I've had a few days off work this week so I took the opportunity to finish a unit of Aventine Tarantine cavalry I started before I painted the Mordheim figures.
I've given them the rimmed pelt shields rather than the spinned pelt for no other reason than I prefer the look. I'm going to try to finish the second Elephant today, I should be able to get it done as it's about 70% finished already.
A strange thing happened yesterday afternoon, after I'd finished painting the Tarantines, I said to my son, who's back from Uni for the summer "Fancy a game?" and to my surprise he said yes, which may or may not have been something to do with my offer of beer. So I set the toys up on the living room floor, and we set to it with the boy (man) opting to take the Romans.
The picture above shows the state of play at the end of the 5th turn when we had to call time due to the arrival of Mrs 63 and the youngest daughter, as well as my knees were killing me by this point, (not as young... blah, blah, blah) and most importantly we'd ran out of beer. On the right Pyrrhos at the head of his cavalry had smashed through the Roman lines, the Romans had rallied and now had him surrounded and down to his last wound. On the left a unit of Velites had the elephant bogged down in combat for most of the game. In the centre the Romans didn't have a lot left and the phalanx was about to hit home.
All in all it was a good game which could have gone either way. The Romans had 2497pts and Pyrrhos had 2158pts, I didn't use the Tarantines or the soon to be completed 2nd elephant which with a bit of jigging will take Pyrrhos upto 2500pts. Most surprisingly the boy said he also enjoyed the game and a second game may be on the cards.
As mentioned last post I cleaned up and undercoated the Road Warden along with the Freelance Knight. As I also mentioned last time I wanted him to be a Sancho Panza to the Freelance Knight's Don Quixote. I painted him with red and yellow trousers to tie him in with the knight, but he doesn't look Spanish (Estilian) he looks more like a Germanic Landsknecht, more of a Sancho Panzer.
I painted the figure in a couple of hours then put him on a 4th Ed GW plastic horse, but like the Freelance Knight, he was a terrible fit for the horse. I tried him on a 7th Ed horse and the fit was much better, only problem was the 7th Ed horse towers over the 4th Ed horses, in fact it looked like a cart horse next to them, which gave me an idea. After a bit of Googleing, I decided to paint the horse as a Percheron which is actually a good fit for a couple of reasons. The Percheron is usually dapple grey or black and Sancho's mount (actually it's a donkey in the original story) is called Dapple, the ancestors of the modern Percheron was used as a mount by medieval French Knights. Finally it's a cart horse, which I think is quite appropriate for the servant of an impoverished Knight. All that remains now is to find a suitable mount for the Freelance Knight and I'll do a group shot.
So here he is Sancho Panzer, loyal Retainer\servant\bodyguard\ mounted on Dapple.
I've took a break from The Classical Era and painted up a Mordheim Freelance Knight as a diversion, change is as good as a rest as they say.
I got the figure from a forum sales board along with the mounted Road Warden, the figures on foot weren't part of the deal.
I've always liked the Freelance Knight figure, it has a Don Quixote vibe, old, tired and a little bit odd. The plan was to paint them both together and use the Road Warden as a Sancho Panza type servant/retainer.
After cleaning up and assembly I undercoated them both with GW primer. On closer inspection the sculpting quality the Freelance Knight proved to be far superior to that of the Road Warden so the Road Warden got shelved for the time being.
The Freelance Knight after the first painting session. I experimented with the skin tone, I've been watching "Portrait Artist of the Year" on Sky Arts and while I can't paint as well as the contestants I have picked up a few tips.
And after the second session, with the fish painted. I don't know what the fish represents in Mordheim but I was looking forward to painting it.
Finally the finished article.
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha
I did some Googleing of 16th Century Spanish armour for the colour scheme, turns out they were then, as now big on red over yellow so these were the colours I used. While I'm not a fan of the red and yellow colour combo, the figure certainly has impact.
Overall I'm quite happy with the figure and he's ready to lead the Estilian contingent, just as soon as they are painted.
Well new to me anyway
In my last post I said I would be busy for about a month, so no miniature painting. Well it's been getting on for 2 months since the last installment so here it is an Aventine Miniatures Elephant.
I have 2 of these beauties and I'd started to paint them together, but after a bit of thought I changed my mind and painted this one first. The origins of Classical War Elephants is subject to a lot of conjecture, as no one is really sure of the species of elephant used around the Mediterranean. It is claimed by contemporary sources that the Seleucid Empire used Indian Elephants from the Eastern expansion. Hannibal's last surviving Elephant from his invasion of Italy was named Surus, which translates according to some sources as "Syrian" which could mean that at least some of Hannibal's Elephants were the now extinct Syrian Elephant these behemoths were the largest of the Asiatic Elephants stood up to 3.5mtrs (11'). They ranged along the eastern side of the Persian Gulf through modern day Iran and Iraq and up as far North as Turkey, an area covered by the Seleucid Empire. Another contender is North African elephant another extinct species who used to range across North Africa from the Atlas mountains in the West to the Persian Gulf in the East, across the Carthaginian and Ptolemaic Empires. Smaller and more docile than the untamable African Bush Elephant and the Asiatic Elephants this beasty stood a modest 2.5mtrs (8').
Anyhow I don't suppose it made a great deal of difference where the elephants came from to the guys standing in front, trying to stop them.
As you can see by it's small ears, this is an Indian (Asiatic) Elephant, when I ordered it I asked Keith from Aventine for his most generic looking crews as it will be seeing service with Pyrrhus and his Epriotes, Carthage and possibly Seleucid and Ptolemaic armies. I took a little longer with the painting than the last one, I put a pattern on it's blanket(?) and tried to paint the lighter skin on the head. I'm not entirely happy with the skin tone but I'm an optimist and the next one will be better.
While we are on the subject of Carthage... Here's a few Crusader Miniatures Numidian javelinmen, cheap and cheerful and just the job to escort Elephants.
I've finished rebasing the Republican Romans. It turned into a bit of a labour of love, and I still haven't done the cavalry, but I'm calling them finished.
The photo isn't the best, I seem to have a problem with the camera on my phone (time for a new one maybe)
The army comprises 10 units of 12 heavy infantry, 4 units of 8 velites, 18 cavalry and 4 officers for a grand total of 156 infantry and 18 cavalry, which represents a Consular army of 4 legions, 2 Roman and 2 allied Italian legions under the Polybian reforms at a scale of approximately 1:100.
I can use it as an opponent for the Pyrrhic army I've recently completed, it's also good to use against the Carthaginians so I've taken advantage of North Star Miniatures sale to stock up on some Carthaginians and their allies.
I won't have time for much (any) painting over the next month or so due to work and family commitments, so it may be a while before I can post again.
The last painting of 2017 is a unit of allied Italian Triarii and a unit of allied Velites for my Republican Romans, these were the only figures that I needed to paint to bring the army upto full strength a total of 156 infantry and 18 cavalry. As you can see the basing isn't quite finished and I also need to finish the rebasing of the remaining allied infantry.
A unit of 12 Triarii, these are Crusader Ancient Oscans with some spare Aventine heads and cast spears
A unit of 8 Velites, once again these are Crusader Ancient Oscans this time with Crusader heads.
The army should be finished soon, when it's finished I post some army shots.
All that remains is to wish everyone a Happy New Year.