Monday, 28 December 2020

Back to the Brushes 295

 A few things on the go at the moment for AHPC XI.

Starting at the bottom left there are two C09 Dark Elf Sorceresses from back in the early days of painting miniatures. 

Next is a Norman Crossbowman to complete a srand of crossbowmen for use in ADLG

Then from Footsore Miniatures a Healer for the Spartan Lochas in Mortal Gods. 

On the top row is the start of the riders for two stands of Prodromoi. Looking for a different look to the flesh on these figures than on some other Greeks and Spartans. The base colour here is Vallejo Heavy Flesh; from here not yet sure how to go, most likely washed with Army Painter flesh wash and then layered with either Foundry or Vallejo flesh tones. 

Thanks for looking. 

Cheers for now

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Season's Greetings 2020


Merry Christmas to you all near and far.

I hope that 2019 brings you hope, faith and peace in whatever you do. 

Next year will be time for change and restarting faltered projects; regardless of hobby or real life.

Stay safe!

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Back to the Brushes 294

Last night saw the start of a few different pieces for the AHPC XI with ancients as the primary focus; in particular Spartans. 

The priest below is from Warlord Games and will join the Spartans for Mortal Gods and other ancient skirmish games.

A characterful figure that will take the role of a seer in the Spartan Lochos.

The other Spartans are from Xyston and will appear shortly as if the above pic is slightly out of focus then the 15mm's were totally out of focus. 

Along with these there is a solitary Norman crossbowman to complete a stand of four figures for ADLG. 

Hope that you found this interesting and stay safe. 

Cheers for now. 

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Back to the Brushes 293

And so it begins again: Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge XI. This my tenth year in the AHPC and hoping to more this year than previous years. Pictured below are a selection of the figures ready for painting over the next three months. 

These include in no relation at all to the pictures order:
  • 15mm Spartans from Xyston - grey undercoat top pic
  • 28mm Fallschirmjager from Warlord Games - bone undercoat - windowsill
  • 18mm Seven Year War Austrians painted as Bavarians from Eureka - white undercoat windowsill
  • 28mm Caesarian Romans from Foundry - grey undercoat windowsill
  • 28mm Norman crossbowman from Gripping Beast - 1 figure top pic
  • 28mm Macedonian phalangites from Foundry - on cutting mat
  • 15mm EIR skirmishers from Forged in Battle - windowsill pic
  • 28mm Germanic Tribes from Footsore and Gripping Beast - last on right on windowsill
  • 28mm Prodromoi from A & & Miniatures - painted horses in top pic
Not shown in the pics but ready to be painted depending on how things progress are 28mm pirates, Prussians, ECW, Gondorians and Iberians, 15mm Wars of the Roses, Arabs, Mongols and ACW. More than enough to keep busy with for the rest of the year and beyond. 

Below are the first figures from Wee Eck and the Macs DBA - Prodromoi from A & A Miniatures. Whilst there are 12 figures for this troop type in the cabinets of shame only 4 will be required for ADGL; the others will be up for sale in the near future.

The horses have partially painted for a good few years now. No so much, the riders, however, that's about to change. 

Dotted here and there are suitable figures for the Bonus themes as well. Mostly retro figures being dusted off for the digital age. 

Cheers to those in the AHPC and hope that this has been on interest to you

Stay safe

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Imperium Sine Fine 26

Finally finished, the one and only unit of Late Roman Cataphractii in 28mm. Figures from Gripping Beast and have been worth the wait in getting finished; figures on the central stand were originally painted as the start of the same unit in WAB circa 2006. 

Then came the move to Impetus and there was no need to paint the other eight figures unless more than one unit was planned. Gaming influences changed again and the central unit was rebased for the "last" time on to a 60mm front for ADLG, DBA and Hail Caesar and at this point the final figures were dusted off and finished over this summer. 

The colour scheme was based on the Christa Hook image below adapted with the Comites Seniores shield colours. When the painting of the shields started for reasons that can't be recalled the plain purple/violet of the shield was changed for dark blue and the rest as they say is a-historic.

An imposing site on the table and a dead weight as well that will hopefully be in use when the "vaccines" start to allow more movement between people. 

One day the colour of the lances may be changed to match in with the shields and other trappings; one day far away.

 Hopefully after 15 years in the painting you have found this interesting. 

Cheers for now 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Back to the Brushes 292

Spent a bit of time last night working prepping figures for the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge XI before moving on to some a little less taxing; Normans.

The swordsmen are from Wargames Foundry and the crossbowman is from Gripping Beast. Both manufacturers make great but very different styles of figures, some of which work together others that just don't. 

Sorry again for the poor quality image - just can't seem to get anything well lit at present. 

Will finish these off shortly and then on to the next two stands of Xyston Spartans. 

Hope that you found this interesting. 

Cheers for now


Friday, 11 December 2020

Hannibal antes Portas 3

The following Ancient Spanish Infantry have been completed over the last couple of months and finally gotten round to texturing and flocking the bases. Can't beat a good flocking!

All the figures are from Gripping Beast's Punic Wars range and will form a part of both DBA and ADLG armies as allied, mercenary and core troop types.  Shown above are Iberian Scutarii on the left and Caetrari with mixed weapons on the right. 

All of the figures here have been painted using block base colours then wash and highlight with the base colour. The limited colour scheme speeds the process up and the end results pass the rule of three foot. 

Another stand of Caetrari below this time as skirmishers. 

There will be more completed pics soon along with some more work in progress after a few nights off the brushes with a swollen thumb. 

Hope that you found this interesting. 

Cheers for now

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Imperium Sine Fine 25

Painted earlier in the year this command stand for a 28mm Caesarian Roman army is now based, flocked and ready to join the other completed stands for this army.

Brushes and Bases 2020

The figures are from Warlord Games and are on the large scale of 28mm figures. Well sculpted and fit the role of commanders perfectly; they should really considering that they are. 

Have another twenty four Caesarian Romans from Foundry prepped and waiting on undercoating as a part of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge XI along with a wide range of other figures that have been getting prepped recently. 

Hope that you found this interesting. 

Cheers for now

Monday, 7 December 2020

The Chambers of Challenge - Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge XI


Starting on December 21st for three months until March 20th 2021

Needle files at the ready, rattle cans warming its time to prep for another 3 months of painting, blogging and general hobby mayhem. 

This year have set the bar at 600 points which would equate to 120 28mm foot figures at 5 points per figure. The points total will be made up a variety of different projects in 15, 20 and 28mm with a similar range in periods covered including Ancients, Seven Year War, Napoleonic's and WW2.

As always looking forward to the Challenge and the associated banter that goes with it all. 

If you can join in, its always fun and worth while. 

Cheers for now

Thursday, 3 December 2020

30 Days 30 Miniatures November 2020

In the end it turned out to be a very productive 30 Days Challenge as shown below

 Complete in this challenge included the following

  • 13 x 18mm SYW Infantry - Eureka Miniatures
  • 16 x 15mm Spartan Infantry - Xyston
  • 11 x 15mm Early Imperial Roman Infantry - Plastic Soldier Company
  • 8 x 28mm Caesarian Romans Infantry - Wargames Foundry

The total for the 30 Days is 48 figures

This month's challenge will be announced tomorrow and will be a little different. 

Hope that you found this interesting

Cheers for now