Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pyrrhos Takes Command

Or is it?
Yesterday I finished the final figure for the Epirote army, it's one of the 2 figures in the Aventine Miniatures pack PYR31 Pyrrhus and General  It's a bit ambiguous as to which one in the pack is actually the poster boy of the Greek world as the Aventine website doesn't say which one he is and at the Battle of Heraclea our hero alledgedly switched armour with a bodyguard, who was subsequently killed.

The figure probably took me about 3 hours to paint certainly no more than 4.  All in all I'm pretty happy with the finished result, including my latest attempt to paint a decent leopard skin shabraque.

As I promised last week here are some shots of the finished Army.

Pyrrhos and his Hypaspist.  Apparently The Hypaspist were his officer cadre, so I've given all of them golden yellow cloaks with purple trim in honour of his revered ancestor Alexander.  
The name "Pyrrhos" derives from the same root as the word "pyr" and supposedly means "flame coloured hair".  I have a seen a couple references calling our Pyrrhos "The Red King", so it's reasonable to assume our Pyrrhos had ginger hair.  You can take your pick which one is Pyrrhos as they all wear impressive headgear which conveniently hides their hair, ginger or otherwise. 

A couple of shots of the army on parade. 
The infantry.  The line is extended by positioning Light troops and Hoplites between the Pike Phalanx.  Apparently a tactic used by Pyrrhos in Italy, in order to make his battle line the same length as the Roman battle line
The Cavalry, with the heavy cavalry to the fore, the glamour boys of the Epirote Army.

Over all I'm very happy with the finished army and it's been very satisfying to actually plan, assemble and complete a whole project, something I haven't done in quite a while.  There's also plenty of opportunity to add to it or even take it off in a different direction, firstly I've been in contact with Keith at Aventine regarding a couple of African elephants, as Pyrrhos got his elephants from Ptolemy II so they would have been African elephants.  Aventine are currently remaking the molds for the African elephants which should be ready in November, I've got my name down for two.  I would also like a couple more Greek phalanx, one regular and one elite, some Thessalian cavalry and some more heavy cavalry, then it's only a short hop to a Ptolemaic Egyptian army, then on to one of the most diverse ancient armies, the Seleucids, but before I get carried away with the world of the Greeks, there's the small matter of the Romans.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

And the Last unit is...

20 Crusader Miniatures Macedonian Peltasts with Aventine Miniatures cast spears.
With this unit finished it takes the totals up to 121 infantry, 22 Cavalry, and an elephant and crew.  All that's left now is The King of of the Epirotes, Pyrrhos.  When I get him done I'll post some army shots.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Third Phalanx Finished

I finished the last 12 figures for the 3rd  and final phalanx this weekend, another Tarentine phalanx with a 3 figure Greek style command made up from the figures from the Pack PYR30 Senior foot Commanders.  I also painted the 4th figure from the pack, the one with the most impressive headgear as Hyparchos, to give a bit of backbone to the reluctant Tarentines while Pyrrhos is off in search of glory with the cavalry.  All I have left to paint now are 20 Crusader Miniatures peltasts which I started today, and finally Pyrrhos himself.  I totaled up the points for the army and it comes in at 2301 so if I get another elephant for 170 points and add a bit of extra kit here and there that will give me an army of 2500 points, which works out well as I really need 2500 points for a Roman consular army of two legions and two alae, so all good.  Sorry about the below average photos but I had to use the flash due to poor natural light. 

The finished 24 figure phalanx, the 2 front rows are freshly painted.

The Hyparchos in impressive headgear.


Monday, 28 August 2017

Roman Consul and a few more Phalangites

Roman Consul.
Progress has slowed considerably of late as I'm now back to work.  I painted the Phalangites during the week and the Roman Consul yesterday.  
The Consul is inspired by a scene in the 1960, Stanley Kubrick movie "Spartacus".  Anyone who has seen the movie will remember the scene where we first meet Laurence Olivier as Crassus, when he enters the Ludus of Batiatus played by Peter Ustinov.  Dressed in white armour on a magnificent white charger, Larry does a lap of the court yard, if ever anyone needs to make an entrance they should take a look at that scene. 

