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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HOTT 15mm Narnian Army ready for battle

Though not quite complete, I realized with the latest addition of the Fauns and hero element, I had enough elements to field the required 24 points. I still want to paint some Satyrs, especially shooters and blades, as well as a griffin (flyer), and possibly some manticores, but I may save them for an army of the White Witch, which will come sometime in the future. First I want to make an army of Telmarines for the Narnians to beat up on. At present the army consists of 3 knights (centaurs), 2 riders (centaurs), 1 beast (forest animals), 2 spear (fauns) 1 shooter (faun slingers), 1 magician (faun shaman), and 1 hero (Peter, Susan and Edmund - lucy being to young to take part in a battle), for a total of 26 possible points. Below are the latest additions. To see closeups of the other elements, just hit the Narnia label at the left of the screen.

The army arrayed

The contingent of Fauns - these are splendid figures from Splintered Light Miniatures

The Faun Shaman. The ring of stones are made with Sculptamold.

The heros - King Edmund on foot, High King Peter on horseback, and queen Susan. Edmund and Peter are Essex figures and Susan is a converted Vexilia figure for the Italian Condotta. Her expression is a bit more manly and aggresive than I would have liked, but the figure itself was an easy conversion. I simply added the dress (and breasts) with green stuff. From this angle she looks a bit more buxom than she really appears, which I tried to avoid, but with the expression on her face I wanted to make it clear that the figure was female. The human miniatures are a bit more slender in style than the fantasy figures, which actually was a fortuitous accident, as they are meant to represent children.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Brunswick and Saxon Additions

I have just finished an element of Brunswick Avant Garde in 25mm and the last addition to my 15mm Prussian 1806 army, the Saxon corp , is also complete:

Here are three views of the Brunswick Avant-Garde. This element is based on the uniforms of the light companies. There were also two Jager companies that wore similar uniforms of a lighter shade, and the running horse badge on their hats instead of the hunting horn. The hedge is made from foam covered in flock, and the boulder is made from a paper mache product called Scultamold. The figure are by Perry Miniatures and are absolutely exquisitely sculpted and cast.

Above are the Saxons who will accompany my 1806 Prussian army. I have four musket elements, foot artillery, and Hussars. I decided to paint the trim on the gun carriage as brass instead of iron painted yellow. Two primary sources depicted the cannon with the same color trim as was used for the barrel and gold trim on officer's uniforms and hats. I took this to mean that the trim was indeed brass. Expensive I know, but feasable for the beginning of the war before the economic shortages began. Close ups below:

Can't wait to field these guys and try them out in a game of DBN!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Saxons and Centaurs Oh My!

So my painting these days has been a bit eclectic. I have started the long slipery slide from historical to fantasy miniatures. Today I have some Narnians for a HOTT army, and waiting in the wings, as yet unseen, lurk the bugs and marines of the Star Ship Troopers. Not to fear however, my true love will always remain histprical gaming, and to that end I offer up pictures of my Saxon musket elements for DBN. Enjoy:

These are Eureka miniatures centaurs and though on the large size, more like 20mm, they are wonderful sculpts. I am using them with Splintered Lights beastlands range and their size should not be out of place. That's one of the nice things about fantasy. Who really knows how big a centaur should be?

These elements will play as knights, with the generals element in the center. I tried to pick Narnian themes for the shields, hence the lions and stylyzed antlers, as well as the pan pipes.

The archers and javelin armed centaurs will be classed as riders.

Now for a more serious subject: the Saxon line infantry regiments. I still have to look it up to be precise, but these are painted after the units present at the battle of Saalfield. I believe, the Clemmens, Elecktor and Xavier regiments. I usually hand paint my flags, but I decided to use the Napflag site this time, as there was so much detail in the saxon flags. I highlighted and shadowed the flags with gold paint and darker red shading for the red flag.

A frontal view...

and from the rear.

I opted to paint the saxons solid white and then wash with a diluted black ink to provide some shading. This did make for a very efficient method and the results, though not stunning, I found to be quite acceptable. The faces are a bit rough when enlarged to this degree, but in 15mm they actually look quite good.