Monday, 11 June 2018

Hadria Line Infantry Imperial Guard

Continuing on with the 40k and abandoned project theme I took a few snaps of a prototype Imperial Guardsman or Astra Militarum as they go by nowadays. When I was procuring the plastic Cadians along with some plastic heavy weapons and command sets I had wanted to base their uniforms on German Fallschimjagres. I painted this model up based on the Italeri 1/72 Fallschrimjager art work.

I was a fan of the original Cadian shock troops miniatures in the 90s but I still can not get away with the redesigned helmet on the plastic set. Also, I later decided to have a self intervention, with the 1/72 and 20mm collections becoming out of control, I had now convinced myself to not by any Imperial Guard tanks.

So now the Guardsmen were to be an infantry only force depending on waves of troops and basic heavy weapon support. With this in mind I wanted to change the appearance to fit the theme of such a force. If I could find a historical themed seperate head I could convert the cadians into a rustic looking regiment like the Mordians or Praetorians. 

I discovered on Arcane Scenery's webshop Trent miniatures AWI range which includes seperate heads.  They seemed perfect, spare heads in Tarletons! Giving the guardsman a horse and musket era feel, then repainting them based on 19th century Prussians, with the armour painted in a silver metal inspired by Napoleonic French Cuirassiers. I did have to snip the ponytail but other than that the head fit like a dream. 

I was planning on squeezing as much as I could out if the heavy weapon set by attempting to mount the bolter, autocannon and lascannon onto napoleonic artillery carriages, like the carriage mounted Gatling guns of the 19th century. However, that hasn't advanced any further than the hairbrain stage yet. 

I do have a sentenel walker burried somewhere which was included in a battleforce set and I have a few Tallarn Desert Raiders. This detachmet would provide an irregular contrast to the ridgedly drilled and diciplined force.

Like the Eldar I would love to continue this project but it resides way down the list of priorities at this time. One day! I keep telling myself.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Eldar Guardians

I have recently been having a sort out of my miniatures to clear some space for a nursery. Most of my Citadel miniatures have now been put in the loft but I left out the painted ones and took the opportunity to get some snaps.  

These Eldar Guardians were painted about 11 years ago now I believe, I was in the process of collecting, or more like re-collecting, some 40k stuff. I have always loved the miniatures that the Games Workshop sold and at that time decided to get an Eldar army on which I hit on a redesign of the Aspect Warriors and some new vehicles. Anyway I painted up quite a lot of Guardians  (40ish I think), a few Warlocks and a Farseer along with a couple of Banshee squads (I will need to get them photographed too). 

I was big fan of the plastic Guardian set when they were released in the late '90s, the parts allow quite a few different poses between the Guardians and they look cool and are still some of my favorite miniatures. My first collection of 40k stuff I had gathered back then was conveniently disposed of when I left home, hence the requirement to start again in '07. 

I could not however continue to resist the pull of historical miniatures and between Napoleonic and Ancient offerings from Hat along with the glossy release of the Field of Glory army books, which fueled my collecting of Ancients into an obsession. Since then I have barely painted a Citadel miniature but I will keep the eternal hope that I will get around to painting them, even if it is pure fantasy!  

At the time of painting these I had bought a then new army box which included a Codex so I was following the army lists and restrictions. One of the rules that came in was that each squad required a heavy weapon platform, the sprues came with 1 platform and all the weapon options. I made them up with a pin on the base of the weapon and a slot on the platform (or vice-versa) to allow me to change the weapon depending on the required firepower of the day. These rules and codices chop and change all the time so I am not too fussed about 40k rules but it would be great to game with the miniatures one day.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Persian Slingers

I just had 8 of these Persian Slingers in my stockpile from Newline Designs 20mm Ancient Persia range, which I intend to use as Cyrtians for Antiochus' army at Magnesia 190BC. I am not sure what they looked like but I believe they were from roughly the same region as Persians and Medes... so I am using Persian slingers in Median dress. I could do with a few more to make a fuller unit, but in the Lost Battles scenario the Cyrtians are combined with Elymaean to make a levy light infantry unit. I am working on 24 of those at the time of writing so they can work to make the unit to 32 men for levy infantry, but still I like these figures so any excuse to get a few more!

