Friday, May 12, 2017

Republican Roman Hastati

Here is the first unit of Republican Romans that I have painted from my recent order of figures from Aventine Miniatures.  This is a unit of 18 hastati.  I am now starting another unit of 18 hastati, then I have another 36 principes, 24 triarii and 12 equites plus 3 mounted commanders.  It should be a pretty nice army when finished.  Enjoy the photos.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carthaginian Commanders

I finished these miniatures several months ago, but just now got around to photographing and posting them.  These miniatures are from Armorum & Aquila (CAR8) but I swapped out the shorter horses they came with for a pair of horses from my Crusader Spanish Cavalry.  This pack of four figures is intended to be the same guy both mounted and on foot, so I painted them that way.  Having just finished reading Hail Caesar (yes, late to the party) I am looking forward to getting these guys into action!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gettysburg - Day One

I am getting ready for a first play test of this new scenario.  Here is the setup with all of the reinforcements waiting on the edges of the table.  I've also re-tooled my rules a bit and renamed them "Double Canister".  This particular scenario starts with Buford's cavalry on Mc Pherson's ridge.  Archer's and Davis's brigades are advancing forward supported by Pegram's battery.  Most of the forces on both sides arrive as reinforcements throughout the day.  I am going to run this through a few times to see how it plays out.  Enjoy the photos.
The town of Gettysburg is in the bottom right, North is up.  Herr Ridge is on the far left.

Buford's Cavalry

Heth's men.

Confederate reinforcements due to arrive.

Cards, charts, markers and dice.

Union reinforcements.

Union game components.

Looking west from McPherson's Ridge

Monday, January 23, 2017

Valbona Castle Scratchbuild Project

Last fall my 14 year old son had an opportunity to do a presentation for a class unit on Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'.  So he put on his thinking cap..."How can I do a Shakespeare project that will benefit the Wars of the Roses army I'm painting?...I know I will build a model of a castle!  But not just any castle, it has to be a castle where the action of 'Taming of the Shrew' could have taken place."  So he found pictures of a Renaissance era castle in northern Italy.  Here is the real Valbona Castle.

Our model of Valbona was constructed from foam card, pizza boxes, some chipboard and balsa wood.  Along with glue and paint and various textures.  Many of our techniques and ideas were taken from Mel the Terrain Tutor.  His Youtube channel is a great inspiration for wargame terrain.  And yes, the presentation went great.  Afterwards, as you can see here, the castle was transported to England in the  1400's and occupied by a Yorkist army!  Here are the photos...and let my boy know what a great job he did!

Iberian Cavalry

This unit of six Iberian Cavalry is the last unit to be painted for my Carthaginian army.  The figures are from Crusader and the shield designs are hand painted.  Here are a few quick photos of them.