Saturday, November 21, 2015


  Well it's well past a month since last post, Things ground to a halt as I ran out of much of my basing supply as well as spray primer. I then put a lawnchair infront of the mailbox, waiting for stuff needed to do two new projects!

My first project I wanted to start was GNW, I did try it a few years back, but honestly the only range of GNW figures out there wasn't my cup of tea, But with Warfare miniatures about to release russians, and having nice swedes out I took the plunge. A regiment of cavalry(18 figures) And a battalion of infantry. While I was wainting I orderd more figures from warfare but this time their NYW range. Enough for two battalions of duch. But the post is a slow aninmal, so I got twichy.

I found by accident all my old GNW figures from the pervious project, while as mentioned not a big fan of the figures. It was £150 worth of figures, so I painted up a battalion of russians(minus the pikemen)

The green is to light aperantly. But it was ok to paint, Now that Warfare russians are starting to come out, I'll use those instead.

Now for the big reveal, I decided to go all out on my GNW and NYW project, and that means shamelessly stealing lots of stuff, I half stole Barry Hilton's bases, and I totally stole how he does his bases(Only I do it worse)  Like always I make grand plans, So far my Plan for NYW consict of making a 3 battalion Dutch drigade and a 3 battalion Danish brigade. (my GNW is much more insane)

This battalion was a battalion from hell, While the figures are lovely, real lovely, they are quite a diffrent style from most other figures I paint, while great looking, I found them hard to get to look good. It did not help I seriously had problems finding a propper white color. I think in the end 3 diffrent home made triads was tried, And I'm quite happy with the third one. 

Then ofcourse came the basing. As I said new style, and quite alot more complex then my old one. My old was was, PVA, sand and flock... Now I first put on wood filler, paint wood filler with 4 diffrent colors, MIX pva and stand to make little rock thingies. Paint them, then flock, then tufts. 
I had to repaint the shoes sevral times, and some of the stockings to. that woodfiller got EVERYWHERE!. So for the next unit, I'll have to glue on 3 and 3 figures, and use woodfiller while only haf is glued on, then the rest of the wood filler when the rest of the figures are on the base.

You also see a half octogon on the command base, Barry seem to use a separte half octogon but mine simply is an extention of the central base. 

Even after all the trouble I had with this unit, I did enjoy alot painting it. and now that it's finished it is one of the best units I've made. 

I've painted ALOT this month, even if now updates happend, While those russians have been done for like 3 weeks, it's been muddy rainy weathert, and so no ability to take good pics. Finally a few days ago it became cold and the mud fially froze over(it's tiresome to mop up mud from 9 dogs every day) I don't think I've enjoyed painting this much in years!  Total so far since my last blog post is 71, 
12 swedish cav(hope to put them up on the blog this comming week when all 18 are done)  18 russians, 25 dutch in this battalion, 6 so far for the next battalion, 10 swedish infantry

 Even with the problems, I love how this unit turned out.
 The pikes are probebly to long, by this time I think about 75mm would be more right, some say 70mm but that dosn't look like pikes to me, more like pointed sticks. So I did them 90mm, It simply looks more epic.
 Naturaly my GNW infantry will be based like this.

The unit is Friesheim, it will be brigaded with Friesland(done 6 of those) and Du Theil(still need figures for that one)
So this is what I've been up to while I was gone from the blog.

Monday, October 12, 2015

John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim

So it's tight goings these days. I havn't bough figures in some two months(probebly a record for me) And I've even run out of most of my critical painting supplies. I have no primer(mabye enough to prime 2? more figures) I also have no more PVA glue, no flock and next to no sand. I'm running low on some much used colors(like my main red. my pazer grey, reble gray ect.) So my painting has ground to a holt, I don't like painting figures and not having them based. I did two landsknecht,(those two left from last year) just to test paint them.  And yesterday I painted Johnny C.

I spent quite a while on this guy, He has 6 shades of flesh. 4 of red, two gold, 3 black,  3 on the hair. 3 on the steel, 3 on the blue sash. 3 on the horse leather. I quite like this guy. I do love the FR faces. And part of the reason I wanted to paint him, was to test my new "formula" on flesh on an easy to paint face. The formula is mostly Foundry expert flesh, Which is 6 colors, but I don't use the D, as I feel  the C and D shades are almost the same. So instead I use coat d'arms rat brown as the darkest color, then  excpert flesh A, B, C, E and F. I also tried to make my cold brighter, I feel it looks so dark, and dosn't stand out as much as I would like(if any of you can recomend a good BRIGHT gold, tell me about it) I use coat d'arm brigt gold, but dosn't feel it's very bright...
 I'm happy with the guy I think his hair, face and coat all good quite nice.
 Not sure about the horsie tho...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

See I told you

 As I said in the comments, non ancients but not a new project, I did 4 of these almost a year ago, finnaly finshed the unit. It should not take that long to paint 8 cavarly. Hopefully when I get ontop of bills I place some largeish orders to expand this project.

