Friday, December 31, 2010

Mithridatic Cataphracts

Pontus, my continued obsession with the east for the 2011 build list. Mithradates IV Eupator was Rome's biggest threat in the east from 120BC to 63BC. Mithridates is remembered as one of Roman Republic’s most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars: Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Lucullus and Pompey.

My Pontic army has now been completly purchased lead wise and all I need to do is put some paint on the figures, three pike blocks of 24 (two in trousers and armour, one in no armour (ex slaves), two units heavy cavalry both Cataphract, one Pontic and Cappadocian, two units of light cavalry, one Scythian and one Armenian, one four horse sythed chariot probably for the king himself!, Bosporan hill tribesmen warband, thracian mercenary light infantry, mercenary missile troops including cretan archers, Bactrian sligers, and finaly a Galatian warband (gaulish dressed types apparently!). I may add to the army some imitation legionarys (probaly cathaginian heavy inf figures)so the army can cover the whole period.

These figures are from the 28mm successor First corps range.

I have decided to use Greek mythology beasts for all of my unit standards for my pontic army, it is a chellenge freehand but I am happy so far at my first attempt, anybody guess what it is!!!!!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Celt Flasher Fanatics

Some Black Tree Design Celts I bought at our clubs great marulan car boot sale last month, I needed to paint them as they wouldn't fit in the fully packed to the top celt box with 400 odd figures! I enjoyed painting these guys and tried using some old GW inks (from the 80s), I like the blue the best, the green is OK and a little disatified with the red, I have started like everybody else to use silfor tufts which add a wild grass look to bases and will continue the theme with the rest of my romans and celts, I guess I will also revisit my painted ancients also.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

More Pulp

The latest addition to my snow based pulp games a 28mm Mammoth taxi!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Roman fort builders

I found these while digging through some boxes last week, it the First Corps marching Roman fort building set, I have painted them so they suit both my republican armies, I also found some stubborn markers, along with set was the foundry set they are waiting in cue, possibly this week.


Sulla's Legio XVIII Libyca

My Late Republican legion all First corps, post Marian reforms

Sulla and Lictors dismounted


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Evil Snowmen

painted up these guys for a upcoming Christmas Pulp Game and done the background this afternoon. Lots more to come

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roman Auxilia

I finished a lot of these guys last year for craigs 40th birthday bash, I have started to revisit my early and late republican and imperial roman armies and some of their enemies and allies and finish off a number of half completed units. Some items that need to be done are all of my republicans sheilds need transfers, I am short sheilds for my celts and germans plus transfers, and I need finish my republican roman cavalry two Alae.

In the coming weeks I intend to start my mixed Warlord and (perry bros) foundry Roman Augustian 1st cent AD army, then move onto my third cent army over the Christmas period.

A good mix of figures below, Warlord metals and plastics, some Foundry, Blacktree and First corps.

First corps
Suevi cavalry

Warlord Wardogs and Handler, some first corps dogs too!

Warlord Celt Druid

Warlord Celt Witch

Warlord Celtic Druid/ General

Black Tree Elephant with Numidian crew

Warlord metal and Plastic Imperial auxilia
Cohors II Britannorum

Warlord Belaric Slingers

First corps and Warlord Archers

First Corps
Suevi Archers

First Corps and Warlord Eastern Archers
Cohors Augusta Nervia Pacensis


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Roman Command

Sulla mounted with Legio XVIII Libyca Eagle bearer


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Grand Gueule" BTLB battle report

At the Goulburn Valiant Sormers club meet on sunday we tried out "Beneath the Lilly Banners" as a tester for the upcoming "Lace wars" in October.

we used 7YW figures for the Prussian (Bruces) and British (mine) as stand ins for the Dutch (Greg B was a no show)and Daves WAS french

A lovely looking set of rules but not overly impressed with the substance, as they were very much same same as most other rule sets out there for the period, although I would like to try them with event cards to shake it up a bit.

The rules although they were quite playable, and probaly would be quicker after a couple of uses (if we didn't chat so much ), I did like the general abilities rolls which really played havoc with the British General, who failed on two occasions to move any troops. The have taken a few good bits and pieces from a number of rulesets I feel. Explantion fails them a little and a few areas possibly need a remake to make it clearer for those who are not horse and musket gamers to pick up the set and play.

I think I may use these for the deluge game for "Lace Wars" as the WAB based stuff will fit fine, although I will rework the cheat sheet to make it more clear for new comers.

As for the battle, The dastardly french held the crossroads and the village and the prussian allied army were to retake it, all went according to plan when the generals rolls started, the prussian cavalry and Infantry brigade commanders rolled exceptional commands, however the brit failed misserably and roll poor (despictable!) the french all rolled average c0ommanders. The entire allied army avanced at a slow pace and eventually the light infantry contacted each other, the position guns started a artillery dual which the prussians won,
The French held on even after the Prussian cavalry assaulted them on the left flank, and the prussian infantry never made it over the hedges around the village to take on the French Gaurd, and the second rate Brits failed to do much at all (probaly the generals fault ) as the poor general could only manouver 25% of his troops at any one time, and of course the French cannon shot up my Highlanders and another provincial unit !

so a tactical French win in the end!

I failed to remember to take my camera so the pics are Ian's


Friday, September 10, 2010

Sometimes I think wargamers are a bit like women when it comes to buying stuff for our hobby we go out with good intentions to just get one or two items and come home with an armful!

It all happened on Monday when the Cardinal and I went for a drive too Canberra to spend my Father’s day money and pick up some Vallejo paint and peruse the bookshops of Fyshwick (Academic remainders and Crusader books).

We went to Crusader first to pick up some Vallejo paint and have a look at some books, so I picked up a mix of browns and some washes. Next stop was Toyworld and as my painting MOJO has returned and the weather is warming up I decided to peruse the kit shelves and decided to pick up an Apache helicopter (Airfix) as I am starting another modern army in 20mm and I thought justified it that way, then we decided to get some lunch next, however we thought that we really should visit Monaro hobbies.

At Monaro I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of plastic kit they had of the shelves and decided to pick up a Trumpeter M1 Abrams, however on the way out they had a sale on ICM cold war Russian kits for $5 each, so I picked up 3 BTR152’s and 5 trucks!

Now I normally get one of my mates to put my kits together because they annoy me and I have two left hands when it come to fiddly bits. However as they last few days have been wet I have sat down and put four of the nine kits together already.
The Apache went together very nicely and I made the rotors removable for transport.

The ICM 152 kits are excellent and I put them together easily also, the ICM plastic is a little different so setting times are a little longer, but I used a production line so I could do three models at the same time, a few little adjustments, so battle kit and damage then off to the spray booth for all of them (probably after I finish the trucks).

The BTR152s and trucks will see service with my Soviets for Afghanistan and Cold War and may even make it into my African Warlord army, so I think either a generic green or the tan/khaki camouflage.

On the painting desk I have some Volunteers de Clermont (see my 18th century blog 'Fine and Dandy") and some 18th century civilians, next up will be some WSS French and then some more Imperial Romans, and some individual British general characters for the “William Atkinson memorial build” on the Guild forum.