woensdag 20 september 2017

Battle beasts!

More then a year ago, I discovered the extensive range of ancient figures from Aventine Figures, with thanks to Mr Simon Miller from the Bigredbatcave and his rules, To the Strongest . See here for the Aventine website.
Well, I could use some more elephants I thought, so I ordered a fully armoured elephant from their range. It is a multipart beast, and I stuck it together that same day. And then it stood there, on a shelf, for many months. And then after all this time, I ordered another one, also armoured, but a different model (they do have a very large range of elephants!). That one was also build rather quickly, but there was no place next to the other on the shelf of unpainted - still to do stuff.
Ah, what the heck, lets paint them both I thought. The result is rather pleasing, I must say.
You can judge them for yourself right here:
All pics are clickable for a higher resolution, if desired.





The Roman, dangling from the grips of one of the elephants was a nice extra, which I "needed" to buy when I ordered one of them. The shield on the ground is actually a left over from a Gallic plastic set, I believe from Wargames Factory. If you watched the pictures on my former blog post, you may have noticed that the elephants were already on the table there, in one of our double Armati battles.

More troops in the picture soon.

zondag 10 september 2017

That took some time!

I should have done this a lot earlier. I've neglected my blog way to long. Shortly after my former post, some months ago, a few unexpected things happened in my live. At that moment, I stopped having time for wargaming and/or painting. Interest was also (temporary) fading.

When I had more time again for my hobby, we (wife & me) went on a planned vacation, so again no games nor painting. I did read some books while on vacation! One of which is part of the famous "Wargaming in History" range. It was part 8, The Austro-Prussian War. Very interesting, even if not my period. The battles replayed here really got me thinking about the way I play my games, and how to improve them. At that moment I was sorry I didn't have a few miniatures and paints with me...

It was already july when I could finaly pick up a paint brush, and start to play games again.
So the next few blog posts will be about what I did do since that last post in ... april. Not necessarily in chronological order.
Games, yes! That's what it is all about isn't it?
So why not start with a few pictures of recent games?

Recently we fought two different battles, using Armati II as rules. We used the "intro" scheme, because we wanted a game with two armies against two others, and used a 4' x 8' table.
For those who don't know the rules, it is a bit like DBA, in that each base is a unit on its own, but for the rest gameplay is totaly different, and may I say: more interesting. Armies are also slightly larger, around 14 to 20 bases.

A few photo's maybe? They are made with my smart phone, so quality is a bit less. The light is also far from perfect in our local clubhouse.

 Battle line of Pyrrhus with a smaller army of Galatians as allies.

 Battle line of the Late Macedonian army (with the same points value of the other armies together).

 Cavalry action at the flank!

The two phalanxes just before they clash.

The Galatians broke through on several places, taking a flank and and ending the battle.
The counters and minidice in the photo's are used to keep track of hits being taken, fatigue and undressed (loosing discipline) state of units.

A week later, a second battle was fought, this time a slightly more unhistorical battle between a Pyrrhic army with Carthaginian allies against a Antigonid force. At the end, the Antigonids won a very narrow victory. There was lots of action, with four elephant units on the table!
But see for yourself.

Battle lines before the start of the game.

Pyrrhus elite cavalry fight it out against Antigonid cavalry.

Antigonid elephants try to break through on the opposite flank.

Another photo of elephants, both from the excellent Aventine range.

Well, I hope you like the new blogpost. Soon much more!



zaterdag 15 april 2017

Pike in 15mm.

I have not been painting a lot for a while, must have had a painting block (not to be confused with block painting!)
I lost my spirit because of working on too many projects and not finishing one.
What I did get ready for battle are my 15mm pike units. I finished 72 freshly painted Leukaspides (white shields), good for two units, and repainted two more 36 figure units. Each of the six units also got their movement tray for playing To the Strongest (TtS for short), the ancients rules set by Simon Miller AKA BigRedBat (see BigRedBatCave) . I bought these rules when they were just out and after playing a few solo games, tried to get my friends playing. I must admit that since then we only played one (1!) game.
Last year at Crisis in Antwerp I also played a game set up by Simon and friends, using 15mm figures, and that got me searching for my own old 15mm figures. Most of them are well over 30 years old, but who'll notice that, when there are several hunderds of them on the battlefield?
Anyway, lots of rambling by me, but here are a few pictures.

