Goblin Stronghold

14 November, 2018

The Goblin’s stronghold.

Years ago I started a stronghold for my HoTT Goblins. I made the base and chose the figures, but never got around to finishing it. This week I finally got it out and got it finished. It’s fairly macabre. Are the Goblins preparing a barbecue?

Another angle.

I have started to move my paints to dropper bottles, and it seems I’ve mixed the Goblin green thicker than I did in the past. These two are very dark, while the axe-wielding one is much lighter (I painted him years ago). The Goblins are Chariot figures, and the other figures are all Donningtons.

And another angle.

I hope to get some more HoTT figures painted soon; Heroes and Magic Users for my human armies to start with.

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Syrians ready to fight

4 November, 2018

The Entire Syrian Army.

After what seems a long time, I’ve finally got enough figures finished so that I can field the Syrians. All the mounted options are painted, but there are more foot options that I have still to paint. For strict accuracy if I want to be able to field all the options for IV/6 I’d need to get a different command for IV/6c and one more Syrian cavalry (I’m using a Ghulam element instead).

The last four elements were the Bedouin light horse and the Syrian cavalry.

Bedouin Light horse.

Another angle.

From behind.

Another angle.

This army has plenty of light horse and cavalry, but it doesn’t have much interesting infantry support. It’ll just have to rely on its good looks!

Syrian Cavalry.

Another angle.

From behind.

Another angle.

It’s going to be a bit of a rush getting the Carthaginian veteran spear finished in time for Conquest; however, I have fallback figures, so it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.

Turkomans

1 November, 2018

Turkoman Light horse.

The Syrians are a little closer now, with two elements of LH finished. These are Turkomans. The Legio Heroica figure are very nice, but they have quite a lot of crud on them, which shows up as one with a large ear, and another two with large hands. I tried to clean them up with a Dremel, but didn’t really get all of it.

Another angle.

From behind.

Another angle.

Next up will be the two Bedouin LH and then finally two Syrian Cv. I should get them on the table at least once before travelling to Conquest with them.

I’ve also got myself a paint shaker from Robart, and I like it. I’ve order a whole lot of empty bottles like the Vallejo ones and plan to move all my paint into them; I expect a lot of the paints will need to be chucked, which is not a bad thing. The spur for this was the decline of my GW Brassy Brass. I eventually decided to buy the Vallejo equivalent and like it. And one thing led to another (as it does when you’re procrastinating about an essay!).

I got a can of Molotow Matt Varnish; it’s better than the Testors I’d been using, which is really satin. However, these figures still look a bit glossy, so may need another coat.

More ghulams

28 October, 2018

I’ve been busy this last week, and the progress on the Syrians has not been much. However, yesterday I got a bit done; all the remaining elements are a little closer to completion, and I completed the command element, the Syrian commander with his ghulam bodyguard.

The Syrian Commander.

The army is now halfway done, with just two more elements of cavalry (both Syrian) and four elements of light horse (Turkomans and Bedouin). They should get done later this week.

Another angle.

From behind.

All the Ghulams.

Strictly one of these elements should be Syrian cavalry, but getting the extra pack of figures would have pushed up the postage. The extra ghulams will allow these figures to morph into other armies in time.

More Syrians

22 October, 2018

The Syrians are taking shape. It’s just a matter of doing belts and suchlike now; thought there’s a bit of that for the mounted elements. I got the minimum of foot done, the Ahdath militia and some javelinmen.

Syrian militia and javelinmen.

The photos show where I need to touch up moustaches, and the varnish is not matte enough for my liking.

Another angle.

The figures are Khurasan, but I’ve given some of them shields from Legio Heroica; the decals are LBMS. Their spears are a little cartoonish. I like their poses, and I’m fairly pleased with the palette for their clothes.

Another angle.

From behind.

The helmets could be painted as covered in cloth. I’ve not done that, but the turban that comes out the back of them looks a lot like hair. I’ve painted them as turbans based on the other figures.

Now I’ve just got seven elements of cavalry to go.

Libyans

18 October, 2018

Libyans from Liverpool.

I’ve got quite a few figures started, but got a few elements finished over the weekend; one of them is some Libyan cavalry for the Later Carthaginians. These aren’t strictly necessary, but they seemed to have a bit more character than the staid Liby-Phoenicians. They’re certainly hairier!

Libyans and Liby-Phoenicians.

I also painted an element of Libyan skirmishers. This gives me three elements for using in BBDBA; again it’s not really necessary, but they’re nice figures.

Libyan javelinmen.

And here they are with their more established compatriots (there are a few more consorting with elephants).

BBDBA Libyans.

And finally, the figures that sparked off these purchases — a LH command for my Numidians. To justify buying them, I bought a whole lot of other CB figures …

Numidian commands.

Another angle.

Now I need to finish my Syrians, and the nine elements of Veteran Libyan and Liby-Phoenician Spearmen. They’re all started.

Ghulam, ghulam

3 October, 2018

The first of the Syrian mounted elements is now ready, a pair of ghulams. The figures are Legio Heroica, and paint up very nicely. I was in a bit of a hurry and they’re a little untidy.

Syrian ghulams.

I am trying to get the rest of the army done by the end of the week for a few games on Sunday; this was a good start. I got a bit distracted investigating what I’d need to morph these figures into other armies. Without too many figures, I could field Fatimid (III/66), Ayyubid Egyptian (IV/20) and Seljuq Turk (III/74). there are probably more from either side of the period too.

Another angle.

The ghulams are particularly nice troops, and I wouldn’t mind getting some more.

And another.