zaterdag 15 april 2017

Pike in 15mm.

I have not been painting a lot for a while, must have had a painting block (not to be confused with block painting!)
I lost my spirit because of working on too many projects and not finishing one.
What I did get ready for battle are my 15mm pike units. I finished 72 freshly painted Leukaspides (white shields), good for two units, and repainted two more 36 figure units. Each of the six units also got their movement tray for playing To the Strongest (TtS for short), the ancients rules set by Simon Miller AKA BigRedBat (see BigRedBatCave) . I bought these rules when they were just out and after playing a few solo games, tried to get my friends playing. I must admit that since then we only played one (1!) game.
Last year at Crisis in Antwerp I also played a game set up by Simon and friends, using 15mm figures, and that got me searching for my own old 15mm figures. Most of them are well over 30 years old, but who'll notice that, when there are several hunderds of them on the battlefield?
Anyway, lots of rambling by me, but here are a few pictures.

2 units of Leukaspides (White Shields)

2 repainted units. Argyraspides on your left, Chalkaspides on your right.

And all six units.

That's it for heavy infantry for my Seleucids in 15mm.
If you've never heard of Argyraspides, Leukaspides or Chalkaspides, don't despair! It are just the names of phalanx units, named after the colour of their shields. Spides is the type of shield. So Argyraspides are the famous Silver Shields (who also existed in Alexander the Great's army and where his elite phalanx troops). Leukaspides are the White Shields and Chalkaspides are the Bronze Shields.
I plan to build movement trays for all my other 15mm units now. This might take some time as I'm now trying to clear my painting desk of half painted units and loose figures...

zaterdag 28 januari 2017

More Trolls!

I promised before to show pictures of more painted Trolls. Well, here they are.



They are also made by Mithril Miniatures, and as you see, they have a large range of different models of Trolls. They have even more variants then I show you here. Going from cave trolls to the smarter and much more dangerous Olog-Hai.

Here are pictures of all six I currently have:



Sorry it took so long to post, I have been sick for a whole week. The year just started and my painting schedule is already a week late.

I'm currently working on my 15mm Seleucid army again. The plan is to enlarge it to a proper To the Strongest army. I have a plan with them...

zaterdag 31 december 2016

End of the year catch up, part 3 - fantasy.

Yes, I still "do" fantasy!
As most of my friends know, I have a soft spot for everything concerning JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Next to a extensive book collection, I also own many miniatures based on Tolkien's mythology. That I have so much and painted so little of them has everything to do with finding a suitable rulesset. Do I base them as single models, or multi- based? This is something that got me strugling for too many years. In the mean time, the collection of unpainted figures grew over the years. I now could field huge armies of Men of Gondor, Elves, Dwarves, and of course huge masses of evil Orcs and the likes. If I only painted them!
About time to make a good start.


This is a Troll or Olog-Hai command group of Gundabad, the Iron Tower. Which is visible at the banner and shield emblem. The models are painted individual, so skin colour is not excactley the same on each of them.

Castings are by the famous Mithril Miniatures, sculpted by the talented Chris Tubb. They are not cheap, but worth the money. Most miniatures are multi-part, but hardly visible, even without using putty. And mould lines are also non-excisting.

End of the year catch up, part 2 - More fifteens.

Next are a few new additions to  my 15mm Hellenistic (Seleucid) army. The plan is to paint all the figures I have for this army, before I start something else (really difficult for me to stay focused on one project).

Some command bases first. Some of the figures here are Minifigs, others I think are QRF.

Colourfull painted, so they catch the eye between the masses of troops.

4 Bases of light mounted archers (Skythian). This is a mix of QRF and Essex miniatures.


And last (for now) a camp base.
Figures are Minifigs (guards) and Corvus Belli, now sadly out of business. The tent I can't remember.


The figures will be used in the future to play Armati 2 (optimal/epic) and To the Strongest, the rules by Bigredbat. For these last rules I still have a lot to do. For example, a phalanx unit is 9 bases (36 figures) strong...

Coming next: fantasy!

End of the year catch up.

Due to certain other things happening in life, which took more time then I had thought, my blog have been a bit on the back burner. But now, with the end of the year within sight, I wanted to show that I didn't stop painting. Though not as much as I hoped.
First part are some medieval civilians. Mostly Perry from the Agincourt to Orleans and War of the Roses range. The cart and the guys with the boar are made by Old Glory. The wheelbarrow is from Warbases (only £1.00! Really good value for money).





It took more time to paint them then I had hoped, but it is clearly not "rank & file" work. I'm really pleased with the result of most of them though.

Something else that finaly got a layer of paint is this Thracian warrior.
I got it from Karawansaray, the publisher of excellent magazines like Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare and Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. I believe it was cast by Relic Miniatures, but I could be wrong.
That's it for now, but of course, there is more to come.

zondag 13 november 2016

IT's a DRAGON ATTACK !

Well, not yet, but now I have your attention, here are a few pictures of my Aureola Rococo dragon.
It is the smallest of the two that came in the AR range of miniatures, and since it was badly painted (with humbrol enamel paints) and slightly demolished it took me a bit longer to get ready for painting.



Both of the wings were broken off, so I "pinned" them in the hope they would be stronger then the original socket fit. I have to add that I'm not a hero in these kind of repair jobs, but it looks sturdy enough for the gaming table.


I did not have the correct rider, but an Elf with a weird looking spear from the same AR range would do.


And the result of my paint job is...




The colors used for the dragon are based on The Dragon Lord by Rodney Mattews. This artist got lots of other strange and weird things in his fantasy paintings, and I strongly believe many of the miniatures in the AR range are based on his art.
The rider got a pale skin color and a bright blue magical spear. Who knows what he can do with his magical weapon!

Anyway, for the time being this fellow will lead my Knights of the Silver Rose which were the subject of my former blog post.

zaterdag 12 november 2016

Aureola Rococo Knights army.

I now have finaly painted (almost) all the old Aureola Rococo Knights of the Silver Rose I own. And as promised here are some pictures! Sorry for the long wait.

First are the foot spearmen. there were pictures of these before on my blog, but here are some new ones, back in the "old" style.




Next are a unit with a weapon that I would call spear-axe. One end has a spear head and the other an axe head.



Followed by the "Guards". A 18 men unit. Other foor units are 12 men strong.



New units now, starting with a mounted unit of axemen. Although they also have a bow and arrows with them.



And another unit of mounted knights, now armed with a spear.



All flags are based on free downloads of  medieval Korean flags, but with a linear B symbol hand painted on them.

That's the army for now. Except for a general (soon to follow).
I would like to add one more unit, but need to find a few more miniatures for that. 
Maybe I should ask Dave at Caliverbooks. The miniatures I'm after are not currently in production, but you never know...