The  Phalangites are from the second Tarentine Phalanx, which is going to be slightly larger than the other two with 24  Phalangites.

I'll make a start on the the remaining 12 this week, once these are finished I've got 20 Peltasts and Pyrrhus himself left to paint, then that's it for the time being.  After that I'll turn my attention back to Rome.

That's it for now.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Pyrrhic Successor Update

Just a Quick post showing this weeks progress

Pyrrhus's mate and the Army Standard, this figure will do for the Army General until I get Pyrrhus painted.
Pyrrhus's mate at the head of the Xystorphoroi.
Greek Phalanx
Italian Hoplite Phalanx
Finally as has become tradition, a look in the box.  Obviously I've got to remove the elephant before I can close the lid, but you get the picture.
That's about it for the time being 

Sunday, 6 August 2017


I haven't had time to paint any Successors this past fortnight so in the meantime here's some Roman and Numidian Cavalry painted a few years ago.  I've rebases all of the figures since the photo was taken.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Successor Army Update

Progress so far with the Successors and another small unit of skirmishers and the first of the Phalanx.
First up the skirmisher bowmen.

I had a go with the mini tufts after I finished these, I'm happy with the tufts but I think the bases my need something else, flock or static grass and maybe a localised ink wash.
Next up the Phalanx.

I have to admit I'm really pleased with these, they're the Tarentine Levi Phalanx.  
Finally the Skirmishers from last week, resplendent on their tufty bases.

That's about it for this week, I'll make a start on another Phalanx this weekend then unfortunately due to some short notice work commitments I'll not have a chance to paint for a fortnight.  Not to worry though, I'm still confident they'll all be done by the 18th of August.
Finally a look in the box

Half the infantry in the box done, which is about a third of what I need, you can see a part painted Scipio Africanus looking on at the top of the picture.
And by the way, I've enabled the comments again but I'm going to moderate them first.
Until next time..


Sunday, 16 July 2017

New Army

First of all an apology, as I have disabled the comments, my good friend in Russia, who, as it happens I didn't know I had, decided that my blog needed some adverts for online casino's, so him and a bunch of his good friends saved me the trouble and spammed the comments sections.  I've removed the spam and order to prevent a further outbreak I've disabled the comments.  I'll give it a couple of months or so and maybe enable them again.
With that out of the way it's back to the business of miniature figurines...

I went through a phase between about 2000 to 2010 of mass producing armies, playing one or two games with them then putting them away.  The standard of painting was variable at best and eventually this approach became most unsatisfactory.  Around 2010 I had reassessment of what I was doing and decided I was going to go for quality not quantity and got rid of just about everything I had both, painted and unpainted apart from what I've put on this blog.  I haven't bought a new army since, until last weekend, well half an army anyway.
I have been a regular visitor to Aventine Miniatures site probably since they started and last weekend I cracked and gave them a ring.  I spoke to Keith who was most helpful and advised that I leave the cavalry for a couple of weeks as the arrival of new and improved horses is imminent, so I quickly sent an order in for some infantry.  Then I did something I should have probably done first, I looked at an army list, and my list of choice is 1st Ed WAB.
"1st Ed WAB" I hear you cry "What the ....? them there rule went out of fashion before the fall of Carthage!"
Well I have my reasons, first off I've got 2 rule books and most of the supplements including the 2 "Punic era" books "Hannibal" and "Alexander"    Also WAB is a simple game using the Warhammer system so anyone familiar with Warhammer should be able to pick it up straight away and so should anyone not familiar with Warhammer.  I've also got a Republican Roman army for WAB so I've got both sides for Pyrrhos in Italy and the Macedonian Wars, so I should be able to get a satisfactory game even from someone who hasn't played an Ancients wargame.  Finally it's an army I can make it work with any rules.
The figures arrived on Friday and I made a start pretty much straight away, the figures themselves were clean and free of flash and only a few mould lines on the odd figure.  On Saturday I based them up, primed them, cut out and fixed 59 LBMS shield transfers and then stuck on the shields.  This evening I painted the smallest and cheapest (in points value) unit, the slingers with some rock throwers mixed in.  Picture the scene if you will "The might of Rome is upon us, we have no weapons, what can we do?" says Opis.  "Quick!" says Philocharis "Throw rocks at them"
The figures are great to paint and while I'm not entirely satisfied with my brush work on the first unit I'm painting an army not individual figures and after all it's a learning process, trying for good results in the shortest possible time.  I've arranged a game for 14th of August against the Carthaginians so I'm invading Sicily with Pyrrhus circa 278 BC, so that's a month to complete the painting.  Easy peasy, these figures paint themselves.

