Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Devotees of Dionysus

   Following on from Greek skeleton warriors are another unit for Of Gods and Mortals, Satyrs. The models are from Foundry Miniatures and part of a (slightly) bigger order that included a pack of Gods to actually try the rules out with. Looking through the rules I needed a few legendary units, so this was one of the choices I made, although I suspect I'll be picking more up in the future.
   I tried to make the skin tone look different from the Greek mortals I have been painting to emphasis the differeness, beyond the obivious horns and goat legs.

 

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Sons of Hades

   I should be getting on with more of my hoplites as I still have a fair few to go, however, when the box of Wargames Atlantic Greek skeletons turned up, I just had to get at least one unit built and painted.
   First up, I have mixed feelings on this kit. I'm not 100% sure what the makers of the kit wanted it to be, it promises a lot of choices but doesn't really give enough of any to really keep anyone happy, in my opinion. For example, you only get a single round shield per 4 skeletons, which when most hobbyists are going to want to build the scene from Jason and the Argonauts, its not enough. The same applies to the late pike, although wanting to build a full box of late skeletons is going to be a much more niche plan.
   I have started using metal washers for bases as I now use magnetic sheet to store my figures and I found the skeleton that has separate legs just doesn't work with my setup as it is just too fragile. Again, I get what they were going for my including it, but it's a figure on every sprue that I am putting straight into my scenery bits box.

   Saying all of that, it's a kit I would be surprised if I didn't buy at least one more box* of (maybe more**) and it was a complete joy to build and paint. They will get used in a Hades themed Of Gods and Mortals force and I have a vague plan of an Undead Greek Lion Rampant force. . .
*Along with spare shields from Victrix
**tempted to mix in a pack or two of the Foundry Greek skeletons too



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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Raise your Aspis

   I'm at that mid point in my Ancient Greek project where it is hard to make these posts anything more than 'here is another unit just like the one you have already seen', but I have some other stuff in the works to mix it up a bit and I should be able to get some game photos in pretty soon.
   In the meantime, here is another unit of armoured Athenian hoplites, this one led by a man with a rabbit on his shield*.

 *Rabbits and owls will be the theme for leaders


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Monday, 17 June 2019

Psiloi and friends

   Much later than planned, even though the models have been finished for almost a week, and I've got another unit that just needs the last few bits finishing off, but here is the next batch of completed figures for my Greek project, another unit of unarmoured hoplites and the first unit of psiloi (slingers). I'm pushing hard to get to the point I can get some Greeks on the table for a game, and I am pretty close now.



   The hoplites include a musician from the Mortal Gods range for a bit of variety. I decided to order some more wire spears when I started this project, so I there would be no risk of running out in the middle of anything (even though I now have enough to not run out for a good few years) and when the choice came down to ordering from North Star or Footsore, I went with the company that I could add a few miniatures to the parcel, and some of the single figures from the Mortal Gods range are particuarly nice*.

*Very real risk of me picking up some of the Athenian Marines when they are back in stock


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Friday, 7 June 2019

More Troops for the City State

   As I mentioned last post, I am painting my batches in two groups, armoured and unarmoured (everything else). This post is going to be about the first unit of unarmoured Hoplites.

   First up, I am nowehere near as keen on this kit as the armoured hoplites. As the unarmoured models have integral hands attached to the spears, but joined on by a tiny wrist joint, I can't replace the spears, and they are really easy to break*. Also, there is such a difference in poses that I'm not really sure you could use these guys to fill out the back of an armoured unit (as I had planned) without it looking strange. All that being said, they are fairly quick to paint and the spare heads have come in useful to replace the unhelmeted head from the armoured box**.


*I've actually painted slightly more than this unit and I've already had to repair 4 wrist joints.
**Heavily armoured hoplites without helmets on looks daft in bulk.

   The other thing I thought I had better mention at this point is my unit numbers. After speaking to my mate, Neil, we decided we would ignore Men of Bronze's 10 man unit idea (no big deal as units fight as abstract elements anyway) and use the Lion Rampant unit sizes of 12 or 6 for units. This allows us to use the same units for the Greek version of Lion Rampant and Men of Bronze without fiddling around with models or movement trays*** and those 2 extra men seem to make a big difference to how the unit looks.

