Friday, March 19, 2021

Roman Auxiliary Infantry


Moving along with my 3rd Century Romans for Infamy! Infamy' which are now actually starting to resemble a force! I just need a few leaders now and I'll be able to field the core of my army with a couple options, however I'll of course want more then a couple options.



Anyways back to the unit on hand are some light infantry which no Roman commander worth his salt would leave camp without or he would quickly find his legionaries either outflanked or falling into a nasty ambush in some dark woods without these vital troops to scout ahead.



While making big armies has it's place(great fun!) I do rather enjoy building these pocket armies that TFL games offer as the entry level isn't very high to get started, but for those wanting more you will find this in the options available so while your army my not be very large on any given game you will want to build a lot of options to handle the different scenarios and campaigns thus your collection can end up being very large indeed so in the end you become spoiled for choice just as if you were collecting large armies. Nice!



The figures are from A&A which are very nice straightforward to paint and the bases were made to order from Colin over at Charlie Foxtrot Models. The figures were painted with Vallejo, Foundry and some P3 paints and some MIG pigments for dusting of stones and shields.



The challenge is nearing the end and I need to do some leaders but they won't make it into the challenge but are probably what I'll do next.



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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Roman Auxiliary Archers


My next addition for my growing 3rd Century Roman army for Infamy! Infamy' from TFL are a couple of Roman Auxiliary Archers. These guys will come in handy to thin out the Barbarians before they hit the Legionaries lines. 



The figures are from A&A miniatures and were quite enjoyable to paint although there was a little bit of extra clean up in a few places but nothing very troubling. The paints I used were mostly Foundry and Vallejo with some P3 as well.



The project is slowly coming along but is beginning to take shape which always helps with the motivation to push on through to completion or should I say a point of playability. I'm trying to resist moving on to other projects before I reach my goal on this one but it's not easy!



I'm looking forward to things opening up again for in person gaming as it sometimes feels like your painting things just to put them on shelf which can put a damper on the enthusiasm a bit. While I of course enjoy watching the collection grow on the shelf  it really makes you wish you could use it. Anyhow it will be fun to put them on the table.




More Romans on the way.... probably.

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Miniature Company- A&A Miniatures



Sunday, January 24, 2021

Roman Iron


Hitting the ground with some 3rd Century Romans for Infamy! Infamy' from TFL rules. Time just seems to fly and for various reasons it took me longer to get these off the desk then I anticipated. These are heavy armored Imperial legionaries that make up the backbone of the Roman force and the core focal point of my army. I already began the Germans towards the end of last year and now onto some Romans. I may mix them both in the challenge, but at the moment the Romans take priority.



I picked 3rd Century Romans as they are probably my favorite looking of all the Romans because they have imho the most diverse look of all the periods they are involved in giving you more freedom to interpret their presentation. I just really like the mix bronze, iron and steel in various coats of banded armor, chainmail and scalemail toped off with an assortment of headgear makes for a vary interesting looking Roman force! 



I often like to take liberties and here is no exception when I added Palestinian clubmen to my western Roman force operating in Germania which I suspect is highly unlikely, but they look so cool I had to add them!
In the front rank I have the clubman and those Romans who have drawn their gladius after having thrown their pilums. The second rank is preparing to throw their pilums  in support of the front rank.



The figures are from A&A miniatures which have been around for quite a few years now, but like Foundry are standing up very well to the test of time. What is rather surprising is they are one of the few companies offering Romans from this period considering the range of armor, weapons and opponents one can find from this period.



The bases are from Charlie Foxtrot Models and Colin is a great chap to work with and will modify your bases to your specs. The paints I used were a mix of Foundry and Vallejo paints and some Mig pigments for weathering. The shields are decals from the most excellent LBM although I did add extra battle damage and weathering so they won't look exactly like that if you want some of your own.

More Infamy troops on the way!

Miniature Company- A&A miniatures

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Ambush!


One of the great things about Infamy! Infamy' rules is the inclusion of  ambush markers which allows Barbarians to deploy onto the table by springing ambushes on the Romans in addition to normal deployment zones. These can be represented however you wish from a simple penny marker to a dioramic type base marker. I feel it's a perfect opportunity to let your imagination run a bit and come up with scenic bases to enhance the look of the table.



I really had quite some fun doing these markers as it gave me a chance to explore the different looks you may encounter a various Germans that might get a little lost within units but are easy to see a single base.



One thing I like to use in my basing is real material so all the rocks and fallen logs are straight from the woods/backyard and then further enhanced with paints and basing material if needed to age them for example. The banner I wanted to look a bit crude but not overly so and on some of the more feral Germans I played on that by adding black charcoal stripes.



