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.
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.
I haven't had time to paint any Successors this past fortnight so in the meantime here's some Roman and Numidian Cavalry painted a few years ago. I've rebases all of the figures since the photo was taken.
Progress so far with the Successors and another small unit of skirmishers and the first of the Phalanx.
First up the skirmisher bowmen.
I had a go with the mini tufts after I finished these, I'm happy with the tufts but I think the bases my need something else, flock or static grass and maybe a localised ink wash.
Next up the Phalanx.
I have to admit I'm really pleased with these, they're the Tarentine Levi Phalanx.
Finally the Skirmishers from last week, resplendent on their tufty bases.
That's about it for this week, I'll make a start on another Phalanx this weekend then unfortunately due to some short notice work commitments I'll not have a chance to paint for a fortnight. Not to worry though, I'm still confident they'll all be done by the 18th of August.
Finally a look in the box
Half the infantry in the box done, which is about a third of what I need, you can see a part painted Scipio Africanus looking on at the top of the picture.
And by the way, I've enabled the comments again but I'm going to moderate them first.
First of all an apology, as I have disabled the comments, my good friend in Russia, who, as it happens I didn't know I had, decided that my blog needed some adverts for online casino's, so him and a bunch of his good friends saved me the trouble and spammed the comments sections. I've removed the spam and order to prevent a further outbreak I've disabled the comments. I'll give it a couple of months or so and maybe enable them again.
With that out of the way it's back to the business of miniature figurines...
I went through a phase between about 2000 to 2010 of mass producing armies, playing one or two games with them then putting them away. The standard of painting was variable at best and eventually this approach became most unsatisfactory. Around 2010 I had reassessment of what I was doing and decided I was going to go for quality not quantity and got rid of just about everything I had both, painted and unpainted apart from what I've put on this blog. I haven't bought a new army since, until last weekend, well half an army anyway.
I have been a regular visitor to Aventine Miniatures site probably since they started and last weekend I cracked and gave them a ring. I spoke to Keith who was most helpful and advised that I leave the cavalry for a couple of weeks as the arrival of new and improved horses is imminent, so I quickly sent an order in for some infantry. Then I did something I should have probably done first, I looked at an army list, and my list of choice is 1st Ed WAB.
"1st Ed WAB" I hear you cry "What the ....? them there rule went out of fashion before the fall of Carthage!"
Well I have my reasons, first off I've got 2 rule books and most of the supplements including the 2 "Punic era" books "Hannibal" and "Alexander" Also WAB is a simple game using the Warhammer system so anyone familiar with Warhammer should be able to pick it up straight away and so should anyone not familiar with Warhammer. I've also got a Republican Roman army for WAB so I've got both sides for Pyrrhos in Italy and the Macedonian Wars, so I should be able to get a satisfactory game even from someone who hasn't played an Ancients wargame. Finally it's an army I can make it work with any rules.
The figures arrived on Friday and I made a start pretty much straight away, the figures themselves were clean and free of flash and only a few mould lines on the odd figure. On Saturday I based them up, primed them, cut out and fixed 59 LBMS shield transfers and then stuck on the shields. This evening I painted the smallest and cheapest (in points value) unit, the slingers with some rock throwers mixed in. Picture the scene if you will "The might of Rome is upon us, we have no weapons, what can we do?" says Opis. "Quick!" says Philocharis "Throw rocks at them"
The figures are great to paint and while I'm not entirely satisfied with my brush work on the first unit I'm painting an army not individual figures and after all it's a learning process, trying for good results in the shortest possible time. I've arranged a game for 14th of August against the Carthaginians so I'm invading Sicily with Pyrrhus circa 278 BC, so that's a month to complete the painting. Easy peasy, these figures paint themselves.
Figures as of today, from left to right Tarentine Levi Phalanx, Late Etruscans as Italiote Hoplites, Epirote Phalanx, with the skirmishers in front. I also have an elephant which I haven't assembled yet. I'm saving it for a treat!
Slingers and rock chuckers. These actually do look better in the flesh, it's the yellow that I'm not happy with.
In the next batch I'll be getting another Levi Phalanx, Greek Cavalry, Italian Cavalry and more skirmishers. I've also ordered a load of tufty vegetation to dress up the bases. So will it be finished for the 14th, I must admit that I'm confident.