I have attempted some patterns and keep them bright, colourful and varied in appearance. These did not take too long to paint.  They were finished before the bundle of joy/mayhem arrived but based  afterwards so I have been able to get a couple of tasks done despite having our hands full.

I am hoping to get the Elymaeans, which are now underway, finished ASAP and paint up some samples of new Austrian Grenzers from Newline. Also some Etruscan unarmoured infantry which I am planning on using some as Roman Leves and they have new sculpts as well as being very versatile miniatures. These are my current plans which I aim to chip away with bit by bit. 

1/72 Ancients

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Slingers of the Mediterranean part 2

An expansion to my previous bases of Greek and Balearic Slingers from Newline Designs 20mm Ancients range. This expansion came about because I realised that I "needed" to have more light infantry for Lost Battles re-fights. I hope they will mix well as these miniatures were painted with the Army painter spray flesh undercoat and Delvan mud wash method I have been using for a while now. It was interesting at least to compare some recently finished miniatures with some older ones.

I feel like I have been progressing well with my painting projects but now there will be a lot less time for painting and gaming because of a new arrival. We now have a daughter to take care of which is great and hopefully one day she will take a small interest in the hobby! I'll not hold my breath, and I will try to slowly, when I can, to continue to get a bit of painting and with any luck gaming done.  

 1/72 Ancients

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Cretan Archers

Cretan archers from Newline Designs 20mm Ancients range, ready for Magnesia even if the Lost Battles re-fight slowly descends down the 'to do list'. I am not sure whether or not to give them a small shield, but it is something that can easily be added in the future should I feel the need.

Once I got started it didn't take too long to paint. Spraying them with an undercoat of Army Painter Barbarian Flesh gave them a massive head start. Then following my usual technique of blocking in colours, then applying wash then sometimes finished with a highlight in the original colour. Although, the odd item is highlighted with a lighter brighter colour, face and dark items for example. 

I have also pitched to Sean at Newline the idea of producing some 20mm Cretan archers based on these images; image1image2 and image3. These show Cretan archers equipped with helmets and shields and look like they are ready to go toe to toe. I think they would make a cool unit and I would get some for sure! If anyone else would be interested let him know and it may just happen *fingers crossed*.

1/72 Ancients

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Cloaked Numidian

Five more bases of Newline Designs 20mm Numidian Cavalry finished and hopefully that will be enough for my planned battles. Instead of showing more pictures of the finished bases I have added instead a couple of pictures of the conversions. 

The cloaked Numidian was created by head swapping a Numidian command figure with a head from a spare set of Carthaginian elephant crew. The elephant was painted as a gift and I had the crew sat in a box with no idea what they would be used for years now. Then with the plan to re-fight Zama I needed a few more Numidians so I scraped together the miniatures. I was a couple short of 5 bases worth, but with this conversion, and the other elephant crew member throwing a javelin, becoming a horseman (see below), I managed to knock up the 5 bases needed.

Now I have a Numidian king without a horse and another without even a body as well as a damaged mahout. You never know if or when these bits will become handy, much like the elephant crew, of which I had no intention of using. Painting of the archers and slingers is now well on their way and I am hoping they won't take too long to complete fingers crossed!

1/72 ancients

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Punic General

As I had mentioned in the previous post, just a quick update. The last of the generals for now, this one is plucked from Newline Designs Carthaginian High Command from their 20mm Ancients range. One of these miniatures is also leading my Carthaginian heavy cavalry but that unit is back in the queue to be updated and rebased, I also had and issue with varnish clouding with them so I will see what I can do. I will probably change their shields also.

Before then though I have the last of the Numidian cavalry waiting to be flocked and will update the blog with a head swap conversion. Work has started also on Greek slingers and archers for Magnesia and Eastern light infantry types sit next to them in the queue. Hopefully I will get time to get them painted sooner rather than later.