2 units of Leukaspides (White Shields)

2 repainted units. Argyraspides on your left, Chalkaspides on your right.

And all six units.

That's it for heavy infantry for my Seleucids in 15mm.
If you've never heard of Argyraspides, Leukaspides or Chalkaspides, don't despair! It are just the names of phalanx units, named after the colour of their shields. Spides is the type of shield. So Argyraspides are the famous Silver Shields (who also existed in Alexander the Great's army and were his elite phalanx troops). Leukaspides are the White Shields and Chalkaspides are the Bronze Shields.
I plan to build movement trays for all my other 15mm units now. This might take some time as I'm now trying to clear my painting desk of half painted units and loose figures...

zaterdag 28 januari 2017

More Trolls!

I promised before to show pictures of more painted Trolls. Well, here they are.



They are also made by Mithril Miniatures, and as you see, they have a large range of different models of Trolls. They have even more variants then I show you here. Going from cave trolls to the smarter and much more dangerous Olog-Hai.

Here are pictures of all six I currently have:



Sorry it took so long to post, I have been sick for a whole week. The year just started and my painting schedule is already a week late.

I'm currently working on my 15mm Seleucid army again. The plan is to enlarge it to a proper To the Strongest army. I have a plan with them...

zaterdag 31 december 2016

End of the year catch up, part 3 - fantasy.

Yes, I still "do" fantasy!
As most of my friends know, I have a soft spot for everything concerning JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Next to a extensive book collection, I also own many miniatures based on Tolkien's mythology. That I have so much and painted so little of them has everything to do with finding a suitable rulesset. Do I base them as single models, or multi- based? This is something that got me strugling for too many years. In the mean time, the collection of unpainted figures grew over the years. I now could field huge armies of Men of Gondor, Elves, Dwarves, and of course huge masses of evil Orcs and the likes. If I only painted them!
About time to make a good start.


This is a Troll or Olog-Hai command group of Gundabad, the Iron Tower. Which is visible at the banner and shield emblem. The models are painted individual, so skin colour is not excactley the same on each of them.

Castings are by the famous Mithril Miniatures, sculpted by the talented Chris Tubb. They are not cheap, but worth the money. Most miniatures are multi-part, but hardly visible, even without using putty. And mould lines are also non-excisting.

End of the year catch up, part 2 - More fifteens.

Next are a few new additions to  my 15mm Hellenistic (Seleucid) army. The plan is to paint all the figures I have for this army, before I start something else (really difficult for me to stay focused on one project).

Some command bases first. Some of the figures here are Minifigs, others I think are QRF.

Colourfull painted, so they catch the eye between the masses of troops.

4 Bases of light mounted archers (Skythian). This is a mix of QRF and Essex miniatures.


And last (for now) a camp base.
Figures are Minifigs (guards) and Corvus Belli, now sadly out of business. The tent I can't remember.


The figures will be used in the future to play Armati 2 (optimal/epic) and To the Strongest, the rules by Bigredbat. For these last rules I still have a lot to do. For example, a phalanx unit is 9 bases (36 figures) strong...

Coming next: fantasy!

End of the year catch up.

Due to certain other things happening in life, which took more time then I had thought, my blog have been a bit on the back burner. But now, with the end of the year within sight, I wanted to show that I didn't stop painting. Though not as much as I hoped.
First part are some medieval civilians. Mostly Perry from the Agincourt to Orleans and War of the Roses range. The cart and the guys with the boar are made by Old Glory. The wheelbarrow is from Warbases (only £1.00! Really good value for money).





It took more time to paint them then I had hoped, but it is clearly not "rank & file" work. I'm really pleased with the result of most of them though.

Something else that finaly got a layer of paint is this Thracian warrior.
I got it from Karawansaray, the publisher of excellent magazines like Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare and Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. I believe it was cast by Relic Miniatures, but I could be wrong.
That's it for now, but of course, there is more to come.