Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Back to the Brushes 189

Day five and six have now passed and the first stand of Greek medium cavalry in 6mm is completed.

One of the best things about 6mm figures is the sense of mass you get from such a surprizingly small figure. Will be using this with the cavalry to create finished elements that can be recognised for what they are by the number of figures and their positioning on the base. Easier to see than explain as a picture is worth a thousand words so the saying goes.


The figures are from Rapier miniatures and whilst chunkier than Baccus are still good in my opinion and once painted and based look great as a miniature counter for gaming with.

On to the Ayyubids for the next update.

Day 6

Figures completed 10

Cheers for now

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Back to the Brushes 188

Day four has seen better avtivity with a brush and the first two figures are complete.

Both figures are from Gripping Beast: Normans and Late Crusader ranges.

This figure - depicting William the Conqueror - is done for now and considering it was started ten year ago not rushing to change anything. However, its lacking something so might add a shield and change the colours of the harness to make him more like a leader of cabarellos hidalgo than his northern counter parts.


Next is a leader figure for Late Crusaders, in particular the Knights Hospitaller. In 1247 by papal order the Knights Hospitaller were given permission to wear red surcoats emblazened with the cross on in white. This figure with some artistic licence is in between with red and black quartering on the horses barding. Other figures for this warband will have either red or black surcoats depending on status.


The shield is a Little Big Man transfer.

More to follow shortly.

Day 4

Figures completed 2

Friday, 10 August 2018

Back to the Brushes 187

Three days into the 30days30miniatures painting challenge and as yet nothing is finished.

On days one and two the time to paint just never presented itself. Day three and some time was spent starting the 6mm Greek cavalry along with a bit of work on two 28mm figures that have been very nearly finished for a long time now.


The difference in scale really impressive. 

Hopefully, the coming days will see completed figures starting to appear.

Day 3

Figures completed - nil

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

30 Days 30 Miniatures - Cavalry Painting Challenge

This evening will be starting a themed 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge.

The theme is cavalry a personal dread for the painting table.

The rules of the challenge are simple:

  • To paint 30 cavalry figures including riders in 30 days
  • The figures can be partly painted as the main point is to complete figures that have been forgotten
  • Basing is not necessary to count as completed
  • Any scale is good
  • Too have fun
  • The end date is set by your start date - 8th September will be the end date here
  • To post updates as often as possible
  • Lastly to show a round up post with a group picture of everything.

Below is a picture of the painting table as it currently stands


and the following will make up part of this challenge:

  • 28mm Gripping Beast Normans/Christian Spanish
  • 15mm Gladiator Ayyubid Ghulams
  • 6mm Rapier Greek Heavy Cavalry

Not shown are some Moors for SAGA and Prodromoi for the Macedonians. Well over the total of 30 figures. 

Take up your brushes, pick a theme and finish off some long stalled project. 

Cheers for now.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

#30days30miniatures painting challenge - summing up


Thirty days have come and gone and the painting challenge has been a great motivation to complete a good number of figures that have been gathering dust on the painting table.

Overall, the total number of figures completed came in at 55 broken down as follows:

6mm -  20 cavalry

15mm - 21 foot

28mm - 14 foot

The 6mm figures were all started and completed during the challenge. The 15mm was a mixture of part painted and unpainted figures and all of the 28mm figures had previously been started.

Here is the painting desk at the start, midway and at the finish.


Then past half way


At the finish line


This last picture shows all the painted figures together in a group shot. More detailed pictures will follow on themed posts shortly. 


The main motivator in this challenge has been to clear some figures from the painting table. However, as you can see there are still many more figures to complete; so what next? Well continue the 30days30miniatures painting challenge this time however there will be both a theme and a personal challenge. This is one in the same thing here as the challenge this time will be to complete - not necessarily base - 30 pieces of cavalry in various scales. The reason why? I dread painting horses and yet when finished they are so rewarding. 

So take up your brushes, pick a theme and paint 30 figures in 30 days! You know that you want to.

Cheers for now















Friday, 3 August 2018

Back to the Brushes 186

The 30 days have passed and the #30days30miniatures painting challenge is finished.

Last figures painted yesterday night are shown below, a few more archers for the Ayyubid ADG army in 15mm.


Will do full round up of the last 30 days over the weekend. 

Cheers for now


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Back to the Brushes 185

Day 29 has now been and gone and currently on the home stretch of the #30days30miniatures painting challenge.

Completed as day 29 ended is another stand of Ayyubid light archers for ADG. Figures from Essex and are good easy and clean scuplts to paint.


Day 29

Figures completed 50