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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Sunday, 24 March 2019

African Elephants for Zama...

... And Raphia. Finding time for the hobby recently has been difficult. When I have had the opportunity I have not always been in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. So I haven't been very productive but I have still been tinkering away. I am pleased to be able to update this blog finally.

With these 20mm Newline Designs African elephants I now have the elements for Zama with Lost Battles. They will be useful for Raphia also, Ptolemy's African elephants facing off against Antiochus' Indian elephants, which are currently being painted and will be the subject of the next post.

Featured here are the towered and untowered variants of the African elephants. Both came as a full body with separate head to attach. The tower was a single piece to be attached also. They came with one extra crew each but for ease of painting and assembling I left them out. I trimmed down the crest of the cloaked crewman to get the look I preferred.  

I undercoated them with guesso and kept the paint job as simple as possible. I Applied the usual brown wash before highlights and drybrushed the elephant and tower. On the untowered elephants I used Veni Vidi Vici transfers on the shields. Overall I am happy with the end result and can't wait to get them into action. It will however be a very long time for that opportunity to arise.

As a side note it's a shame that Google+ is gone along with the great comments and interactions with fellow hobbyists and enthusiasts. However there are many alternatives and social media platforms in which I have set up pages for this blog. If you are on any please check them out:

Twitter & Instagram Tone0685

I don't spend a great deal of time on Twitter and Instagram but facebook has seen quite a bit of growth in wargaming and miniature groups. As of late I have struggled to keep up with the hobby in general with various things getting in the way (good and bad). It's great seeing the inspiring work of fellow hobbyists and the satisfaction of completing some of the lead mountain (not to mention the plastic one!). I do need to spend more time doing hobby related things as it does help me feel better in general. Indian elephants should be posted fairly soon in one or two posts.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Roman Penal Legion


Starting the new year with a new unit and a bit of rambling about current and future projects. I finished these 20mm figures just before Christmas and photographed just after. They are an attempt to depict Roman penal legionaries as illustrated in Head's Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars. The drawing shows an unarmoured man with a Gallic helmet, shield and spear borrowed from temple offerings. I kept the painting scheme straight forward, I painted the shields a flat colour and left out any highlighting, it saved time and I happy with the look. 

The Newline Designs Velites offer four poses, two of which have unarmoured men sporting  Montefortino helms (very very useful figures). By issuing them Gallic shields and forming them in close order I think they will do the trick. Also based on a Johnny Shumate plate of a Ligurian warrior  (which I can not now track down) I will be using them as proxy Ligurians for Lost Battles Zama.

All I need for Zama, appart from the time to set up and play it out, are the elephants. I have a selection of Newline elephants so I may have a big push on them all. This would cover Zama and hopefully the Indian elephants would cover most of the Macedonian battles. If not they would provide a great start and the Hat Macedonian elephants should cover the rest. This would lead nicely onto working on my Hellenistic armies for Magnesia and what ever will be the next battle.

However, I do like to work on other eras from time to time just to keep things fresh. Napoleonics is usually my second choice and I have some Austrians primed or I would not mind continuing 6mm AWI. I acquired army packs for the Loyalists and Patriots but I would still like top them up with a few more unit packs from Baccus. I just need to work out what I "need" and get cracking with them. Which ever way my interest takes me this new year a parade of elephants will probably appear next at some point.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Last few Numidians

I forgot that I had these pics ready to post for some time now! Things on the hobby front have been sporadic. I have now and again had a few sessions at the desk working on some Roman penal legionaries using Newline velites. I have also been distracted by sorting through some plastic Napoleonics into units. 

I do intend to pursue Napoleonic gaming probably using Blucher, or at least its army building as a basis, to work on more Napoleonic units. However the idea of measuring and fiddling about with pivoting and such is quite off putting for me. I need to mull over grids or area based movement and combats which I have found has been great for solo ancient battles. If I can find or fudge some kind of system I can do as I have done with my ancients, that is focus on units towards fighting a scenario. 

Anyway these are the last few Newline Designs 20mm Numidians. I needed two more bases for my Zama project but I had 3 figures left so I thought I would scrape another base together. I had some spare Greek javlinmen so I pressed one into Numidian service and gave him one of the Numidian shields. The shields were also scraped together with a few bossed shields having to be used which I hope weren't meant to be for some other figures. They were a quick hitter, following their flesh spray under/basecoat there were few colours to block in before the wash. This can be a boost after making slow progress to do a simple 'quick' unit. I believe I just need a few elephants for Zama and the time to set it up and play the battle.

If like me you are an obsessive fan of 20mm or 1/72 scale and Newline Designs, or interested in seeing pictures and videos on what is sometimes a mysterious and elusive range (so many codes without images!) check out the Wee Painted Men blog. There is some fantastic work on there, amazing painting and some inspiring videos! 

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Etruscan Class IV Infantry

I ordered a few unit packs of 20mm Etruscans class IV from Newline Designs. However my plan is to use them as Roman Leves as depicted in Duncan Head's Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars, they seem to fit the bill. At the time of ordering Sean asked if I wouldn't mind waiting a while for them as he wanted to resculpt them, so I have painted a couple of examples as Etruscans to show off the new castings and I hope I have done them justice. Being completely unarmoured they are a very useful and flexible line, not only Leves, but also usable as peltasts, thureophoroi or rebellious slaves for example, just need to swap over the shields. Despite the fact I do not have enough space for a full Etruscan force it is great that the option is there to depict them in 20mm.

I have recently finished my last few bases of Numidian foot and will post them up next. I am now working on some Velites, however I have some Gallic shields for them as I plan to make up a unit of Roman penal legionaries which will also be proxy Ligurians for Lost Battles Zama.

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