Sunday, October 7, 2018

War Elephant!

Can anyone imagine a good ancient mediterranean army without a magnificent war elephant? No? Well you all know how hyped I'm for anything ancient, so I had to paint absolutely amazing Zvezda war elephant set as my quick weekend job.

In the box you can find two elephants and crew. First elephant is described as North African forest elephant (really endangered species) and the second Indian elephant. Crew wears Greek type uniform, which was used by like 80% of Mediterranean, so they can work as Bactrian(modern day Pakistan) Seleucid (Persia) and Carthaginian(North Africa). I decided to paint armoured one as carthaginian. 

I'm really satisfied with the results. There might be a bit too much gold on miniatures as Carthage would not invest in this kind of heavy armour, but I really wanted to paint some gold (thanks Phil from for tips!).  

To accompany my elephant I decided to paint carthaginian peltast. If you are not familiar with ancients - peltast (gr. peltastes) is a name of light infantry used by ancient Greeks, during later period (3 BC) peltast would wear some armour to give them at least some protection in hand to hand combat.

 Wow, that's one of the longest entry on this blog, 
 if you've still reading leave a comment and enjoy the photos.

Monday, September 10, 2018

German officer with a flare gun

And I couldn't resist painting yet another 1/72 scale miniature. This time it's Wehrmacht officer from WW2. It was just a quick 2 hour paintjob after school, but a good one! He's from Zvezda Art of Tactic range and sculpting is really superior. I wanted to make him look like worn out eastern front veteran, so he has 5 o'clock shadow on his face. Enjoy!

Wehrmacht officer calling Stuka bombardment, Stalingrad, December 1942.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Viking Warlord

A little side project, completed in about three hours. Viking warlord in 1/72 scale by Zvezda. Nothing special about this miniature, but I was able to practice my photography skills a bit. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Celtic Army Completed

My ancient Celtic army is finally completed! It consists of:

4x Warband Bases(infantry)
2x Horsemen Bases(calvary)
1x Slinger Base(skirmishers)

Which is more than enough to play Neil Thomas's One Hour Wargames ruleset. Miniatures are 1/72 scale by Italeri and Caesar. 38 infantry miniatures and 10 horsemen. Enjoy the photos!

By the way, today is my blog's one year anniversary!!! Thank you  for all your tips and support!
Next comes the Romans!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

More Celts join the warband!

OK, here we go! I painted up another 12 Celtic warriors , which makes another infantry stand and command section of my army. Miniatures are 1/72 scale made by Italeri and Caesar with several conversions done.

As far as painting goes, no new techniques used mostly practised face painting and added some extra highlights.

Figures are based for Neil Thomas's One Hour Wargames (which as always I strongly recommend).

In addition i painted a Commander an a wounded solider. I made bases out of bottle caps.

Actually, I have a question how do you feel about painting eyes on 20mm (1/72 scale) miniatures?
Now as I paint regullary, I'm going to post something at least once a month to help my blog grow!
More Celts to come! Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The dreaded Celts

I finished first unit of British Celts for my new project.They are based on 100mm by 60mm base, which is suitable for most rules I'm interested in - Hail Caesar, Impetus and One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas.

Unit consists of 9 Italeri miniatures with some conversions done.

I recently picked up a copy of Daniel Mersey A wargamer's guide to the early roman empire and recommend this book to everyone interested in this period.

That all for today, Gloria! Imperium Romanum!

Monday, June 4, 2018

You over there! Hold the line!

I recently painted up one of Zvezda imperial roman legioneres -  Centurion. 
It's amazing miniature.

Centurion would command a centuria which consisted of 60 to 80 legionares (apparently not 100 as name suggests).

Romans developed century system after marian reforms of 107 BC, during the republic.
My favorite movie.

This Centurion is accompanied by a dog, you might find it especialy intresting if you are familiar with Warlords Games 28mm Hail Caesar range. Dog comes from Zvezda soviet frointier guards set.

This miniature is part of bigger project that I'm working on right now.
Wish me luck! Aeterna victrix!