Sunday, 7 January 2018

Republican Roman Redux

I've finished rebasing the Republican Romans.  It turned into a bit of a labour of love, and I still haven't done the cavalry, but I'm calling them finished.

The photo isn't the best, I seem to have a problem with the camera on my phone (time for a new one maybe)
The army comprises 10 units of 12 heavy infantry, 4 units of 8 velites, 18 cavalry and 4 officers for a grand total of 156 infantry and 18 cavalry, which represents a Consular army of 4 legions, 2 Roman and 2 allied Italian legions under the Polybian reforms at a scale of approximately 1:100.
I can use it as an opponent for the Pyrrhic army I've recently completed, it's also good to use against the Carthaginians so I've taken advantage of North Star Miniatures sale  to stock up on some Carthaginians and their allies.
I won't have time for much (any) painting over the next month or so due to work and family commitments, so it may be a while before I can post again. 
Until next time thanks for looking.

Monday, 1 January 2018


The last painting of 2017 is a unit of allied Italian Triarii and a unit of allied Velites for my Republican Romans, these were the only figures that I needed to paint to bring the army upto full strength a total of 156 infantry and 18 cavalry.  As you can see the basing isn't quite finished and I also need to finish the rebasing of the remaining allied infantry.

A unit of 12 Triarii, these are Crusader Ancient Oscans with some spare Aventine heads and cast spears

A unit of 8 Velites, once again these are Crusader Ancient Oscans this time with Crusader heads.

The army should be finished soon, when it's finished I post some army shots.
All that remains is to wish everyone a Happy New Year.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pyrrhos Takes Command

Or is it?
Yesterday I finished the final figure for the Epirote army, it's one of the 2 figures in the Aventine Miniatures pack PYR31 Pyrrhus and General  It's a bit ambiguous as to which one in the pack is actually the poster boy of the Greek world as the Aventine website doesn't say which one he is and at the Battle of Heraclea our hero alledgedly switched armour with a bodyguard, who was subsequently killed.

The figure probably took me about 3 hours to paint certainly no more than 4.  All in all I'm pretty happy with the finished result, including my latest attempt to paint a decent leopard skin shabraque.

As I promised last week here are some shots of the finished Army.

Pyrrhos and his Hypaspist.  Apparently The Hypaspist were his officer cadre, so I've given all of them golden yellow cloaks with purple trim in honour of his revered ancestor Alexander.  
The name "Pyrrhos" derives from the same root as the word "pyr" and supposedly means "flame coloured hair".  I have a seen a couple references calling our Pyrrhos "The Red King", so it's reasonable to assume our Pyrrhos had ginger hair.  You can take your pick which one is Pyrrhos as they all wear impressive headgear which conveniently hides their hair, ginger or otherwise. 

A couple of shots of the army on parade. 
The infantry.  The line is extended by positioning Light troops and Hoplites between the Pike Phalanx.  Apparently a tactic used by Pyrrhos in Italy, in order to make his battle line the same length as the Roman battle line
The Cavalry, with the heavy cavalry to the fore, the glamour boys of the Epirote Army.

Over all I'm very happy with the finished army and it's been very satisfying to actually plan, assemble and complete a whole project, something I haven't done in quite a while.  There's also plenty of opportunity to add to it or even take it off in a different direction, firstly I've been in contact with Keith at Aventine regarding a couple of African elephants, as Pyrrhos got his elephants from Ptolemy II so they would have been African elephants.  Aventine are currently remaking the molds for the African elephants which should be ready in November, I've got my name down for two.  I would also like a couple more Greek phalanx, one regular and one elite, some Thessalian cavalry and some more heavy cavalry, then it's only a short hop to a Ptolemaic Egyptian army, then on to one of the most diverse ancient armies, the Seleucids, but before I get carried away with the world of the Greeks, there's the small matter of the Romans.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

And the Last unit is...

20 Crusader Miniatures Macedonian Peltasts with Aventine Miniatures cast spears.
With this unit finished it takes the totals up to 121 infantry, 22 Cavalry, and an elephant and crew.  All that's left now is The King of of the Epirotes, Pyrrhos.  When I get him done I'll post some army shots.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Third Phalanx Finished

I finished the last 12 figures for the 3rd  and final phalanx this weekend, another Tarentine phalanx with a 3 figure Greek style command made up from the figures from the Pack PYR30 Senior foot Commanders.  I also painted the 4th figure from the pack, the one with the most impressive headgear as Hyparchos, to give a bit of backbone to the reluctant Tarentines while Pyrrhos is off in search of glory with the cavalry.  All I have left to paint now are 20 Crusader Miniatures peltasts which I started today, and finally Pyrrhos himself.  I totaled up the points for the army and it comes in at 2301 so if I get another elephant for 170 points and add a bit of extra kit here and there that will give me an army of 2500 points, which works out well as I really need 2500 points for a Roman consular army of two legions and two alae, so all good.  Sorry about the below average photos but I had to use the flash due to poor natural light. 

The finished 24 figure phalanx, the 2 front rows are freshly painted.

The Hyparchos in impressive headgear.


Monday, 28 August 2017

Roman Consul and a few more Phalangites

Roman Consul.
Progress has slowed considerably of late as I'm now back to work.  I painted the Phalangites during the week and the Roman Consul yesterday.  
The Consul is inspired by a scene in the 1960, Stanley Kubrick movie "Spartacus".  Anyone who has seen the movie will remember the scene where we first meet Laurence Olivier as Crassus, when he enters the Ludus of Batiatus played by Peter Ustinov.  Dressed in white armour on a magnificent white charger, Larry does a lap of the court yard, if ever anyone needs to make an entrance they should take a look at that scene. 

The  Phalangites are from the second Tarentine Phalanx, which is going to be slightly larger than the other two with 24  Phalangites.

I'll make a start on the the remaining 12 this week, once these are finished I've got 20 Peltasts and Pyrrhus himself left to paint, then that's it for the time being.  After that I'll turn my attention back to Rome.

That's it for now.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017