18 October 2018

Trojan War, part 1

Let's take a closer look at some of the new Trojan War Greeks from Eureka:

This first pic is a comparison between some of the 28mm Greek figures out there.  Hoplites, not in period of course, at book-ending the Trojan War fellows.  The Redoubt spearman is a bit more slim and short compared to the Black Tree Trojan, while the Eureka Greek is a bit more stocky.  The Redoubt figure does have the thinnest base amongst the figures above - a shim would help him up somewhat.  In their own units, I think that all of them would look just fine.  It is my understanding that the Foundry Trojan War figures match well with Redoubt, and they are on my shopping list.

With the exception of the Redoubt spearman on the right, all of these figures are from Eureka.  Wonderful figures.

These are some heavy infantry, three with Dendra armor including an amazing commander type with a lion skin draped over his head and back.

And a few civilians - a priest, a Helen look-alike, and some ladies-in-waiting.

This last pic is the most surprising to me at least:

The pic is not perfect, but one can see the big difference in the Figure-8 shields between Redoubt (left) and Eureka (right).  The redoubt shield has a well-done interior (not pictured) but it is much larger than the Eureka version.  I am not completely certain if that is historical in scale or not.


14 October 2018

Sorting through

Many things have conspired to limit my painting progress over the last few months:

Work  -  The company I work for was hanging by a slim financial thread throughout spring and summer.  That seems to be past now thankfully, but not quite out of the woods yet.

Life  -  When my lovely wife passed away eighteen months ago, my step-children and I had the vast majority of her cremated remains spread in a location that is as lovely as it is remote.  Also, only a few people were on hand for the ceremony that my step-daughter led for her mother.  So, I have been planning another ceremony so my family can pay their respects and say one last good-bye later this month.

Hobbies  -  To paraphrase a more famous person - "I can come up with six new gaming projects before breakfast."  Add one-click shopping to that lack of mental focus and one can really create hobby havoc.  For instance, I decided that I should have a more portable computing device besides the desktop PC.  And that led to weeks of comparing systems and styles - Android?  Windows-based?  Chromebook?  Tablet?  Laptop?  Miniatures were no different, as I hit the Kickstarter trail and purchased some stuff that, maybe, I did not really need...

But, I am getting better.  In my archaeological expeditions into my closet, I found many things, including some projects that were started about the time that my lovely wife fell ill.  One project in particular has energized me like no other, and the keen-eyed might have noticed the beginnings of it in my previous post.  Here is a close-up:

About two years ago or so, I was able to get these samples of Eureka's new 28mm Trojan War Greeks range.  They must have arrived while I was otherwise occupied and thrown into the closet, along with some similar figures from Redoubt and Black Tree (not pictured above).  Yes, a new project, but one that is starting to re-energize my hobby batteries as the rest of my issues come to a close...


07 October 2018

Painting table, October 2018

Once again, I am out of the habit of posting here.  There is activity behind the curtain and I will post again soonish, but here is a pic of the table after a lot of re-organizing:

The keen eyed will see some progress on the Scots and Huaxtec, along with a couple of new projects.

Real life issues have filled my attention span lately, but as issues are resolved more and more time can be allotted to the hobby once again.  And, I found a backlog of comments; hopefully I have reset the notifications system and I can stay on top of them from now on.


28 July 2018

Huaxtec, part 10

Another old project gets some much-needed attention:

Here is the first element of my Huaxtec army.  Figures are by Outpost.  The shield uses a slightly modified decal from VVV - the Outpost shields are a little big for the decal, so I extended the lines just a touch.  I tried to represent tattoos on the warriors with some squiggles of black paint, but it is hard to see in some of the pics.

The basing is set for Irregular Wars 2nd edition.  The number of figures on a base will correspond to the Resolve stat in the rules.  In this case, 5 figures will be a unit of warriors with a Resolve of 3.  Better units can have a Resolve up to 5 with either 7 or 8 figures on the base (I have yet to decide on that).  

There is another element of Huaxtec being based up, and then I will need to get to the brushes again, although the heat here is making it difficult to stay at the painting table for long.


21 July 2018

Scots, part 5

Finally, some finished figures!  Two elements of Islemen, and one element of Scots schiltron:

These fellows put the Scots army at 20% complete (roughly).  I have two more elements of Islemen waiting along with some more schiltron, then a lot of schiltron, some bow, skirmishers, and dismounted knights to order, and several commander/hero types to fill in the gaps.  Then, after that I need their English opponent...

Slowly but surely, this project is coming together.