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?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

You lucky bastards!

 Two blog posts in one week!
Here is a WIP of the 2/4th Marine Artillery Regiment. Half done!

I like these, for their relativly simple uniform, they take quite a while to paint,
 I tried something new on the faces, I usual use Foundry Excepert flesh A,B,C,E,F but not D as I think D and C are so similar.

But I wanted to have more shading, so before I start on the expert flesh I use red brown. I think that give big contrasts.  Helps bring out the face. Make it more 3d. Thanks to Janner for giving me that idea with how he painted the face on the on russians!.

It's a lot of blue, but damn I love this blue, like with the prussians, the blue is to light for real french color. But its so vibrant and so easy to make look good. Again the colors are Foundry union blue A,B and C with extra highlights of coat D arms fester blue, I love the contrasts of dark vibrant blue and the deep red.

Right now I'm working on a prussian howitzer with crew, I tried to use granite gray (simply because I'm bored with Rebel gray) granit gray does not look that good, The shade A is quite a diffrent color from B C, making it look od. Also the end resault is much to like and greenish for it to be prussian gray.

You can see I have used granit gray on the shako covers on some of these marine artillerist. It works on "small " things, were you need massive contrasts, it does not work on bigger stuff(like jackets and trousers) So this gray will probebly only be used on shako covers, blankets ect. Not greatcoats, jackets or trousers.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Still not dead!

So still going, havn't done much, painted some 15mm ACW just to get it out of my system, never seem to get into painting them propper. But I had them, so no cost to me.

I have decided to try and paint the whole of the IV Cavalry Corps in the Army of Silesia at Leipzig. Thats 21 Squadrons of hussars from 4 hussar regiments, and 7 squadrons of dragoons.
I think I'll drop the 9 "squadrons" of Cossacks.

At 6 figures pr squadron thats 168 cav. Shoudl be enough for a while.

I've finished the first step, Two Squadrons of Akhtyrka hussars.

I painted the first squadron wrong, as free sources showed brown shabaurqe, but they had blue by 1813.
So one out of the 6 Akhtyrka hussars squadrons will have wrong horse blankets.

I find the perry figures hard to paint, be they infantry, hussars or regular cav, very subtile folds, nothing I can shade and highlight there... atleast not at my skill level.

 Hussars out in the nice weather.

 They look ok, as good as I can get Perry hussars I think. Hopefully with 126 hussars, any mistakes and bad paint job will be lost in the sea of awesomeness that is hussars.
I have allready started work on White russia hussars, those will be in campaign  dress.