***More to come.


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Monday, 3 June 2019

Went and caught the Ancient Greek



   Unless you have been hiding under a rock in the last couple of months, there has been a renewed interest for Ancient Greek wargaming at the sec, with last month seeing the release of two rulesets in the form of Men of Bronze and Mortal Gods. As I have already said I want to be a lot stricter on the new skirmish games I get into – preferring rulesets that are just a book and your own figures, than sets that rely on buying specific models, unit cards and tokens – I was purposely ignoring Mortal Gods, but Men of Bronze (sharing similarities to my beloved Rampant system) set ideas off in my head. Then I found out that my wife had booked a long weekend for us in Athens and a plan started to come together for an Athenian army. . .

 



   I can safely say that I have bought more Victrix* models than I’ll need for a single game**, but I firmly believe under buying is much worse than over buying. I had initially planned to paint this army in the same way as my other non-uniformed historical collections in a batches of cross unit models, but when my unarmoured units arrived, I realised how little they shared with the armoured models, so I am going to paint batches of armoured or mixed unarmoured instead.
   The armoured box of Athenians turned up first, so this was what I started with. They are built as they come out of the pack, except I have swapped their plastic spears for wire spears, simply because I broke one of the spears before I even finished spraying them (oaf) and I really like wire spears. Shield designs are a mix of Little Big Man Studios and Warlord games to give variety.
 
*and other
**Although, I plan to use the figures for multiple systems


   My next unit is almost finished too, so I should be posting again fairly soon.

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

The Good Ol' Boys

   After my first couple of play throughs of Rebels and Patriots we both decided that 24 points was a tad small a game - with 5 units for the Union and 4 for the Rebels there just wasn't quite enough movement, so for our next game we decided to up it to 30 points, which would be an extra unit a side.
   While I had a spare infantry unit I could give the Union, I only had a spare cannon for the Confederates, and this turned out to be a big deal. The photos of the game are on SEEM's blog but suffice to say, 2 cannons on a single side, did turn out to massively uneven and won't be repeated, but 30 points did make the game work much better. After the game I managed to get lucky and pick up the 12 figures I needed, rather than buying in sprues of 5 and added them to my to do list.
   These should make for a much more interesting, and even, game in the future as I am really enjoying this set of rules.


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Friday, 10 May 2019

We need to go faster!



   While I have a tendency to meander between projects, both old ones and new shiny ones, being on a 30k podcast is meaning that I can’t let a month go by without some Heresy hobby to show for myself, be it something painted or a game played. I had played so many games of 30k in March and early April that I had enough to split between two episodes’ hobby sections*but with May’s episode just around the corner, I realised I had nothing lined up ready**, so at the weekend I organised a game with the of the other guys on the podcast and I got the superglue out and got building.

*We recorded March’s episode late and April’s early
 in an attempt to get somewhere like on track.
**Too many other distractions


   The first model is a Sicaran battle tank and is the second such tank into my collection***. I am writing progressively more fast attack orientated lists, so the Sicaran (being a fast tank in the fluff) fits the theme, but gives me some AT/AA and a solid fire base to allow the rest of my army to get where it needs to go. I’d had this sitting in a box for a while and it was really nice to just spend a day building and painting a single model in front of the tv.
***Being a massive fan of redundancy is my lists



   The other models that I ended up working on were another pair of Legion Outriders. I got my initial two minimum squads ready for the last game I played and really enjoyed using them, but the squads were way too small. I’ve since used these in my squads and while 4 is better, a single loss still causes a moral check, which is a massive weakness, so I need to bulk them up to 5 man squads in the near future. Having two fast squads of plasma toting marines is really good fun, there is nothing like watching an opponent's face when that elite squad that is out of harm's way, is all of a sudden taken off the table by a threat they had forgotten about.
   I've also said it on the podcast and I will continue to repeat it, but, I genuinely think outriders with the Sons of Horus rules make the best outriders in the game****, as with plasma guns on the front shooting at a marine squad within 12 inches they hit on 2's, rerolling 1's, then kill on 2's. My 4 man squads were happily killing 7 or 8 marines a turn and the rerolling 1's to hit not only helps inprove their hit rate, but lowers their chance of overheating and killing themselves. Whats not to love in that?

