Monday, 5 March 2018

More Raphia

The last figures for this work rotation.  
Ptolomy himself and a phalanx of Seleucid Silver Shields

 I thought I would give Ptolomy a silver helm and add two companions for him

 The Silver Shields were the veterans of the Seleucid army so I have used a mainly eastern style phalangite for them in this taxia

Sunday, 4 March 2018

15mm Flames of war Commission

I have not commission painted for some time but a friend from PAW asked me to add some more bases to the US infantry I painted for him ages ago.
In addition there were a few bases of German snipers.

So here they are...
(sorry not the best pictures)


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Raphia Update

A small update on the Raphia project.

Two more Ptolomy beasts of war and some Seleucid generals to lead the way........

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Raphia Project Progress

So far in February I have been painting more for my Raphia project.
Whilst at home I bought some Seleucid elephants, 6 to be precise and I must admit they are lovely!

So here are the pictures.......

 First up four elephants, two for Ptolomy and two for Antiochus.  The Seleucid elephants, well all the elephants are lovely!  And I have finally got the hang of putting the hadows together, well just about!

 Above and below are the Ptolomy elephants.  I am putting two elephant models on a 80mm x 60mm base and they do look good!

 Seleucid elephants, nicely armoured and with a dedicated crew, I really do like them!

 The penultimate unit of heavy cavalry lance for the Seleucids.

 Plain and simple, Arab bow....

 A second unit of Basilikon Agemata pike.  These are the 'foot guards' of the Ptolomy army.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

New Project for 2019..

Ok I know 2019 is a long way off but West Wind Productions, War and Empire have recently released their third Kickstarter, Dark Ages.  The miniatures are fantastic.  I supported their first two kickstarters and bought Punic Wars Roman and Sassanid Persians and they did not disappoint!  So when the third one announced I signed up.......

The kickstarter was funded in hours and I missed out on the "Early Bird" special but that did not put me off. So i signed up for the Emperor bid and have already worked out my order, yes keen I know.

So I have opted for three armies Norman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking plus an Anglo-Saxon village of 5 buildings.....this little project amounts to 80 horse, 800 foot and the village all for the princely sum of $264 (it is Pounds Sterling not Dollars but I'm using my work laptop which is from the US lol) 

Check out their Kickstarter and their range of figures, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Battle of Raphia, the collection so far

Whilst I was at home in January I based up some of the painted figures on to the wonderful 'Big Red Bat' bases.  They bases have holes to place small magnets in, its a great system!
I also did some calculations and so far I have painted 858 foot, 157 mounted and 2 elephants.
Still to paint 384 foot, 42 mounted and 32 just over two thirds of the way there and enough ready to have a good game already!
The final total will be 1,242 foot, 199 mounted and 34 elephants!

Anyway here are the group Really Useful Boxes which are really useful!

 So above are three units of Egyptian Pike, each 48 strong.  There is still one more to do.

A close up of an Egyptian pike block.

Ptolomaic cavalry and elephants

 Ptolomaic foot, pike, heavy foot, thureophoroi, medium foot and skirmishers

Seleucid foot, pike, thureophoroi, thorakites, medium and skirmish

 A close up of the Seleucid foot

Seleucid cavalry and generals

This box contains painted figures that need to be rebased, I hate basing and rebasing almost makes me cry but the new basing system is much, much better!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

End of Rotation Rapha Batch

Here are are last few units for the Raphia project.  Now some of these still look a little shiney this is because I run out of Army Painter Dull Coat and had to use some Windsor and Newton Matt varnish, which obviously is not that matt! lol
Once I have based these guys I will respray them with AP matt varnish.

Hopefully my next posts will show some of the troops based up.

Seleucid Arab Bow, one and a half bases here., so now I have three bases painted up and one more to do.

These are Xyston Maccabean Jew figures

Ptolomy Guard Agema, known as Basilikon.  There are three units of these and I have used Macedonian Hypaspists figures. 

The 'casualty' figure is a broken model that I need to make up the numbers.

Selecuid Pike Phalanx, a mixture of armoured and unarmoured figures.

Tarentine Light Horse with shields, not sure how accurate but I do like the way they look!