Sunday, April 1, 2018

Aventine Steppe Nobles (4th unit)

   I have added to my Steppe Army that can be used as either an Avar or a Bulgar force.
This unit brings me up to a total of 48 Nobles to join my 48 lighter cavalry and Slavic
infantry. I do have plans to add at least one additional Noble unit and very much hoping
that Perris who sculpted the new range of Byzantines that are on my blog will eventually
do some Bulgars which I know he wants to do. These Aventine sculpts are quite impressive
and though I mostly paint for the mass effect (I like having large armies) these miniatures
if one wanted to take the time could really stand out far beyond the work I put into them.
I cannot recommend them enough as I hope my pics at least show.

Black Hat & Moonraker Samurai

    These miniatures were painted for a small commission for an acquaintance I know. He
has several Samurai miniatures that I agreed to paint for him and these are the first of two
batches. I'm not familiar with either line of figures (feudal Japan I know little of) so they are
just some pics of them mixed together with out any distinguishing between them. He will
do the basing. My only goal was to paint each miniature as a separate warrior as they are
to be utilized for skirmish type battles. I mostly kept to somewhat historical type appearance
using mostly black armor with an additional figure in red and one in gold armor. Lacing I
believe was mostly light blue for black armor and white for gold armor. I did use a couple
of additional colors for the lacing that may or may not be correct to add some additional

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Old Glory Goths

   I love to collect by period when it comes to wargaming and armies. I have painted a fairly
large Sassanian army and I have plenty of middle Romans to be painted to oppose them.
However, I still want more diversity in terms of opponents and the Goths seem like a logical
choice considering the numerous clashes that took place between them and Rome. I
managed to purchase a group of both Old Glory and Gripping Beast Goth figures off TMP
and decided to paint up the Old Glory miniatures first. On a footnote though all these
figures where sold as Goths, the armored figures appear to be vikings not goths. So I
painted them up as goths anyway and they look fine to me. I've included some pics of the
shields for those interested as simple design types I prefer to paint by hand in place of decals.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

28mm Byzantine Cavalry (new range of miniatures)

     The following are some miniatures that were kindly sent to me by Perris Cooley.
A quick back ground he was the individual who sculpted Old Glory's 15mm Franco
Prussian range of miniatures. Like myself he has a deep interest in the Byzantine
period and has begun sculpting some 28mm Byzantines. He sent me his first 12
mounted figures he had done. They included 4 Kataphraktoi on fully armored horse,
4 thematic/tagmatic front rank lance figures & 4 rear rank bow armed figures. I know he has
plans to add command figures and infantry as well. His plan is to sell them publicly
at some point and I imagine when that happens there be some type of announcement
probably on TMP when that takes place. As a side note his brother is sculpting a line
of 28mm Franco-Prussian figures which will be marketed as well. The miniatures are
quite nice, take paint easily and the Kataphraktoi horse armor is very well done. They
have closed hands which require to be drilled out which I prefer providing a solid
hold of the weapon. The casting themselves included plenty of variety. I have included
plenty of side and rear angle pics and did a couple comparison pics with both Gripping
Beast and Crusader miniatures for a size comparison. 

                    Gripping Beast on the left, Crusader on the right

                   Gripping Beast on the left, Crusader on the right.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Old Glory Bulgar & Avar light cavalry

   The following pics is a mix of Old Glory Avar and Bulgar light cavalry. I like the variety
these miniatures provide to my Steppe army and I have included a comparison pic to
both the Wargames Foundry Huns and Aventine Steppe Cavalry figures for anyone who
desires a comparison view. This unit brings the total of light cavalry to 48 figures and
I'm still undecided if I should add one more unit. Next month I will begin another unit
of the Steppe nobles to bring their numbers also up to 48 figures which will join the 160
Slavic foot.
 The four middle figures are Old Glory. To the right are Foundry Huns and on the left are     Aventine miniatures.

 Old Glory in the middle. Foundry on the right Aventine on the left.

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Sassanian Clibanarii #5

     The fifth unit of of my Sassanian cavalry is completed. I will add 2 additional units of
elite Cavalry later this year hopefully by summer which will bring to a close the mounted
arm of this army. The foot are underway in being painted and when the units come together
I will get them posted.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Slav Heavy Infantry

     The following pics comprise some of the 120 figures that I painted up to serve as the
main battle infantry component that would of served with both the Avar and Bulgar armies.
Needless to say they in themselves can comprise a complete army with plenty of historical
opponents also. For my personal needs this is large enough force that will join roughly the
120-140 Steppe cavalry I have. Some notes on the Slavs they mostly would of been
without armor armed primarily with javelins and axes (the 2 handed type) which was a popular weapon put into use. I mention this as my collection of figures do include a fair
amount of mailed armored figures, one handed axe and spear in a standing static pose.
The miniatures I selected to use had the look that I wanted to achieve for the Slavs and
I'm not one to get to bogged down on too many mailed figures or not enough 2 handed
axed armed figures. In any rule set to be used they will be considered unarmored and
armed with short spear/javelin type weapons. As per comments under the bowmen I went
with primarily linen colors (common during this time frame for the Slavs) and added lots of
bordering type colors for contrast. Historical in that regard of contrasts I cant say but it adds extra punch to the appearance of the figures. I included side shots of the shields for those who like ideas on painting dark age figures. I prefer to hand paint shields than use transfers and let my imagination dictate what I want. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bulgar/Avar Slav archers

       The following pics make up one half of my Slavic infantry that would of fought under
both the Bulgars and Avar forces. The Slavs had the ability to deploy a fair amount of
bow armed infantry in which I have collected a total of 48 figures. The pics do not account
for all 48 but of a sampling  of them. I have also painted nearly a 100 spear armed infantry which will complete the Slavic contingent of my steppe armies. I did choose to go with a paint scheme on these with linen colored clothing which was in much use (some sources indicate over time they would fade into more of a greyish color) during this time frame. I also like to give each dark age army a themed look and using as many creams, off whites, and light grey colors really tied these figures together. Most of the models came from either
Foundry or their off shoot Casting room miniatures Germanic ranges and a few Dacian
range line of miniatures. Later this month I plan on posting the heavier Slavic infantry.