Guido got some unarmoured Saxons for me in return for a box of Republican Romans. When he left, he commented that he expected to see a painted miniature finished in 24 hours. Easy to say, but harder to do. Anyway, inbetween looking after my 10month old daughter and other work, I managed to do a quick job on one miniature. Once again I’ve resorted to Army painter, I’ve resigned to the fact that this is the fastest way to get miniatures on the board and I will reserve taking time to paint miniatures, for ones that I really like.
You may remember that some time back I bought some West Wind miniatures for my mate Guido, when I was in the UK. I threatened back then, that I would post the finished, painted miniatures on my blog to let you all see the result.
Well, here they are. I’m sure you will agree that he has done a great job and I reckon they are the best command group in his very big Pict army.
Here is the Centurion I start last week when I couldn’t find the motivation to paint anything. Thanks to everyone who gave me some tips about getting motivated to paint again, your advice was very useful.
The biggest motivator for me was the enjoyment of painting. That’s what I paint for and sometimes having to mass paint, to produce an army, gets in the way of the enjoyment for me. So I will keep looking through the miniatures I have and paint the ones I really want to paint first and enjoy the painting process.
@ Beccas, I agree that if I was gaming more, I would probably be painting more, but that’s not happening at the moment so I’ll just enjoy painting.
OK, I’ve cleared up my workspace and found a miniature I’ve been wanting to paint for ages and there is no other reason to paint it, but to just enjoy painting.
I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
This is where I have progressed to since my August 9 post titled, ‘Army Painter’. I’ve managed to complete 12 of my later Saxons, from a unit which will eventually be 24. Obviously they are not based yet.
I’ve been on a bit of a painting roll, but don’t know how I will got this week. I have a heap of writing I have to get done and a script arriving on Monday, which I need to give feedback on next Saturday. We’ll see how we go.
Usually, the challenge for wargamers is getting painted miniatures onto the tabletop and recently a very good product was released, which will definitely solve that problem. Army Painter, is a product released by Warlord Games, which enables you to paint the basic colours onto a miniature and then, using Army Painter, you can add tone and depth to your painting in a fast and simple method.
I was a skeptic at first and also a purist, but not wanting to be precious or having any pre-conceived notions about how anyone puts an army on the tabletop, I was willing to take a look. Guido did a few tests on his Pict Army, which I thought gave very good results. I gave it a go on my Normans (see previous post), with mixed results.
The beauty of Army Painter and where it really comes into it’s own, is in the painting of Barbarian Armies. Usually the number of miniatures required to be painted, is daunting to say the least, but if used strategically, I believe Army Painter will give a good result and allow the gamer, who doesn’t want to be a competition painter, to get his/her army onto the tabletop a lot faster, so that they can spend more time enjoy playing! So for those people with families, small children or demanding spouses, it is a ‘Godsend’.
I am going to try to experiment with some techniques and see what results I get, on a Unit of late Saxons, which I intend to use as Duguth in my later Saxon Army.
Here are my first four, miniatures are Renegade. NB: they all haven’t had weapons attached and are obviously not based.
Let me know what you think and what are your views on Army Painter?
Miniature painting has been a little slow this week, mainly due to a mixture of being too busy and being too fussy with my painting, trying new things and slacking off. Anyway, I ordered a handful of Gripping Beast miniatures a couple weeks ago and they arrived early this week. They were, a packet of GET1 Armoured Command and LR23 Late Roman Leaders. I just wanted to see what the Gripping Beast Barbarians were like and how they compared to the Musketeer Miniatures that I have.
One Late Roman miniature in particular captured my attention and all painting on the Musketeer Miniatures, Early Saxons stopped, while I concentrated on this Gripping Beast mini. I’m going to use some Late Romans mixed in my Saxon units, referring to the WHAB Age of Arthur book that says: “May of the helmets of earlier warriors will have been ‘liberated’ or copied from the Roman empire, so you can quite happily use a few suitable Late Roman models”.
I am also going to get a few Wargames Foundry Saxon miniatures, to see how they combine and then figure out how I will make up my final Saxon force. I really like Musketeers range, so my dilemma is whether I combine all makes into each Unit, or do I make some all Musketeer and mix others… Hmm, not sure yet.
Here is the Late Roman figure I’ve been talking about, next to the last Saxon I finished.
As you can see the Late Roman is less hairy and doesn’t have the same Barbarian feel, but when mixed into a Unit, it won’t matter.
I saw a similar shield design in a book and decided to paint the shield myself.
Let me know what you think.