The flag is removable, based on Olicanalads system. So these can be any french or non french unit of Gendarmes.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Wow, three posts in less then a month.
Well both my hoplites and vetrans are as done as I can get them untill I get more flock.
So it stopped raining so I got some nice outside pics of the hoplties and vetrans

 A couple of vetrans got celtic plaid cloth for their tunics. I noticed one had the on the outside of the box, so why not. a nice way to get rid of the bordome of painting white and red.

Also some better pics of some celtic cav I did just over a year ago today.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Woo, just 12 days

Sorry for the bad pics, but I said I would try and update a little more often. So bad pics. becaue 1. I'm out of my flock so the unit can't be totaly finished, and two there are 5 wild pupplings in the yard, can't risk taking pictures out side as long as those run around.

So these are wip. 24 carthagenians spearmen/hoplites. These are primaraly for HC so the hoplites needed 3 ranks, the box comes with 24 hoplites(including command) So that means 3x8 figures.

I'm not that pleased about the slip box, I would have preferd 60 figure box of Vetrans and one of Hoplites, not split in 24/24 pluss light infantry. Now I see the spanish boxes will be 24 figures to,(well 26 with command)  Why spanish get 26 figure boxes and not 60 with 24/24 split I do not know.

Depanding on how you would rate the spanish(warband ect) you might need 4 ranks of spanish, that means you need atleast 2 boxes to make a propper unit, Also £18 for 26 figures is 0.75 pr figures, alot more then the 0,45 pr figure in the 60+ boxes. But I guess still alot cheper then £1.1-1.6  the metal 28mm costs.

Enough bitching, lets get to the figues, there has been very little pics of any of the victrix boxes of late, I do find romans, but even greek hoplites and especaly the carthaganian figures are hard to find painted. I even had a ahard time getting info on just what was in the spures, I had to as on a forum to find out if the spear arms could be used for both type of soldiers. But they can't the arms are designed for either hoplites or vetrans, so all vetrans will be in a more dynamic stabby stabby pose, all hoplites will be in a static waiting for the bus pose.

I've found that painting linothorax is plastic is a pain in the ass, I have painted Aventine linothorax and those are nice and easy to paint, I then painted Warlord phalangites and fround the plastic linothoraxes to be a pain to paint, shallow details, so much time spent on tidying up my sloppy painting ect. I thought it was just warlord plastic beeing warlord. But no the linothoraxes from victrix are also a paint, they are better to paint(mostly because of the pose I think)  but still hard to put details on them, lots of gonig back to fix mistakes ect. I guess it's just a fact of life, the tunics, the command figures, faces, spears, shields ect, are great, It's just plastic and linothoraxes equals pain to paint. I have painted 5 of the vetrans and working on another 5 now. They are great, the mail is so easy to paint, So it's not lack of quality or skills of the sculptor. 

I would have preferd my hoplites in a more dynamic pose, to me hoplites should be in battle formation with spears over shield!  

So bad picutre! The have mostly white linothorax with some red trimming, some have colord sholder parts, one has all red chest part.

The command figures are great, Very fun to paint.

But it brings me back to my trouble with the box, I really don't need hoplites, I only really need the vetrans, But the price of the figures almost double if I don't use the hoplites. So I guess they will be used for Punic forces in Spain and africa or Battle of Trabia ect.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Long time no see(again)

Remember when I used to post 3 posts a week?
Good think I don't have any ads on this blog or my income would serously have dropped! :)

Anyway I'll make it up to you at the end of the blog.

I've spent the last month painting some Roman Hastati, The first week was spent finding the damn box, I had put it away after December and couldn't find it.

Again 20 figure unit.

 I'm quite happy with it, my white gone fucked up, half ruining those in white tunic
 I just wanted to see how it would look with lots of diffrent tunic colors, There are a bunch: white, 3 diffrent reds, blue, sevral greens, sevral yellows ect.  I'm also very happy with the Bronze, think I've found a nice, bronze, it's Coat d'arms drwarven bronze, mixed with black, then a coat of agrax earthshade ink, then some bronze/copper from coat d'arms that the name has been washed off.

Here is my line of hastati, The new batch got slightly wider bases but more shallow.

I did promise to make up for the lack of posts, Well here you got, PUPPIES!

The boys got names, but we are keeping one of the girls, we just don't know which one yet.

One of the girls, temporary name Stripa.

 One of the Boys, Kenai

 Another boy Noatak

 The second girl, Temporary name Flekken

The 3rd Boy Yukon

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Another day, another project.

 So I was stupid enough to look at some pictrues of legio heroica crusader range.
So had to buy and paint some. I honestly don't know if I would ever actualy game it, the few battles I've read about seems kinda boring. Very few set piece battles ect. But I do like the look of them standing here. So I had to paint them.

24 English crusader sergants. as you see both shields and banner is hand painted by my very unsteady hands.

Colorful people, The figures are fantastic, and I do not do them justice, I've looked at some of the work people do with legio heroica, and it's art.  I have tried to imitate their style, but I failed.

So not sure if I want to game this period, but I did like painting it so far. But then again, I don't get to game the periods I do want to game. so in the end, does it really mater?