Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Adding to the Assyrian Wars Project

While work on the Assyrian Wars project has slowed from the heady days of summer, work still continues at a much more moderate pace.  A one or two unit monthly production seems a reasoned and sustainable rate.

Off the painting desk today is a unit of Black Tree Design's Phrygian warriors.  While these warriors may not be specifically earmarked as Assyrians Wars' participants, I overlook any anachronism they may pose.  As light troops, these figures should fit in comfortably among the other units; at least on my gaming table, that is. 
While this stand may represent a typical body of lightly armed and armored troops, a much more interesting stand is in work at the painting desk.  The subject is something not seen yet in the project.  I am still pondering how best to represent it on the gaming table.  Several viable options exist (at least in my mind).  One particular solution in the "more is merrier" camp will produce the likely winner.

24 comments:

  1. A dynamic group, helped by the guy in the front centre. Your yearly paint count must be quite impressive for 2017 ....... I still have in mind a four foot frontage of chariots!

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    1. Black Tree Design figures all have very dynamic posing. Sometimes, even awkwardly dynamic. Many of the ancients' figures are based upon the same set of dollies so repetition across lines is common.

      Paint Tally for 2017 will be a respectable sum for me.

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  2. A very animated group wonderfully painted as usual. Im amazed you found the time over Christmas to do any painting.

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    1. Thanks, Peter!

      These figures are animated, no doubt. As noted to Norm above, BTD figures often are highly animated.

      This unit was finished before the day before Christmas.

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  3. A very fine looking regiment Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  4. Nice looking unit you've finished. I really like how you have based them. Great job :)

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    1. Thanks, Simon!

      As for basing, the large, Impetvs-sized bases allow for a great deal of flexibility.

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  5. They look great, Jon. I like the animation in Black Tree's range. These look like the perfect "generic light spear" infantry.

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    1. Thank you, Scott!

      I was a bit hesitant to add these into the Assyrian Wars as being, perhaps, out of period. Very good to see that you approve!

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  6. I think these somewhat scruffy if well painted fellows could be used across at least 1,000 years of history in the Mediterranean/near East without much risk of being grossly out of place!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! I will deploy them on the battlefield with less anxiety over a visit by the button counters.

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  7. Nice looking generic light troops from Akkadding to Alexander I'd say! Lovely finish.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain! I was hoping these would be generic enough to fit in with the Middle or Neo-Assyrian periods. I appreciate the confirmation!

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  8. More lovely work Jonathan. Not sure if I've said it before, but I do like the single basing!

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    1. Much appreciated! I am a big fan of single based BMUs.

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  9. They are one mean looking bunch Jonathan. Nicely done.

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    1. Tough looking bunch, no doubt! With some of the BTD sculpts, the figures have faces only a mother could love.

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  10. Nicely detailed figures and beautifully painted. I am intrigued by your hints at your next stand.

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    1. Thank you, Dannoc! I think you will enjoy the 'mystery' piece once unveiled.

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  11. Looking great. More Greek period with no sleeves. But Mabey not. Will look great.

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