Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back to Carthage in 28mm

Throwing more variety into the painting mix, today a unit for the Punic War project departs from the painting desk.  Based in the Impetvs tradition with 120mm frontage, these 13 figures comprise a heavy Libyan foot unit.  Twelve of the infantry are Renegade Libyan Veterans led by one Aventine commander. 



The bronze on black shield color scheme caught my eye on another's blog.  I was planning to credit the source blog for my inspiration but unfortunately I cannot recall it.  Regardless, the color combination, to my eye, is striking and provides a simple elegance.  I thank whomever it was for the inspiration.

I have several more Carthaginian stand-equivalents on the painting desk.  Next off the production line will be two stands of Spanish heavy cavalry.

28 comments:

  1. They look like they mean business! The black shields look slightly sinister; they remind me of the black flag: "No prisoners!"

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    1. Thanks! Perhaps the black shields will give this unit a bit of backbone on the battlefield? I hope so.

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  2. Another excellent looking unit. The shields came out well.

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  3. Same comment for me : black shields are really impressive!

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    1. Thanks, Phil! When I saw the black and bronze on another unit I thought it looked cool and it does.

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  4. Very nice Jonathan.
    The shields really add that little extra to an already great looking unit

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    1. Ah, they are supposed to be Libyans in Romans clothing...

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  6. Wonderful looking troops - nice basing and placement of the leader too. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Dean! I have another unit just like this one to field. Still deciding on the color scheme.

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    2. It might be good to do another to match it so you can make some large units for Impetus

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    1. Yes! The sharp spears are very dangerous to the unwary gamer.

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  8. They look great, Jon! If I may make a small suggestion . . . a subtle application of Delta's "Charcoal" over that black would help the shields pop even more.

    Regardless, though, that is one great looking unit!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the tip!

      How exactly would you recommend applying the charcoal over the black?

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    2. When I do it, I hit the spines first, then the long vertical edges, then paint some staggered stripes between edges and spine. I do not think it is necessary with your figures, but it might give them even more pop.

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    3. Scott, we need to resurrect painting nights so I can see you in action.

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  9. Very nice, even if Romanized (Carthage was one of my two first Ancient armies).

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    1. Peter, yes, these are Romanized. Being veterans you might expect them to pick up discarded Roman armor after a battle, right?

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  10. These are excellent Jonathan! I love the Romanized look. If I were to ever paint Carthos again, I'd do the same. And the black and gold are a great combo!

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    1. Thanks, Monty! So, unlikely to paint another Carthaginian army again? We know you want to do it in 28mm...

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    2. FoG is on it's last leg here and there's no apparent interest in another set of ancients rules. That means I'm done painting ancients in 15mm. I'm looking for a reason to paint 28mm ancients and I might have to wait until Saga goes back in time (just rumors for now).

      How far is it from your house to mine? ;-)

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    3. I never did get comfortable with FoG. The guys were quite excited about it when it first appeared but that luster tarnished quickly.

      MSP is about 3 hours by air. Stop by anytime!

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