. “Final” means “for now”, of course: I’ll be painting some Praetorians for him soonish. Still, here are his crossbowmen in all their glory:
I had a little trouble getting these guys ready for painting; apparently, on two of the models, the front part of the crossbow had either broken off or had ended up not being cast. So I had to get the bit box out, and salvage some spare crossbows from Fireforge foot sergeants for parts. The two chaps on the left of this first picture are the lucky ones. Doesn’t look so bad, eh?
They were painted up in much the same way as the cavalry I showed you earlier. However, because of the fact that only one of these guys has a shield, I decided to incorporate some of the blue and white heraldry into their clothing.
That’s it for now, although I do have another blog update waiting for this evening or tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Here’s the second part of my most recent commission paintjobs: a unit of eight Breton cavalry painted up as early crusaders.
There’s nothing special about these models at all; it’s just tunics, trousers, a helmet and a round shield. The commissioner wanted earthy tones for the models themselves, so I went with a variety of bone colours plus some light grey. I did add some small red and orange accents on scabbards and the like, but these were kept to a minimum.
I really like how the shield designs turned out – they were the commissioner’s idea, and while he’s very much a laissez-faire (or laissez-peindre in this case?) fellow, he asked for this design specifically. The white’s just plain white, and the blue is a basecoat of teclis blue with a highlight of lothern blue. Again, very simple stuff.
That’s it for today, dear readers. I’ve been painting horses today for both ACW and Pike&Shotte cavalrymen, so these will be appearing on the blog shortly. I also have some crossbowmen left for this commission – and I will be paid along the lines of several Perry early crusades blisters. In short: there are a plenty more saracen-slaughterers on the horizon!