Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ancient archers

I finished a small unit of skirmishing archers. The good thing is that they are generic enough to suit any of my ancient armies.

Based a little on this picture:

I think they turned out well. They will probably not be that great on the field, but they can annoy my opponents.

The next unit I will work on is Macedonian medium cavalry. Judging from what my opponents are working on I really need some more cavalry to occupy their cavalry while my Phalanx gets to work..

Pendraken test figures finished

I finished painting the test figures I bought from Pendraken. I had just two packs, one is the French infantry in greatcoats. The other is a small pack of Austrian lancers, naturally armed with swords and carbines.

I painted them as a Polish lancer unit.

I think the 10mm figures are great for Napoleonic wargaming. These from Pendraken have enough detail to still be fun to paint while saving quite some time compared to 15mm figures.
I don't know if I should keep battalions of 36 guys based in companies. It looks really good, but defeats the purpose of keeping Napoleonic wargaming doable for me.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

lookin' back and ploddin' forward!

Finished painting a unit of hoplites:

Quite a nice unit, simple colours (the same as some of my pikemen..). My Ancient collection officially no longer fits into 1 Feldherr suitcase anymore, so that is a milestone I guess.

I did the first test figures for Napoleonics in 10mm. Easy French in greatcoats from Pendraken. Quite nice and pretty easy to do. Look better than their 6mm cousins and take significantly less time than the 15mm family of Napoleonics I tried years ago.

Painting speed was increased by the greatcoats, but there is something I found weird. These figures are carrying another greatcoat on their backpacks. Talk about an army prepared for winter, these could surely march right into a Russian winter!

Next up is a platoon of Dutch Machine Guns (converted to Vickers) Just 12 figures, in version 3 Flames of War they would be combat attached to my infantry platoons. In version 4 Flames of War they don't need a command team anymore.

Obviously all need some sand put on, but I will do that after I finish the next 2 units on my painting list. (some generic archers and a Macedonian cavalry unit)

Now for an analysis of last years painting. The numbers speak for themselves and 2016 was quite a productive year for me. I aim to be at least as productive in 2017.

Could stand to do some more cavalry for my Romans and Macedonians and I have a few blisters lying around for them.

For this year I have made a rough planning of what I am doing:
1. Finish hoplites (done)
2. Dutch MG platoon (done)
3. Finish my Pendraken Napoleonic French (done)
4. A cavalry unit for my Macedonians (wip)
5. A unit of archers for my Macedonians (wip)
6. Work on my 80 years war stuff again.

This list would keep me busy for maybe another 2 months, so yeah, we will see how it all goes.