Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Miniart Skirmisher

Here's the first skirmisher for my Roman command.

He was fairly flashy, and I didn't do a great job of de-flashing him, but he'll be alright for the table-top. Just don't look too closely at the shield rim when you are examining the detail of his tunic!

My Newline order arrived yesterday. They are beautiful figures and are perfectly cast with a lot more detail than the Miniart figures, though not as animated in their poses. I was thinking of combining the two types in one command, but I think I'll keep them separate. Not only are they finer looking, they are also slightly smaller.

Pictures to come, including size comparisons.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mniart Roman Spearmen

Here's the next three infantry figures from the Miniart Roman infantry.

These three are the least historically accurate of the set; the first 2  in 'Attic' helmets,of which no archaeological evidence exists, and the last, a late imperial Gallic type which was long past the fashion that this set is supposed represent.

Shields to come, then basing and varnishing the first stand!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Miniart Roman Infantry WIP

Some more of the Miniart Romans coming off the (slow!) production line. I'm planning for the Newline figures to supplement these figures and create an 9-man fighting line.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Newline Designs & Drum and Flag

Well, I've put in the order for the command figures and some extra Roman infantry and Goth archers from Newline. Now to wait.

Newline Roman infantry
(image from Newline website)
I probably should have just ordered one set to see how compatible they were with the Miniart figures, or at least done a bit more research, but I went the whole hog and ordered a bunch. Oh well, we'll see how compatible they are once they arrive!

Drum and Flag are selling the HaT late Roman light cavalry for $AU 15.16 including postage, whereas the same pack is going for $27.00 at Hearns' Hobbies! How can that be possible? Buying something from the other side of the world and having it flown over the globe is $12 cheaper than going into the city and buying it from a local shop! I suppose the brick and mortar hobby shop will soon be a thing of the past if things go on like this.

I like to support local independent businesses, but that's fairly much a no-brainer IMHO; next purchase will be from Drum & Flag.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Primum miles

This is the first cab off the rank of the Miniart Roman infantry. 

They paint up quite easily. However, I've just realised why they don't look quite right to me : their fists should actually be inside the shield boss. As they are, it looks like the shield is being held by an external handle. Maybe next figure I'll cut off the hand and glue the shield directly to the wrist.

My shield design was not as successful as I'd hoped, as I had trouble cutting out the hole for the central boss and made a bit of a pig's ear of it. Gluing it on also made a bit of a mess that necessitated painting over the design to patch it up. Then there's the noticeable line of the edge of the paper, especially around the bottom of the shield. Maybe next time I'll cut out the blue star only, rather than the whole shield shape. As a first experiment, it's not too bad, but not exactly what I was hoping for.

He'll get the wash treatment, and then be the first on a base of 8. 

Stay tuned for more!