Monday, 5 November 2018

Didn't we have a lovely time..

The day we went to Fiasco.
I haven't posted for a while now, been busy with the day job so painting moves down the list of priorities.  Anyway, a couple of weeks ago it was my eldest daughters birthdays, who happens to live in Leeds and a couple of days later it was my birthday so despite the fact I've been try to forget my birthday for longer than I can remember we arranged to visit Leeds the following weekend for a small celebration, which as it happened coincided with Fiasco.  While my wife and two daughters hit the shops, I spent a couple of hours at Fiasco.
Now I didn't plan to buy anything particularly, as unusually for a wargamer/painter/modeler I don't like piles of unpainted stuff lying around, and I've got quite enough to be getting on with thank you very much.  I did though want a look at the Gangs of Rome figures, not necessarily buy any, just a look, especially the Flavia Graecina figure  as decent historical female figures are pretty hard to come by in any genre and I also liked the look of some of the mobs and other "civilians".
Tucked away in a corner was the Sarissa Precision stand and tucked even further into the corner was half a dozen or so Blood on the Aventine, starter box sets for the Gangs of Rome, no blister packs though as there was a Gangs of Rome event on in Derby that same day.  Ordinarily I would have taken a look and moved on, but one of the guys manning the stand came over and started chatting and surprise, surprise he remembered me from a club I used to attend 20 odd years ago.  Anyway cut a long story short I bought the box set which even I must admit is pretty good value and also a set of 3 carts for even more anti elephant shenanigans
So here they are, two embryonic gangs and a psychopathic Celt with a fearsome reputation, ready to slug it out on the streets of The Eternal City


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Another Hannibal

I bought the Salute Hannibal from Ebay a couple of weeks ago and painted him today.  Funny thing is I never wanted this figure until I painted the other Hannibal.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

More Carthaginians

I finished the second unit of Carthaginians this weekend.  The figures are in mail shirts and painted black and white.

 The Plan was to use black paint for the shield device, but a Sharpie turned up so I used that.
 Some of them turned out fine, some not so much, overall I'm happy with the result.
 I painted the standard bearer with a silvered cuirass, which looked much better than the bronze cuirass on the red standard bearer.  I also gave him a stripey hat similar to the stripey hats on my Canaanites.
 I also repainted the Red units standard bearer's cuirass silver and likewise he got a stripey hat.


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Publius Cornelius Scipio

For the sake of completeness I dug out Scipio and took his picture.

And with Hannibal.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Hannibal Barca 2 Hour Painting Challenge

A few years ago, actually it was probably about 10, when the struggle for control of the Mediterranean in the 3rd century BC first piqued my interest I bought 2 figures from Ebay, listed as "Hannibal and Scipio".  Scipio got painted pretty much straight away along with the bulk of the Romans and can still be seen in the Roman army, Hannibal however was exiled to The Box.  There he languished, that is, until a about 6 months ago when I was poking around looking to see what I had and what I wanted in respect of a Carthaginian army.  I got him out cleaned him up and based him in preparation for the great day when he would get his very own coat of paint.  And there he lurked in a different box, waiting, biding his time.
Then a couple of days ago I thought I bet I could paint him in a couple of hours, so today I downloaded a stopwatch app for my phone and timed myself.  I started the stopwatch when I sat down and stopped it during "drying time" or when I got up to make a coffee or whatever.
After 2 hours 1 minute and 48 seconds I'd done this.

All in all I'm happy with the result.  Sure I could have been a bit neater here and there, but the clock was ticking and I even managed to do the eyes, actually it's an eye, as Hannibal lost one eye and the figure has scarring around the right eye.  I also gave him a silvered breast plate and greaves to mark him out as a leader.

And here he is doing what any ancient general worth his salt should do, leading from the front.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

First unit of Carthaginians

Finished the first unit of Carthaginian spearmen today, like the Hoplites from the last post these are from Crusader and also like the Hoplites they have Aventine spears.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

New Army

Continuing on the theme of The Rise of Rome, I've started painting a Carthaginian army so naturally the first unit I've painted is some Greek Hoplites.

These are the ubiquitous Crusader Hoplites, which are strictly speaking probably too early for the 1st Punic War with their Corinthian Helmets but I've had these figures for a while and they are instantly recognizable as Greeks.  I've started painting 2 x 20 figure units of Crusader's Libyan Spearmen which shouldn't take too long to finish.
Until then Thanks for looking.