Sunday, September 19, 2021

Crusades part 4

    These will be the last of the Crusades project I have been painting for sometime now that I will post. Again, none of these are for me but painted on behalf of another individual who will provide the basing. Hopefully for those who are always looking for some ideas for colors, shield patters, or barding painting combinations there will be something of use in these to aid those interested. I know it became quite the challenge as I painted up somewhere in the ballpark of 75 different knights and wanting not ever to duplicate it can become quite challenging. 

Italian CTV

      Some painted pics of the Italians who fought in the Spanish civil war. During the SCW the Italians raised an expeditionary force to Spain to assist Franco against the Spanish Republic known as the Corp of Volunteer Troops (CTV) that would eventually number some 70,000 men. These figures are all by Empress and every one is well sculpted and very easy to paint up. The owner will provide the basing and I know he bases each up individually. Though this blog is primary for ancient/dark age related material I was not able to find much in terms of painted figures of the CTV forces and decided I would post for those who enjoy or game this particular pei


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Steppe Horse

    I have a large or perhaps very large collection of Steppe Cavalry to be utilized mostly as Bulgars and Avars....though they could also fill the role as huns if needed. The actual appearances of these would be little to differentiate any of them from each other especially the noble cavalry. One could make an argument that later on..... the Bulgar lighter cavalry would evolve into their own unique style of clothing...but I am not a purist so its of little concern. At one time the Foundry Huns where the gold standard for Asiatic/Steppe cavalry but with the advent of Aventine, Gripping Beast and Footsore miniatures covering these armies the choice is quite varied with plenty of nice miniatures. These pics are just comparison pics...I recently purchased some of the Footsore Huns and wanted to display a couple comparison photos with both Foundry and Aventine light cavalry though I have included a couple pics of the Footsore Noble figures. They are outstanding...size wise they are definitely larger than Foundry and perhaps slightly larger than the photos indicate. I also have picked up some of Gripping Beast Avar Noble cavalry which I cant wait to get completed (100 french napoleonic figures first need completion) and once so I will get based up and try to show some unit comparison pics when accomplished. Sometimes just looking at individual figures can be quite informative for those who like one on one comparison photos.

the 2 outside figures are Footsore
the other two 1 is Foundry 1 is Aventine

outside 2 are Footsore
1 Foundry 1 Aventine middle

Aventine in the middle flanked by Footsore

all Footsore

Varangian Guard

    These pics nothing special.....I have a unit of crusader Varangians that I am painting up for myself and I also painted up a few Gripping Beast Varangians for another person. I thought I would post some comparison pics of the two lines for any one who might be interested. The Crusader figures are the static at attention pose while the Gripping Beast are the more active ones. I did choose to go with an uniform purple coat for all the miniatures while the unit I am painting up for myself will have a variety of tunic colors while  the Gripping Beast figures I went with a scarlet tunic for all of them. Whether the Varangian Guard had an uniform appearance or not is doubt protecting the Emperor would of granted them first choice from the Byzantine armories it is no surprise they would of been well equipped with plenty of armor protection. Would this include uniforms? I personally have opted for a semi uniform look....the historical sources do record Varangians wearing scarlet tunics....why the Gripping Beast have been painted as such. I will include more thoughts when I finally finish my own unit of Varangians and have them based. 

The order of St. Lazarus

     These are the last of the military orders I painted up for another individual collection of the Crusades. The total is 6 mounted knights and 6 mounted sergeants and same number of foot. I decided to only post pics of the mounted figures...for my own take of this order. Unlike the other military orders the recorded information on St. Lazarus is somewhat sparse in regards to their appearance with green being the color of choice for the cross depictions on their shields and perhaps a green cross on their clothing likewise. I chose an ivory color for the knights and a dark reddish brown for the sergeants. These colors are a simple deduction I made and most important they look nice. Pro Acryl paint line makes fantastic colors for Ivory....they are pigment dense and can handle a fair amount of thinning which is needed to apply several layers of paint to get the intended color (the unfortunate aspect of painting white related colors) but they go on smooth without any chalking appearance. I used the pale yellow and a touch of yellow ochre mixed in for the base coat then used the ivory, bright ivory with a final layer of white added in to the bright ivory to get the color I wanted for the Knights and their barding.  The green cross like lines I chose instead of adding various green crosses on the barding simply for the fact I thought it looked better. I still have another 20 individual knights to go to finish off the crusade project....light is at the end of the tunnel for this project. I have 150 Assyrians waiting to take their place when completed.

Sunday, July 25, 2021



  I will be rebasing my Sassanian Persians from 2 to 3 a base. I also wanted to give the base a different appearance....more of a desert sand look. Additionally, my endeavors when I first started posting pictures was they came out not that well...either too dark...or too bright (dont use your flash when taking pics). These figures where painted some time ago...the rebasing is a work in progress but my intention is to repost the pics of them with better quality looking photos. 



   A unit of mounted Goths I painted up for myself. These are a mix of Footsore and Gripping Beast miniatures which mix fine....the figures are nice but definitely on the large side. I found they fit quite tightly on a 60mm wide base with a 60mm depth. I must say I do prefer the truer 25mm figures...they still had superior size to 15mm and had space to spare for those who enjoy large collections and want more figures mounted onto one base. The larger figures do include more detail....which though is nice on individual figures....for those who prefer armies like myself do not find figures in mass is the look I am after not the individual detail of individual figures. My paint style is developed for decent figures individually...not award winning...but to give an impressive look for the in mass appearance. They look good unless one wants to individually critic them....any way be that as it are the pics