Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Kislev Winged Lancers

A couple of quick photos of the first 2 of the WIP Lancer unit

As with Leonardo I've posted picturesin The Lead Adventure The Pikes, Muskets and Flouncy Shirts Painting Club Strictly speaking not a Historical Miniatures, but they are Historical Archetypes.  
A couple of solo pictures and a close up of the one with the open faced helmet, 

I was really pleased with the face of this figure, but I managed to get a spot of red paint on the end of his nose that I only noticed when I took the photos. I've touched it up and it's not as good as when he was first done, also the whites of his eyes look blue, when they are actually white, must be something to do with using the camera on my phone.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Army of Kislev.

 I had a couple of days off work so I decided amongst other things to sort out the figures for the next army.  The army I want to paint next is an army I have been collecting for more that 25 years, an army that was never meant to be an army, but an army that almost everyone would agree is cool, literally.  Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the often talked about but seldom seen Army of Kislev.

Unit 01.
15 Kossars with Command and Ar-Ulric to be based on Standard 20 x 20mm bases.  The Mordheim Kislevite Bear and Tamer based on a 40 x 40mm base giving a unit size of 20.
 Unit 02.
15 Kossars with Command and the Kislev Boyar to be based on Standard 20 x 20mm bases.  The Mordheim Musician Bear and Handler based on a 40 x 40mm base giving a unit size of 20.
 Unit 03
The Mordheim Kislev Warband, 12 figures which will be armed with as many black powder weapons and pole arms as I can fit in.  These will act as skirmishers or Guards for Unit 04
Unit 04
2 War wagons
Unit 05
Beorg Bearstruck and The Bearmen of Urslo.  12 including Command.  
Unit 06
10 Kislev Horse Arches with Command.
 Unit 07
12 Winged Lancers with 2 Commands
 Unit 08
5 Griffon Legion with Command.
Unit 09
Tsar Boris and his Bear
Unit 10
The Ice Queen Katarin, 3 of them
Unit 11
The Mordheim Kislev Ranger, bustin' out all over.  

I also have 6 completed Lancers and 6 WIP Lancers plus the potential to expand the army further with Dogs of War and Empire Figures.
So there it is not a particularly large army, not a big commitment and very doable at only 60 Infantry, 27 Cavalry, 5 Heroes and 2 War Wagons left to paint.  


Saturday, 4 June 2016

Chinese PLA

 I've finished the Chinese PLA from Empress Miniatures I got at Vapnartak at York back in February.  These are painted as part of a Amphibious Mechanised Infantry Division and comprise a ZBD-05 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle and a squad of 20 Infantry.
I painted the ZBD in digi camo which turned into a bit of a labour of love and if anyone is thinking of painting digi camo on a vehicle I would recommend that they get an air brush!
The infantry are painted in Tibetan camo and the ZBD is painted to match.  After looking at countless pictures of PLA AFV's I conculded that the vehicles are factory painted green and any camo pattens are painted on later, presumably by the crews, this leads to variation in the colours and standard of the painting.  The stencilled numbers and red stars are from a GW Leman Russ tank and although they are maybe a little on the small side, I think they work well.

Before I stared painting I gave some consideration to painting them as UN Peace Keepers but decided against it, so I'm at a lost as to who the OPFOR could be.  If anyone has any suggestions as to who could be a plausible OPFOR I'd be grateful for the tip. 

Thanks for looking