Yet Another New Army and other stuffs

I had mentioned it briefly, but yet another army has been started.  This time,  DBA 1st and 2nd Punic war Carthaginians!

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The first unit I have finished is two (more than I need, but I still have extra figures) bases of psiloi for DBA.  These particluar figures are the psiloi-slingers, oddly enough, AGR04.

They are nice little figures.  I wish I would have painted the skin a lighter shade, but I wanted them to look spanish/NE african.  They will work.

I have elected to order all my figures from baccus.  A friend of mine from work and I have decided we want to try DBA, and made one large order from Baccus.  We got a nice big square box stuffed with…stuff.

I got some terrain pieces that will be up at one point, celt and Saxon villages, some walls, some bridges.  All kinds of goodies.  I am already almost finished with two more units, which will hopefully be posted here soon.

I’ve painted these before, but now I have a whole TON of microworld Hawk Riders.

I already have probably double these done, so the Elves have a formidable airforce, Woe to the lizardman foes!  Again great figures, done no justice by cruddy photography and less than amazing painting.

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The last fantasy thing today is some Pendraken treemen.  These were from their accessories range.  I say were, because I can no longer find them on their website, nor the giant or some of the other figures i bought.  I don’t know if they discontinued them or what…  Anyway, they were nice figures it appears…

Last things I have today are some dystopian wars tanks, specifically Britannia Terrier small tanks.  The amount of detail Spartan get is really just amazing.  Its to bad they discontinued their fantasy game naval game..

Last item today is a Britannia Brunel class carrier.  A massive brick of a model, I have two of them, this is the first painted one though.  Nicely detailed, looks cool as heck, I have no idea if it’s any good to play a game with though.  As you can see, I kept the base clear, I have elected to do this on all of my dystopian wars stuff, i cant come up with an alternative i like better.

That’s it today, expect more historical things next post, and I think I might show some 28mm army shots since I have finished some projects.  Thanks for reading!

Alternate scales and manufacturers

While I do believe Microworld makes the best Fantasy 6mm miniatures (well, practically the only really…), there are alternatives out there.  For the most part I have restricted myself to Baccus and Rapier.  There are several other 6mm companies for sci fi, which are of marginal usefulness for my needs, as well as the other major historical maker, Adler.    Something else I have started looking at, especially for monsters, is 10mm (and Kalistra’s 12mm, which I have not purchased from as yet).

First up we have a few minis here from Baccus and Rapier.

 

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To the left we have the Baccus AIN05 – Indian 4 Crew Chariot, to the right Rapier chariots EGY005.  For my people of the sun group, I use both Egyptian and Endian figures (and even Persian for elephants..)

The Baccus model comes in multiple pieces, the horse are mounted two in line, while the chariot has separate sides with the arches and wheels molded, body, and then two men in the center molded together.  The sides can be a little fiddly to put together, but generally work ok.  The detail on the characters themselves isn’t as good as microworld (which as I’ve mentioned before, really isn’t a huge detail gaming wise at this scale), but it all looks fairly nice together.

The rapier came with two separate horses, body, wheels, and then several different guys molded separately to attach to the chariot.  I ordered a mess of the rapier stuff last year, and while the parts were great, I was missing several sets of wheels, so was not able to assemble as many as I liked (im sure they probably would have sent the wheels if I had asked, but it seems like a lot of money and work to send all the way from UK).  Both models look great I think, the baccus ones are a little more formal shall we say, like the chariots are awaiting orders.  The rapiers though have a lot of animation, the horses, while not quite as detailed, have a good sense of motion to them.  The figures for mounting are great, I think there were three types, I actually used some of them on the Baccus chariots as well.  The only issue I had was the bases were pretty big, even after filing everything down, they are all pretty much stuck in there with a blob of glue 😀

I also made a large purchase of Pendraken miniatures last year, via the warstore.  Pendraken is fantastic, when I was starting with small scales, it was really between Microworld and Pendraken.  They have a HUGE range of stuff they are always adding to.  Unfortunately it is hard to find a pictures of a lot of their stuff (there is just so much really), and shipping from UK is expensive, so I never took a chance.  Then I saw Neil at warstore was importing them on a limited basis.  It did take a while to get (Neil basically orders the stuff for you and then sends), but I like giving my money to warstore, and my hope is that with every order that is sent there will be some stock added (so order :P).  I have multiple models, but for today, just the two.

Dragon

 

First up is AC 14 flying dragon from the accessories range, this particular guy will roll with the Woodland realm .   Its hard to tell here, but to me this guy looks to small to be a 10mm dragon (which might be why he is in the accessories range), but my purposes this guy is fantastic!  I have another one that I think will be painted up as a black dragon for fighting this guy.  The figure has a base and post for mounting (you can see the base partially showing on my basing here).  The metal is very soft, so posing is not a problem, they come in a straight flying pose, I bent mine around so it looks like some poor bastard is about to get flamed.  Fantastic model, and perfect size for 6mm (there will be some (bad) comparison shots at the end)

Frogs

Last one for this time is a AC3 small frogs, from the same accessories line (I ordered a bunch, there are multiple good models in there)  My painting is frankly kinda crap on these (I might go back and do a highlight again), but the models themselves are great for giant frogs.  They come with three frogs molded to each base, one head does have a wierd metal tag coming of it (I had it on all, I couldnt tell if it i was the nature of the sculpt or a bad cast, such is the nature of 6mm sometimes :P)  I apologize for the word-i-ness this post, I will finish with a couple of compairison photos.  For scale, the line photo has a stand of microworld spear elfs and some gnolls in the back (that are barely visible)

As you can see, they all scale pretty well together.  Currently I am working on a mess of microworld Pixies, as well as a bunch of more dystopian wars stuff (I have a bad feeling Spartan games may be going out of business, the stuff is on firesale all over :(), which I think I will start posting some of (they are 1/1200 after all), as well as more Pendraken models, and a new Microworld army to start!  Stay tuned (does that even mean anything to people anymore?)!

Woodland Army first units

The first completed units for an impending wood elf army.  Of course, neither unit is an elf.

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I stuck these on 40mmx40mm bases with some woodland scenic flock and foam bits.  Most of my bases get painted with a burnt umber base color, then more burnt umber with paint to attach the flock.  Everything gets a good coat of krylon flat finish at the end.

 

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