Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Seleucid Phalanx

Getting back into 20mm ancients but still not quite up for the Punic Wars I opted to do a bit of work on the Macedonian Wars. These pictures show 3 x16 units of 20mm ancients from Newline Designs, each unit is mounted on a 60mm square base.

There are two poses used from Newline's Carthaginian range of African Pikemen. The front rankers come in 2 variations one in the helmet seen above and another in a helmet without a crest. The second rank poses comes in one variation. If combined with the Macedonian codes a varied phalanx could be modelled but I went for uniformity. Despite the dubious historicity of this level of uniformity it made them so much quick and easier to paint.

I didn't use the shields that came with the miniatures. I instead used drawing pins, 9.5mm are an ideal size for 1/72 scale roughly the same shape and size as Hat 1/72 Phalangites, Also they were already the right colour.

I still intend to eventually complete one more 16 man unit in blue tunics and two more units as the Silvershields. I'm now working on updating, basing and adding to my Gallic foot collection in an attempt to kick start the Punic Wars Project off again. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Soviet Infantry 1980s


 These Heroics and Ros 6mm Soviet Airborne Infantry were the final part of the break from ancients. I think the time and detailing of these tiny soldiers got me back into the detailed work of my 20mm ancients.
These are nice figures they are moulded with the padded soviet airborne helmet but I don't have any of the vehicles for airborne regiment so I decided to paint them up as generic infantry in an attempt at KML style uniform with helmets. For the helmets I just blobbed some dark green paint on a couple of times which seemed to do the trick and the uniforms a light green with some beige dots. The webbing was done in a sandy colour and were washed with a brown wash to give some shading.

I have some more H&R Soviet infantry codes to paint up they are trimmed and ready to be based so this is not the end of the moderns I was just ready to return to 20mm ancients. I also have ready the infantry's fighting vehicles BMP1's and BMP2's when I'm ready from another break from 20mm ancients. I liked how quickly I could paint up the 6mm AFV's and the boost to productivity was a nice change from projects that seem to drag on with multiple colours and highlights which is not a bad thing just time consuming. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

T62 & T62M


Continuing with the Cold War Soviet armour I followed the T-55's with a batch of T-62's then T-62M's all from Scotia miniatures. The only difference I can see between the two is that the T-62M's have armoured side skirts and some extra armour on the turrets but both are nice sculpts.

I kept the paint scheme simple as possible to enable quick completion and based simply more to protect the model over any particular ruleset. They were all completed over the Christmas period as part of a break from 20mm-1/72 ancients. I finished this diversion with some Soviet Infantry which will be up next.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


More Soviet tanks, went with a dark green base colour which would be an ideal shade at a larger scale. After completing them I decided to try a lighter shade. I also attempted to paint real numbers on the turrets but following the wobbly application decided that future vehicles would have obscure blobs representing numbers. All are Scotia models with good details.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

ZSU-23 "Shilka"

The vehicle on the left is from Heroics and Ros, the right from Scotia Grendel. I think the H&R look to be better proportioned. Usually you don't need a lot of these vehicles as they play a anti-aircraft support role.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Red Army Field Tests

After the multitude of colours used painting my Iberians I needed a break from the Punic War. It was starting to feel a bit of a chore so I decided to have a change of scale and pallet and project. I made a start on these 1/300 Soviet vehicles and the following images are a few tests to work out colours and technique. After trying a multitude of greens I essentially boiled down the technique to: base colours, black wash, highlight base colours then khaki dry brush. I based them to protect the barrels but just kept the basing plain and simple for ease and speed.

These testers are from Heroics and Ros. They are nice miniatures especially the ones with explosive reactive armour. However I don't think the proportions are quite right, see http://paradegroundworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/heroics-and-rosscotia-grendal-afvs.html for more information.

These are Scotia Grendel I found these are generally better proportioned and had a bit more detailed. However the link above shows that comparisons between these manufacturers need to be taken on a case by case basis.

Overall these were a nice distraction from the Punic War project and the next few posts show what I was working on over the winter months. There isn't too much more to say with these and the following posts so I will probably pop a few scans on and not much text.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Iberian Caetrati

This blog has been very quiet but the work on the painting front has steadily advanced since the previous post. I'm blaming the weather, natural light has been a stranger in the North halting photography. Finally catching a good day I have some Newline Designs 20mm Ancient Spanish. These represent ancient Iberian light troops, open order skirmishers with javelins and bucklers.

These miniatures are from their Scutarii code just with a shield swap. The last 3 pictures features one miniature from Newline Caetrati code since I ran out of spare Scutarii (the rest are set aside for heavy foot). Knowing that I would be spending time on the shield patterns I elected to keep the main figure as simple as possible. Most tunics have had a base of Deneb Stone, Delvan mud wash and touched up with the base colour.

More miniatures are waiting to be photographed so hopefully there will be more posts soon.