 Figures as of today, from left to right Tarentine Levi Phalanx, Late Etruscans as Italiote Hoplites, Epirote Phalanx, with the skirmishers in front.  I also have an elephant which I haven't assembled yet.  I'm saving it for a treat!
Slingers and rock chuckers.  These actually do look better in the flesh, it's the yellow that I'm not happy with.

In the next batch I'll be getting another Levi Phalanx, Greek Cavalry, Italian Cavalry and more skirmishers.  I've also ordered a load of tufty vegetation to dress up the  bases.  So will it be finished for the 14th, I must admit that I'm confident. 


Saturday, 1 July 2017

2nd Edition Warhammer 40k

2nd Edition Warhammer 40k came out in 1993 and I got my copy on the day of release, preordered it came with a numbered certificate and a dog tag, both of which I've still have, somewhere.  Around the same time GW released the first of the 2nd Ed character models for the Blood Angels including  Commander Dante, Mephiston, Lord of Death, Captain Tycho and Brother Corbulo all of which are still available today.  Already having a massive Titan Legions Blood Angels Army I bought the figures from the Local GW on the day they were released, along with the codex Angels of Death.  2nd Ed was my favourite edition, I was playing regularly and I had some good games.  I still have some figure from then still unpainted and who knows maybe one day I'll get round to painting them, until then here's the collection with its genuine 1990's paint job.

 Commander Dante
 Mephiston, Lord of Death
 Captain Tycho
 Whats left of the 2nd Ed Army
 The Assault Squad, Tactical Marines from the box and some Terminators.
 Vehicles, Tactical Marines and a few Death Company.
 The Dreadnought on the right is from the 2nd Ed days and the intact Terminator Sergeant 
Details of the Landspeeder.

Sometime later GW released the Space Marine Bikes, Attack Bike and Ravenwing 'speeder, so naturally I had to have them.  So along with the Chaplain on the bike, they became The Ravenwing.

Detail of the Chaplains bike.

Then came Chaos in the shape of Abaddon the DespoilerFabius Bile, Ahriman and Kharn the Betrayer, while Abaddon the Despoiler and Fabius Bile are still on the GW website Ahriman and Kharn the Betrayer are not.
 Abaddon ready for a spot of Despoiling.  Fabius Bile was painted by a mate.
 His Terminator BodyGuard
And a few Black Legion

The came 3rd Ed and little warbands grew into Armies.

The Blood Angels grew and grew and eventually I had that much stuff and repainted about half of what I had and turned them into Dark Angels.

And The forces of Chaos were seduced by Khorne who got his own Army.  The Dark Angels and the Khorne Army have long gone by way of Ebay and most of what you see hasn't been out of the case for at least 15 years.  What I have left is in the photos above, probably all useless for 40k now as we now have the real scale space marines and all sorts of Chaotic spikey death on the models from the current range.  I have all the weapons, banners and bits that have fallen off over the years, so who knows maybe one day I put it all back together and re-do some of the painting.
Probably not though, as in my experience, nostalgia is better left in the past.