Sunday, 18 March 2018

Mordheim Freelance Knight

I've took a break from The Classical Era and painted up a Mordheim Freelance Knight as a diversion, change is as good as a rest as they say.
I got the figure from a forum sales board along with the mounted Road Warden, the figures on foot weren't part of the deal.
I've always liked the Freelance Knight figure, it has a Don Quixote vibe, old, tired and a little bit odd.  The plan was to paint them both together and use the Road Warden as a Sancho Panza type servant/retainer.

After cleaning up and assembly I undercoated them both with GW primer.  On closer inspection the sculpting quality the Freelance Knight proved to be far superior to that of the Road Warden so the Road Warden got shelved for the time being.

The Freelance Knight after the first painting session.  I experimented with the skin tone, I've been watching "Portrait Artist of the Year" on Sky Arts and while I can't paint as well as the contestants I have picked up a few tips.
And after the second session, with the fish painted.  I don't know what the fish represents in Mordheim but I was looking forward to painting it.

Finally the finished article.  
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

I did some Googleing of 16th Century Spanish armour for the colour scheme, turns out they were then, as now big on red over yellow so these were the colours I used.  While I'm not a fan of the red and yellow colour combo, the figure certainly has impact.

Overall I'm quite happy with the figure and he's ready to lead the Estilian contingent, just as soon as they are painted. 

On a side note while googleing Spanish painting I came across this portrait by Diego Velázquez of Sebastián de Morra painted around 1645.  Sebastián de Morra was a court jester to Philip IV of Spain.
Looks like Peter Dinklage has been in show business for at least 373 years


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

New Aventine Elephant

Well new to me anyway
In my last post I said I would be busy for about a month, so no miniature painting.  Well it's been getting on for 2 months since the last installment so here it is an Aventine Miniatures Elephant.

I have 2 of these beauties and I'd started to paint them together, but after a bit of thought I changed my mind and painted this one first.  The origins of Classical War Elephants is subject to a lot of conjecture, as no one is really sure of the species of elephant used around the Mediterranean.  It is claimed by contemporary sources that the Seleucid Empire used Indian Elephants from the Eastern expansion.  Hannibal's last surviving Elephant from his invasion of Italy was named Surus, which translates according to some sources as "Syrian" which could mean that at least some of Hannibal's Elephants were the now extinct Syrian Elephant these behemoths were the largest of the Asiatic Elephants stood up to 3.5mtrs (11').  They ranged along the eastern side of the Persian Gulf through modern day Iran and Iraq and up as far North as Turkey, an area covered by the Seleucid Empire.  Another contender is  North African elephant another extinct species who used to range across North Africa from the Atlas mountains in the West to the Persian Gulf in the East, across the Carthaginian and Ptolemaic Empires.  Smaller and more docile than the untamable African Bush Elephant and the Asiatic Elephants this beasty stood a modest 2.5mtrs (8').  
Anyhow I don't suppose it made a great deal of difference where the elephants came from to the guys standing in front, trying to stop them.
As you can see by it's small ears, this is an Indian (Asiatic) Elephant, when I ordered it I asked Keith from Aventine for his most generic looking crews as it will be seeing service with Pyrrhus and his Epriotes, Carthage and possibly Seleucid and Ptolemaic armies.  I took a little longer with the painting than the last one, I put a pattern on it's blanket(?) and tried to paint the lighter skin on the head.  I'm not entirely happy with the skin tone but I'm an optimist and the next one will be better.
While we are on the subject of Carthage...   Here's a few Crusader Miniatures Numidian javelinmen, cheap and cheerful and just the job to escort Elephants. 


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.