Sunday, 28 July 2019

Light Armed

In an effort to clear the work bench I have pushed on and finished units of Roman Leves and Greek Javelinmen. Both in 20mm from Newline Designs.

The Greeks feature a new pose. The Javelinman in the chiton is newer and a great addition to the code bringing in more variety. The Roman Leves are from the Samnite and Etruscan range. Using the Class IV Etruscan infantry, leaving out the shield and adding extra spears in the shield hand I have attempted to depict Roman Leves as shown in Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars (D. Head).

For ease I kept the schemes as simple as possible and have based them individually. I am just keeping them at this stage until I 'need' them for a refight. If that time comes I will attach them to my usual choice of MDF base. I had trouble trying to get crisp pictures, poor lighting, however I had to take the presented opportunity. Also I wanted to get them off the desk to bring down the next project.

I am hoping to have a big push on my Magnesia armies and some 'Romanised' Seleucid Argyraspides. I am cleaning and preparing them unit by unit so it maybe a while before paint brushes see some action! 

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Painting Interlude

As things stand any opportunity I get to do the hobby I try to paint. Usually half hour to an hour if I am lucky. This is not a bad thing as it is my favorite aspect of the hobby but I do wish I could get a bit more gaming done.

Well I took a break from painting I didn't quite have the time to set up a battle but I did have time to look through some boxes. I took a few units close to hand and set up a couple of scenes. The pics came out ok and here are the results.

Intimidating, imposing and ferocious Seleucid Cataphracts of Antiochus III assault the Roman Legionaries:

The deep and fearsome Macedonian Phalanx entwined with the powerful elephant corps present a sight even the hardend veterans of the Hannibalic War may have found daunting! 

Zama, North Africa 202 BC. Hannibal and Scipio decide that their differences will be decided by the victor of the battle:

All figures are from Newline Designs 20mm Ancients range.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Thureophoroi II

The second unit of Thureophoroi I had been working on using the other pose from Newline Designs 20mm Greek Thureophoroi code. As with the previous post it was an amalgamation of previously unsercoated and brand new casts. Again the newer casts appear to have facial hair and their hands are more open. This allowed the spear to be fitted more upright.

They are lovely sculpts as ever and very useful figures. I have plans to make a unit in open order skirmishing and one equipped with Macedonian bronze peltas at somepoint down the line. 

I have also made an accompanying post on PARADE GROUND WORKSHOP on painting Thureophoroi.

I am currently working on clearing my desk. I have a unit of Greek javelinmen and Etruscans who will be acting as Roman Leves. Although I may not base them untill I "need" them for battle.

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Monday, 24 June 2019


I have been working on some figures that were between painted, undercoated and fresh out the casting machine to make two units of Thureophoroi. This post will cover the first unit and the next will showcase the second.

I started with a base of figures from this old post along with the rest from that batch, that were undercoated black, as well as a few more fresh figures to get the unit 32 strong using 1 of the 2 poses.

The last few Newline Designs 20mm Greek Thureophoroi were newer sculpts. They have slight differences, the main being the newer sculpts have facial hair. At a distance they all apear the same.

Some may reconise the colour scheme. It was lifted straight from an Angus McBride plate featured in Sekunda's Seleucid Army book. However it was Jeff Jonas' unit featured on his excellent Ancient Battles page on Thureophoroi that provided the true inspiration to paint a full unit in brown tunics.

I did keep one soldier, which I had painted originally, with a round hoplite type shield in homage to the original plate. I am still tempted to paint a unit of these with round shields however I would go with smaller 'Macedonian' shields.

Next up and shortly after this post the second unit featuring the other pose offered from the Newline Thureophoroi code.

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Clad in Gold and Silver

A return to updating 'old' units. This time Newline Designs 20mm Seleucid Cataphracts. With the focus on Hellenistics, in particular the forces for Magnesia, it seemed like a good time to sort out the old and part done units. The Cataphracts were finished but they were dark and dull, they really needed brightend up and some colour before rebasing. 

I dry/over brushed the horses armour and highlighted the bronze armour of the riders with Vallejo paint. I then just had a general tidying, highlight of the figures. I re-painted the spears and added a bit of variety of what could be seen of the horses as well as painting the trims of the horse armour red. After rebasing to my current format I finally felt that these were now finished and I am satisfied with them.

In Lost Battles game terms they can represent 2 units of Average Cataphracts or 1 unit of Levies (or even 4 veteran units). I need then 4 x more bases for Magnesia in which Antiochus has 1 levy and 2 average cataphracts. These are the only Seleucid Cataphracts I have so I will have to use Parthians or Seleucid Companions as proxies, probably will go for the latter! I am now working on some Thureophoroi.

Still no refight of Zama on the horizon! However the gaming aspects of the hobby is never far from thought. I quite often work on some home brew ideas but I still fancy giving To the Strongest! a go too.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Macedonian Elephants

The last of the recent batch of elephants from Newline Designs 20mm Ancient Macedon range. Much like the Seleucid elephant, it came as a head, a body in half and a tower. I added some spare shields to the towers which have Veni Vidi Vici 15mm transfers applied. With the elephants done I have now moved onto a unit of Seleucid cataphracts. An old unit that is being 'updated' I am hoping to maintain the impetus on painting units for the Seleucids and Rome's Attalid allies. I may therefore have a big push on cleaning up a few Hellenistic figures and an update of some Thureophoroi. Of course by doing this I am putting a lot of primed light infantry on ice but you've got to paint what you fancy.

One thing that has energised me recently is joining the Newline Designs 20mm Painters Group on facebook. Its been great to see others as enthusiastic (obsessive!) about painting Newline figures as I am. If you are on facebook and a fan of Newline send a request its a great place to see and share pictures and find out info on the ranges from collectors.  

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Antiochus' Double Edged Sword

Seleucid armored elephants in 20mm from Newline Designs. Antiochus III at the battle of Magnesia deployed his elephants between sections of deep phalanxes. This would have been an intimidating sight but the Roman army was at its sharpest after years of fighting in the Hannibalic war. The elephants at Magnesia caused great disruption to Antiochus' pikemen. These themes will hopefully be explored during the Lost Battles refight, one day! 

I am pleased with their turnout and I like the touch of the trouser sporting 'Easterner' look of the crewmen. I have finished the other 2 Indian elephants and they are just waiting for their photo shoot. They will be the feature of the next post.
With the completion of the elephants I am emboldened to continue with ancients. I need to update and rebase some cataphracts and thureophoroi. The Romans for Magnesia are finished but I need to furnish them with their Attalid allies. Quite a few Seleucid units needed still but they are will on their way. As well the the elephants  will be useful for Raphia too along with the variety of Hellenistic units in the works.

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