I was inspired by one of the markers in the rulebook with the priestess praying to a sacrificial white horsehead, but I felt it needed a something to offer the sacrifice to so I decided a large rock with a earth mother type symbol painted on it would do the trick so I rummaged around the rocks a bit until I found one I felt would fit the bill nicely. Needless to say it's quite heavy!



Another interesting marker for the Germans is the wailing women which is a marker the German player can place behind his units as a rally point. Historically it seems some Germanic women would often go behind the fighting lines to stiffen the men's resolve by reminding them what would happen to the women if they were taken prisoner and what the men could lose and would even remove clothing to further drive the point home so to speak.

More on the way and probably some Romans this time! First post of 2021 and hopefully a more productive year then last.....well hopefully a better year for all of us and a Happy New Year to you all!

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Miniature Company- Wargames Foundry Miniatures

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Ancient Germans burst forth!

 


Well it turned out to be much longer then I expected since my last post! Generally speaking I had just lost my mojo for anything hobby related with moments of getting it back then losing it quickly again resulting in no posts and sporadic comments on other blogs at best so apologies to those I've missed. I think things are better now.  Let us hope 2021 is much better!

With the arrival of TFL's Infamy, Infamy earlier this year I knew there was one army I had to collect and that was Ancient Germans! Ever since seeing the Gladiator film with the Germans emerging from the misty woods giving their savage battle cries I was hooked and knew someday I would collect an army for it. Soon after that(or around that?) Wargames Foundry produced what I consider to be the best Ancient Germans ever so I of course began to collect them, but without any real purpose so they sat on a shelf for years until Infamy!Infamy was released giving them a new life. I had to repaint them as they were a bit dated and here are my first results. 





First set of warriors are the warlords Oathsworn Warriors which would typically be made up of nobles or elevated warriors of the tribe making up the fighting elite. They would usually be the best armed and armored warriors outside of those that may have served with the Romans as Foederati. This is easily seen as they carry rare and highly prized and valuable swords with the occasional piece of armor.
 


Next are regular warriors who will make up the bulk the army armed mostly with spears and shields with an occasional pelt for extra protection and perhaps a club for some head breaking!



 Second batch of warriors armed like there brothers with spears and shields.

The overall look of the army I went with subdued colors for both clothes and shields to better play up the more savage tribal look then you may find in Celts for example so lots of browns with some toned downs greys and reds here and there.

The figures themselves are a bit cartoonish which I like so I played on that making the colors strong even while still using subdued shades which I tend to do most of the time anyhow so was pretty fun.

The colors I used were mostly Foundry with some Vallejo. More Germans on the way and some Romans as well over the next few months as I expect my painting to pick up now that the annual Analogue Hobbies Challenge has started here

Merry Christmas and may your stockings be full of lead!

Miniature Company-Wargames Foundry

Sunday, July 5, 2020

The rest of my Pennsylvania Provincials for F&IW


I just can't seem to get on track with posting and commenting lately as too many distractions, but I have been painting here and there so I do have plenty to post whenever I get around to doing it. My focus has switched from WWII back to F&IW at the moment as I want to have a collection designed for Sharp Practice and I'm about half way where I want to be.



This is my 3rd group of Pennsylvania Provincials giving my a complete set. So far I'm keeping the troop types more in tune with the border fighting so Provincials, Militia, settlers and rangers will make up most of the English forces and Compagnies Franches de la Marines, Indians and Militia making up the French. That's not set in stone as I may add Regulars at some point, but that's the initial plan to give me a focus to both painting and perhaps a small campaign. 



Part of the reason I picked Pennsylvania Provincials is I quite like the color green in historical armies and this was included in their uniform which I decided I wanted it to be a dark shade, but not to dark that the tones disappear. What's also quite fun to do is changing up colors in the leggings that's a great aspect of F&IW in allowing more creativity.



The figures themselves are from Galloping Major and very enjoyable to paint in part due to their large size and character the figures have. I mix Redoubt and Galloping Major as I feel they mix very well together. The paint colors used were mostly Foundry with some Vallejo and MIG pigments for some dusting on the stones.



All forces need leaders so I added 2 officers a drummer a sergeant. The sergeants I placed with their groups in my group pics, but included this one with the officers as well. I must say the sculpts for the 2 officers are just excellent!



It been great fun working on the project looking forward to getting a game in with them at some point!



It wouldn't be complete without a full group shot of them all on their sabot bases ready for action! The sabot bases are from Warbases if your curious.



I expect more French and Indian to follow. Also I will be building forces for that enticing looking new rule set from TFL "Infamy! Infamy!" Happy 4th of July weekend to all us Americans out there!

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Miniature Company- Galloping Major