Thursday 30 July 2020

More Britons

Some more additions to my Ancient Britons for infamy. First up is 2 Warlords to lead the warbands. Both models are from Warlord games, one is the Vercingetorix model which I'll use as the Warlord Betamatix. The other is from the linebreakers set. He will be a status II leader , Weetabix.

The shield on Betamatix is my first attempt at hand painting a Celtic shield. Not bad for a first attempt. Might even try a few more.

I also took the opportunity to add another 10 Celtic warriors to the force. I will eventually sort them out into their correct groups for Nobles, warriors and levy.

Again these are the plastic figures and shield transfers from Warlord. Just 20 more of these to go. I've also took advantage of the Newline sale to order some more slingers, fanatics and Nobles. There are also 2 more chariots ordered from Crusader to finish the army.

Thursday 23 July 2020

Ancient British Chariots Pt2

I finally managed to get the crew and basing done for both my chariots. Very happy with how they have turned out.

I can definitely see me getting another couple of these from Crusader miniatures.  It will also allow me to field any of the British starter forces.

In addition to the chariots I also completed another 10 plastic Warlord warriors. The only issue is a lack of shields. I've ordered some extras from Warlord for the rest of the boxed set.

On the terrain front, I knocked up some bases to use as marshes. I will add some tufts whenever they actually arrive. The MDF bases were from Warbases listed as ponds.

I now have another 10 warriors on the painting table along with a couple of suitable leaders.

Monday 20 July 2020

Ancient British Chariots Pt1

I finally decided to make a start on the 2 chariots I picked up from Crusader miniatures. The Chariots themselves are actually mdf kits from 4Ground. There are a couple of options for putting them together.

To paint the chariots I went for a simple colour scheme i.e. bare wood. I wanted these to look well used. I have seen some painted very colourfully. I may do some more with a bit of colour in the future.

I've now made a start on the crew and should have them finished in a couple of days. Then I can get them based and ready for the games table.

Looking at the Infamy, Infamy rulebook I need 2 more chariots to be able to cover all the starter forces for the Britons, luckily Crusader have 4 crew variants so that's sorted then.

Friday 17 July 2020

Enemies and Allies of Rome plus a field

Further progress has been made on my forces for Infamy, Infamy. First up is a second unit of Spanish Caetrati. I deliberately painted all the tunics white as intend to mix them with figures from the first batch. Again the figures are from Victrix.

Next up was some Ancient Britons. These are some slingers and a mounted commander from 1st Corps. Originally the mounted commander was to lead my Gallic cavalry as part of my Caesarian force but he is dwarfed by the victrix cavalry.

So my Britons are progressing.  I have already got my 2 chariots built and ready for undercoating. There is also a 3rd mob of warriors ready to paint.

So far I have 2 groups of warriors, the slingers and some skirmishing cavalry. Eventually all of the armoured figures will be assigned to their own unit as nobles.

Lastly I managed to complete a field for my Celtic village. The wattle fencing are old metal pieces from Grippibg Beast. Ive also ordered another roundhouse and a pigsty from Hovels.

Sunday 12 July 2020

Celtic Roundhouses completed

With the nice weather this morning I sat in the garden and cracked on to finish both of the Roundhouses. After the wood varnish had dried over night I set away drybrushing the earth with cream.

With sitting in the sun everything dried very quickly and I was able to add some patches of static grass.

Building 1

Building 2

And both together.

The Celtic warrior in the picture is purely for scale. Despite Hovels stating these are aimed at 25mm, they look perfectly fine against 28mm. Now I need to make some progress on my Ancient Britons.

Saturday 11 July 2020

Celtic Roundhouse - Progress update

Things have been a bit quiet this week on the painting front. So Despite prepping some Spanish Caetrati and Gallic slingers, I decided to start on some more buildings.

I had ordered a couple of resin Celtic Roundhouses from Hovels. They even added some extra clay pots to the order, which was a nice touch. So after cutting some MDF for the bases I made a start.

I started with a simple black undercoat. Once dried I painted the whole model Chocolate brown. The roof and any woodwork were drybrushed with a dark grey followed by cream. The walls were given a couple of coats of white.

Once the pots were added and some spare wattle fences I had left over (Gripping Beast). The bases were then given a covering of PVA glue followed by sand.

I now just have to let in dry overnight before I can seal the sand with a coat of wood varnish. Then a simple drybrush of cream and with the addition of static grass and they will be finished.

Sunday 5 July 2020

Roman allies

The beauty of using a Caesarian Roman army is that you can use all sorts of native troops as allies / mercenaries. So I set to on naking some additions.

The first unit is some Spanish Caetrati. These will cover the role of light infantry. The figures are from Victrix with the addition of some LBMS shield transfers. Pleased I have another unit of these to paint up.

The second unit is some Gallic Noble heavy cavalry. I still need to add a commader for these. Again the figures are from Victrix, nice but the horses are very large compared to others in my collection. I also used LBMS transfers for the shields.

Pretty happy with how this army has turned out. I do still have a few extra Roman Infantry to paint up. I would like to get a better figure for my Centurian, possibly the Vorenus figure from Warlord.

The army so far

I can concentrate on getting my Ancient Britons ready for the table top.

Thursday 2 July 2020

Ancient Britons

After painting up 2 units of Celtic infantry and my Romans nearing completion. Thoughts have turned to a 3rd force for Infamy, Infamy. It just had to be the Britons ad I want to field chariots. So orders have been sent to Crusader for chariots, Warlord for more warriors, 1st Corps for Slingers. In the meantime I needed something to paint. I dug around in the lead pile an unearthed some suirable figures to use as light cavalry. 

They are a real eclectic mix. Only 2 of the riders are actually Celts, both Foundry figures. One is a 1st Corps Germanic horseman with a head swap. The other 3 are old GW Barbarians with a Celtic look (just ignore the boots). The horse are also a bit of a mix from Old Glory, Foundry and 1st Corps. Due to size differences on a couple of them I raised the base by a couple of millimetres. Pretty happy with how they have turned out.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Balearic Slingers

Looking at the basic starter forces for my Caesarian Romans in Infamy, Infamy. I still need to complete a few units to cover the options. The first of these is some Tribal slingers, or in the case of these figures Balearic slingers. I should be able to use the with the forces of Caesar in Gaul and Spain.

The figures are plastics from Victrix. I picked up a few sprues on EBay. I have also 99% completed a unit of Caetrati, I'm just awaiting some LBMS shield transfers to finish them. I also have a unit of Gallic cavalry and a 2nd unit of Caetrati to round out my options.

I've also made some purchases for an Ancient British army. An extra box of warriors from Warlord, Slingers from 1st Corps and a vouple of Roundhouses from Hovels. Should keep me going through the summer.