Friday, January 13, 2017

I read a book. Imperial Romans. Warfare. Good

I was lucky enough to get this novel for Christmas. Invictus by Simon Scarrow is the latest adventures of Macro and Cato novel and sees them facing rebels in Hispania. Great read. I haven't read a book in a long while and it reminded me of just how much enjoyment I get out of it. After finishing this I went on line and ordered some more books to read which I will let you know about in the future. That's something I also have not done in a long while.

Invictus SimonScarrow.jpg

Plenty of great wargame inspiration in this novel. From smaller skirmish missions to siege warfare. One day I may even put some more paint on my Early Imperial day.

Cheers from Brendon

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Knights Horde

My first submission for this years Painting Challenge and a bonus Theme round at that.
The Theme was 'Armour'.

1 x Horde of Perry Miniatures Knights. 17 all up but I painted 18. I decided that 18 wasn't required after gluing them on one by one on the Mantic plastic tray.  I did some base filling gradually from the center out after I glued in 3 or 4. It wasn't without challenge trying to get between horses with flock and paint but I managed not to bend/break and lances or have any disasters.

Lances may have only been painted for tournaments but that's how I have painted all previous Knights for this army of Beer and Bacon defenders.

I may add a banner to the rear rank in the future. At writing this I have a lot more in the production line but I will need to do something different as painting endless armour is getting a bit same, same.

Cheers from Brendon

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Painting started & Curts Light Cav based.

The brush work after a long period of building miniatures has begun for the Painting Challenge at long last but I got an email that has made my day so this is just a small post to make you go look at the final result of a project I worked on for the Snowlord Curt in Canada.
Remember back here...

Well Curt has completed his unit and now they look amazing on his very cool basing style.
Go have a look here.

What a great project to be involved with. I love the way the white feathers pop. That was definitely the right choice in feather colour I think. The shields Curt added match perfectly. Top job!

Cheers from Brendon

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Prep continues and new unit trays

I purchased some laser cut MDF products from Knights of Dice. 4 x Cavalry Troop unit trays and some cavalry single bases.
The outer lip on the unit trays required gluing on to the base which was no problem. After that dried I carefully angle cut the edge so they match my existing unit trays. Sand was glued on the edges as well prior to paint and flock.

Cavalry Troop unit trays with some blank spacers after primer spray.

Fireforge Mongol horses. Some on 50mm square bases.

During my prep for the Painting Challenge I realized I was a little short on Cavalry bases (25 x 50mm) but I had a few 50 x 50 bases. Looking at my Cavalry regiment trays that I had made in the past to accommodate 8 on a unit size for 10 it is actually legal to use a minimum of 6 miniatures on that Unit size in the Kings of War rules. For a Troop (5) three is also acceptable.
A light bulb went off in my head to make a few Calvary bases with one miniature on a 50 x 50 base.
Another economic way to make my collection stretch out to gain more units. I think this is also well suited to units that are classified as a 'Skirmish' unit in the KoW historical rules. Skirmish units do not block 'Line of Sight' so a unit with less figures and more space suits this rule in my opinion.
The square base is also great for the occasional horse on a bigger angle rather than the disciplined straight ahead usual way of basing.

Anyway if that is too many words here is a Perry Knights MOSH PIT!

Cheers from Brendon