19 September 2021

15 September 2021

Caesarian Army on Parade!

Having added a few units to the force in the last month, I thought it time to update the army pics - here they all drawn up in formation ready for action.  Just a couple of characters and commanders left to go in the box (at the moment...)

Currently the force consists of 10 units, being:

5 Units of Legionary Infantry - 3 in white shields and 2 in yellow shields so I can differentiate veterans, auxilia, inexperienced etc

1 unit of Roman Cavalry

1 unit of Gallic tribesman allies

2 units of auxiliary archers

1 scorpion bolt thrower 

They are all Warlord figs with LBM shield decals on the infantry and cavalry shields hand painted. I've sabot based for use with Infamy Infamy, though with solid plans to experimenting in other rules sets also.  We are blessed with so many great rule sets at the moment (Soldiers of Rome, Impetus, Hail Caesar, and WAB amongst them), so this was a key consideration for me. As a result, all the close order style figs are based on 20mm square to give options. I am considering doing some group basing on 50mm square for future expansions though, to add some character and dynamic feeling. 

Finally, this army was painted over two sets of quarantine, so I know that it was finished in 28 days :-) Thanks to Comrade James and Alan for providing some push to get these ready.

09 September 2021

Caesarian Roman Cavalry

My Caesarian Romans can now call upon Cavalry support in their conquest of Gaul or in the righteous fight against the elitist Senate!  

I finished these off at the tail end of my recent quarantine and have now got them based.

These are metal figs by Warlord with wire spears and hand painted shields.  I deliberately tired to put some variation amongst them to reflect their less regular nature in comparison to the Legions' more rigid organisation, equipment and disciplina

Curiously, these may be the first historical Cavalry I have painted, other than the mechanised kind. Should I expand my Gaul ally contingent in the future, I will likely add a unit of Gallic Noble Cavalry to support them (a classic auxilia role for tribal allies)

A few characters and command stands to come, but with that I have painted all the units I have for this army! For now anyway...  Alan and I are concocting plans to expand our armies to play Soldiers of Rome as well as Infamy Infamy

03 September 2021

August Hobby Roundup

The lockdown across most of Australia has taken a toll on face to face gaming for the most part, but its been a productive month regardless, with isolation assisting.  First up game wise was the "Port Jackson Isolation Blood Bowl League" which saw Reilly pit his Blood Marsh Maulers (Chaos Chosen) against my Darkland Decimators (Chaos Dwarves). Starting from a scratch start we played 10 games to develop them into brutal machines (admittedly his was a bit more terrifying though).  The head to head Minotaur matchups were particularly fun!

Naturally, our local Blood Bowl League is on hold, though we did get a fourth round mostly finished before the pause began:

Meanwhile on the hobby front, I've posted separately about starting 3d printing, my Necromunda Enforcers and terrain, and some additions to my Caesarian Roman army.  I'm now finishing off some cavalry to join them (and planning more expansions naturally), and the new edition of Kill Team has just been delivered too...

29 August 2021

Caesarian Roman Reinforcements

Last time I was in quarantine (during AHPC XI) I started a new project: a Caesarian (late republic) Roman army to face Alan's army of Pompey Maximus, or Reilly's intention to build a Brittanic force with lots of nasty chariots so I poke my nose across the Oceanus Brittanicus. Being back in quarantine seemed a good opportunity to finish off some supporting units I didn't get to last time.  I'm also rewatching the HBO "Rome" series for inspiration :-)

Alan giving his Pompey army a definitive Eastern Med theme with Cretan archers, Greek spearmen etc so I want to give my Caesarians an opposing Western European look. Here is my first attempt at some Allied tribesmen from regions of Gaul who have volunteered entirely of their own free will to join the Republic, which was or their own good at any rate.

These are Warlord plastics, which I found challenging. Painting was a bit of a mess to be honest, so I requested and received some some excellent advice on painting plaid from Dux Homunculorum himself and the end result was much better than anticipated (thanks mate!). Awesome how a few nice shields (decals - the shame!) coupled with detailed basing can improve a unit overall. Of course, a single base is useful for harrying a flank or rear but not much else, so I suspect I will be doing some more of these to join them sometime.

Secondly, another unit of archers to join the one I did earlier this year. One stand didn't seem to do much so hopefully two will deliver more effective results. These are Warlord metal figs - I love their drooping moustaches which give them a 'recently inducted from allied tribes' look.

Next up Roman wise I shall be doing something very novel for me: Cavalry! 

(naturally, the imminent arrival of Kill Team 2 will likely dislocate my plans :-)

28 August 2021

Palanite Enforcers for Necromunda

Ahoy all - I've been working on my Palanite Enforcers for Necromunda and being a long time Dredd fan I just had to give them a MegaCity 1 vibe. I was excited to finish them off last night and pose them for pics amongst the terrain I have also been working on

If it bleeds we can kill it!

Not having played yet I went with a rule of cool weapon wise, and all helmeted - Judges don't take their helmets off on patrol! I've built 5 enforcers and 3 subjugators, with the same remaining still on sprue so I can make specific builds once we get a campaign going. I'm thinking a twin pistol gunman might be cool...

Ready to defend Sector 13 HQ from the Muties and Hivescum!

I also experimented a bit with angled highlights, and a more cartoonish look to the reflections in the visors - in fact, I copied a few examples from the artwork in 2000AD. Pretty happy with how it came out.

Watch those corners Rookies!

Smile and Care...then Rip and Tear!

Paint wise I used a black undercoat and then:

Green armour (destaturated colour) - Waagh Flesh, Biel Tan wash, Waagh Flesh, 50/50 Waagh Flesh/Scarsnik Green, Scarsnik Green

Fatigues: Marine Dark Blue, Thunderhawk Blue highlights, super highlight with Fenrisian Grey

Red trimming: Mephiston Red, Evil Suns Scarlet

Gold: Retributor Armour, Ghenna Gold

Yellow chest circles: Ianden Darksun, Selia Wash, Highlight with thinned Arial Yellow

Red features: Mesphiston red, Evil Suns Scarlet highlight

See you in the Underhive citizens!