****At least before adding Rites and Primarchs etc


   Another link to the Mournival Podcast in case anyone needs it - sound issues have now been fixed from episode 2 onwards.


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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Mob rule



   This post was due to be on something else that I finished recently, but as I was writing it, I realised it would have been the 7th different project post in a row, which even for a butterfly/magpie like me was a little bit over the top. As the last post was about Gangs of Rome, and it is a project I want to get finished, I decided to spend the weekend getting some painted*, so I could post about that next, instead.
   As the figure pile for my Gangs of Rome project is fairly small, I decided to do all of them in one batch of the same colour**, in this, light blue. Everything was ready built, having been on the shelf next to my painting desk for a fair few months at this point.
*Amongst other things


**Agente excluded


   The last base of mob that I needed to get painted. Like the last 6, I bought the deal that got me the full amount needed when the game first released, then added some Foundry Roman civilians into the bag, so I'm not 100% what model is what anymore.

   Again, when the game first released I knew there were scenarios that needed a VIP to defend, so I bought two would be senator models as I wasn't sure if both sides would need one. It was about time he got painted up.

   My last two named fighters, Maximilianus and Anethencia. I might go back over a few of my plainer fighters in the future as I have seen loads of really nice patterns painted onto their tunics, but I have to feel a bit braver to do so.



   Lastly, the Agente which was a figure I bought without knowing if I would get the card needed to play him in my fighters but knowing I really wanted to paint one up.

   I still have at least 3 buildings to finish for this game, and I really want to get it to the table more, so this isn't the end of the project, and I still need to get a bow equipment card, so I need to justify that postage . . .

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Back to the Eternal City

   I started this post last summer, but it didn't get posted as I thought I hadn't done enough to justify a post. However, I've had a bit of a second wind for Gangs of Rome* and I would like to get it on the table a lot more than I currently have, so it felt like the right time to revist the streets of the eternal city.
*While I don't want to buy into any more 'get the figure card 
with the official miniature' style games, I also need to play the ones 
I have bought into a lot more.

   I've found myself reading a lot of Roman themed novels in recent months including the Cicero trilogy by Robert Harris which follows the life and career of (I hope this isn't a surprise) Cicero the famous Roman lawyer and Politician who lived through the rise (and fall) of the triumvirate** and both of Harry Sidebottom's Roman series set in the crisis of the 3rd century after I met him at a Writtle Bit of Lard.
**You've had over 2000 years to catch up on that spoiler

   After a quick check of what was in my backlog, it turned out to be 2 bases of the mob, 4 fighters and a handful of extra figures along with various bits of scenery. Nothing that can't be managed.

The first figure is my version of the gladiator. Apparently the figure is a limited edition Warlord games model from a few years ago, but as I bought it from Firestorm games in my pre-GoR excitement, I'm not sure how limited it actually is. I found myself pretty underwhelmed by the 'official' gladiator, so I wanted something with a bit more flavour and this guy fitted the bill.

Next up is another base of the mob painted as a batch as per my normal technique.

Lastly, for figures, are two more fighters, namely; Aelianus & Fulvia. The way the guy was hunched over made me decide he must be the roman equivalent of a skin head, so that's what I went for.


To keep it mixed up, I thought I would include a bit of scenery too. In this case a simple round temple – dedicated to an undisclosed deity at this point.
After seeing the simple Gangs of Rome demo board at Salute, I have been inspired to do another little scenery order, so there is more coming in the near future.

gangs of rome sarissa precision temple round streets roman


   Also, as part of my birthday day out *** my wife organised to go to the Temple of Mithras in London. The temple has free entry but needs to be booked in advance and is an amazing 45 minute distraction if you are in the city for something else.
   The room with the temple's remains in has a 20 minute light show and viewing time pattern to make sure every ticket holder gets the best from the exhibit
***Last year



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