Friday, 30 June 2017

Slingers of the Mediterranean

A couple more re-highlighted and re-based units. Top picture is my unit of Newline Designs 20mm Balearic Slingers. Just a bit of clean up after close inspection revealed I was too heavy handed with the Delvan Mud wash and the varnishing wasn't too smooth either. My later works have not been varnished because I have found varnishing a bit of a nightmare.

The bottom picture are the updated Greek Slingers. These didn't need too much work just brightened them up a bit. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Hat and Newline Designs comparison pics

A few older comparisons I did a few years ago and posted on the "1/72 Ancients" yahoo group:


Thursday, 22 June 2017

It's Down to the Triarii part 2

Following from part 1 here are the 20mm Newline Designs Republican Roman Triarii standing. As I discovered with the Samnite heavy infantry standing they are very practical when it comes to basing and more practical as gaming pieces as there is no parts extending over the bases. Also in the case of the Triarii it represents their role better as the last line of defence and reserve line of veteran citizens of the Roman legion of the Mid-Republic.

However, I am mainly into the painting and modelling side of things and I usually prefer "advancing" or "attacking" poses, the wargaming side of it is to just give the collection a "function". I will hopefully soon set up a Punic wars battle and try a few sets of rules out and get some photos of the Romans and Carthaginians in action. Also a way to see how things play solo.

It's Down to the Triarii part 1

I am dong the Triarii as a 2 part post. Newline Designs offer 20mm Triarii kneeling and standing, which will be featured in part 2. I painted both sets at the same time in a batch it can be a grind but it is also very productive especially when they were temporarily stuck to a strip of thick cardboard (8 to a strip). Whilst preparing these I noticed that there was the odd Triarius that had a plumed helm rather than the feathers which introduced a bit of variety. Part 2 to follow shortly. 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Numidian Javlinmen

I haven't been spending as much time on the hobby as I would like. A little bit of painting here and there but not much of a sustained effort. Even keeping up to date with hobby sites or historical sites where I get inspired to keep working on my miniatures. Recently however I have had a bit of a spurt and a catch up of taking pictures so will post a few updates over the next few days.

First off an update of these Numidians. Just a re-highlight of their face and tunics. I also tried to introduce a bit of variety in with the shields with a few shades of browns mottled on to give an impression of texture.

These were a fairly quick to update but its sometimes good to do a simpler task to get back into painting. The biggest hurdle for me is the prep and cleaning of the miniatures but these things need to be done!