samedi 13 janvier 2018

Aegir, the Barbarian

Back to Fantasy. My wizard has a fellow adventurer, at last! He probably recruited him in a nomad camp, before the crossing of the Dark Moor, the silent desert of the north, not a place for the living, it is said, not a place for travelers, unless you look for strange things or dreadful ghosts.

Of course Aegir had heard lots of stories and rumors, but in his full strength, he didn't fear anything, any creature, any man, alive or dead. And he loved gold, the gold that was promised after they could enter the sacred place. What was the name, already? Something related to a god with an impossible name, Tukul, or Ktul something... bah, never mind. And the wizard seemed very confident in his own powers...

Maybe he didn't imagine that they could be ambushed by dozens of skeletons so soon! Not so difficult to crush these skulls, but there were so many.

"Hey wizard, I think it's time to use some magic to get rid of them once and for all !" he said, breathing heavily.

"Not yet, not yet! I have to keep my powers intact, so that I can open the door of the sanctuary, for it is protected by a most powerful spell. Why do you think I hired you ? Do your part, Barbarian, and earn your gold!"

The Barbarian comes from the Dark Alliance range. The wizard is a conversion (already shown here), and the skellies are Caesar minis.

Hope you like them :)

samedi 6 janvier 2018

Late Imperial Roman Army VI - The Equites primo sagittarii

Next step for my DBA Late Imperial Romans, I have painted two horse archers for a LH element.
Here they are:

 Once again, this army is intended to belong to the western part of the empire. I first wanted to find a horse archers unit assigned to the Gallic command (as for the Equites Constantiani feroces), but after looking at the Noticia Dignitatum, it seems there is none !
So I looked for a unit in the western part, and found some assigned to the Comes Africae, such as the Equites primo sagittarii (or first (unit) of horse archers), and their shield is this one:

The first shield copy comes from this document, the Bodleian manuscript, it is the second from the left in the second row:

Some more pictures of the minis. The shield identified above is to be seen on the first photo - I found it difficult to paint regular circles on so small a shield :) You may also notice that I have tried to paint better horses than usual, please tell me what you think of them.

Here you can see them scouting in front of the cavalry line:

Hope you like them :)

jeudi 4 janvier 2018

Late Imperial Roman Army V - The Equites Constantiani feroces

Hi, and happy new year everyone!

I have not been very active on the blog, but I managed to paint a little more at the end of 2017 and the first days of 2018, and I have been brave enough to paint horses (something I am usually afraid of :) ).

Last september, I showed the first rider of a unit of equites in this post. I added three more riders, so that I have an complete element, and the first rider of the command element - I will add a banner and a general.

Here you are the minis (Hät Late Roman Medium cavalry):

If you remember, I wanted to represent a western Late Roman army, so I chose a unit from the gallic command of the master of Horse in the roman army. This unit are the Equites Constantiani feroces, the ninth of the vexillationes comitatenses (i.e. a cavalry unit of the field army) in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster (see Luke Ueda-Sarson's website for explanations about units listed in the Notitia Dignitatum).

Their shield pattern is as follow:

And this is how I painted it on oval shields:

These men are part of a regular unit, so they are well equipped, but not too uniformed and I tried to paint them with variants in color and equipment.

Hope you like them :)

Next unit very soon: the horse archers, or Equites sagittarii (this blog will soon become a Latin course !).

jeudi 21 décembre 2017

DBA Gallic Army, the cavalry elements

Well, very little time to paint in this year's end, a lot of work before the holidays. But at least I could finish the heavy cavalry element, except for the base, sorry.

The HCv element: Hät figures that I was so happy to discover when the reach the market. I previously had to use Essex 15mm figures as proxy.

Close-up on the left rider: I had to repaint the flesh (not easy to see on this picture), the horse (better result than the grey one, IMO), the shield and add some light on the trousers.

You can see them next to the other cavalry unit.

Next step on this project: paint the bases of the whole army.

