With these Newline Designs 20mm Seleucid companions now painted up, the part-painted ancients are now done. I opted to give them smaller spears and round shields just for a bit of variety after depicting the first unit as lancers.
There was a bit of experimentation with Citadel Contrasts to see if they could fit into my paint regimes. The following were painted with contrasts; plume, gloves, boots, the feathers and frills on the horses plus the pturges on the riders. As with the previous "Attalid" unit I was impressed with the Apothecary White applied to bright white basecoat, it is a great addition to the paint armoury and the reason I invested in a few more to see if they could speed things up. Other than the success of the white the only other section I though was worthwhile to use contrasts with was the feathers and frills on the horse armour. So ideal for detail heavy parts, I'm still not keen on them in general so far. I intend on giving them a proper go on horses, I couldn't do it with these as they were already base coated and I would like to try them on a nice smoothly primed miniature.
Other than that I painted them as normal, I added variety to the unit in the colours of the metallics and clothing using the shields, feathers and plumes to bring them together. With them complete the Seleucid cavalry for the Lost Battles Magnesia project is done, save for the rebasing of some Celtic/Galatian cavalry (in hand). If it wasn't for my rebasing quest the Magnesia project would just need some Scythed chariots! However I can't help myself and always faff on chopping and changing. I have had a big push on the cavalry rebase. with less figures per unit and sparser bases the rebase has been going quite quick and the next few posts will document the progress of that. The heavy lifting will come with the heavy infantry, there will probably be quite a bit of work to get them sorted, more awkward to apply material and I may have to sort extra figures to square units up, in the mean time I'll focus on the simple stuff!