Monday, 3 March 2014

Thracian Mercenaries

    Those are the somewhat recently released Warlord's Games 'Thracians with Romphaia' metal miniatures. I figured those would be quick to paint up but as usual it took longer than I anticipated. For the color scheme since they are professional mercenaries I went with the greys that they wore rather than the more individual tribal schemes. There are 4 individual sculpts, two with cloaks and two without, overall I really like those.

    I have also dug up a Relic miniatures metal I bought a long while ago, I knew it would make a great command figure and luckily it was a good fit scale wise too. The figure was made for Ancient Warfare Magazine based on an illustration by Johnny Schumate.

    And here they are all together. I have also got some Aventine Thracians and I am planning to get some Crusader Thracians too to get true variety in the two 16 men units I am planning to do.

 Thracian mercenaries 9/16 (D/S)

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Magna Grecia Peltasts - Agema conversion

Those are the peltasts I made by converting Agema Miniatures' Roman Velites. I used scabbards, swords and shields from Wargames Factory sets (Amazons, Skeletons and Persians), head swaps from Warlord Games/Immortal Miniatures Classical Greek sets and adding steel pin javelins as well as some green stuff here and there.

I really like this set from Agema miniatures, they are very nice in terms of anatomy and scale, they are on the thin side as far as bulkiness which for my taste is a good thing. The hand throwing the javelins is particulary cool as the hand and fingers are set in a throwing pose so rather than just gripping the whole javelin in a closed fist the figure looks more realistic.

As far as historical accuracy I figured that by calling them 'Magna Grecia' peltasts I will be able to get away with having some Roman heads, clothing in there as well as daggers to show the Roman influence.

 Magna Grecia peltasts 8/16 (D)

The shields that originally came with velites will also not go to waste, with a bit of greenstuffing they will make some good Tarantine shields and thus effectively converting my Macedonian cavalry into Tarantines. So that means the only thing I did not get to use from this set are the wolf pelt heads but with both Agema and Victrix gearing up to release Republican Roman sets I might just be tempted into starting another army.....

Seleucid 1st Corps phalanx and cataphracts

As the title says this is half of my Seleucid phalanx, I decided to to with a simple gold for metal parts, white for linothorax and grey for clothing. When I get around to doing the second part of the phalanx I will probably add more variety to colour schemes of the trousers. One of the feathers on the commander figure broke off and I couldn't find it so I had replace it with green-stuff and it actually looks ok (*pats himself on the back*)! 

Seleucid phalanx 16/32 (S)

And those are the colour scheme tests for my cataphracts, they are nice and quick to paint up- mostly just metallic dry-brushing as they are so heavily clad in armor. I decided to go with red as the main color tying them together, the red spears/kontos give them that more elite look.

And all together now!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

My first Salute's haul

When you go to Salute it is a time-honored tradition to show off your loot so without further adieu here it comes (first picture's bullet points are left to right).

 Metal Hellenic 1st corps, Polemarch (GrippingBeast) and Foundry figures

  •  12 Successor Catarphracts and 1 commander (1st corpse)
  •  24 Libyan veteran spearmen (to be used as thorakitai, GB Polemarch)
  • 54 phalangites and commands (green bases, some with trousers, 1st corpse)
  • 1 armored elephant
  • 12 Companion cavalry (to be used as generic cavalry, Foundry
  • Deal of the day: all the stuff you see on green bases + elephant for £45!

Other stuff

  • Renedra bases
  • Salute plastic figure and magazine
  • Alexander the Great and his father Phillip (Warlord Games)
  • 3 Classical Greek commander and theban transfers (Warlord Games/Immortal Miniatures)
  • 16 Velites (Agema Miniatures)
  • 30 American WW2 infantry (Wargames Factory)
  • M10 Tank Destroyer (Warlord Games)
  • Seleucid Scythed Chariot (1st Corps)
  • Some paints
  • Rust effect pot (£10 but it is really good, Modelmates )

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hypaspists, Psiloi and Persians WIPs

  These are some of the figures I've been working on. They are working in progress because Psiloi and Hypaspists have no washes as of yet and all the models including Persians need to get some greenery on to their bases.

Victrix Mercenary Hoplites painted as Hypaspistoi

 These two are my colourscheme test. I am not too happy with the linthorax, rather than having the whole thing purple I might have a white linthorax with purple and yellow accents.
 Shields meant to show Alexander the Great in Persian headgear. This would mean it is a relatively late shield so could represent Alexander's army during his later years or that of Diadochi.

 Perry's Sudanese Tribesmen painted as Psiloi

These guys are standard, I've only added hats from ImmortalMiniatures/Warlord's Classical hoplites sprues. No washes on those yet so they look a bit plain.

