Thursday, 7 August 2014

Back to the Brushes 90

This post sees the three hundredth post for the blog and shows some work in progress on two very different Dark Age armies. First up is a Viking standard bearer for SAGA who will also double up in a sabot base for Impetus.

The figure is from Gripping Beast and has been easy to paint. The stance lending itself to bold colours to draw the eye to the standard when applied.

Next is a work in progress picture of the next ten Moor spearmen. The plan here has been to paint varying different colours of robes to mix in with the previously painted figures. The head dress will be common throughout creating a sense of unity in the completed stands.

Painting from a white undercoat on these figures it has been helpful to wash the figures with Agrax Earthshade to knock the white back a bit. This also provides a bit of dark lining that would normally come from the black undercoat. The faces and eyes however, need a bit more work before the figures will be completed.

More to follow shortly.

Cheers for now.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Origins and beginnings

Today, thirty-nine years ago at the tender age of five, the first purchase of "toy soldiers" was made.

These along with one brush and four pots of Humbrol enamels started a journey that is still ongoing today.

The subject matter may have changed over the years as has the medium but the process is much the same. Look over the packaging, check the contents, decide what you like best and then buy. From memory most of this set of figures was painted - sadly none have survived the years. None especially well, then I was only five year old and hadn't yet developed any of the patience required to achieve better results. Still waiting on that coming :)

Well, that is enough reminiscing for one day. However, before this post finishes here is a question for you all - when and what started you all in the hobby of painting toy soldiers?

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


This entry starts a new series for the blog - Reconquista - posts dealing with the forces clashing in Medieval Spain, both Moor and Christian alike during the El Cid era and later.

The first showing goes to the Black Guard, a centre piece for the Almoravids and Almohads armies.

The figures here are from Gripping Beast and stand out well in the rest of the army. The slight differences in the head gear making these figures suitable for the Guard unit they represent.


Painted and based as two separate stands of Foot Protected for Impetus these figures will be usable in both armies as normal or large units. 

The standard comes from Little Big Men as do the shield transfers. These really lift the finished unit and will give it some identity on the table.

There will be more for this army soon along with a few other items.

Lastly, a warm welcome to:
  • r.a.e. gingerbhoy
  • service ration distribution
Hope that you both find something of interest in these ramblings.

Cheers for now

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Items for Sale

More items have been added to the Items for Sale page. If you are interested in anything please leave a comment.

Cheers for now.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Thirty Spears - A Challenge 6

Here are twenty Berber spearmen; ten completed and ten being painted at the moment. All figures from Gripping Beast:

More updates on a few different things to follow shortly.

Cheers for now.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Back to the Brushes 89

Over the last few days the fellow below has been painted. This is the first figure for a base of Christian Mercenary Knights that will fit in with the El Cid and Norman eras well.

The armour still needs a dark wash to remove the nearly new look and a decision has to be made on the horse. The original Gripping Beast horses never really hit the mark. They paint up reasonably well, however the sculpting isn't the best. The decision to be made is whether or not to replace with newer sculpts, the problem being that this will mean replacing a lot of horse-flesh. Decisions, decisions.

In case you are wondering the figure represents William the Bastard, although the choice of weapon will not be a club and a shield is to be added to. It is the central figure after all.

More to follow shortly.

Cheers for now

Monday, 14 July 2014

And Now for Something Completely Different 19

Something a little bit different here and something that there will be a few more entries on in the coming months.

Shown above is the 1st Rifles Company for the ARC forces in Critical Mass. Some of these figures have been shown here before on different bases, but as all wargamers love to rebase their figures here they are again.

The  figures are from Ground Zero Games New Israeli 15mm range and will be the basis of an infantry company for the above game.

 An easy approach to painting these has been used and this style will continue throughout the army. The style consists of basing coating in GW Khemri Brown, detail picked out in black, washed in Devlan Mud or equivalent and then dry brushed. Nice, easy and simple. The basing is different from normal and is based on ready made plaster, base coating and dry brushing. Again nice, easy and simple.

The overall effect give a good wargaming standard that will allow the army to progress at speed along side more detailed painting for Impetus and skirmish based games.

Coming shortly from this range will be support units, a reduced infantry company, scout and assault walkers and grav tanks. All in good time.

More to follow shortly.

Cheers for now.