Wednesday, November 25, 2009

IV/57c Low Countries

New addition to the army. The Pk General option.
Been along time getting another Army completed. I have been in a painting slump for quite some time. I have three more armies that are with in two stands of completion and have not moved on them in a month. This army is all Museum Miniatures. I got a majority from Anderson (from Fanaticus) and filled out the ranks from Museum to make it all one manufacturer. The figures are huge. The pike are just slightly taller then my Xyston Geeks and the general, well a David and Goliath match for sure. All in all though, they are just fine when placed together.
Really enjoyed the flags for this army. Lots of fun to color coordinate and make them unique.

The two knights on the right stand ended up being smaller then the rest. Not sure why Museum does things like that in the same line. I know different sculptures were used, but darn it I want them to match.

Gun, I guess I have alot of these in my army pool. I seem to be distracted by the cannons.

Last but not least, the ash and trash of the army. Well the combat multipliers anyway.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rules Question about turning to face

The initial landing force moved in from the coast. No issue. I had placed one Bd element in front of my camp so that if attacked it could fall back into the camp.
At this point, Tony's Bd element moved to attack my Bd in front of the camp. Problem, the contact was legal however when my Bd turned to face we found that their was not enough room . The options as well see them are as follows; One, there is no contact made. Two, the Bd moves into the camp and defends it. or Three, both elements shift away from the camp to make room.

We chose, no contact. Figured if my Bd pushed into the camp then Tony's Bd would not really have moved the way it did. Secondly we decided that to move both elements and make room would interfere with other elements on both sides lining up and did not sound right. Thoughts?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

IV/18 Lithuanian

OK, so the kick in the butt worked very well. I just finished the second army of the weekend. These guys, just like the Scots-Irish were virtually completed just lacking a few colors. I purchased these figures at HISTORICON 2008 from Wargames. Have been sort of sitting on them unmotivated until here recently. This is the first army I introduced large boulders onto. I was attempting to give the impression of the forested glades that the Army is supposed to fight in. How an army with eight mounted fights in the woods is beyond me.
The Army has an option for a LH general and a Cv General. I chose to paint one of each. I also plan on using these same stands to interchange between the Cv or LH option as well. Generally, I never plan on having two Cv stands.

Got lucky with these Essex figures in that the horses were very animated and fit well on the rocks.
The forest dwellers.

II/54a Scots-Irish

Finialy finished the OG Scots-Irish. I had them mostly done for almost two weeks. Much to long for only needing to finish the flesh and hair. Seems the kick in the shorts worked well.This is the first painted army I have with Light Chariots, eek more Cv. I took some artistic licence with the colors used. The istory says green, saffron, and linin colors with the ocational red. Oh well so much for historial garb, my guys just took it as spoils of war.
Belive it of not this is not the most Ax I have in an army. I am growing accustomed to usign them and am getting pretty fair at it.
Tried to use a woven look to the plad so that I could shade the colors better. Made it easier for me to keep track of the pattern.

New Camp

Always looking for a different way to get a camp further into the battlefield with out "cheating". Wanted a wall section for my Early Europeans to hide behind and came up with this design. I think I will add a ladder to the rear of the fighting area in the future.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Present Projects

IV/18 Lithuanians have been sitting in the box for some time now. I am mostly posting these projects to kick my own butt into gear so that I finish them and get them properly posted with eh rest of the list. These Essex figures really had some motion to them. Especially the horses (for a change) I felt like putting some large boulders in the stands to give it the forest glen look...more grass then dirt.

These are II/54 Scotts-Irish. I finished the Chariots and am procrastinating about painting the flesh and hair that will finish the AX and Ps. Just being lazy and need to motivation to finish them. As I near the end of my lead to paint ( my pet project) I am becoming less excited about painting the figures I have and more likely to dilly dally in different armies.
I was very nervous about painting plaid. I really like how the plaid turned out. More of a weave then I thought I was going for but he shading helped a lot. More colorful then they should be as well. But what the heck, its my army anyway, right? The Leader's plaid is painted as the Calhan plaid from my family. Something of a blue with green stripping with a line yellow line in between. I did not paint the yellow because it ended up being to over powering.

II/77 Silla Koreans

This is the first of three Korean Armies that I intend to paint here in Korea. I figure it is more then appropriate. I was waiting to paint these until I visited the Korean War Museum in Seoul. I took pictures of the Silla uniforms from the museum and painted the army to match as close as I could. The Cataphracts were not depicted in the museum. The Figures are from Time Portal Hobbies, Thanks guys!

These guys stumped me for about a week and a half while I figured out what I wanted them to look like. Nothing like a kick in the shorts to get you moving in the right direction again. The Dragon Turtle idea came to mind as something different. Besides I did not want the flag to look like Tony's.

