Sunday, 8 May 2016

More Roman casualties

This time with a twist, or rather a dial:
These bases are not quite as large as my home made ones, but they are of far better quality. Made by Warbases, they have numbers up to 12, and I reckon five of them will do for a legion; these are for my yellow shields legion of Gripping Beast figs. I just did my usual and put some Warlord plastics on them. My total for 2016 is now 250 foot, 20 mounted and a large Aventine nellie.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

On the Painting Tray: May 2015

Some casualty figures and the legate for the yellow legion I've just finished, plus the start of the next legion. The casualties are Warlord games plastics, on Warbases large round dials. These are not quite as large as my home-made ones, but are of much better professional quality, so should last for ever. The numbers on the dial go up to 12.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Yellow Legion

The yellow refers to the shields, not the performance in combat. Although that remains to be seen:
Just a single photo for the moment. I'm still waiting for everything to settle down before I can properly organise any of my games stuff. This will take a while, but in the meantime I am still painting, although not as often as I would have liked. Usually too exhausted after a day at work to do much other than vegetate. So painting is now relegated to the weekends only. Still, these guys didn't take too long to finish. They are the last of a batch Roy gave to me, already with a base paint job on them, which has helped because it speeds things up. This is the second of my Gripping Beast legions, and I have painted them with plain yellow shields to complement their white compatriots. Officers and random guys are by a mix of manufacturers, including Navigator, Companion and, probably, Foundry. As with the previous lot, the bases are a bit thicker to compensate for the relatively small size and build of the minis; hopefully they won't look too out of place next to the likes of Companion Miniatures on the tabletop.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Sparker's Blog

Just came across this via a link on TMP. There is a very impressive Gallic cavalry assault on dastardly Romans at Alesia on there just now. Do have a look!

Friday, 1 April 2016

On the Painting Tray: April 2016

Finishing a second legion of Gripping Beast figures, courtesy of Roy. After that, I have two more Companion Miniatures legions to paint plus 18 cavalry. I acquired these as part of a swap with Gordon in Newcastle - he had extra command and the horsey guys. I am hoping that this will finish my Caesarean project, at least for the moment, although my painting speed at the moment makes it likely that it will be another few months before I get them all done - I'm aiming for the end of July.

Gaming itself is very rare at the moment. I have found a historical club in Cheltenham, but it's quite far away. So I'm saving myself for one-off occasions, and tomorrow will be the first time I make it to the Society of Ancients Battle Day in Bletchley for Pharsalus. If I can get to a decent-sized event say once every two months it'll keep me going. Apart from that, the plan is to have a large home office in the garden of our new house that's big enough to take a table tennis table comfortably. Move-in date is (hopefully) the middle of June...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Another day, another legion

A couple of close-ups of the latest legion, courtesy of Roy. These are relatively small figures when compared with the likes of Companion, so I based them on 3mm thick bases instead of my usual 2mm. I think they are a mixture of Essex and Navigator Miniatures, which work well together. I gave them all Gripping Beast scuta and painted them dirty plain white, to make them stand out from other legions on the tabletop. I still don't have my gaming materials organised, since we are still in a rental property and most of my figs and terrain are in storage, but that won't stop me painting now and then. Work has been incredibly busy, but even so this year I have managed to complete 80 foot, 19 mounted and an unfeasibly large nellie with crew. The next legion will be more of the guys above but with yellow shields. That's the plan, anyway...

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

On the painting tray: March 2016

Almost nothing was achieved in February - working too hard and too knackered afterwards to do much. So I'm just starting a legion I was hoping to start a month ago. Onwards and upwards, as they say...

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Some Campaign Events

Autumn 108
Caepio attacks the Tigurini

Spring 107
Marius starts chasing Jugurtha
Ptolemies move an army from Alexandria to Coele Syria to face off against the Parthians, who now fully control Palmyra

Summer 107
Marius purchases Numidian auxiliaries

Ptolemies attack Parthians in Palmyra

So that's what's next - mediocre Ptolemaics against Parthians. Should be some fun for the guys in Glasgow...

Sumerians in Battle

These are some photo of Simon's rather lovely Sumerians and friends in the heat of combat. Taken from a game in Glasgow a few weeks ago, the photos are courtesy of Simon. Not a period you see very often, and not with this number of figures!
The battle lines approach.
The battle lines clash.
Lower level shot.
Make sure I get a good view. Higher, you scum!
Run away! Run away!
The Hand of The Lord of Battle!
Traffic jam. I don''t think I've ever seen so many battle carts in one place.

Polish Blog

Just came across this blog via TMP:

You have to see some of this work - there's an amazing 15mm Carthaginian elephant there at the moment. Reminds me of some of the work I saw while I was working in Warsaw. There weren't all that many gamers/modellers that I could see, but what was there was beautiful.