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.