Wargames Factory's Late Achaemenid Persians 

 This is the first try I tried to give infantry bowstrings and it turned out to be really easy- take broom bristle, dap both ends of the bow in some superglue and stick the bristle on. When dry clip of the excess bristle and paint over the dry superglue (it usually turns white so you will need to go over it).

Size comparison 

  A quick size comparison with Perry, Victrix, Wargames Factory, Victrix and Warlord Games phalangite. As you can see those ranges work very well together and you should be able to create a huge chunk of your Macedonian and Persian army with those.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Galatian mercenaries

   These are the Galatian mercenaries for my Hellenic armies. I've made them using Warlord Games' Celtic Warrior (which I got from the Conquest of Gaul starter set). I converted a few of those by giving them the hoplite helmets from Classical Greek Hoplites set (Warlord/Immortal Miniatures) to set them apart from the European Celts.

   I decided to use only bare-chested models for this because that is the way they were represented in Ancient Warfare Magazine as well as in Nick Sekunda's book on Ptolemaic army. The shield design also comes from those. I suspect such uniform design was a later development which would make it suitable for representing them from around 250/200BC. On the other hand my helmet swaps are 50/100 years older/earlier but I decided not to worry about that too much- I just wanted to give them a bit of Hellenic flavor. I could not be bothered to do all of their trousers in the criss-cross fashion so a lot of them received 'Asterix and Obelix' pants, not sure how(if at all) historically accurate those are either. 

    I tried to make each figure unique so no two are identical. I've done this by either using different poses, shield variation, facial hair colours, trousers or helmet paint job. Check all 9 of them below (in the front rank):

 The guy on the right is holding his scabbard as well as his shield.

 This guy was bending down in previous photo so here is a pic which shows his face.

   I was relieved to find that they actually rank up very well. I remember people complaining that their dynamic poses meant putting them in ranks is difficult but I found it pretty easy. You can see the evidence below:

Historical background

   After Alexander the Great's death his generals (known as Diadochi) fought for control over his domain. After long and bloody struggle only two major names still stood- the Seleucus and Ptolemy I. Ptolemy would go on to die peacefully but he chose his second son to succeed him so that his eldest son- Ptolemy Keraunos (thunderbolt) decided to seek his fortunes elsewhere. He joined Seleucus who after series of conflicts came out on top of the Diadochi wars after he killed Lysimachus(in control of the Thrace region) only to be assassinated by Ptolemy Keraunos afterwards. 

  Although thanks to this Ptolemy Keraunos gained the Macedonian throne his timing could not have been any worse. With the collapse of Thracian kingdom Lysimachus helped build the flood gates have opened for Celtic migration South. Those Celts attacked and pillaged Thrace, Macedon and Greece- killing and(!) beheading Ptolemy Keraunos in the process (279BC).
   The Celts were known as great warriors and due to great numbers they were widely and cheaply available fighting troops (fact exploited by Pyrrhus of Epirus when he returned from his Italian expedition to tackle Macedon). The Gauls were finally defeated two years later in 277 by Antigonus II Gonatas (grandson of Diadochi general Antigonus 'One-eyed').

   Afterwards they migrated to Anatolia in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and became known as Galatians. Although over the years they became more 'civilized' and less war-like those among them who chose the mercenary life have retained their superior traits and were highly valued, mostly used by Ptolemaic and Seleucid kingdoms.

  Below are some of the pictures I have found of Galatians and blue cloaks with white shields with blue stripes is a recurring theme:

 Galatian mercenary in Egypt.
 Galatians in Ptolemaic parade.
 Galatians in battle (on the right).
 Galatian mercenary on the right.
Galatian mercenary in blue cloak.
 Late Galatian mercenary (around 150 BC).

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Size comparisons for Ancients 28mm

 Here are a few comparison shots between Relic, Perry's, WargamesFactory, Warlord Games and  Immortal Miniatures. Some are slightly converted so read the descriptions please.

1. Relic Miniatures- Thracian
2. Perry's - Sudanese Tribesmen with ImmortalMin. hat (psiloi/peltast)
3. Wargames Factory - Hoplite
4. Wargames Factory -  Hoplite with WF Persian head (Takabara/Kardakes)
5. Wargames Factory - Persians
6. Warlord Games - Macedonian Phalangite
7. Immortal Miniatures/Warlord's - Hoplite
8. Warlord Games- Celtic Warrior with ImmortalMin. helmet (Galatian)
9. Warlord Games- Roman Imperial Legionary (scorpion crew)

Hopefully that gives you some ideas as to sizes. The bottom image shows Perry's Sudanese conversions to psiloi. The one above shows that if you want to have some sort of Parthian/ish opponents for Warlord's Imperial Romans... don't, look at the size difference!