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!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Battle of Raphia....The First Batch for 2018

The first batch of painted figures of 2018, the year I will finish this project, honest lol

The first Seleucid phalanx of the year.
 The figures I have used for this phalanx are from the eastern edge of the empire and most are wearing trousers and have long sleeves.  There was no real reason for this other than those were the figures I bought lol  But I do like them.

Seleucid Hetairoi, heavy horse lance.  There are quite a few of these.

A second Ptolomy Elephant which means I can make up an elephant base to see how they will look two too a base.  I'm guessing awesome lol

I have ordered more bases from the Big Red Bat shop,

So I will basing up a large painted mountain when I am home later this month.  I will post pictures.

Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 to 2018

So as we have said good bye to 2017 I look back on what I have painted and well, it has been an massive pile of metal that I have turned into painted miniatures over a wide variety of sizes and periods.

Towards the end of the year I have focused on one project, very unusual for me, the Battle of Raphia OOB.  Now I am collecting both sides and using just Xyston figures.  I have done the vast majority of these figures, minus 33 elephants and a couple of hundred pikemen, however I am adamant that I will finish this before I move onto the next one.  

Obviously that does not stop me looking, planning and buying the figures I need for the next one. Possibly some historical OOBs from the Seven Year War to add to 10mm collection and encourage me to complete them.

But I am sure something else shinny will catch my eye....

To all my fellow gamers may you have a very happy, productive and healthy 2018 and may the dice always roll to your advantage.

Raphia Update.....Again

Although it is being posted on 01 Jan 18 these figures were finished in Dec 17, so my last post for 2017 really.
And these are the last 'heavy horse' lance of the Ptolomy army, but I still have one unit of Tarantine light horse to do to complete the mounted side of the Ptolomy army list.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Ptolomy Egyptian Pike

Another 'phalanx' of Egyptian pike, levy recruits brought in to serve the Ptolomy.  This one is 3 of 4 units of 48 figures, they will look impressive on the table.

Again the Xyston figures are a mixture of Greek light foot and unarmoured hoplites.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

XMas Raphia Update

So working away over Christmas, missing the family but got plenty of time to continue to paint my Raphia project.
Seleucid reinforcements in this batch.

Seleucid Generals and standard bearers.

Seleucid pikemen, one of 9 pike units in the Seleucid army.

Heavy Cavalry with lance, the strike force of the army.

A second unit of Hessallenic Thracians acting as the Thorakitai.
 I do like these figures.

The first unit of Arab javelinmen.  The figures are actually Xystom Maccabean foot but they fit in very well

The painting continues and by years end I will total up what I have painted for the project so far.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Raphia Project Update

The first batch of this rotations painting.  I do not plan what i will paint and when I just use a 'lucky dip' method.  Everything for the project goes in a box, in unit bags, and I choose a bag blind and paint what ends up in my hand.

First up was a batch of Selecuid mounted generals, these 7 figures will make 3 command bases.

These guys are Hellenistic Thracians equipped with thearos and long spear.
 I will be using these to represent the Selecuid Thorakitai.  I know they should have chainmail armour but Xyston do  not make that figure yet.  So until they do these guys will do.

The first of many elephants, this is for the Ptolomy army as it is an African elephant.
 This model is actually a Carthaginian elephant, from Xyston as usual, which I picked up in the North Star Xyston sell off.  All I have done is replace the hadow crew with more suitable figures.
I thought I needed 7 Ptolomy elephants and I manged to buy 6 in the sale, however it was pointed out to me that an elephant base is standard 80mm frontage and I could have two elephants per base. So me being me I know need 14 Ptolomy elephants and 20 Seleucid, who could resist the sight of 34 elephants on wargame's table :-)