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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday Workbench 15 March

I have made a start on the first batch of figures for the "common warriors". I haven't got as far as I'd like as I've been feeling knackered on getting home from work the past few nights. Hopefully I'll be able to make up for that with some solid painting sessions this weekend and get them finished.

As you can see, I've gone with a variety of blue shades as the base for their kilts. These will be getting patterns added later on  some with just white borders to the panels, some with coloured panels.

It's going to be a couple of weeks until I have all 84 figures for this batch completed, so I'll be doing midweek "workbench" posts as well as the usual Sunday ones.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Finished: 15mm Sea Peoples Skirmishers

Well, that's the first batch of Sea Peoples done. I decided to start with the skirmish troops as they would have the simplest kilts and I wouldn't mind so much if I made mistakes while working out the best way to paint them. And mistakes were made and I've learnt what not to do on future batches. Like painting batches of 48 figures in one go...

For ADLG, you can take 6 bases of LI or LMI javelin-men (or a mix). LMI javelin-men are only really good for two things - holding rough terrain and dealing with elephants although you don't get any nellies in their historical match-ups.

Light Infantry:

Light Medium Infantry:

And here's the next batch. Or rather the next three batches:

These will be "common warriors" - MI swordsmen. You can have up to 16 bases of these, but I'm only going to do 12 bases.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sunday Workbench 04 March

As another Sunday rolls around, so does another Sunday Workbench post. It also means you get to see which project I opted for:

Yes, I went for 6mm ACW...oh, no I didn't - I went with the Sea Peoples. After a bit of a hunt for the notes I'd made a long while ago about how many of which figures I needed for the different troop types I sorted out what would be needed for the first batch and then sorted out the paints I would be using. And then I made a start on the painting.

I got a good bit done yesterday - flesh base and wash, ivory base on the kilts, wooden bits and the coloured headdress reeds, Today I started out by painting the figure bases then took a few deep breaths and began work on the shield faces and kilt patterns. Which made me remember one of the reasons I'd kept putting off doing these. Still, once these are done, just another 180 plus the chariot crews to do (and their kilts could well be a bit more more complex).

There's not much left to be done on these - hair, bronze, flesh highlights, leather work (neck straps and some have sandals) and some touching up. the reed headdresses probably need a wash to bring out the details.

This batch of figures will be for 6 bases each of LI javelins and LMI javelinmen. the rest of the army will have 12 bases of MI common warriors, 6 bases of MI retinue warriors, 6 bases of HI retinue warriors, 4 light chariots, 3 commander chariots and an ox wagon for the camp element (although I have spotted that Essex sell a suitable ship and crew which would fit onto a camp base...).

Friday, 2 March 2018

Finished: 15mm Scythian Commander and Cataphracts

It took me a few evenings longer than I'd thought to finish these off, but they're done now. This unit of cataphracts and the command base (added to the light horse I painted a very long time ago) will allow me to field a small Scythian ally with my Sarmatians. And it's only taken me six years to get them done!



I'm not sure if it really shows in the pics, but these chaps all have some fancy freehand patterning painted onto their sleeves, trousers and the saddlecloths.

I've placed an order for the additional figures that I need for the Mongols, but it will be a while before they are ready for me to start painting them. Which means I'll have to work on something else until then. the big questions is "Sea Peoples or 6mm ACW?". You'll just have to wait and see which I decide to go with.

Edit to add:

Oooh! This was my 1100th post!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sunday Workbench 25 February

With the Ming chinese done and dusted (for now) it was time to move on to something else. I was planning to make a start on the additions to my Mongol forces but when I got them out on the table I realised that I was missing a bunch and I'll need to place an order for them. Scratch the Mongols for now.

I don't want to work on the Sea Peoples army just yet, so I had a look through my various drawers to see what else there was. Lo and behold I found a quick project I could work on - some Scythian cataphracts and command group. I did make a start on them about, ooohh, very nearly six years ago and they've sat in the drawer part-painted ever since. Truth be told, I'd barely started painting them when I must have moved onto a different project.

It was long overdue that I should finish them, so I put them on the table and started painting. I've managed to get most of the way through and might even finish the painting tomorrow night.

These will allow me to field a Scythian ally force with my Sarmatians - essential if you want to have more than two units of light horse.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Finished: 15mm Ming Chinese Anti-Cavalry Unit

Despite being slowed down by the 'flu, the fact that I was at home sick rather than just painting in the evenings has seen me complete the last of my current units for the Ming Chinese army (there will be a few more in the future).

I had bought a pack of infantry with shields by mistake, but realised that I could in fact make use of them. For ADLG they will be heavy infantry swordsmen and for FoGAM they will be heavy infantry "anti-cavalry squads" - there are no heavy foot for the Ming Chinese in FoGR.

This is how they would normally be deployed:

And a close-up to show off the freehand shields:

The officer has the symbols for "wolf" on his shield. The troopers have "demon faces" which were added with a micron pen which is meant to be waterproof - just as well I did a test with brushing on Klear and gloss varnish before doing my usual Klear/ink coat as the ink turned out not to be waterproof after all. To avoid ruining all that hard work I airbrushed them with Vallejo gloss varnish which didn't cause the ink to run before applying the Klear/ink coat.

And the army so far:

There will be a "workbench" post tomorrow where you will find out what I'm moving onto next, but it probably won't be until later in the week that the next finished unit appears (possibly even next weekend).

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Finished: 15mm Ming Chinese Spear & Dao Unit #4

Annoyingly, the 'flu has caught me so I'm off work. I managed to get a little bit of painting done yesterday evening, but not a lot. Today was better and working in short bursts I managed to get this unit finished off.

This is the fourth spear & dao unit for my army, and the 19th unit overall. I've got one more unit of infantry left to paint for now. I'll start work on them tomorrow.

For this unit, I decided to freehand the Chinese symbols for "dragon" on the shields of the officer and trumpeter:

It wasn't easy as the surface of the shields is textured, but I think it came out OK.

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