As I emerge from the darkness of the rebasing tunnel into the light of day, the final four Assyrian chariots roll off the workbench. Each of these four chariots has been mounted onto a larger 120mm x 80mm base with the addition of three supporting infantry.
With these war carts taking their place on the "Completed" side of the project ledger, nine such chariots can now be fielded in battle. Nine, four-horse chariots! That seems a lot. When positioned in line with base sides touching, the mass spans a width of almost four feet on the gaming table. Four feet of chariots! That is a lot!
The full Assyrian Army display is not far off now. Still remaining to finish are a couple of heavy infantry stands and one more medium cavalry stand. After that, a parade review is in order. I had the collection out on the table this morning and it really has become a large force. I hope it strikes fear into my opponents.
Oh, there are still many more Assyrians left in The Lead Pile. After the three units mentioned above march off the painting desk, painting efforts ought to show a bit more diversity. Other projects should see some work in the painting queue. Enough figures are under arms in the Assyrian Army to put into the field a good sized force. With that goal met, painting effort can be diverted to other projects. I imagine Assyrians will maintain there presence in solid painting rotation.
What other projects are under consideration for reinforcements? With a Great Game game planned for later in October, one more battalion of Russian infantry could be put to good use. To that end, 24 Great War Miniatures' Crimean War Russians have lingered in The Lead Pile for about a year. Time to give them a coat of paint. Perhaps a unit or two for the Reconquista project could go into the queue too? In the last Casting Room Miniatures' sale, I picked up enough Norman foot to field two stands of infantry. Excellent looking sculpts that I look forward to putting to the brush. Of course, lots of 18mm options for either the 1799, 1859, or SYW projects. I should quit daydreaming about painting and get to it!