Thursday, February 27, 2020

Assyrian Auxiliary Infantry II

The Assyrian Army receives a dozen reinforcements.  Another Assyrian auxiliary infantry unit steps off from the painting table to join a recently growing horde.  As their compatriots before, the figures are from Wargames Foundry.  Rather than the oversize tower shields wielded by the previous unit, these fellows carry an oversize wicker shield.  The dip does a good job of accentuating the detail of the wicker.  
Even with four reinforcing units making it through the queue in February, a number of Assyrian units remain to make it through the figure pipeline.  Three units await their turn for a photo session including a beast of a Newline Design four-horse chariot.

On the painting front, a lot of different projects are seeing work besides the current long line of Assyrians.    Painting sessions of late have been short.  One of the projects finally seeing attention is the WWII project in 15mm.  While a small stack of Zvezda German vehicle models have lingered about for years, I finally put five of the models on the workbench.  The vehicles have been assembled and painted. A little detailing and basing is all that is required to finish them up. 

What else is in work?  Well, after consideration, I decided to rebase and reorganize skirmishers for the 28mm Peninsular War.  More details on what drove me to this decision later.    

47 comments:

  1. Im really envious of your Assyrian project. Yes in reality they were pretty repugnant but as toys they are lovely. I really like your painting style Johnathan, its extremely neat so well done and keep them going.

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    1. Repugnant in real life and lovely as toys. I like that! The Assyrians are a fun army to paint and field too.

      I appreciate your kind comments, Robbie!

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  2. that is a very nice unit, the wicker is absolutely bang on with a certain subtlety that when matched wit the shield size is very eye catching.

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    1. Glad you like them, Norm! I appreciate your detailed observations on the painting results.

      Thank you!

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  3. Could not agree more with the previous two comments. I also like the Impetus basing you use for these...they look "meaty" but at the same time have physically less figures than would often be the case...a win/win from my perspective...what are the rules like Jonathan ?

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    1. Thank you, Keith!

      You know, it has been so very long since I have played an Impetvs game, I am not sure I truly remember them! I ought to get these armies out on the gaming table for a refresher.

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  4. Going to be a nice army when it is done, great stuff.

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  5. Another cracking unit Jonathan and once again the shields really make the unit stand out.

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    1. Much appreciated, Steve! The big shields certainly garner mush attention. A lot can hide behind those big defenses.

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  6. Wow! More of the fine work. Will you show your whole army here?

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    1. Thank you! I have three more finished units to bring to the photo booth. After that is completed, I will pull the army out for a parade review.

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  7. Great stuff Johnathon another worthy addition to the army!

    Cheers
    Matt

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    1. Much appreciated, Matt!

      Your recent Celtic shield markers are neat!

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    1. Thank you, Christopher! These pale in comparison to your recent FJ materpieces.

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  9. Nice work as always Jonathan, sounds like a flurry of different projects on the go. How is the leg doing ?

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    1. Much appreciated, Matt! As always, a flurry of activity on the workbench.

      As for the leg, cast off last week but ankle/leg still swollen and some pain. PT begins soon but I have been on the stationary bike a few times since last week. Amazing how quickly leg muscles atrophy and pounds accumulate. I have some work to do before spring!

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    2. Good news you will mend soon 👍

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  10. Nice work Jonathan. I too like the single base for the unit and, as you know, am applying it to an ACW experiment...and an considering it for another new project about to be undertaken.

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    1. Thanks! I do not have too many projects that are multibase BMUs. All of my more recent projects have been single element and I like it. In fact, my 28mm Napoleonics, 28mm FIW, and 30mm ECW may be the only remaining non-conformists.

      I await details on your new project.

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  11. Great work, love the giant shields.

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  12. Lovely looking Assyrians! I like the wicker shields and as many have said the big basing looks great and has influenced my decision to build an ancient army (or maybe 2?) On 120mm wide bases!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you! Which ancients armies are you considering?

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  13. Lovely job Jonathan, and as most others have said those wicker shields look terrific. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you have done on those German tanks.

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    1. Your encouraging words on the unit and shields is much appreciated! The German vehicle kits have been in their boxes for years. About time I pulled a few out, put them together, and give them a swath of paint.

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  14. Really nice figures!! Assyrians have a very unique look and your brushwork does them justice!!

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  15. A great looking unit, with a lovely paint job 👍🏻

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  16. Amazing additions to your growing Assyrian army. Your project list is inspiring too!

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  17. Splendid looking toys... as always Jonathan...
    And your output is as impressive as ever...

    All the best. Aly

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  18. Hello Jonathan:
    I've been catching up here and browsing your Assyrian posts - the figures look splendid. I recently returned from a mission trip to Africa where I taught the book of Isaiah - my students weren't interested in the wargaming applications but I was! Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Aramites/Syrians, Kushites/Ethiopians, Judeans/Samarians, Egyptians, Isaiah captures every conflict from 700BC to 400 BC. I am tempted to do a biblical project in retirement, and your figures are leading my in that direction!
    Hope your recovery is going well.
    M

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    1. Great to hear from you, Michael!

      Teaching Isaiah in Africa? I hope you share your experiences via your blog. One never knows from where inspiration for a new project originates. A Biblical project for retirement sounds perfect!

      Recovery continues. Hobbling around without either crutch or cast. PT begins next week. With some luck, I may be outdoors on the bike by time Spring arrives.

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