And probably something else on the blog before :)

jeudi 30 novembre 2017

DBA Gallic army: first step of restoration

I explained in the previous post that I wanted to restore and add some improvements to my old DBA Gallic army, here you are the first step.

The test figure is a heavy rider. There was no light nor shadow in the original paint, so I began to darken the mini with washes (red for the flesh, brown everywhere else), then lighten with several layers. I also painted some details that I had forgotten, such as the umbo on the shield. Same process for the horse.

The two pictures below allow us to compare before and after.

This is another view of the same rider, which makes me realize that I have some mistakes to correct. Anyway, there is more contrast now, so I think it is an improvement.

I also modified a Light Infantry (Psiloi) element: the flesh has been redone on both minis, I've added some light on the trousers, and the base has been repaired.

the guy on the right had the flesh of a zombie !!

I could have given them another javelin in the left hand

Even better than the rider in my eye. What do you think ?

To be continued :)

mercredi 22 novembre 2017

DBA Gallic army

I've already written a couple of posts about Celtic warriors by Hät. The minis can be seen here (part I) and there (part II). But long before that, my brother and I painted a complete DBA Gallic army with Airfix, Revell and a few ESCI minis - and we used 15mm essex minis to represent cavalry, later replaced by Hät and Italeri minis. Years later, I also added a few Newline Design 20mm minis to fill the ranks.

I don't have the 15mm riders any longer, but I still have the 1/72 minis. I never finished to base them, but they have already seen action in several battles. And last week-end, I decided to complete the work in order to have a nice army to display.

Before adding some paint on them, I wanted to take pictures of the army in its actual state.
Here it is. The whole army:

On the front rank, the based elements, Psiloi on the left (Italeri minis), and command element on the right (from left to right: 3 Italeri men and one Newline Design). The skin color of some of them has to be redone.

 The warband elements: mostly Revell with a few Airfix and ESCI, all painted before I learned to paint shadows and highlights.

And at last, the cavalry elements. Hät figures on the left, Italeri and Newline Design on the right - my first highlight technique, before the washes.

As an army, they already look good. I won't repaint them all, but repair the broken bases, finish the to-do bases and add some contrast at least on the cavalry element.

More pictures to come to show you the result. Hope you like my old minis :)

samedi 18 novembre 2017

Gall óglaigh and Kern

Hi Everyone!

Commenting my last post related to Templar men-at-arms, "Boss" Paul from Paul's Bods (one of the best 1/72 blogs dedicated to 1/72 minis... all right, everybody already knows :))asked for more Medieval minis, so I promised new pictures for yesterday night... well the night is over (here) and I am a bit late, but I could finish two minis and take pictures.

I wanted to start something new for a small vignette, an original or unusual subject (at least for me), because it's always a good way to discover and learn new things. I searched my plastic stocks and picked a set by Redbox for the war of the Roses: Irish troops, set 72044.

I know very little concerning this period in Irish history, so I opened the online bible (PSR), and read about the two main troop types represented in the box:
  • the galllowglass (from from Irish: gall óglaigh meaning foreign warriors - thanks Wikipedia), heavy infantry originated in the Scottish Isles, and using terrible two-hands weapons such as big battleaxes - maybe a remembrance of housecarls, or of their common viking ancestors)

  • the kerns, or light skirmishing infantry, using javelins as their main weapons (by the way, I finally took time to know a little about kerns - a term I read in WRG army lists years ago, without the slightest idea of what they could look like)
You can see below one of the most famous illustrations representing gallowglass (left) and kerns (right) in the 16th century by Albrecht Dürer. Though posterior to the medieval period, it gives us an idea of the appearance of these fierce men.

One more thing eventually convinced me to start painting: these men were also known to wear saffron colored coats, and since I can't use my yellow paint everyday, I became very tempted!

And here you are the result, two minis painted yesterday night.  Hope you (including Paul :)) like these medieval men.

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