These are the two units of PK and the Ps and LH. Much more of the same coloration. I was disappointed in the length of the pikes. I would have replaced them however they were not easily removed without the risk of damage to the figures

The Trident Sp. These guys prompted me to paint three empty 15mm stands magenta so that they would be safe in the case. These guys would not mess with anyone especially themselves. Oh well at least they are aggressively charging forward like they think they might attack something.

I was intrigued that their were two different figures for the Bw. painted the hoods on the two stands different colors to give them some individuality. Looking forward to painting the other two armies while I am here. I will wait for a bit so that I will be excited about Koreans again before I begin.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

III/51 Normans

The Norman Army is solely OG figures purchased from Rudy with Time Portal Hobbies about a year ago. This army is a continuation of cleaning out the lead drawer and trying to begin fresh, Yeah right!
The General and three of his KNs. No issues or secrets painting these guys. I did however decide very quickly that I did not like the OG shield design. I would have preferred a shield with no raised edges for a better design area.
More KNs. One of these will probably never fight. I will more then likely always use the CV and the LH to help the overly zealous KNs recover from their charges.
The CV and LH. I enjoyed the CV and LH figures because they are not encased in Chain mail. The center rider in the CV is an excess KN figure I used to replace a CV guy that did not make the move to Korea. Squish!
I painted these foot about 8 months ago and never got moving on all the KNs. They made it over here painted and on stands but not finished. The option for this army is either two Bw or Two Ps or in my case probably one and one, with two Sp.

Friday, August 14, 2009

III/40d Viking Leidang

Here are the Viking Leidang as promised. I got demoralized somewhere in the middle of the Bd stands and finally got back to them. All in all the Essex figures were great. I used most of the posses that I purchased. Their are different posses that I did not receive in the army pack. As I may have mentioned before, I purchased this army on Ebay for half the price of the army pack and added extra figures to make it the D list.
Here are the General and the Hd stands that I posted about a week ago. I believe that these two stands will see most of the action. Well they might die fast and thus take all the action to be had. I look forward to taunting my opponent with the Hd stand.

The Bd, I used mostly typical Axemen to form the Bd elements. I only limited myself to one stand of Berserkers. These guys made the Bd cut and did not have to join the Horde of slave getter's.
I liked the typical flags used for Vikings but when i painted them it did not fit the look I wanted. I figure these guys all want to go to sea and pillage, right? Well I figured a ship that they never get to board was essential to completing the army. I also made the flag stand with a "commander" so that if I was inspired ot paint the other five stands of Bd I could complete the B list of Vikings.

I opted for two Ax instead of two more Bd stands as well as one Bw and one Ps. I figured that this would allow this army to fight in the woods and help deter the timid French Knights from attacking, Terry!
Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Up and Coming projects

I am currently working on two projects; the Silla Koreans and the Viking Leidang. I was solely painting the Vikings however I recently made a trip to the Korean War Museum and was inspired to begin my Korean projects. Yes, Projects, I have the Koryo and will soon have the Yi Korean armies to be painted. The magenta jacket and red belt were taken from the museums interpretation of what a Silla Soldier would look like. The figures are from Rudy of Time Portal Hobbies. Very nice castings, great figures that fit the Korean lists extremely well.
Assuming that the Leidang were the vikings that did not go to sea. It can be assumed that their would be leftover berzerkers with nothing to do in the village except pester the women folk and break things. The Hd option for the army is my interpretation of where bored Berzerkers go. I assigned them a slave hungry overseer and plan on unleashing them upon my enemies. "Bring me more slaves"

This photo shows the Kn General stand. I noticed while photographing this that my General had a catastrophic spraying issue. Well fixable issue anyway. It was to humid when I sprayed and it shows on the metallic parts of the figures. They are going in for a touch-up-overhaul
Very happy with the Essex Vikings. Lots of poses and clean castings. I especially like the Kn figures.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

II/28d Armenian Gordyene

I bought these figures at RECON 09 from Rudy Nelson from Time Portal Hobbies. He is the only vendor that enjoys coming to support Florida's DBA players. Go Rudy, Gray, and Chip.

I had the opportunity to play Tony's Armenian B list against his Marion Romans last year and fell for the Army. Since I did not want the very same army he had I opted for the D list instead. I am totally happy with the OG figures selected for the army.
I wanted to give the Kn elements a Persian feel so I made them more colorful then I was originally going to. The lances are dulled sewing needles, as usual.

This is what I love about this army. Four Lh!

The unsuspecting peasant rabble. Of course that's what I want you to believe. Better watch these guys they are sneaky.

I went with two ART pieces on the stand due to the size of the stolen Roman launchers. I also needed a camp while I am in Korea. For that reason I built a small "rise" camp for my ART to sit on and observe the battlefield.